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Selling at tiki shows
santa
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Posted: 2018-04-27 07:05 am   Permalink

I'm considering selling at a tiki event show. Adding together the vendor fee with the hours of time packing, setting up and vending, I estimate I'll have to sell more then $200 just to break even. Also we'll miss much of the event being stuck at the sales table. I'm curious if vendors feel they earn enough more then their fixed sunk costs to make vending at shows more worthwhile then using online stores or Craigslist ads? And are buyers willing to pay you're asking prices?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2018-04-27 08:47 am   Permalink

Nice beard.

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santa
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Posted: 2018-04-27 09:26 am   Permalink

Do you have more feedback then that skip? I'm talking about a local show. Not paying for flights, rental car or hotel

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2018-04-27 11:35 am   Permalink

That thing on your chin.



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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2018-04-27 12:25 pm   Permalink

I'm not a vendor but have discussed this question with several who do. Some people do VERY well at these events and continue to come back every year. Some people just barely break even but they keep coming back because they enjoy hanging out at their booth talking to people, or they figure the exposure will lead to future sales, or maybe they get a vacation that they can write off as a business expense. Lots of people have decided it wasn't worth the trouble. Depends on too many factors for a simple answer - desirability of your product, expenses, profit margin, what you want to get out an event, etc.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2018-04-27 2:53 pm   Permalink

Good points Mike.


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santa
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Posted: 2018-04-30 5:08 pm   Permalink

Skip how much are you in the hole from selling at tiki shows?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2018-04-30 5:21 pm   Permalink

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2018-05-01 04:24 am   Permalink

You can't imagine how great the payoff is for my posting this here on TC.
^^^Sarcasm^^^



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4WDtiki
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2018-05-01 8:29 pm   Permalink

Vending is tough. Some vendors do very well, but IMO it's only the big name people. Most vendors do between just okay to pretty poorly.
If your goal is to sell and make money, you better be sure your product will sell, and has already sold well in the past. Not just optimistic that you'll sell your stuff.
There's a lot of uncounted hours before and after an event, in addition to the hours at the event. If you calculate your hourly pay honestly, you will be depressed.
If you want to go vend to get exposure or just to be at the event and don't mind if you don't make your gas money back, and know that in advance, then you'll be okay and could be pleasantly surprised if you sell a bunch.
I've vended at a few tiki events in the past, including the biggest one, and even though I had selling fees waived and sold a fair amount at them, it wasn't worth all the effort to me.
Bottom line from me is, if your goal is to sell and make money, online is the better way to go.
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santa
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Posted: 2018-05-02 10:46 am   Permalink

Thanks 4wd tiki. I canít get a wholesale volume discount. I think Iíll need to get that before selling retail in person. At least online I donít pay fees until I sell if I use buy it now. I was looking at the San Diego Bali hai show and the garden grove Orange County show.

 
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santa
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Posted: 2018-05-02 10:49 am   Permalink

Bill how much do your 2-5 foot tikis sell for?

 
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2018-05-02 8:20 pm   Permalink

santa, my 2' price is $400, 5' is 800.

Tikiskip, I hope it wasn't something I said to cause you to delete your comments?? Please tell me that's not the case, or tell me what I said that caused it. I can't imagine it was my post, but the timing is suspect, so, I gotta wonder...
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2018-05-03 01:35 am   Permalink

No Bill it was not you.
Your post was a good one.

Being one of the only people to answer "Santa" and then not even thanks I thought he was just a person with no manners till he then thanked you for your help.

It amazes me how many times I have tried to help people here and even in PMs and don't see even a thanks, maybe it should amaze me that I keep doing it.

And your tiki carving pricing would be about one fourth of Bills tiki carving prices as he is well known and very good at it.

Santa stay off my roof.



 
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santa
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From: North America
Posted: 2018-05-05 07:25 am   Permalink

Skip I get from your posts youíre bitter about your show selling experiences. Thanks for venting

 
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