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Author Topic: THE SLOW DEATH OF HAM RADIO FLEA MARKETS...  (Read 91487 times)
KC0KEK
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« Reply #60 on: April 11, 2012, 05:49:19 PM »

I saw for sale:  GI Joe toys, flashing lights, bowling balls, old stereo equipment, new stereo equipment, a package of tube socks, 1,247,612 beat up computer speakers, 8 track tapes, some floor jacks, a carburetor, a monopoly game, used clothing, several hundred baseball caps, a dusty 706MKIIG without a microphone or power cable for $750.00(firm), some guys ford, a girl's bicycle and more microphones that looked like they had been fished out of a grease pit than you could shake a stick at.

Check out this thread for some even more bizarre examples: www.eham.net/articles/5599
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WD5GWY
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« Reply #61 on: April 14, 2012, 05:18:26 PM »

The Belton, Texas hamfest today had a lot of interesting stuff. And some of
it even had something in common with Amateur Radio!  Grin
  Seriously, there was very little there that was not Amateur related. Given
the high price of fuel and reports of impending bad weather, there was quite
a turn out today. Found some things I wanted at a good price and a few things
that were a bit high priced. (in my opinion) But, overall, I think it was a great
hamfest. Belton's hamfest is twice a year. And I try to go to it and HAMCOMM
in Plano, Tx each year. One of these days, before I croak, I hope to make it
to Dayton. I have driven by it many times over the last 40 years. (when I was
a long haul truck driver, now I'm a local driver...........and love it)
I just never had the time or opportunity to go. I am saving up this year to go
next year!!
Hamfests are not dying out in this area. There are others, around that when
I do get the chance, I go to those as well. Just the three I mentioned are the
"must go's" that I tell my boss I have to do.
james
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W0CKI
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« Reply #62 on: April 16, 2012, 07:54:38 PM »

They ought to die, same old junk every year. Overpriced and brought back year after year. Shocked
73 to all, Gary, WOCKI
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AD5TD
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« Reply #63 on: April 18, 2012, 06:57:36 PM »

I just got back from the Belton Tx Ham Expo, last weekend and it was better attended than in the past.  I don't think they are dead yet but they are on the way out. 

Yes, fleabay and others have ruined the haggling ability and that just sux.  You offer a price and they just say, "well the last one sold on fleabay for $SSS.  We that was some idiot that just has more money than sense.  It has ruined it .
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KW4H
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« Reply #64 on: April 19, 2012, 01:06:12 PM »

An interesting topic!!

I've been licensed since '74, have always loved going to Hamfests and will continue to seek them out and go no matter what.  I go mainly for the eyeball QSOs and to browse around for a good deal on things small and useful.  That being said, there are two things about many Hamfests that annoy the living daylights out of me.  One, non-ham vendors.  If I want to buy crappy jewelry and plastic toys with flashing LEDs I'll go to the dollar store (and probably pay less).  Two, fellow hams who are asking ridiculous prices for broken-down junk.  You seriously think I'm going to pay hundreds of dollars for that TS-520 that looks like it was dredged up off the bottom of the river?  At a 'fest a few years ago, I saw a guy selling a used Yaesu handheld for quite a bit more than the new price.

Even so, I'll continue to go.  I've just learned to expect the non-ham vendors and the outrageously priced junk.  Between it all, there are plenty of good eyeball QSOs to make and some small diamonds in the rough to buy.

Steve, AI7AZ
Tucson, AZ

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ZENKI
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« Reply #65 on: May 19, 2012, 12:23:42 AM »

Reminds me of a guy at the hamfest who had a old pair of shoes and rusty nails on his tables. He said to me "those shoes belonged too Art Collins and Collins used those nails on the shipping crates  for Collins equipment. He called them Collins Nails"  It was amazing watching the number of hams e who took him seriously! I asked him why he played this joke, he said everyone was looking  for the treasure of King Tut and wanted to get it for 5 dollars,  he just put ridiculous prices on the shoes and nails so that people  would  tell him  "thats too much for nails and shoes" can you do it for cheaper! He had $800 dollars on the shoes and 500 dollars on the box of rusty nails.

Anyway all the treasures at hamfests are gone....... and whats left is really junk.  I used to enjoy collecting collecting amp building parts, these days its cheaper really to  buy new stuff or a new amp. The unfortunate point is that  those who hams who own this stuff down really know how ridiculous their prices are,  and until they wake up  hamfests will not  be  a place to get reasonable priced goods. Since nobody is building stuff you might as well give all the electronic parts away for nothing or ask for a donation, it really is worthless. I worked for a electronics manufacturer who actually buried tons of surplus through hole parts under the foundation of their new plant. Nobody was interested in the stuff and I could not even be bothered carting the stuff to the hamfest because I could not even give it away for free, the game has changed!
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KB3YLQ
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« Reply #66 on: May 28, 2012, 04:36:01 AM »

Things are constantly changing but then again, they stay the same too.  The basic thrill of making radio contacts and friends the world over would still excite some people if they only knew about it.
I think the Internet took away the novelty of talking to people around the world. I talk to my kids about this and the "you can talk to people all over the world!" and their response is, "meh! I can text, e-mail, video chat, talk over the cellphone, skype, etc. with anyone in the world already. What do I need some big-ol' ham radio for?" If they want to geek out over electronics, it's to buy the latest video game or graphics card or quad LCD monitor, etc. If they want to wire stuff up, they wire up a bunch of computers for a LAN party (to use with their new games and computers).

