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Old 01-23-2003
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Come and visit

Thursday Jan 30 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday Jan 31 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday Feb 1 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday Feb 2 10:00am – 6:00pm

Navy Pier, Chicago

Visit the Hunter exhibit and chat with members of the Lake Michigan Hunter Sailing Association. If you''re a Lake Michigan sailor, join us for fun and education year-round.

Ned and Tani Strain
s/v Family Therapy 1995 h336
Chicago
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Give me just one good reason to visit the Hunter exhibition.
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Denr,
You need some fresh material. Visit the booth.
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you''re right, I''m there
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Hey Sam, Sailnet was a no show in Chicago, how can we buy your stuff if your missing in action?
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Sam was busy in South Carolina. He had to process my orders and deal with the BoatUS, West Marine merger.
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Cash flow and staff. Sailnet has neither.
Heard Randy was a little "twisted around the axle" at your comments on this board Mr. Boyle. Those size 10''s don''t taste so great ''eh Mr. Boyle.
Sorry to miss you at Chicago this year Denr.
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We sent out an email in Jan explaining this choice. Much as we love the shows, the revenue doesn''t cover the costs.

If we''re going to spend marketing dollars then we''d rather focus them on free shipping and staff -- like answering the telephone with a human versus the auto attendant.

Tough choices but it is a tough economy out there. We won''t be at Miami or Oakland for the same reasons. The good news is that we are running boat show specials on the site to coincide with the show dates -- offering the same deals we would have done if we were there... just without the expense of packing people and stuff across the country.
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As a small part of my overall responsibility for the company I work for, I too am responsible for trade shows. Our business is not retail like yours but, the same principals apply. Many believe that there are far too many trade shows today, as a matter of fact show attendance is off by 15-20% nation wide, regardless of the venue. I believe that the economy will implode if the Texas cowboy invades Iraq (and I voted for this guy) so this very discussion may be moot, I regress. That said, we don''t attend all of the venues offered by the trade show promoters in our industry either. One must carefully choose the shows they participate in but, don''t believe for a moment that your show success is measured by the number of "fill in the blanks" you sell. A lot of good will can be made by pressing the flesh and meeting in-person the people you sell to. Your mere existence at a show can dispel rumors about the financial health (some were floating around at the show) of your company. As it is said "you may be conspicuous by your absence". Sailnet was in the program, I realize that this happens well in advance of the show, I feel you probably should have been there. I’m certain you know the demographics, maybe the customer base doesn’t exist in the Midwest, this much I do know, there are **** load of boats in the Great Lakes. Michigan has more state registered boats than any other state in the country, California and Florida are number 2 and 3 on the top ten list, Illinois is number 9.

I don’t suppose you’d like to buy a one and a half million dollar Swiss Machine Tool would you?
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Denr, You''ve taken the words right out of my mouth. Shows are about building customer bases and meeting new people. Sales at Sailnet during shows has always been good.
More importantly having the face to face venue is priceless. Bad call Sammy, but thanks for the obfuscation.
Thanks for keepin'' it shaken'' Denr.
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