Some of us enjoy going to launches just to watch and visit with vendors and such.
I will be at LDRS, but I'm not bringing any rockets. I build a very small number of very large rockets. My latest creation isn't done yet and my previous rocket crashed big time in Nebraska. The only flyable rocket I have is a spool and I'm not going to pay $60 or whatever to launch it at LDRS.
I thought people would jump at the chance to share a hotel room with Peter Alway......it's like sleeping with a celebrity!! -- Richard "why LDRS gotta cost so much? It discouraged me from going" Hickok
Regarding "sleeping with a celebrity", I'm sorry, but the idea of sleeping WITH Peter Alway just doesn't do anything for me. And I'm quite sure that doesn't offend or upset Peter in the least.... 8-}
As far as LDRS "costing so much it discouraged me", in the grand scheme, the fliers fee is insignificant when I figure gas to get there, food for the family on the road for a week, hotels, etc. It's cheaper than shorter events I've attended for other hobby organizations.
Would I PREFER to pay less? You betcha. It'd leave more money for rockets. But if I have to choose between two LDRS-type rocketry events, one costs $50 and one costs $100, the cost difference isn't going to be what decides it for me. Location, the hosting club and where my friends are will.
I looked on Google to see if I could just post a link to show you a liar, but alas, I must simply refer you to Gary Rosenfield as my witness as to this being false. I am sure he is at LDRS as we speak and one of your many buddies can ask him (again) directly.
But post the answer so it is then searchable in the future and he need not be bothered again.
Well now I know why I had trouble getting any takers!
Unfortunately, I was doing this as a rather last-minute thing, and it wasn't until THursday AM that I was finally able to get through to the LDRS website. Looking at all the costs, including lodging, transportation, and yes, the $150 late vendor fee, I decided to stay home and work on my 2004 supplement and
1/195-scale (2.04") Saturn V kit for NARAM.
Now, I can see that a $150 vendor fee (which would have been just $75 if I had planned ahead) is reasonable for a vendor who fills a 30-foot stretch of real estate with $100+ items, including expensive consumables that the customer has to replenish. However, I sell of a card table, my most expensive item is a $35 book, and I'm lucky to gross $1000 for the weekend. So yes, that fee made me look hard at costs--$275 hotel, $200 mileage, $150 vendor fee =$625-- vs expected income--$1000 gross plus or minus an indeterminate amount. That;s not even counting what the merchandise cost me in the first place.
Rationally, that vendor fee is only a quarter of the expense side of the equation (ok, it's an inequality, but I'm using the figure of speech, not the mathematical term), but it made me look much more critically at the descision to go.