rich703 wrote:Amazon Prime, Google search, and internet shopping Its killing shops/malls all over america. So the fee is $550 for a 10X10 space how is it done for vendors with trailers? When you think about it 10X10 isn't that large when your selling motorcycle parts/stuff. Its the sign of the times. My uncle has been doing Americade for ever has only miss 2 of them. He tells me stories of long lines and how they had two locations for the Expo. I have been doing it for 10 years now and I have seen it shrink too. I love Americade and LG and look forward every year so I hope it stays around so I can bring my sons.
You raise an excellent point. I'm sure the price of a space takes into consideration the price of doing business: Payroll + utility offsets + liabilities + taxes + profit margin. If the old formulas of doing business can't or won't adapt with the Internet as you mentioned, then its time has come and gone.
I too like to keep seeing the vendors come to show their stuff to sell but we have to recognize their realities. And those drivers that make the payrolls, utility offsets, liabilities, taxes, and profit margins happen have to recognize new realities too.
Taking one element of that I for one question the need for sales taxes when the state already taxes everything else and everybody in multiple imaginative ways on top of that too. If not a rescind of sales taxes then how about tax exemptions or tax holidays to help serve as a business pump? How is that going to hurt anybody?