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QOTD: Should the PGA Show be open to the Public?

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#31 elwhippy

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 02:46 PM

Trade shows are rarely that much fun.


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Posted 25 January 2019 - 07:31 PM

As fmuch as I would like to say yes, I have to let them do their business. It woukd be nice to have a day or two for the general public or a similar show for the consumer.

I was in a golf shop yesterday in Eugene and spoke to their clothing buyer. He said they havent gone in a number of years as thete is no reason to anymore especially since they have already bought for the year.

Oregon does have a show in a few weeks but its not much really. Prompts excitement for spring for sure.



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 07:55 PM

No.  It's a trade show.

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 08:27 AM

If the demand is there, 1st week all business, 2nd week public invited.
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Posted 26 January 2019 - 09:06 AM

What is B2B?

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 09:11 AM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 26 January 2019 - 09:06 AM, said:

What is B2B?

Business to Business

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 09:39 AM

View Poststorm319, on 26 January 2019 - 09:11 AM, said:

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 26 January 2019 - 09:06 AM, said:

What is B2B?

Business to Business

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 11:13 AM

I don’t care so much about the PGA show, but I’d sure like to get into the ShotShow.

Does the PGA show have Booth Babes? If so I take back what I just said.
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Posted 26 January 2019 - 12:14 PM

No.  They let the public in one year and it was a huge mistake.
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Posted 26 January 2019 - 07:57 PM

It would be fun to go, but all the stuff I'd want to see will be in the golf shops in the next few weeks. So it's a no.


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Posted 26 January 2019 - 08:02 PM

Of course, NO, if they did they would be selling "drop shipped" to the public and bypassing their industry customer. So, i make an appointment, buy a clothing line, sets of irons, wedges, and when the merchandise arrives, my retail customer tells me they got it cheaper at the show.  I don't think this would be good at all.

In fact, I think attendance should be better screened.

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 10:24 PM

View PostRSinSG, on 26 January 2019 - 11:13 AM, said:

I don’t care so much about the PGA show, but I’d sure like to get into the ShotShow.

Does the PGA show have Booth Babes? If so I take back what I just said.

The firearms industry has the NRA show, and you don't have to be an industry insider.   I've been to both and the NRA show is a great alternative.   Does anyone know if the golf industry has an annual show for the rest of us?    If not, maybe it's time... I would enjoy it.

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 08:51 PM

I donít think you would get as much as you think from this. Prolly better they leave it as is for the industry

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:02 PM

If the manufacturers set up hitting areas, it could be the ultimate demo weekend.   Many manufacturers sell directly to the public now.   I'd pay to go to it, but I'm a gear guy, love seeing and trying new stuff.

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:08 PM

Huh?? Itís so easy these days for the average Joe to get into the show. I donít think itís nearly as restrictive as it used to be.


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Posted 29 January 2019 - 10:22 PM

View Postplatgof, on 26 January 2019 - 08:27 AM, said:

If the demand is there, 1st week all business, 2nd week public invited.

I would love to see the public interact with a bunch of sales people on their second week of 12 hour workdays, dinners of passed appetizers at hosted happy hours and whiskey soaked nights chasing the interns from Troon Golf. The interactions would be splendid.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 11:06 AM

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Its busy enough as it is. 25-50% of the pros & distributors wouldnt go if public was allowed. Its not the point of the show.

That being said, you can find a way to go. A private club I used to work at sends a board member every year. Lots of random media ppl there too. You could start a website for $10, then pay the $170 or whatever for the badge and go as media.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 11:16 AM

View PostCaddiesFault, on 30 January 2019 - 11:06 AM, said:

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Its busy enough as it is. 25-50% of the pros & distributors wouldnt go if public was allowed. Its not the point of the show.

That being said, you can find a way to go. A private club I used to work at sends a board member every year. Lots of random media ppl there too. You could start a website for $10, then pay the $170 or whatever for the badge and go as media.

Agreed.

Would love to know what the actual stats are but the show is no longer ďclosedĒ to the public. Iíve been able to snag a pass each year Iíve wanted one and a pass for 3 of my friends as well. No issue.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 11:36 AM

having shown up at the backend of festivals, competitions, and expos where the industry insiders come early and do their business then leave, those last few "public" days are a letdown. they could do like the watch industry, it's kinda public but business is by scheduled appt's.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 03:08 PM

HELL no.

It's a trade show just like CES, and if you've ever been to CES you know how crazy it gets even without allowing the general public in.

Also, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a policy that bans individual/private sales at the show.

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 04:24 PM

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 03:28 PM

Definitely no for a the reasons listed...that's just not what these shows are for.  

But I think an interesting question might be if they did something like a golf expo for the public, would people pay to go? And would they spend enough at the show to make it worthwhile for the manufacturers to attend? My guess is yes in the first part, but probably no to the second.
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Posted 31 January 2019 - 03:36 PM

NO

There are consumer golf and travels show

Tradeshows in general are dying.  Very costly to vendors
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Posted 31 January 2019 - 04:09 PM

Look around for a farm show.  You urban dwellers won't believe what you can see there.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 05:31 AM

I think that is why there are DEMO days.   I am with the rest, it probably would be fun to do though.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 06:37 PM

View Postbighitlama, on 29 January 2019 - 08:02 PM, said:

If the manufacturers set up hitting areas, it could be the ultimate demo weekend.   Many manufacturers sell directly to the public now.   I'd pay to go to it, but I'm a gear guy, love seeing and trying new stuff.

The problem is the companies are down there with the intent on selling 30 drivers to one pro shop not one driver to a guy doing an 8 hour demo session. These companies bring in all their sales reps with the intent of setting up their accounts shop orders for the season and to be trained on new product.

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