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    Couple more things... I'll admit if the show wasn't here I wouldn't go every year either but I will say clearly TW is the best show out there bar none. I don't even know why we bring up these other shows they are not even close to being in the same category. All these shows can claim whatever they want but they are NOT EVEN IN THE SAME LEAGUE! TW however seems to be moving more and more into the fun category more like MHC and I think that is a mistake honestly. MHC is the tour and the haunt party show, while TW should stick strictly to being the show for professionals no matter who actually attends.

    On another note ... TW should keep the focus on having the best speakers, best topics, best events for professionals all the other stuff leave to other shows.

    Two the interactive haunt has gotten so bad it should be eliminated.

    I don't think at all that the show was bad, but I will say this like I've said in the past...SOME VENDORS NEED TO STOP thinking they know what buyers want. Vendors should take road trips in October and see as many haunts as they can and talk to as many haunters as they can read these forums, ask for help, ask for idea's, hire focus groups, whatever and maybe TW can help here. This would help keep the industry going in the right directions.

    Four... I have NO IDEA what vendor had a 1000 order who did that? This I need to know!!!

    So please spill the beans on that one!

    Larry
     

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    For me , I really enjoyed the show! As a 4th year guy it offered numerous things for me.

    I brought some of my key staff so they could see "The big picture". That will pay off on Nov.1st with my staff seeing my vision and understanding what we are striving to achieve. I am empowering them to fill their responsibilities and I believe they are "getting it" by the advice and pointers all of you shared with them. Thanks much!

    I understand what everyone means by nothing that totally blew you away. But look at all he things the vendors have brought to the industry in the last few years. CGI fx, animatronic puppets, silicone masks, and the list goes on. I would say that the vendors have a tough time "Wowing" us after the last couple years. On the flip side, I see progress in the industry with customer service and more variety. Someone mentioned smaller items. Yeah! A lot off them. It was great. For me I am now no longer a "haunt rookie". So I am able to look at everything and still keep my head on straight. I can totally appreciate all the work, talent, and creativity in all products without losing sight of what will work or not in my show.

    My sales were way down last year. Whose fault was it? Mine. I come to this show to enjoy all the creativity of the industry. I treat my show like a business. And part of my business is this show. I focused HARD on what is going to increase revenue to my haunt. One item I bought was Decimated Designs muscle suit. I think I bought that thing within the first hour of the show on Thursday. What for? Well, I will put an actor in it but....I will drop money out of my traditional advertising budget to pay for that thing. Now we will put a ripped up straight jacket on that thing with "Property of Fear Asylum " on it and put it on the parade , fair route in about a month. Killing two birds one stone thing. It is interesting and will fulfill 2 roles. That thing will turn heads.

    I was disappointed with the interactive haunt also compared to last year. I don't honk they should get rid of it but last year was way better. I know a bunch of people worked hard on it but, not near the caliber that this show can produce. I think a scene build on the floor going on all week would be great. Watch it come alive.

    What did I buy?
    1. 2nd haunt. 2000-3000sqft 3D haunt from Stuartizm Design. This will increase ticket value but I am going to put it in a different location then my main haunt so I will have 2 locations promoting my business.
    2. Computer show controls. This was a huge purchase that was not even in my radar this year. But, my show lacked in the FX market last year and this system will make my show a heart stopper for the next numerous years. This may not be for everyone but, it was a smart investment as far as I was concerned.
    3. Guppy Pod marketing . I almost bought the PIC marketing last year. I believe this is easier, better value, and will increase my revenue within the next few years.
    4. I could not pass up on the animatronic mannequins. Creepy as hell. Couldn't pass on those.
    5. European body airbrush setup.
    6. Stilt east studios masks, Halloween Productions "iron mask", a few others.
    7. Etc. lots of random stuff. Oh yeah...that LED geyser fx from froggys fog. Love it! Thanks Tater!

    Loved the show! had a blast! Really enjoyed making more haunt friends and catching up with some old ones.
    BUT... I'm pissed. I never tried the donuts. I thought you had to buy them. Oh we'll. see ya next year.

    Buck
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    Okay since the direction changed so I'll post my thoughts on what was cool...

    Coolest thing I saw... nothing not one thing! There just wasn't a coolest thing there. What did I buy?

    Scarefactory: Two of those inflatables because I'm going to put one on my roof and at my other haunt out near the highway. Those should drive more business.

    I bought a couple masks from the show floor because I got a great price and other than that NOTHING!

    The company I thought had the most stuff I would buy if I was buying anything... GHOST RIDE they had a lot of cool gory stuff.

