CLA are Brummies just tight wads?

Discussion in 'Shooting, Hunting and Fishing' started by ugly, Jul 22, 2013.

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  1. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Now never had the joy of Belvoir Castle as its usually submerged but Blenheim is a great earner and really very busy for traders. In fact if you can see any floor space between the isles its because you are pissed and lying on it. Ragley Hall near Evesham was so quiet I expected tumble weed to blow around. Dont get me wrong but spending money for a pitch at the CLA usually guarantees a good income, we bought twice the size of Blenheims pitch only to see takings down by a third. I like to tow an empty ish trailer home but I'm no mug and not cutting my prices like some traders just for the game fair to the point where you make no profit. There are plenty of fools doing that so if the trend continues there will be no traders.
    I wont bother with mythering the CLA for a discount as they dont care, they werent even interested when on opening day the data network crashed and no one could take cards or call the tech support line!
    We actually raised our prices with new stock (exclusive to us) for the show and it sold well but when these bargain hunters get home and want to buy more from the cut price johnnies they will have a fit.
    Our prices include shipping in the UK and in fact whilst away we had plenty of online orders in. I can see if this level of price cutting and low attendance continues then the traders will drift away and the shows will fold!
  2. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    You are right, the CIA are Brummies.

    They operate out of Kerrang Radio in Lionel Street Birmingham.
  3. the CLA show was more expensive than the Three Counties show, and is even more obviously there as a cash cow. the 3 counties show had a good variety of interests - the 'huntin-shootin-fishin' set, the farming/agricultural, and the horsey-folk - so there was always something different to move onto to get your value out of the ticket price. the CLA show line up looked to me to be very narrow, and while a very concentrated dose of 'huntin-shootin-fishin' might be great for people who are really interested in it, for a very much larger number who shoot/fish occasionally, but who do so as a part of their enjoyment of the c/side, the CLA show represented not only poor value for money, but its commercialism was pretty blatent, and that sticks in the craw...

    it may be that my understanding of what i'd have got for my money is incorrect, in which case i suggest the CLA fire their PR company...
  4. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I've been to a few as a guest and as a paying visitor and I liked it at Broadlands and Blenheim and there was an awful lot to see near our stand with 5 arenas for dogs alone!
    No lack of things to see, demos, dog displays and competitions.
    I wouldn't have taken a dog though the heat was incredible!
  5. That's unlikely to happen again because they are now farming the land that it was held on.

    My dog liked Belvoir the last time we went because he got a new coat. (To keep the rain off.)

    We don' t really go much these days. Same old same old with (much) dearer prices.
  6. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Everyone including the crappiest have pulled out of Broadlands, they are moving to Netley, rumour has it hosing is earmarked for the site a whole new village!
    I havent managed to get to Belvoir in any capacity yet as it keeps getting pulled due to weather.
  7. I read that as: "CIA are Brummies just tight wads?"

    I blame the shit coffee at work. Anyways....
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  8. Ugly: Now come to think of it, they are tight wads - the blundering idiots were too cheap even to pay the hookers in Colombia....
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  9. A mate had a stand on Fishermans Row ,covered his overheads on the Friday , sales were down slightly on Saturday , not a great deal done on the Sunday, said he did better at Scone.
  10. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Well he did very well then, we usually all expect to cover the pitch and costs on day 1 and several on Gunmakers who are discounted didnt cover theirs neither did we and it was worrying. I only put out 10 litres of water on friday thankfully most dog owners left theirs at home!