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RE: TAEA Vendors

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From: Osthus, Janice Ms USACFSC (Janice.Osthus_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 07:41:04 PST


Judy,
Thanks for pointing out what should have been obvious it is an educational
process to provide such sound advise to those that don't seem to fully
understand. Jan

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From: Judy Nagel [mailto:jdnag@elknet.net]
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2001 10:25 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: TAEA Vendors

To Donald and All, Seeing some of the comments made regarding vendors I feel
compelled to contribute to the discussion from a vendor's perspective.
First of all, the vendor uses the convention exhibit to show their
particular wares in the hope that you, the participant, will like it and buy
it sometime in the near future. It is a sales tool just like an ad in a
magazine or a catalog. Secondly, they hope to visit the customer and learn
what your needs are so that they can do a better job for you. Lastly,
Freebies and Door Prizes are nice for you to receive but companies are not
in business to give things away (they wouldn't stay in business long if they
did) and are a service to their customers to be able to try new and
different products. Vendors spend a great deal of money to attend the
conventions (you would be amazed to know some of our costs) and they must
weigh the value of attending a given convention in order to be cost
effective. When a vendor prepares for 1000 people at a convention and half
shows up, the company loses money instead of gaining. The vendors value
should be in educating you on new and exciting products so that you can do a
better job. When that value wanes and vendors are perceived as "Freebie"
sources, that resource will reevaluate the effectiveness of attending any
state show. With the downward trend in the economy, companies everywhere
are watching the bottom line and eliminating "dead wood". My suggestion to
you is to appreciate the companies that take the time, effort and expense of
coming to your part of the world and tell them that you value them and like
their exhibits and not necessarily the "Freebies" only. My two
cents....Judy

PS Vendors do not dictate the forum to distribute Door Prizes; that is the
realm of the particular organizing committee.
jnagel@saxarts.com
> My biggest complaints (and I said this before, so I won't dwell) were the
> vendors and the way door prizes were handled. >

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