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#1 Mags

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 13:16

Hello, hoping to attend a west coast event after I have visited DC three times. If any one has 2018 details, tips, hints please post below. I have a few details but trying to get a better appreciation of the show and then making some bookings likely in a few weeks. Let me know....thanks,

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 13:27

Hello, hoping to attend a west coast event after I have visited DC three times. If any one has 2018 details, tips, hints please post below. I have a few details but trying to get a better appreciation of the show and then making some bookings likely in a few weeks. Let me know....thanks,
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Posted 03 November 2017 - 03:30

Have you considered the San Francisco Show?


Can you share a little about how the shows differ? I'd love to attend a show but I'll be lucky if I can carve out time to attend even one. West coast shows are easiest geographically but I'm not sure which show is best.

Pen shows aside, I'd much rather visit SF than LA.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 18:45

SF is "the fun pen show"!  Well run, great ink testing stations that I enjoyed even though I am not an "ink guy". The auction was entertaining.  Nice social event Saturday night.

 

LA is large, and a good show as well. It is President's Day weekend, and Sunday is a bit of a zoo. Attend Thursday to Saturday.

 

Both are easy access from the airport, and neither is particularly close to the highlights of the cities they are named for... You go for the show and not the city.

 

If you are craving a pen show - LA is February, and sadly we have to wait until August for the SF show to come around.



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Posted 04 November 2017 - 04:39

The LA Show went through a change in the administration a couple years ago and it hasn't been the same since. Yes, it is a big show (still, but for how long?) and if you can put up with the BS it might be worth it. OTOH, the trader pass (needed for any attendance before Sunday) is egregiously pricey, and the venue/hotel is going to be doing a major renovation starting the first of the year, so it's anyone's guess what the facilities will be like. The hotel rate is also high, especially for the quality of the hotel. Other plusses are very close walks to food, but who wastes money on food when they could buy pens?

 

Conversely, the SF Show has been transformed into a very modern show, with a good venue, plenty of both new and vintage wares and lots of activities. They survived a lobby renovation this last August and still managed good business. Definitely the more social of the two shows.

Am I biased? Yes, I really like the SF show and will continue going every year I can. Compare the fact that I drive there from San Diego, usually clocking in at around 8 hours; the LA show is about 2 hours away, and this year I'm considering not even going, that is how discouraging it has become (but, hey, penssss, so I'll probably go at least one day).

SF. Do it.


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 18:26

I was pretty frustrated with the SF show this year.

Probably not going to attend in 2018.

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 18:36

I was pretty frustrated with the SF show this year.

 

 

Care to elaborate? I don't know of a show that is more interested in making itself better than this one, and feedback is an important part. If it was more than just your expectations not met, it could be good info for others to know about.


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 23:44

I prefer not to complain on a public forum.

I can PM you to share my experience if youre interested to hear it.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 00:53

I prefer not to complain on a public forum.

I can PM you to share my experience if youre interested to hear it.

 

I understand and I'll just leave it up to you. My only reason for asking is to offer these issues in dialogue with the organizers, who happen to be my friends. I don't have any need for gossip, etc, just a desire to help make things better. PM me if you are ok with this, I'll understand if not. Thanks!


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 19:18

I'm still looking forward to the 2018 LA show. It's about the people and pens. All the other issues are not insurmountable. I go to the shows because they are great places to gather with other enthusiasts.






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