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parphotos
12-14-2011, 05:10 AM
This is my first expo. Approximately how much money should I look at taking with me? Are the deals good?

Todd_Reichman
12-14-2011, 05:17 AM
How many drinks do you want to buy us?

- trr

Jeff_Dachowski
12-14-2011, 12:16 PM
Most of the show specials are good for a couple of days after the show. Not sure if you were looking to take things with you, so you might want to buy some frames etc at great prices if you are local. I certainly want to support the suppliers that support our industry, but keep in mind that you are a business as well. Be sure to write down the things you need to solve, and then try to solve them on the floor. Then go home and buy when the rush of buying new things wont be appealing, and you can make sound decisions about how profitable that new background will be.
Jeff

Roger_Williams
12-14-2011, 01:14 PM
......Approximately how much money should I look at taking with me?.......

Like the IRS 1040 simple form,

How much money did you make __________

Send it in ___________

How much money to take? ALL of it!:D

Like Jeff said, there are a lot of deals and you can get caught up in the moment so take a list of "Must Buy" and some extra money for the "I didn't know about that way too cool item". Try to manage the impulse buy, then order it after the convention if you still think it will make you money.

Rick_Massarini
12-14-2011, 06:12 PM
Yes - avoid the rush to buy unless you need the item right now, know that you need it, and have gone into the show with the intention to buy it. In 2006, at the show, we bought a set of laser engraved back lighted images to use as studio samples - $400 worth of samples - then we got busy and forgot to send the files for the samples - we called back about 6 months later and found that the samples had to be ordered within 3 months or the sample offer was void - no refunds - no future credit - we lost $400 just because we bought it at the show - had we waited and looked over the info and the fine print, and ordered it when we were not so busy, we would have lost $400. Needless to say, we never ordered any other materials from that particular vendor - and I haven't seen them in the trade show in subsequent years...

parphotos
12-14-2011, 06:17 PM
Ok thanks! I appreciate those responses. I feel slightly relieved now!

jherrel
12-15-2011, 12:19 PM
1. Have a business plan and goals for 2012. You may discover new items you want to include in a plan at ImagingUSA pre-con workshops.
2. What things do you need in 2012 to achieve the plan.
3. On the first day of the tradeshow visit vendors and make a list of the things you would like to buy, but DO NOT buy anything the first day.
4. Review your list that evening and prioritize your purchases.
5. On the second and third days, buy your highest priorities. When you are starting out, you want lots of things, so prioritizing is important.

George_Hawkins
12-15-2011, 11:41 PM
1. Have a business plan and goals for 2012. You may discover new items you want to include in a plan at ImagingUSA pre-con workshops.
2. What things do you need in 2012 to achieve the plan.
3. On the first day of the tradeshow visit vendors and make a list of the things you would like to buy, but DO NOT buy anything the first day.
4. Review your list that evening and prioritize your purchases.
5. On the second and third days, buy your highest priorities. When you are starting out, you want lots of things, so prioritizing is important.

Perfect comments. First time in the show, I walk around to get an overall observation. I might make a note on the printed plan, to return to a vendor I had not previously noted.
View the show layout at home, or on the plane ride! and make notes....

Angela_Peacock
12-16-2011, 01:44 AM
I am looking at a new camera purchase from Nikon. Can I expect any GREAT deals that may be offered at the expo only?

kaiserfinephoto
12-16-2011, 11:24 AM
These are excellent comments. As for your camera, know the pricing from where you would otherwise buy it, then you can determine if a vendor is offering a good deal or not. Also make sure you are ready to buy a camera. Buying anything when you don't have the money or cash flow to support it isn't a good deal. You'd be better off to wait for the right time for you even if the equipment isn't the best deal, or save up and buy it the next opportunity where a deal may be offered. I too have bought with an emotional head. I thus Learned to scope, list, then sleep on it. If in that time you can't clearly see how you will implement a new product or background, you will be wasting your money. There isn't a photographer out there that doesn't have something in the prop room that was a regret purchase!

I bring my credit card but keep a tally on my purchases so I dont have a stroke when I get the bill. I bring cash for food and "living expenses" . However I charge some things as I can then use leftover cash when i get home to pay it off.

David_Schneider
12-16-2011, 04:22 PM
When traveling anywhere, try to take half the clothes you need and twice the money.

George_Hawkins
12-17-2011, 12:13 AM
To answer the exact question, after your budget planning, bring credit/debit cards and minimize actual cash when traveling. My 2ยข.