IAAPA Most deals made @ the show?

Monday, November 19, 2001 5:50 PM
Do most of the deals between Amusement Parks and ride manufactures made at the show or do parks order new rides when they make their budget or buisness plan? How does it work? Is the trade show just a show to higlight what's new?
Monday, November 19, 2001 6:18 PM
If it's like the pro-audio show I went to, deals do get made at the show. It's not just an exhibition.

Batwing-Bow Down

Monday, November 19, 2001 7:18 PM
It depends on the scale of the product. You don't stop by the B&M booth and say, "Walter and Claude, I'd like a floorless, please." However, if you're a small park operator who really likes a pizza oven, you might consider it right there and then.

In many ways the show acts as an introduction between buyers and sellers. The big deals are rarely closed right there, but it gets people talking. I counted several times I was talking to a vendor when some park exec or someone of that nature started talking about product right then and there, but they weren't signing contracts (if only I could share all I heard).

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Monday, November 19, 2001 7:29 PM
So what you're saying Jeff is that if you stalk the CEO of SF you might overhear a deal being started. ;)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2001 5:34 AM
Not likely.  They are not going to be negotiating or making deals right there on the floor in front of everyone.  Many booths have a small conference room attached to them or they might go to a meeting room elsewhere in the building.

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