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where's the vendors?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slayer, Jul 28, 2012.

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  1. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    Attended the MI state shoot yesterday and was disappointed in the lack of vendors there. One guy selling reloading stuff, one gunsmith, and an earplug booth, that was it. Not even a decent t-shirt available. Would I have had better luck at the grand? Just the economy again, I guess. Or maybe less interest in shooting sports in general? Bill
     
  2. oleolliedawg

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    They're at Sporting Clays shoots!!
     
  3. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    Not many at the Indiana State or Wisconsin State either.
     
  4. Border Bandit

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    Other than the Grand, vendors attend the largest trap shoot in the world, The Pennsylvania State Shoot, followed by Ohio, and, as the shoots get smaller, so do the number(s) of vendors. The size of the shoot, and it's duration, dictate the number of shooters and hence, the number of vendors. The PA shoot lasted 9 days and drew thousands, many of them club shooters who don't shoot registered targets and came for supplies and to watch/gawk; especially the Kreighoff Challange event.

    best....mike
     
  5. tarhawk

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    Both the GLG and the Michigan State Shoot are far less attended than they used to be. I don't know why as Mason is a top notch trap shooting facility.

    As I look at the scores that are posted, I see events with 100-110 entries. That's what, 20-22 squads? What vendor is going to set up for 100 potential customers?

    I recall when there were four rows of cars that started at the classification building and went all the way out to Service road. All ten banks were bursting at the seams to take care of all the shooters. Vendors were all over the place. How many banks were being used this year?
     
  6. WBD

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    Pretty simple, really... Vendors go where they sell. If they load up and get nothing more that tire kickers, complaints that the prospective buyer can get it cheaper somewhere else, etc., they don't come back. As a shoot organizer, I try to solicit vendors and sponsors that can get a benefit from their support. Doesn't always work out... As many of us say, SUPPORT THE SPONSORS!

    W
     
  7. Joe Woods

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    Reality, we are all getting older, travel costs money, we are in an interesting economy. Older trap shooters are buying less.


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  8. SPACE GUN

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    The Ohio State shoot had a good number of vendors, However it gets down to the bottom line (making money) with travel cost etc. it is tough to do these days.
     
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