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Artilleryman16 Mar 2018 3:11 p.m. PST

Does anyone know if Dave Thomas will be at SALUTE selling metal figures? I do not see a separate entry in the traders' list. Is his team perhaps combining with the Perrys' plastics stand?

bc174516 Mar 2018 9:00 p.m. PST

I believe he is not attending Salute this year.

Artilleryman17 Mar 2018 12:57 a.m. PST

That is a shame.

Three Armies17 Mar 2018 1:28 p.m. PST

No Perry metal figures at SALUTE, not even the Perrys are taking them. No great surprise shows are dying anyway. Salute is the last gasp bastion of hope.

Hagman Inactive Member17 Mar 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

For something that's supposedly dying, Salute seems in very rude health?

Timmo uk17 Mar 2018 3:04 p.m. PST

Anybody know why?

grecian1959 Inactive Member18 Mar 2018 7:40 a.m. PST

I see Perry's miniatures are there on the traders list ?? Is that Dave Thomas or Perry's themselves ?

Artilleryman18 Mar 2018 8:49 a.m. PST

In the past that has usually meant the Perrys themselves concentrating on plastics and future projects. Dave Thomas has always had a separate entry in the past.

Timmo uk18 Mar 2018 10:19 a.m. PST

Apparently the Perrys have confirmed on Facebook that Dave Thomas, who sells their metals at shows, won't be at Salute. So only plastics at Salute.

Artilleryman18 Mar 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

Oh well. That's that then.

Three Armies19 Mar 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

I can see where it would be very difficult to carry even a token of the Perry metal range at a show, it is too vast. Even the Twins themselves are not taking it. Although I do find this approach odd. Dave has simply had enough.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Mar 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

Maybe he has become frustrated with all the thefts from his stall at various shows?

Three Armies20 Mar 2018 12:23 a.m. PST

Yeah that theft is never going to help. Shows organised months in advance and taking the money from traders so early is a much bigger drain. And the lack of people actually spending, that probably swayed his decision more! If you speak to him personally he will give you a lot more reasons, most of which should probably not go to print lol

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 9:25 a.m. PST

I find this fascinating, as it is so like what is happening at medical conferences. OK Physicians always attract the reps and sponsors….because they prescribe expensive drugs. But, for surgical meetings, the poor reps are charged increasingly exorbitant rates, travel miles to set up their stands and are then ignored by the punters……who simply cannot afford the expensive kit they are showing.

Seeing products in the flesh is the ideal, but I guess folk increasingly trust to what the website shows. That is what makes the surprisingly few comparative studies on-line so useful. I want to see how a Black Hussar miniature fits in with Three Armies, Brigade Games Miniatures, Perry, Foundry etc etc

I imagine the cost of running a show in a central London venue must rely on sponsorship ++++, or else admission price goes sky high.

Marc at work21 Mar 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

I hadn't realised he suffered theft to that degree.

Shame his thoughts aren't going to print – maybe some would be useful for organisers of shows to hear, so that the future of shows can be debated more openly

Basha Felika21 Mar 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

Is Dave giving up on all shows, or just not doing Salute this year? He's listed as a trader for both Hammerhead and Partizan, so hopefully just the London show.

Pity this wasn't cross-posted to the UK and Shows/Convention Boards as well.

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