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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by Krooser » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:04 pm

I'll be the old fat guy at Mike Jones booth begging for sponsorship for my bomber car...
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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by j-c-c » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:35 pm

Krooser wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:04 pm
I'll be the old fat guy at Mike Jones booth begging for sponsorship for my bomber car...
Tip to get extra attention, get your wardrobe from Walmart, and don't mention your Miata while you are standing in line. :D

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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by Krooser » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:36 pm

j-c-c wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:35 pm
Krooser wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:04 pm
I'll be the old fat guy at Mike Jones booth begging for sponsorship for my bomber car...
Tip to get extra attention, get your wardrobe from Walmart, and don't mention your Miata while you are standing in line. :D
Sold my Miata two years ago...
Last place in the B-main is better than anyplace in the grandstands...

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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by Walter R. Malik » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:40 pm

CamKing wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:23 pm
pamotorman wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:24 pm
you never know by looks who is a good customer.
The two richest people I've ever met(1 is a billionaire), look like they bought their clothes from the clearance rack at walmart.
I went to their Town Hall meeting they had Thursday morning where ideas got thrown around for future shows.
I really liked the idea of making sure every legitimate attendee company or race team got ONE FREE pass ... then had to pay extra for any additional ones they wanted.

How they could fairly implement that became their real question for exiting that idea.
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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by WeingartnerRacing » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:58 am

Too many people this year. They need to make it from 9-12am buyer then after 12 everyone else. You must have a ein number to be a buyer. This would help the congestion and pri and the eateries.
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Post by ssdoug » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:34 am

I'm looking for a new sonic cleaner . And I did buy one at the show . During my shopping I check out the Safety Kleen booth ask the guy about the specs and price of a certain model . HE says I don't know . Ask him if anyone there knows and he says no . Here fill out this paper and one of our company reps will email you . You can guess how this worked out. OK rant over.

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Post by Carnut1 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:13 am

I found the same thing over and over. The people representing the company and products didn't have basic info to help the customer. Not all mind you some were extremely knowlegeable.
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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by Frankshaft » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:05 pm

I didn't go this year, but, last year, I swear they got the "help" from a local temp agency or something. Like said above, they didn't know the products, or, were completely clueless and didn't even have a basic knowledge of the industry. I saved one vendor representative his fingers. He fired up a surfacer, there was 4 of us standing there, he had no clue how to answer the questions being asked, it was obvious he had never surfaced anything, and, when he stuck his hand under the spinning cutter head, it was going 1200 rpm, as the digital display read, I yelled, HEY HEY HEY, get your hand from out of there. He jumped back, oh, its not running. I said, yes it is, look at the display. He looked up under the head, oh, your right, its running. wow. Completely oblivious to the fact I just saved him from a serious injury, and a trip to the ER. Everyone looked at each other and shook their head. The other thing I don't understand, no one spends anytime setting up machines. I was a serious buy for a new seat and guide machine. Not one machine I demoed left me with a warm fuzzy. Just more doubt and confusion. Most were still on pallets. If your trying to sell a machine, spend some time and set it up and have the ability to proudly display it.

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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by j-c-c » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:10 pm

WeingartnerRacing wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:58 am
Too many people this year. They need to make it from 9-12am buyer then after 12 everyone else. You must have a ein number to be a buyer. This would help the congestion and pri and the eateries.

One idea that was touched on earlier here that has some merit, I often notice sizable "groups" traveling the aisles, besides the physical room they take up, charging a fee after the first entrant would likely reduce that aspect, I am not sure why an audience is needed by those asking hopefully pertinent questions.

Maybe make everybody have a 2? min sand clock attached to their credentials as a time limit when at the front the line when asking questions. :D

Any vetting system will be worked around at some point, its just a kicking the can down the road solution, which maybe fine.

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Post by DCal » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:30 pm

It may have been the biggest show that I can remember and it was profitable but over-crowded. I didn't get the trashcans in the middle of the isle thing either, seems like it slowed traffic. To get from CP to CamKing took forever. Some vendors I visited seemed inept and didn't look like they wanted to be bothered so I didn't bother them-so much for me getting FI this year. I hope that our team was attentive, it's a lot of money to have 16 people there and 20 or more at mealtime every night. You'd BETTER have a smile on your face. I think it was a success overall and a positive sign as far as the economy is concered --no matter who you voted for.

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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by engineguyBill » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:58 pm

Dave, your team always does an excellent job. Plenty of people in the booth and all of them very knowledgeable, from what I have seen . . . . . . Well done.

I agree with some of the previous posts, in that there are often people in the booths who are not on top of all the technical information, but these people should be able to direct the customer's questions to someone else in the booth who can answer the question (s).

Funny thing, this year I noticed large crowds waiting in line for autographs from Linda Vaughn and that hayseed who drives the "farm truck" on one of those idiotic "reality" TV shows. And the decal snatchers seemed to be out in force . . . . . Sad situation for a trade show aimed at the high performance INDUSTRY in my opinion.
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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by exhaustgases » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:20 pm

So funny how can some one be in a business trying to sell a product or a service, and then want potential customers banned from a trade show? I don't get it. Just because someone is not running a business it does not mean they don't have a pocket or bank full of money. And besides why is this thread here, it is more of a general question deal not an engine tech deal?

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Post by machinedave » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:32 pm

This was my first PRI show. So much better than SEMA. I went there to look at and price equipment. They had some good show specials. I did find a few people that didn't seem to be able to demonstrate or answer questions about the machines but there was a guy that impressed me at CWT that spent almost twenty minutes with me demonstrating and answering questions about a balancing machine. I got a quote on a new surfacing machine that was better than I expected. Now to make some decisions.

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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by Krooser » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:21 pm

I dragged my buddy along...he's not much into racing but he's a sales guy for a local auto parts chain. He made some good connections and was kinda amazed at the whole deal.
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Re: PRI...who's going?

Post by Walter R. Malik » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:49 pm

exhaustgases wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:20 pm
So funny how can some one be in a business trying to sell a product or a service, and then want potential customers banned from a trade show? I don't get it. Just because someone is not running a business it does not mean they don't have a pocket or bank full of money. And besides why is this thread here, it is more of a general question deal not an engine tech deal?
I don't care how much money you have ... IF you are a normal RETAIL customer; you simply don't belong there.
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