Donkey, on Sep 26 2011, 01:24 PM, said:
yahweh70, on Sep 26 2011, 12:02 PM, said:
Hang on.. would you rather have to choose which one you plump for, and miss out on 90% of the guests.. and pay through the nose for the privelege, or get a few of them, and get them all, for near enough the same price as getting one in Tuscon.
I'm not really sure what your point is here?. Are you trying to say you prefer having less guests at a time?. Given that we now have one show a year, and time isn't on our side. I fear you should really stop and think about it a little harder. If you really want to meet them all.
Whilst I agree that Autographica isn't a 'Space Show'; it seems from the traffic on the forum, that thats where the core interest is - and therefore almost the entire show rests on getting these guys on board.
I don't actually consider the Arazona prices that scandalous. If it means either meeting them, or not meeting them - I'm in. I do wish sometimes the pricing was a bit more transparent though. It's hard to figure why some are so much more expensive, and others much less.
As I said maybe its time to get contracts that actually mean something; and go all balls out to make the next few shows something special. If rising prices a little bit means that we get events to remember, tell us thats the plan, and it actually is going to happen (not like some of the promises before) - and lets go.
Err, some folks have a meagre budget to spread amongst many genres of interest. Not everyone JUST goes for a Moonwalker.. just like not everyone goes JUST for Ernest Borgnine-quality folks. Not everyone has thousands of pounds to spend on one show. Some folks do other shows, and other calls on limited finances.
Ok so you think spending a grand to get a few moonwalkers is OK. Not everyone can afford a grand on one area. Not everyone can afford a grand, period. You might have just one Space-related show a year. Some are more general autograph hunters, so getting a Moonwalker is a luxury one has dangling, carrot-like.
Case in point that price can have an effect.. General Tom was cheaper last time, but wasn't, as far as I could tell, as busy as his more expensive '1-time-only' appearance a year later. Complaints about the prices Dave, Jim, etc charge. They are usually SO far greater than other guests, even the TC's of this world.. they get huge 'traffic' on here, not as positive as you seem to imagine it would be.
If you are so sure that getting every astronaut on the planet is such a great idea, and would make you a killing. I'm sure there are ways to start your own show. Get them to charge what they want.. and expect a lot of footfall, and hardly any takers. Then come back on here, and give us a report from your Bahamian Island you bought on the profits..
I prefer to have a wide range of guests. That is Autographica. Having a Space-Show is not Autographica. Having a couple of Space guests mean that any budget they wish to assign to them, can mean more than one item can be signed per guest. Lets say one has a poster on the Apollo11 movie..and a canvas.. means both can be signed by one person, rather than one by two..
Donkey, on Sep 26 2011, 03:28 PM, said:
conqueen, on Sep 26 2011, 03:12 PM, said:
Those of you complaining ... guests have always appeared at shows subject to work commitments, so if you book just on the basis of one guest its at your own risk.
I do get flustrated with comments like these, hindsight is such a wonderful thing.
Maybe you should have reminded us about this when this post was made?
Oh for God's sake! Thats standard practice. Check out the EMS site, Collectormania, (other shows do exist but we can't mention them on here). They ALL say Guests are subject to work commitments. Overruns, Reshoots, Redubs.. whatever form they take.. if the guest's employers have a reason to keep him/her, or the agent gets informed of a booking clash, and the bigger legal team are getting hot'n'heavy.. then there has to be give and take.