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Author Topic: Dayton Hamvention Show Pricing?  (Read 4563 times)
KC8YBC
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« on: May 02, 2012, 07:00:49 AM »

In general do the big vendors (HRO, AES, Universal) do any special pricing at the Hamvention other than their regular online price? Looking for the following;

Kenwood TM-D710A
Yaesu 857D
Little Tarheel II Screwdriver Ant
Turbo Tuner

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Jon
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K3GM
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 08:07:11 AM »

It depends on the brand of gear you're looking for and it's price point.  You might save a couple hundred dollars at the Hamvention on a $3000 transceiver.  I've underwritten my entire lodging bill with the savings I've realized in buying big ticket items.  I've been told that the additional discount is a result of special pricing offered to the vendors from the manufacturers themselves.  Elecraft, Ten-Tec don't offer discounts, but they do offer free shipping on stuff purchased there for later shipment.  This brings up another point.  The big dealers will write you up and ship it later to save you the OH state tax.  It you buy it there and take it home, you'll pay the Ohio state sales tax.

I've found that late Friday afternoon is the best time to buy new gear inside. Folks are headed home for the day, and the weekenders have yet to arrive.  Saturday morning is usually mayhem in the arena.  Lines are several rows deep and the aisles are near gridlock.

One of the large displays there is MFJ. They usually have their entire inventory for sale and occupy a large section of the arena.  They are unique in they sell retail as well as wholesale to vendors.  MFJ sells their stuff at the suggested retail price so as not to compete with their vendors.  The bottom line is if you see something you want at the MFJ booth, look around at the the other vendors because you might find it at a significant discount.

If this is your first time there, it will be quite an experience for you!

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 04:39:23 AM »

...by the way, you'll find all your items there with the exception of the Turbo Tuner.  I don't think he attends the Hamvention.  Tarheel has their own booth, and you'll find multiple vendor s selling the transceivers.  Have fun!  I know I will!
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