I hardly ever post on here, mainly because the admin seem to not appreciate any viewpoint which has a negative edge to it.
I've been attending conventions for 10 years and spend £1000s on meeting the guests. I can not think of another industry or service where you would pay a minimum of £15 for 30-60 seconds of someone's time, yet in most cases feel deflated.
Yes it's my own fault that I spend my money on autographs but in my opinion these conventions have become far too big and the money changing hands is getting ridiculous. I paid £75 for 3 autographs from a guest this year... Basically 60 seconds of his time, only to be looked at like I was asking far too much when I politly asked him if he could write his characters name under the signature... At about £1 per second I didnt think this was too much to be honest!
With people like Mr Berkoff I expect nothing less, and to be honest, these days it's happening a lot more. Despite paying money for a service, we get made to feel like we should be privileged to meet them!
If people accept bad service then this will continue and I am as guilty as most.... The line "he was so nice....." - well he/she should be at the prices they charge! If someone paid me £100 to have a photo with them i would through in a little dance and smile as much as they wanted!
I spent about £250 on autographs from Ralph Machio a few years ago... He was very humble and when I asked for a selfie he said "I'm not supposed to but sure"... Showmaster staff said "your not supposed to" to which he replied .. "Hey the guys just spent £250!!!!!" - this is how it should be!
Gone are the days when most would let you take selfies at the table and that nearly all the guests were £15.... Business is business.