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Question: How do you shop at shows?  (Voting closed: 01 April 2014, 08:19:00 AM)
Rigid budget and rigid wish list planned months in advance that I do not deviate from - 0 (0%)
Rigid budget and shopping list planned months in adavnce that i deviate from a bit - 8 (29.6%)
Rigid budget and shopping list planned months in adavnce that i deviate from far too easily - 2 (7.4%)
Budget, no plan that I stick to - 1 (3.7%)
Budget, no plan that i exceed a bit - 3 (11.1%)
Budget, no plan that I exceed a lot - 0 (0%)
No budget, no plan just shop - 4 (14.8%)
Budget and plan that both go out of the window once I step across the threshold... - 9 (33.3%)
Total Voters: 25

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Major General
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« on: 25 March 2014, 07:19:00 AM »

Following on from the What are picking up at Salute thread, I'm interested to know how people shop at shows...

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« Reply #1 on: 25 March 2014, 08:04:53 AM »

For me generally I will have a pre-order with Pendraken that I collect at a show. After that it is a bit of a wander to see if there is anything that catches my attention. With 10mm being my predominant scale, there is very little to tempt me at shows other than books, as I make most of my own terrain etc.

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« Reply #2 on: 25 March 2014, 08:19:34 AM »

i mostly buy Stuff from US based Companies at Shows,simply cos Postage is a real Killer Ordering Stuff afterwards via the Onlineshops  Cool

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« Reply #3 on: 25 March 2014, 08:26:07 AM »

Generally I know what I want, but add on bits that I see. Problem these days is that traders I would like to see aren't at shows I can get to. There is also far too much 28mm stuff.


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« Reply #4 on: 25 March 2014, 08:26:56 AM »

Uusally go with the intention of getting a couple of things I want then wander round buying anything that "grabs me".
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« Reply #5 on: 25 March 2014, 08:55:47 AM »

As with most guys here, impulse buys rule! Since I have loads of periods going in various scales anything historical fits. If nothing grabs me there's always my old pal Dave and his book stand to visit.

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« Reply #6 on: 25 March 2014, 08:58:56 AM »

Sadly we dont really have any shows over here

We used to go to England and Scotland for them but it just too expensive in the end, ans with the advent of the internet and online shopping dont really have to anymore

Though it would be nice to go to a big one again sometime

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« Reply #7 on: 25 March 2014, 09:20:10 AM »

Rigid budget, rigid plan, oh wait, cool, wow, new scale, figures, period, terrain, a nice book, a....

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« Reply #8 on: 25 March 2014, 10:41:49 AM »

Too broke not to have a budget but too many scales/ periods I play to have a plan.
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« Reply #9 on: 25 March 2014, 12:51:34 PM »

I go with good intentions. I have a box of  "bought at show but never used."


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« Reply #10 on: 25 March 2014, 01:20:32 PM »

i normally have a vauge budget, and a plan to pick up a few definite bits.  If I see something i really want I exceed the budget by the amount I need to.

However having seen the various Horder shows on TV and realising how much kit I have i have reduced the amount I buy.


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« Reply #11 on: 25 March 2014, 01:41:46 PM »

I normally work to a plan of four. 1) Work out beforehand what I need -get those first. 2) What I want -see if there is anything about. 3) What I would like -have a browse and 4) What takes my fancy if I have any of my budget left after the other three.

That all fell flat the other day when I went to Tunbridge Wells. Top of my need list was static grass and a couple of specific Vallejo paints. Got them no probs. Top of my want list was some 10/15mm Sci Fi figures for RPG -no-one was there. So (3) came into play and I browsed. Nothing from (4) so that was it. I actually came home with cash! If the requirements exceed the budget then I will go over...slightly.

Might have a re-think for Broadside in June as I've just noticed Brigade Games on the Traders List.

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« Reply #12 on: 25 March 2014, 01:55:07 PM »

For crisis i pre ordered with pendraken, and then went around and bought the stuff that i want that is big and more expensive to ship. ( for example hexon boards)

And then an impulse' buy here and there.
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« Reply #13 on: 25 March 2014, 02:11:37 PM »

It must be the tight fisted git in me (and its been a decade since I made it to a show) I generally go with a rigid plan/rigid budget and come home with cash in my hand usually with half of the items I wanted as half of the traders I hoped would be there weren't and there was nothing much taking my fancy that didn't require an enormous investment.

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« Reply #14 on: 25 March 2014, 02:58:50 PM »

I normally go with a shopping list of specific items, a more general list (e.g. scenery for my latest project) and a budget of 100. This is flexible in case I see something really good.
In addition I usually have at least one pre-order to pick up.

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