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Title: Double the cost?
Post by: polly on September 08, 2012, 07:05:02 PM
I just got an email about a craft fair. I did it last year in the local castle (this was the first time ever the castle opened to the public, the Lord still lives there) and it was £25 for the table. It was an ok event, not too great, but local and we got to see a castle we don't otherwise get to see.

However, now they want £50. I double checked my records and yes, it was definetly only £25 last year. So I've just sent an email saying that yes, I too had a good event last year, but at double the cost, I am not taking a table this year.

What a cheek! Last year, it was busy because people were very curious. So it started out as a load of the Lord's friends (you could spot them a mile off) and filtered through to the general public who came to have a good look at the castle. Will those same people turn up again now that they've had their look last year? Not so sure but I think a 100% increase in the table fee is far too much and is just greedy.


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Suzanne on September 08, 2012, 07:16:01 PM
It does seem a bit too much of an increase. I suppose the other way to look at it is that as this is the second year, more people may know about it.


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Tanya on September 09, 2012, 12:46:36 PM
I would be thinking the same as Suzanne too. I think more people will come this year  :-\ But it is a hefty increase. It is a gamble for sure. I am sure you will find another fair closer to Christmas that will suit you better.


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: polly on September 09, 2012, 12:48:17 PM
That's a good point, but if I take the same as last year, it would not be worth it at all. And I've send off my snippy email so I don't think they'd let me back in  :D


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Tanya on September 09, 2012, 02:08:35 PM
That's a good point, but if I take the same as last year, it would not be worth it at all. And I've send off my snippy email so I don't think they'd let me back in  :D

 :mwaha:


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Lindy on September 10, 2012, 01:04:07 AM
That's a good point, but if I take the same as last year, it would not be worth it at all. And I've send off my snippy email so I don't think they'd let me back in  :D

 :mwaha: :mwaha: :mwaha:


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Iulia on September 10, 2012, 05:58:31 AM
I think doubling the price is unreasonable UNLESS they specifically stated last year it was a special price for the first year or something ....


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Lindy on September 10, 2012, 06:03:41 AM
I think doubling the price is unreasonable UNLESS they specifically stated last year it was a special price for the first year or something ....

Tend to agree.  Here in Canada it can take up to 3 years for an event to "take" so to speak and they need to remember that it is the vendors that make it successful...  just my opinion of course.... LOL


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: LizzyH on September 10, 2012, 08:10:59 AM
An opinion that I agree with. There might be more people this year, but there's no way they can know that until after it happens so it's not a basis for putting up the prices.

Of course it's possible that they made a loss last year, or their costs have gone up substantially for some reason, but they should at the very least acknowledge that it's a massive increase If the price list had come with a 'sorry it's gone up but this is why' then I suspect traders would have been more likely to consider paying it than if they just hoik up the price with no explanation.


Title: Re: Double the cost?
Post by: Sleepingdragon10 on September 10, 2012, 08:14:11 AM
Agree with Lizzy, a price hike like that deserves some kind of explanation really.