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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

Description of service

This amount was the amount of our booth rental at a small trade show that was for a highly specific group of individuals. The attendance at this two-day trade show was approximately 50 people who were in a similar job title in a similar industry. This fee also included the sponsorship of the mid-morning snack bar during the first day. We received program and speaker recognition for this sponsorship.

Review of Service

This was an extremely good investment for us. We are a small business, so we must pass up many trade show opportunities based on the cost alone. Although there were not a lot of attendees by trade show industry standard, the fact that they were a beneficial target market for us made the decision to be in this show a good one.


It is not always the size and scope of a trade show that matters, especially to businesses whose size dictates their trade show budget. Many businesses spend more to be in one trade show than we will to be in a dozen all year long. It is more important to consider what purpose can be served at a trade show than how many business cards you will collect. Getting 500 contact names is insignificant if only 2 or 3 of those people will do business with you. On the other hand, setting up a booth in a local show that will result in 25 bona fide business relationships makes much better business sense.

$ 300
Mar 2008
Syracuse, NY
Booth rental can be expensive  more... close row
$ 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