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the Cost of Trade Shows

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$ 25
Nov 2006
Akron, OH
Cost of a booth at a home and garden trade show  more... close row
$ 1000
Feb 2008
Cleveland, OH
Made all the money back quickly on the trade show  more... close row
$ 150
Mar 2008
Indianapolis, Indiana
This trade show a good investment for small business  more... close row
$ 300
Mar 2008
Syracuse, NY
Booth rental can be expensive  more... close row

Description of service

We rented a standard space, with a 4 foot table for 300.00. Like most trade shows, they provided a table, two chairs, table cover, and a small sign. The largest cost of doing a trade show is the booth rental. That runs 100to 300 dollars depending on what type of trade show it is. Usually electric is available in certain areas, for an additional charge. You can sometimes rent a space on the end of the row, with a little more room for a little more money.

Review of Service

The service we received was good. The organizers followed up with us and provided a vendors packet with parking ticket, unloading instructions, security information and directions a week in advance of the show. They did the advertising for the show that they had said they would, both print and radio, the turnout for the show was at least what they promised, maybe more. They had a clearly marked unloading area and people to help vendors bring displays in, that was very nice because it's not always the case. They also provided bottled water for the vendors, another added service.


Make sure you know your demographics before you commit. Is the trade show really going to bring in the type of people you want to do business with? Make sure you know how they plan to promote the event. If they don't have a clear plan, you are not going to get the crowd you want to see. Check your local events calendar and make sure there is no other big event in town the same weekend which might reduce traffic flow to your event. If you can find out who worked the event the year before, you can call them and ask if they were happy with the turnout, and how many leads turned into customers. Be sure to ask if food and drink is available, if not, pack your cooler.

$ 1000
Feb 2007
San Diego, CA
Trade show not a good experience  more... close row
$ 225
Oct 2007
Myrtle Beach, SC
Participating in a home and garden trade show  more... close row
$ 400
Mar 2008
Indianapolis, Indiana
Paid to be in a trade show as a marketing tool  more... close row
$ 100
Jun 2008
Orlando, FL
Beauty trade show the best of its kind  more... close row
$ 7
Mar 2008
Bronx, NY
Important to make a no returns policy  more... close row
$ 1400
Feb 2008
Memphis, Tennessee
Booth rental for a homeowners trade show  more... close row
$ 400
Feb 2007
San Diego, CA
Bad experience at trade show  more... close row