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The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show will be held Feb. 2-10 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. More than 200 new exhibitors showcasing guns, archery, fishing, and boating, outdoor products, show specials and a new Tactical Gun and Accessories section highlight this year’s event. For more information, go to www.easternsportshow.com.

They need to get there facts straight and tell the truth .
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They're just publishing info from a press release. This is one of the problems with Reed's decision -- no way to get the info out to the same outlets in a timely way. There will be people at the show wondering where the tactical rifles are.

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Yes I understand, but still emailed them to make the correction so it don't happen next week edition !
 

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Jec The Reading Eagle is sad excuse for a newspaper. You can tell that it pains them to give barely a page of outdoors news on Sundays in an area that is so pro outdoors. I would not even let my dogs use it to go potty on!!!
 

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Everyday Hunter said:
They're just publishing info from a press release. This is one of the problems with Reed's decision -- no way to get the info out to the same outlets in a timely way. There will be people at the show wondering where the tactical rifles are.

Steve.
Yes, there is a number of ways to get the info out, and we here have it at our fingertips. Emails, tweets, Facebook to the people and vendors who bailed out, to Reed, and out on the net in general. Just like the overall 2nd Amendment issue, only We the People can get it out -no one else is gonna do it for us.
 

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holedigger said:
Everyday Hunter said:
They're just publishing info from a press release. This is one of the problems with Reed's decision -- no way to get the info out to the same outlets in a timely way. There will be people at the show wondering where the tactical rifles are.

Steve.
Yes, there is a number of ways to get the info out, and we here have it at our fingertips. Emails, tweets, Facebook to the people and vendors who bailed out, to Reed, and out on the net in general. Just like the overall 2nd Amendment issue, only We the People can get it out -no one else is gonna do it for us.
What I'm saying is that the standard practices of updating newsworthy information don't facilitate this kind of thing. This is not my opinion; this is a fact of the news business.

Reed could (though I doubt they have) re-issue press releases and run updates through all the channels they initially used, and many news outlets still will not get the message. Saying "there is a number of ways to get the info out, and we here have it at our fingertips. Emails, tweets, Facebook...." is true, but misses the point. Not everyone is as connected as we are, so thousands and thousands will not get the message. Even if Reed disburses new press releases to newspapers and others, newspapers don't rush to publish this stuff. They insert it when they have room, and someone at every newspaper makes a decision whether to round file it or not. Reed can't control that decision in hundreds, maybe thousands, of different organizations.

This is why Reed has really stepped in it here. It will be impossible to avoid having people come to the show expecting to see Lee & Tiffany, Weishuhn, Ralph & Vicki, Eichler, Mercier, Pat & Nicole, and a dozen other outdoor celebs. They have made these people a big part of the draw. Then there are too many vendors to mention, all promoting their new products, and tens of thousands of people rely on the H'burg show to check out their planned purchases and to make purchases at special show pricing. They will resent paying $14.00 for admission to see nothing that was promised.

If those disappointed show attenders can get organized, they might be a problem for Reed long after the show ends. It's amazing that possibly not one of the headliners whose thumbnail photos appear on the masthead of the ESOS Facebook page will be at the show. The fact that Reed Expositions continues to use their images almost certainly exposes it to liability.

Think about it -- people coming from Africa, Australia, Alaska and other places have invested thousands of dollars to get in front of the biggest audience the outdoor world has to offer, and Reed makes a decision that turns that audience off. Why wouldn't these vendors want to recover damages? It's too late for them to cancel shipment of all the stuff they have to send to the show to set up their booths.,

Reed has grabbed a tiger by the tail and it's claws are out ripping the show to shreds. Unless Reed lets go today, and finds a way to correct as much of this mistake as it can, this show will be mortally wounded. People at Reed need to be fired, probably someone at or near the top.

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I agree.

Reed materially altered the show by the decision they made. Long after the press release of last November announcing the Tactical section. Very likely, Reed has been in contact with exhibitors with show announcements and the such as well. Like with the general public, Reed, as the promoter, would be keeping the exhibitors informed of events and features of the show to allow exhibitors to maximize their services, or offerings.

Though the contract does likely have language indicating no liability for event changes, Reed made a substantial show altering change that changed the game. Now, with other exhibitors pulling out, that inital decision is compounded.

I see successful lawsuits coming from several corners. The exhibitors, of course. I also see a class suit for advanced sale ticket holders.

I also see a suit by exhibitors who will be attending for losses due to the diminished show. They will point to previous years sales at the show and seek compensation for the difference. Those lost sales a result of the decision and fall out of the decision by Reed. As mentioned, some exhibitors are coming from other countries and shipping in all sorts of bulky booth items. But even the stateside exhibitor is out in inventory stores they purchased for the show, and the deposits and other items we as attendees never see.

Reed had the ability to correct the decision early on and didn't.

For those that at their core had AR platform rifles, they are at the top of the list. They were essentially tossed out of the show for having a certain product - well known to Reed when they accepted the contract and deposit from them. These folks should be able to recoup costs and lost sales as demonstrated from previous years at the show.

The Farm Show Complex should also be in line. The venue provides parking and transport. All cost a fee, and the expected receipts won't have been generated. Other monetary streams will also be impacted.

It is also possible that the hospitality industry in and around Harrisburg could also file suit. They are taking a hit not only by cancellations from exhibitors, but also from attendees. Reservations of the books for months or even from last year - now being canceled. Rooms reserved being held while people trying to find rooms are turned away.

It would not be unheard of for those behind the show, the parking attendants, bus drivers, and others that will be impacted to also file suit. More so if some were hired for the event and then laid off due to the expected or actual low attendance. Again - all due the Reed decision.

Then we get to the major players. Cabelas and others will be filing suits for various reasons.


In all, Reed is going to be in court for a very long time.


More, they ruined the brand that was the ESOS.


The best thing for Reed to do is sell the ESOS to another promoter and cut their losses. Not only them, but the larger sporting community will be better served.
 

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>In all, Reed is going to be in court for a very long time.

Depends on how the vendors contract reads. For all we know the AR vendors have had their money returned already.

> Reed made a substantial show altering change that changed the game.

If there was no boycot and all vendors attended except for the few AR people would there be any noticable difference? Are we talking about even one tenth of one percent of the floor space going empty?

Guy made a horrible business decision but I bet his butt is covered civilly

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jec turkeydad said:
The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show will be held Feb. 2-10 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. More than 200 new exhibitors showcasing guns, archery, fishing, and boating, outdoor products, show specials and a new Tactical Gun and Accessories section highlight this year’s event. For more information, go to www.easternsportshow.com.

They need to get there facts straight and tell the truth .
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Getting the facts straight and the Reading Eagle is an oxymoron .
 

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THINBLUELINE said:
jec turkeydad said:
The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show will be held Feb. 2-10 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. More than 200 new exhibitors showcasing guns, archery, fishing, and boating, outdoor products, show specials and a new Tactical Gun and Accessories section highlight this year’s event. For more information, go to www.easternsportshow.com.

They need to get there facts straight and tell the truth .
Trying to get ahold of them asap.
Getting the facts straight and the Reading Eagle is an oxymoron .

Amen to that!
 
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