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Only 68 more sleeps until the Christmas Mancunian Fair (as at 20thOct)
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Yes I can't wait to be ripped off by dealers! Very Happy
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RIKERBCFC wrote:
YAWN ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

You never shut up to get any sleep Stewart Nod
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:41 pm 
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TheSorter! wrote:
Yes I can't wait to be ripped off by dealers! Very Happy


no mate, all the chancers are on Ebay Judge
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You never shut up to get any sleep Stewart Nod[/quote]

Very Happy Laughing

Don't forget to put your clocks back next Saturday you get an extra hour sleep or more time to list another xx number of items on ebay.
I remember a footballer turning up an hour early for a match then went home when nobodyelse turned up and missed the match.
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Look forward to it ..... but please tell your dealers to place sensible prices on their stock. Sometimes I think they don't want to sell the best items .... just display them on the backboards.
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I will have loads of trade/cigarette cards old and modern up to 2018-19 season at moderate prices.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:40 pm 
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whosbrianwilson wrote:
Look forward to it ..... but please tell your dealers to place sensible prices on their stock. Sometimes I think they don't want to sell the best items .... just display them on the backboards.


When I do the odd fair down south I always try to put a price on stuff that I hope will attract buyers. I assume others do to. When you're asking for "sensible prices" are you asking for cheap prices?

Look at pricing laterally for a moment, rather than just the price you see on the day. Dealers have stall rental to take into account, fuel costs to and from the event, and in my own case an overnight stay as well, which means I have to take about £120 before I'm even in profit. Does anyone who moans about prices ever say "here's a couple of bob for coming down from Scotland to help with things?"

What does pee me off is the kind of bloke - and we've all seen them - who stand pawing at your programmes, taking 20 or 30 out and inspecting them individually taking them out of their bags, and then proceed to put them back untidily and not in the order they left the box, and ask what's the best price on a £3 programme. It happens every time and is so frustrating because you know what's going to happen. Please don't criticise the dealers who put a lot of hard work in to ensure there's a good selection of stuff at most fairs.
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John
We've done a little bit of business together and I hope you would agree that I didn't come over as looking to get anything on the cheap.
The dealers I'm referring to are those who have had the same items on their backboards for years and not sold.
I'm convinced that these become part of their collection in their own sub consciousness. Unless items are priced competively/fairly (substitute your own word as applicable) there will not be a contribution towards their costs.
Nigel
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how can you tell that the items are the progs from specific games and therefore the same stock? I myself tend to replace or add to stock , alot of which are the same clubs granted (due to location) but different games from those seasons yet the same covers, also there isn't in reality alot of fairs to move alot of stock to have a high turnaround in the board stock.
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whosbrianwilson wrote:
John
We've done a little bit of business together and I hope you would agree that I didn't come over as looking to get anything on the cheap.
The dealers I'm referring to are those who have had the same items on their backboards for years and not sold.
I'm convinced that these become part of their collection in their own sub consciousness. Unless items are priced competively/fairly (substitute your own word as applicable) there will not be a contribution towards their costs.
Nigel


Hi Nigel, no I didn't, and sorry if it appeared as such a flippant remark, it was more a comment on modern day buying and selling. Here's something though....I sell programmes nowadays to raise funds for my football Club. We had a fair the other week at Inverness Caledonian Thistle - their first ever. It's the kind of Fair I'm keen to set up in Scotland, like the one I do at Auchinleck - where the host club receives the stall rental money and therefore gets something in return for letting us have the room for free.

In the week leading up to the Fair, I bought about 50% of my stock from Auchinleck to my house (31 miles away) to check what I had, and whether or not I thought it might sell at the Fair. I also had a lot of recent donations that needed bagging, having backboards put in them, bags cut to appropriate size, and then all priced up accordingly. It was the best part of 40 hours work, and it was voluntary. If dealers do this they have to recoup some of the expense for spending so much time on it.

It was a 500 mile round trip to Inverness, and with fuel costs of £40 and stall rental of £10 had to make £50 to just break even. We had 23 folk through the door and I was lucky enough to come away with £100 clear profit for the club - but that was for 9 days of my labour in total. Again, as I do it voluntarily that's only an issue for me in terms of my time being spent doing something worthwhile, but if I was doing it for a living, the programmes I'd taken with me would have been priced considerably higher by necessity.

It's not an easy job to do, although it can be very rewarding, and it's all the hidden costs that folk might not consider when just seeing the price up on the backboard.
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