DW, Look at it another way. If you contacted NMA sales and said "if I come to Tools 2004 and I place a £1500 order, will you refund my entry fees", they'd probably say "yup, we'll happily do that Sir". But then, who knows, they might be offering a special discount at the show, which could more than compensate for your expenses, were you to buy?Personally I think its a bit thick for a manufacturer (table saw vendor at xyz company as an example) who doesn't have a retail agent in Devon to expect a prospective customer to pay £6 times two plus the other expenses of the day to come and visit.
Alf, what are you trying to say!meeting the great and the good of woodworking (and Andy King)
To paraphrase menatma, if more people voted with their feet and only patronise those shows with free entry, maybe <xyz event management company> will rejig their business model. Why is it such an issue?So I still think the vendors should foot the cost of entry to the show.