Ham radio has a lot more competition, these days.

Actually, it doesn't. Sure, they can text email, video chat, skype, etc...as long as a third party network is up and running. But none of those services allow them DIRECT communication to the other person or people without first going through that network or service.

When those go down or are switched off (like BART did in California, for example), ham radio keeps the communication going.
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W1RC
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« Reply #67 on: April 20, 2016, 06:12:43 PM »

Okay gang, here is my .02.

My buddies and I run the largest hamfester in the northeast.  If you judge a hamfest by the flea market alone then there is no argument.  They are not the same as they were 20 years ago.  We all know the reason and I won't bother to get into it.

However if you look at the role of the hamfest in 2016 it definitely has a place in the radio community.  It is now primarily a social event where you can meet and greet your buddies, attend a seminar or symposium, comparison shop the candy stores, check out the flea market (there is still a lot of good stuff out here's), upgrade your license  and have a great time. 

We are thankful we have a wonderful venue and enough attendees to make sure we can pay the bills.  We even have enough left over to funnel back into the hobby in some small way. 

An earlier poster commented on the vendors buying up all the goodies before the general public gets in and suggested that they not be allowed to do this.  To try to regulate and enforce such an edict is near impossible.  We don't even try.  However our solution, low tech as it is, but it seems to work. We let buyers and sellers in the fairgrounds at the same time.

73,

Michael, W1RC
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K2LGO
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« Reply #68 on: April 21, 2016, 07:26:29 AM »

OK Mike...Of course your right on...and from the couple of times I have been to NEARFEST, you guys do an admirable job...and the idea of letting buyers and sellers in at the same time is right on target....Putting on a hamfest these days is a BRAVE undertaking...73/BOB



Okay gang, here is my .02.

My buddies and I run the largest hamfester in the northeast.  If you judge a hamfest by the flea market alone then there is no argument.  They are not the same as they were 20 years ago.  We all know the reason and I won't bother to get into it.

However if you look at the role of the hamfest in 2016 it definitely has a place in the radio community.  It is now primarily a social event where you can meet and greet your buddies, attend a seminar or symposium, comparison shop the candy stores, check out the flea market (there is still a lot of good stuff out here's), upgrade your license  and have a great time. 

We are thankful we have a wonderful venue and enough attendees to make sure we can pay the bills.  We even have enough left over to funnel back into the hobby in some small way. 

An earlier poster commented on the vendors buying up all the goodies before the general public gets in and suggested that they not be allowed to do this.  To try to regulate and enforce such an edict is near impossible.  We don't even try.  However our solution, low tech as it is, but it seems to work. We let buyers and sellers in the fairgrounds at the same time.

73,

Michael, W1RC
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KB4MNG
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« Reply #69 on: April 22, 2016, 05:44:43 AM »

Yeah, if you base Ham Fest success on the uses stuff it's over. I went to Shelby Hamfest and the only stuff there was junk that would not sell on ebay. Big undesirable boat anchors and stuff that needed to go into the trash can.

They had all the vendors in a nice air conditioned building but there were not many there.
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« Reply #70 on: April 24, 2016, 03:36:16 PM »

I visited the Athens Ohio hamfest this morning. Barely on my schedule but a funeral in WVa and an open Saturday evening in Parkersburg lined up. Better quality gear, as I expected. I didn't bring enough cash this trip, but I do hope to see these dealers again. Maybe in Dayton, maybe Parkersburg, maybe Mansfield or Findlay. I hope these people keep dealing and remember the XYL's may be licensed (for real), Ralph! You don't know how hard I worked for that. And dealers, bring cool things for our new youth to buy. And dads, buy it. I'm betting on local events.
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #71 on: April 25, 2016, 08:38:40 AM »

Here are a few things I've seen at hamfests that can turn your stomach...
A toaster oven with caked on, baked on crumbs and crap. Microphones with the original spittle of the silent key who previously owned them.  Radios with serious finger grease embedded in the knob grooves. Filthy old QSTs and other publications that were obviously bathroom reading material from some old SK's house.  A chair used in a shack with living color 'Tire Marks' on the seat.  There are many hams out there who are absolutely disgusting people.  Although they don't make up the majority of hams at hamfests they definately bring the experience of visiting one into the sewer.  The clubs that sponsor such hamfests have no concept of how to manage them and set some minimal standards for display (and cleanliness) at their events.
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N9LCD
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« Reply #72 on: May 21, 2016, 05:52:43 PM »

I try to make the local Fests.

I may not buy but seeing all those guys suffering from Dunlap's disease is a strong encouragement to keep up the two 10K's and 90 minutes a week pumpin' iron
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