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Just my opinion, but for me, its totally that using political, or financial pressure, to eliminate honest competition, just plain sucks. You guys hate this in your government, but at gun shows, so that your price choices can be more manipulated upward, it's ok?
I went a LONG time ago. This was before I knew better, when "surplus" meant SURPLUS, and was priced like surplus. Now, from what I hear, there is no more true surplus at surplus prices. It might be a nice chance to handle different things all under one roof. I know in other trade shows, there is special "show pricing", which might make it worth it. Not so sure here.I haven’t been to a gun show in MA in at least 10 years. I don’t understand why folks bother to go to MA gun show these days. Complete waste of time and money.
I used to go to the Marlboro shows and sometimes the Big E, going back years ago. Indeed it was to look at different things, buy mags and accessories and meet up with friends.I went a LONG time ago. This was before I knew better, when "surplus" meant SURPLUS, and was priced like surplus. Now, from what I hear, there is no more true surplus at surplus prices. It might be a nice chance to handle different things all under one roof. I know in other trade shows, there is special "show pricing", which might make it worth it. Not so sure here.
Basically the Healeyban was like when the Hindenburg started to catch on fire, now we're at the point where it's crashing in the ground and that guy with the squeaky voice is talking about how horrible and terrible it is.... of course even without Healey ban I'm pretty sure these things would have started to die giving the poor management. Anyone that has worked these things has seen all the slippery shit the promoter has pulled over the years. In 2004 it was tolerable, post Obama era? lmao not so much anymore....Wow,the beginning of the end ?
Usually Marlborough could be counted on as having a bunch of tables,hell,it's the only show I still go to...Not last year though,now not this year..I just look for knives anyway..all the good deals are snapped up by the other dealers before the doors even open.
I don't speak for anyone but myself on this issue. My opinion is, that if, as you say, the promoter felt caught between a rock and a hard place, its the 4 dealers you've referred to here, that put her there. If they wish to pull out of future shows, because they want more gross margin dollars for their guns than Shooters Supply asks, they can pull out of future shows. The gun show promoter should have done the right thing and honored her agreement with Shooting Supply. Everyone here is always talking about rights this and rights that, but when these guys sign for contracted space, seal the deal with their check and the promoter refuses to honor her own deal, and returns their check and refuses them space, he has no rights. She's the one who invited him, "a dealer", to rent the space in the first place.
I have no loyalty to Shooters Supply. They don't even know me. That having been said, I spoke to a local dealer about a gun I'm interested in. This dealer has sold me thousands of dollars worth of guns, etc.. He said he could order the gun for me for $729.00. For chuckles, I called Shooters Supply, when I heard all of this noise about the gun show crap. They told me they had this gun in stock, that the local dealer said was hard to get and scarce. Shooters Supply offered me the same exact firearm for $639.00. What a dilemma. Let's see. Do I want to pay $729.00, or $639.00? Any consumer that doesn't want a gun shop, with price differences like this, at a gun show, has to have rocks in his head.
There is only one promoter doing gun shows in Mass!Serious question, is it normal to have 2 Marlboro shows so close together? They just had the big one a month or so ago and that was the usual, (like it or hate it there were numerous deals and items to be had).
Was the one this weekend from the same promoter or just a knock off
Imagine the hilarity if Shooters Supply had pretended they didn't get the refund letter, and showed up with a carload of merchandise.Clearly, any communication from the promoter to Shooters Supply that there is a lack of space for them is laughable.
Nah, I'm sure he'd regard that as wasteful -I went to the show back in January ... was surprised about all the jokes about BO posted here on the forum because I didn't encounter anything.
Now THIS show, ... my son bolts with no explanation and then I get a whiff of the older normal looking guy who smells like he poured urine all over himself before coming in.
She's much too greedy.The promoter needs to drop the admission price on these things if they want more foot traffic. It has to be sub-$10 and you'll probably see twice the attendance.