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1: Leave that to customer demand. Most states don't restrict FTF sales, and interstate sales are already handled just fine.1. Provide an FFL to do transfers for walk in sales, probably a popular choice for INTERSTATE sales.
2. Sell tables to ONLY gun related vendors, No t-shirts, beef jerky, beanie babies, FLEA MARKET CRAP!
3. Provide a safe location for customers to put down items and continue shopping, like lockers at a train station
4. Pay insurance for vendors to drive inside building
I have a lot more ideas, but it costs a lot of money to run a gun show, believe me I've tried.
I'd go the opposite route -- I wouldn't rent any venue which forbids the beef jerky vendors, then I would actively recruit the jerky and T-shirt guys and segregate them all on the far corner opposite the entrance, ensuring maximum foot traffic for the serious vendors.2. Sell tables to ONLY gun related vendors, No t-shirts, beef jerky, beanie babies, FLEA MARKET CRAP!
2&3 are nonsense,why should women get in free,or seniors half price ?1. Sell the tickets online, show up with a ticket and get in no waiting line.
2. Women get in free
3. Over 65 get in 1/2 price
This would almost certainly be a contractually prohibited by the venue. It's akin to bringing your own food to a restaurant.Food trucks in the parking lot
The hard part is building up a big enough name to get a metric s-load of vendors to show up. If you can do that, you will do well.I have a lot more ideas, but it costs a lot of money to run a gun show, believe me I've tried.
I suspect you'd have found "Rambo knives" at every single show since '82.Once inside the venue, I'd have a portal through which a person could go back in time to 1986 when the shows didn't suck. No goddamn jerky and hot sauce vendors...
I go to Marlborough show every year,it's the only show I go to now because it is close to home.OK, 24 posts about shows by people who (other than Boudrie) were probably not there. Marlborough had a pretty good turn-out yesterday and there were actually some things for sale at market prices. There was a better representation of women than in past years and I only smelled one person who had obvious issues and that was as I was leaving. We had ample interest in our introduction to USPSA class this year and expect it to be fully booked. I see lots of shooters that I know and enjoy speaking with.