Trade shows?

Discussion in 'LawnSite.com/TURF Magazine e-Reports' started by turfmagazine, Nov 8, 2005.

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Why do YOU go to trade shows?

  1. To see or test equipment

    20 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. For educational seminars

    7 vote(s)
    23.3%
  3. To network with your peers

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  4. To buy equipment

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. I don't go to trade shows

    1 vote(s)
    3.3%
  1. turfmagazine

    turfmagazine LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Posts: 95

    Why do you go to trade shows?
     
  2. LWNMWR1

    LWNMWR1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    if these guys could push the dates aheadto early december then i could make it... and i would enjoy seeing all the new toys!!
     
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    I enjoyed the GIE expo last week in Orlando. I did two cert. tests, but It also gave me a chance to seem some of the equipment up close and personal and play with them as well.....
    I am planning some purchases in the near future so It was welcome...
     
  4. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,134

    i go to see the new stuff and what i may be able to use and i also go to get pert cert credits
     
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    I've been trying to get to a few trade shows, but.............

    Here's the but............
    I can get just as much information off the internet or from magazines such as Turf and Tree service, and Landscape Contractor as I can going to a show,AND, here's the bonus..........NO salesmen to deal with!:waving:
     
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    I'll say one thing, the salesmen(and women..:) ) where very low pressure and the only ones I really wanted to talk to were the ones with equipment I wanted to test or am thinking about purchasing...It was also nice to put some faces with the voices on the phone....

    I agree that internet information and the information passed on LS is invaluable, but sometimes being able to put your hands on the cold steel is nice. I just wish the that exmark/toro 21 and 26 inch push mowers had low oil shutoff so if you get pushing on too steep of a hill you wont blow your engine.
     
  7. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I attended two trade shows this week in Phoenix. One was IA, saw a lot of new products I would like to try but industry is slow to change and vendors rarely carry the new stuff unless you beg or order a bunch. Also attended the local show (nursery and landscape). They changed formats this year and had the educational classes in early Aug (good for me, slow time in Phx.) and the trade show portion this week, it was at a new venue and weakly attended by both vendors and contractors. I wanted to test some newer bigger mowers but the only mower at the show was a 36" Ferris and it was inside. I like the classes first and foremost, next to try new equipment and shop products, and to see old friends in the industry, have a few drinks or lunch on my vendors tab.
     

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