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GIE+EXPO likes and dislikes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by zmowingmaster, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    I went last year and loved it. This year, I bought plane tickets, pre registered for the show, and pre-paid over $1,800 in hotel reservations at the Seelback Hilton in Downtown Louisville. I was ALL set to go and then my mother came down with the swine flu so I had to cancel the trip to stay here and deal with that. I bring our supervisor with us every year, and we were all disappointed, but you gotta do what you got to do.

    Worst part was that I decided to save a couple or few hundred bucks by doing a "pre-pay, non refundable hotel purchase" and I had to eat the $1,800......:cry: Last year I spent around $140 for the hotel for a couple nights but I was in some hell hole of a holiday inn by the airport and they stuck me in a smoking room (worst stay of my life), so I decided this year it was time to go all out with the nicest one available. Maybe I won't pre-purchase next year.....
  2. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,322

    No perfect time...
    mid november - leaf cleanup an close to Thanksgiving

    may be august or february?
  3. r.eckley

    r.eckley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Been many times, this year seemed to be a little smaller outside than inside.
    Really missed KOHLER brats!
    First time ever had to sign wavier to try a mower.
    Thought 15.00$ for buffet was pretty high.
    Inside displays were very good.
    Talked to several reps that were very knowledgeable about their product.
    Sometimes it seems i know more than some of them.
    I dont know when the best time of year would work for everybody.
    I dont particulary like late OCT.
    Inside area was clean and wide aisles not too crowded.
    WE stay in New Albany IN. Good hotel ,Quiet too old to party much.
    I dont think the recession is over yet .
  4. zman2307

    zman2307 LawnSite Senior Member
    from OR
    Messages: 328

    Should have scalped your hotel room. Bet you could have recouped a couple hundred dollars at least...
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  5. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 601

    Location, just up the road from me.
    Wide aisles didn't seem to crowded
    I had my name on a cool badge
    All the freebies
    Seeing products up close
    The lady at the MOJACK booth
    I love it all around, I always look forward to it all year.
    Great to network and see industry trends.

    Paying to park everyday
    Had to be a Planet member to attend some classes
    Outdoor area was poorly designed, very muddy, would like to see some of the area on asphalt and then drive equipment to a testing area.
    BOP was not there, although I saw a BOP truck with mowers in the back?
    Food Sucked
    Would've liked to seen more snow products there.
    Didn't really like companies bringing all there employees there just to screw around, I saw one company bring a bus load, thats just overkill.
    Wouldve liked to see more apparel companies there, lawngrips, carhartt etc. I would have bought some clothes.
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    summer is mostly the best time to get away. normally it is hot and dry for msot of the country, but this year was def not that way here so, maybe florida is a good idea in december, well then again, ok, i give up. like my dad said above there is not a perfiect time,
  7. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    Me and my buddy tailgated at the truck! That's how rednecks roll! LOL
  8. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    Amen on the Mojack lady!! And the Badboy girl!! And the snowplow bunnys!! And the Hooter Girls!! Were there any other booths?
  9. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    Hardscape show will be there next year
    Able to network
    All the freebies
    4th street live
    Chainsaw chicks
    Good times with good friends

    Demo area seemed smaller this year
    No Kohler brats
    Not as many freebies as past years
    I knew more than some of the salespeople
  10. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 601

    BigDog mowers hired some models as well they ran up to me, hugged me, and then gave me some lame bag to carry around. I liked the attention though.

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