I'm thinking about going down to either Charlotte, NC for the "South Pack" packaging event held in March or maybe up to Eastec (MA) in May. Neither will be full fledged business trips for me but I would certainly check them out if I'm near there to see if anything met my business needs.
I noticed a few months ago while in Atlanta at a similar show that some attendees get in free with passes from exhibitors... As much as I generally dislike these huge events, there are times when I find myself located near one and will fill a day browsing for the heck of it. I simply don't want to have to pay for a ticket I may or may not use and because it's not a business "need" I don't want to pay for it out of my business funds. In Atlanta, I made some good business contacts and felt no remorse about paying for the event but at some, it's simply a waste of funds...
Other than me being a cheap-arse, are there any ideas or thoughts out there for me on this? I'm wondering if any of you ever received these free passes and how did you get them or get on the list to receive them?
I know there is no legitimate metalworking content here, but the trade shows are something that a lot of us attend, etc. There, of course is no "rec.crafts.metalworking.tradeshows" newsgroup either so this is the most legitimate group I could think of to post to other than maybe harassing the folks over at alt.machines.cnc.
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