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    Train Show

    As I mentioned in the train photography thread, I have a booth at the NYS fairgrounds this weekend for the annual train show. We had allot of fun today and I think we did pretty good for a hobbyist. Today the show ran from 10-5 and I had gross sales of about $375.00 and a net profit after all costs of about $250.00. The wife and I had allot of fun meeting people and talking photography. People are really fascinated by HDR, wish I had a dime for every time I explained it . It is a great feeling to have others like your work and buy it.

    Compared to shooting portraits and weddings, the sales dollars are small, but I find it "fun" to sell shots you created for pleasure and without stress. The tough part is you do not have a captive customer that has to pay you for a shoot. You are relying on pure impulse and someone wanting your picture on their wall without themselves or a loved one as the subject.

    I'll post an iphone shot of my booth and follow-up with some more experiences/learnings.


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    Train Show
    Here's a shot of my booth before I turn on my additional lighting. I'll try to get a shot with the lights on tomorrow morning. It got really busy as soon as the doors opened at 10 and we had just finished setting up.

    Please excuse the iphone pic!

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    Re: Train Show

    Looks brilliant
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    Re: Train Show

    Now that is a fun way to shoot. Shoot what you enjoy and have others show how much they like it by paying you for it.
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    A few interesting stats from today.

    ​About 60-70% of customers were women. I would estimate the best buying age groups to be under 25 or over 50. My rusty old bulldozer (hanging on my pegboard to the right) was my #1 selling print. I had about 10 on hand, sizes 5x7 through 11x14. I only have a couple left for Sunday . My second biggest seller was the locomotive on the table to the extreme right, low on that one now too. I sold about 30 prints, only 2 in frames. I had signs for pricing, I think I lost sales on the larger prints as people may have thought they were too expensive. Tomorrow I will have price stickers on everything 11x14 and larger.
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    Some more thoughts,

    I thought I would write down descriptions of what I sold, so I would know what to re-order, no time for that. It got real busy at 10am and by noon I booked about 70% of my sales. The afternoon was very sporadic. Little kids make me cringe! The packaging I used worked out very well and stood up well to the constant browsing. People love the stories behind the prints. They also like stuff from their demographic area, I labeled the location on most of my prints and many asked if I had shots from where they were from.

    Ladies liked to show pictures of rusty heavy equipment to their husbands. 60-70%female customers and not a single flower picture sold! Everyone liked unusual subjects. I can't say enough how much folks were enthralled with HDR!

    About 80% of sales was cash, 20% credit card, the square reader works great!
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    Train Show

    Train Show
    Here is Sunday morning set up with additional lighting. Sundays are not good sales were much less, which was true for all of the vendors there. $175 in sales with a net profit of $100 for the day. So I managed a total profit of $350 for the weekend. Funny thing is rusty old heavy equipment was the winner of the day. A Catapillar operator bought every heavy equipment picture I had in stock!

    Iphone pic,

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    Sales demographics about the same on Sunday. Bottom line is everyone buys except middle-aged men (we are cheap) . Credit card sales reversed today, more credit than cash. Again, the Square reader is excellent, cost is only .0275% (that's .27 cents on a $10 sale for guys like me), no other fees. They deposit into your account the next business day.

    I've heard "shows", "festivals" and any subject specific event is not great for sales. The reason is visitors are there for something else besides shopping. Next weekend I'm at a Art/Craft sale on Saturday, will be interesting to compare results and I'll continue with this thread to let you know how that works out.
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    Re: Train Show

    Wow, this is great Rick. I'm happy for you. At least you will find out what people are ready to spend for. And I do think that HDR is a feature for sales. It blends photography with art and attracts lookers. And without lookers, you don't have sales.

    ​Keep it up my friend!
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    Re: Train Show

    Your rusty old heavy equipment has always been great. I would hang it on my wall.
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