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Thread: CLA Game Fair prices

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    CLA Game Fair prices

    Is it just me - or does anyone else feel that the CLA are ripping us off with entry prices at 26 on the day. Or am I just doing a "Life of Brian" - "what did the Romans ever do for us ". But if thats the case how come the Midlands Game Fair can do the same thing for 17 quid, and, in my opinion, just as well

    I got an email from the CLA Organisers reminding me and I told them what I thought. Of course they didnt bother to reply. Perhaps if everyone who felt we were being overcharged them might think about prices next year

    Throw the floor open for debate.....................

    Scrun

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    It does seem a bit steep... I remember when game fairs where the best place to grab a bargain, things tended to be discounted on the day so it made the entry fee worthwhile but sadly those days are gone
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    Scrun,

    I'm not a member of the CLA so I haven't seen their accounts. I don't know how much (if any) money they make from the Game Fair so I don't know if they run it pretty much at cost or whether they do well out of it. It must cost them alot to put it on. However, commercial fair operators seem to be able to put on similar events for less money and they must be making a profit.

    I think for the average person the CLA is expensive. We usually go for two or three days and camp on site. By the time we've bought tickets, paid camping fees, electric hook up charge and some diesel to get there we're several hundred quid down. I'm fortunate because Mrs DB loves it so we treat it as a holiday.

    The situation is no better for exhibitors. The cost of a stall is scarey, especially for the smaller niche businesses who may sell a bit or may not. Having a stall for the first time is a real leap of faith.

    Having said all that, I've been to quite a few different Game Fairs (with the exception of the big Scottish one that I'd love to do) and I think there's nothing like it. I was a bit dissappointed by the Midland last year and thought it had declined a bit from what it was.

    I guess that the CLA know there's is the premier show in England and hence believe that they can charge accordingly.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dovebob View Post
    Scrun,

    I'm not a member of the CLA so I haven't seen their accounts. I don't know how much (if any) money they make from the Game Fair so I don't know if they run it pretty much at cost or whether they do well out of it. It must cost them alot to put it on. However, commercial fair operators seem to be able to put on similar events for less money and they must be making a profit.

    I think for the average person the CLA is expensive. We usually go for two or three days and camp on site. By the time we've bought tickets, paid camping fees, electric hook up charge and some diesel to get there we're several hundred quid down. I'm fortunate because Mrs DB loves it so we treat it as a holiday.

    The situation is no better for exhibitors. The cost of a stall is scarey, especially for the smaller niche businesses who may sell a bit or may not. Having a stall for the first time is a real leap of faith.

    Having said all that, I've been to quite a few different Game Fairs (with the exception of the big Scottish one that I'd love to do) and I think there's nothing like it. I was a bit dissappointed by the Midland last year and thought it had declined a bit from what it was.

    I guess that the CLA know there's is the premier show in England and hence believe that they can charge accordingly.

    Bob
    Hi Bob
    If you did have access to the accounts i'd expect you to say that the prices were VERY reasonable ..... laffin.
    But think how many people go through the gates at 26 quid a time. And as you rightly say there's the funds from the stall holders too. I was speaking to a few last year and they were telling me that they are told how much they can charge for food ! Bit of a cartel going on there methinks.
    And if i'm right, if not someone will correct me i'm sure, but last year it was only ( !!!! ) 18 (at least thats what I told the missus to put down in finances:o). Thats a hell of a price raise
    But all that said - yeap it is a great Fair, but you have to balance the cost with benefit and i'd rather have some money towards EAW swing scope mounts

    Anyone else not going because of price ?

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    Didn"t the big rainout a few years ago cause a big stink as the exhibitors got no refund for the cancellation of the event = if less casual labour was needed to be used then just fixed costs had to be paid by CLA.
    Martin

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    I used to really make an effort to go to all the "Game Fairs", I packed it in when the pitches started to resemble the local car boot sale., I can get what I need to buy, from the internet sites, the only downside is the loss of the craic, while meeting up with old aqaintances.............. but I don't feel the need to travel 100 miles & pay 26.00 a head to do that.
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    We used to go to the CLA without fail for a couple of days and I am going this year for the 3 Days to help a mate on his first venture with a stand at this game fair. I know the costs of a stand are fairly prohibitive and I hope we do as well as we think we may. If it was not for giving my pal a hand I certainly would not be forking out that type of cash for the events seen time after time. It is a bloody good party atmosphere though for the people who do stay for a couple days. Music Drink Field Sports waht else do you want.

    John.

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    This will be the first year in about 20 that I have not bothered, I was really disapponted with last year so I have decided not to go for the Friday and Saturday as usual but to try the Midland this year instead. I know that the stand rents are extorinate and that is perhaps why the number of bargains has dropped considerably, together with the increase in internet buying.

    To those that make the effort to go - enjoy yourselves, I may just have to go stalking instead to manage the withdrawl symptoms.
    Regards
    Tony
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    Vizslamad,

    I'm in a similar position to you. My brother in law has a stand for the first time this year and I'm helping him out. We have our fingers crossed that we'll do well. We did well at the Catton Show but the CLA is a whole different animal.

    Best of luck to you and your mate.

    Bob

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    a good mate of mine and his wife go every year and stay for the whole event, they are going this year and staying in there caravan and he tells me its around 350 to stay and tickets for them both. he says this will be the last year they do this.

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