    I would love to have that giant plant monsters from Gore Galore but it was pricy. I liked the mannequins clearly that was inspired by Silent Hill 2 but it was cool just didn't know what I'd do with them. I thought those guys had very affordable prices. I like Dark Ravens stuff however it seemed like mostly the same stuff as before maybe just bigger.

    So overall I bought nothing really... I did however make a huge order with Unit 70 again for Creepyworld. I still didn't see companies just come with nothing but props monsters, standing figures so I just keep going back to Unit 70. I'd like to see the animation companies just stop for a year or two and making monsters, and props.

    Overall I was most interested in the small stuff.

    I talked to many vendors who said they didn't do well... but I'm with all the haunt owners in that I had a bad year as well. But let me say this to ALL THE VENDORS... ALL HAUNTERS will break loose with the money come June or July TRUST ME because they can't help themselves.

    Just keep the faith because the biggest buying season is June on anyway and this year it might be the biggest one yet... so fear not!

    Larry
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by drfrightner View Post
    Okay since the direction changed so I'll post my thoughts on what was cool...

    Coolest thing I saw... nothing not one thing! There just wasn't a coolest thing there.
    Larry


    Larry, Should I remind you that your company was there VENDING...and you didnt see one cool thing at Transworld....Interesting!

    Buck, anytime buddy, As I told you I loved it so much I bought one too and I dont own a haunt hahaha
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    Hey I think it goes without saying that every vendor who brings product there thinks what they brought is awesome otherwise they wouldn't bring it... so yeah I liked what we brought but I'm not going to say it was better than anyone else so I don't say anything about it. That is up to the buyers to decide. I am going on the record here to say we had a great show we sold a lot of stuff so I'm not going to complain there. We are happy and thank everyone.

    I didn't like anything there the best... I liked a lot of different things but just nothing stood out as WOW!

    Larry
     

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    Tater,

    I missed your booth this year can you send me info on the LED geyser lights? allan@bennettscurse.com.
    Thanks,
    Allan
     

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    Transworld has definitely changed from an all business show to now being a show packed with activities and nighttime events. While most are there for business there are those now coming to party and hang out much like you'd see at MHC where business isn't always the main focus for attending. I think Transworld above all else should always focus on business and the pro Haunter first, and the other shows are great options for home Haunters, enthusiasts, actors, and people looking to hang out and party etc.

    I enjoyed the show this year though. I did notice that many vendors booth looked the exact same and with the same products as before. I was also surprised that Scarefactory had the inflatable this year. It looked cool but that seems like something that would've been done 10 years ago at the height of the inflatables boom but they did a nice job with painting it. All in all the vendors and Transworld did a great job.

    Allan
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by drfrightner View Post
    Four... I have NO IDEA what vendor had a 1000 order who did that? This I need to know!!!

    So please spill the beans on that one!

    Larry
    Reimagine your booth in your mind and then look to the right towards the entrance of the show.

    $1000 minimum order wouldn't be bad if you had $1000 worth of new interesting stuff and not all the same stuff you have been selling for years.

    Kudos to Gore Galore, nice stuff. I like the smaller props, keep it up.

    Scarefactory had a nice hallway of doom that clocked me in the head pretty good, really nice if I wanted to actually kill people that came through my haunt, thanks for the headache.

    Larry, I will admit your air blaster/ water blaster stuff was pretty vicious. Just stop blowing people off and start answering their questions, lol.
    Last edited by mindtumor; 03-12-2013 at 07:14 AM.
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    I love our vendors some really, really great guys and I hope they made a ton. I feel bad when I don't buy but again I got stuff I am not using now! I just felt maybe everyone was a little bummed from this past season? Just like I say just felt someting missing before, durning and after hours of the show. I think I missed alot of folks too. Oh and Larry you left that g string and wig in my room I left it at the front desk to pick up! Shane and it's oh and I lost my damn checkbook too!!!!
     

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    I will say this the parties are after hours and those who came to party I don't think got out to the show floor much. I know I got a lot of stuff handled in the bar and lobby area, this was the only place where you could get a one on one with a vendor and not have people hovering waiting for their turn. I will say that I wait till Sunday to buy because I don't do much cash and carry, and I found that the vendors gave me better deals this year. I was getting 10% to 15% of show prices from guys, I don't know if that was because the sales were slow or that they knew there are not much sales to be had on Sunday. Larry were your sales per hour better early or did you do good on Sunday? I like Sunday because the show floor is slower and I give my self the chance to think over what I really want to buy. I make a dream list and work back from there Friday and Sat. I am a impulse buyer so I need help and time to keep me from buying donut machine. Like I really needed that thing hanging around.

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