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Discussion in 'Book, Magazine, Gallery Reviews, Shows & Contests' started by KarnyDoc, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. KarnyDoc

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    Here in New Jersey, for as long as I can remember, there has been a monthly camera show called the Second Sunday Camera Show. I've gotten a number of useful items there over the years.

    Last year, I received notice that there would be no shows in September and October. I couldn't imagine the reason why; perhaps the show organizer was going to be laid up following surgery, or some other reason.

    Recently, when I looked up the show dates for 2012, there were only three (three!) shows, in March, September, and November.

    When I saw that, I asked myself, "Why bother?"

    Dieter Zakas
    Huh, NJ
     
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    does the organizer have to pay for the space? If so, maybe the organizer(s) cant afford to shell out the cash every month like they used to?
     
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    I suspect it's a confluence of factors. The organizer isn't getting any younger, and the likes of eBay have had an adverse impact; the dealers used to extend into a back room, and now they're confined to the larger space in the front, and an anteroom.

    I've also noticed a number of dealers who used to be there in years past no longer make an appearance there. For some, it wasn't a huge loss, given how they treated prospective buyers.

    Dieter Zakas
     
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    Consider yourself lucky to have any camera shows at all. A camera show is impossible and unheard of here.
     
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    There's a yearly camera show around here. One day for a few hours, once a year, paid admission with a higher rate if you want to get in early. The one time I went it was well worth the cost just to see so many specimens of cameras.
     
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    Get some apuggers together, serve some nice hors d'oeuvres and drinks, pass cameras and prints around, and be happy.
     
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    Keith, this show is more swap meet than show 'n tell.

    Dieter Zakas
     
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    You can swap with apuggers too :smile:
     
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    yeah, neither of those factors are helping :\


    We have a yearly camera show here. The last time I went, two years ago, there was a dealer that treated me like crap, mostly for not agreeing that digital was far superior than anything film could produce, and for not buying one of his digital cameras after he told me my Pentax K-1000 was crap :smile:
     
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    We have a camera show this weekend in DFW. The guy that puts them on does so twice a year. In the 1990s, there were six a year, and each one was 6 - 10 times the size of the two that occur now. Yes, first ebay, then digital has maimed, if not yet killed this phenomenon. One just has to get over it. :pouty:

    On the other hand, at the last one, there was a commercial pro who had shut down his darkroom and brought all the smaller gear (no enlargers) to the show to sell CHEAP. A few of us cleaned up! :cool: