A recap of my experience at the meet last spring. It was my first time at the Strasburg meet and probably my last. No one wanted to sell me anything. I found a number of potential purchases but no one was at their table to make a sale. I came back several times over the morning but no one was at the table at anytime. Then I found a dealer at his table. He was in a conversation with someone else. I picked up the item I was interested in and waited politely for the conversation to pause. After 5 minutes or so of completely being ignored I put the item down and left. If you folks don’t want to sell why do you pay to set up? It would appear that this meet is primarily a social event. These dealers probably wonder why they do so poorly sales wise. I sold antiques at shows and flea markets go over 25 years. If you want to make sales you have to be present and talk to people.
Hopefully it wasn't me that you wanted to talk to!
Yes, for many of us that are dealers we are part of the big O scale fraternity. Yes we are there to sell our wares but also to socialize.
At many meets folks that are dealers have their contact info on the table since they too are roaming to visit and shop. Remember, these shows are a long distance affairs for many of us too and it's our infrequent chance to commiserate with old friends and make new ones.
I personally like a low-key sales experience, not a hyped up salesman who is pushy.
And I find that O scale meets are generally very low key and wandering around and making friends is part of the experience.
If you choose to go to a show or to come back to Strasburg, stop and chat with folks. Some of us seem like old curmudgeons but we're first and foremost o scalers and love to talk trains with anyone willing to do so with us.
Don't let one sour apple keep you from enjoying all of the good fruit.