[DML] Did costs go up for Gettysburg.
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<<<Ken
Is it me or  did the prices rise a lot since  Chicago?

Roy >>>>>> 


Its you 
The prices are basically the same but I added the stuff you usually have to  
pay for at the show on line and added a bus tour so you have a lot more things 
 to do and hopefully better cash flow at the show.
The meal cost and such is the same 
I think it was $160 for the three days events in Chicago and $25  
Registration (includes car registration)
This year its $170 so it went up $10 in two years but the registration for  
the second person went down so the net difference is $5 for the events from  
Chicago to Gettysburg as most people came in pairs.  Considering inflation  not 
bad. We rose $10 over Pigeon Forge and are actually below Memphis prices  from 
2002.
 
We added the bus tour which is optional for $20 and if you took the same  
tour in Gettysburg it will be $25.95 plus tax and you would not get the last  
hour to browse the museum and military historical cemetery.
 
We allow you to pay for the photos ahead of time instead of after the show  
and already we have more people buying them than bought them at the shows.
 
Also we are selling raffle tickets on the same form as the registration and  
that has increased sales.
 
Costs do go up over the years but the DCS has held the prices as low  as we 
can
Many catered dinners now cost $35 -$45 per plate plus 22% gratuity  and 7-9% 
tax resulting in and end cost of $45 -$55 per plate. I do  work to get you the 
best pricing and I pay a lot less for dinners  by working a competitive bid 
just ask Brandon.  Add back in  Convention Space and The cost of the special 
guests, The museum  is very expensive to put together and if you want to see it 
someone has to cover  the cost. Plus we have entertainment like the Steel Drum 
Band, and the DJ  all the video and audio and you can get up there quickly.
 
I can safely say that no other car show out there can economically compete  
with DCS and that is from the hard work of all the non paid staff that  
volunteers (hint hint) 
Without that you could easily add $30 per person.
We need to thank Stephen and DMC for doing the shows in Houston as they  have 
given them up in order to support DCS.  They gave you the shows at a  
reasonable price but the costs of the show was not reflected in your ticket  price. 
The shows were more technical and I for one enjoyed them.   I hope  he does 
more as I enjoy not working at a show. But for now DCS will do the west  and east 
shows.
 
Not trying to sound like I am crying for increases or anything we will  
probably be able to do 2010 for about the same price right now.  Vegas  is more 
expensive so expect the prices to be higher there but not as high  as other 
events have run out there by any means.
It will probably be in the range of Memphis and a few bucks more.
 
Gettysburg will work out fine.  
So far the losses have occurred in Cincinnati, Memphis and Chicago.
Memphis was the toughest financially. Pigeon Forge was the best cost wise  
and I really would like to do another there some day.
 
Because so many are registering this show will be  fine. We should cover 
costs and pay for the oops in Chicago, this show and  the deposits needed to do 
the next show.  Still need cash for 2010 as  there is none now so we hope Vegas 
will go positive although we expect  a mild loss or break even. 
 
I know this is rambling some but I have no problem sharing  the cost of the 
shows and at every show if you want to see the books of DCS  they are open to 
look at.  This is how I keep myself honest so to speak and  don't go over or 
under budget.
 
If you understand the costs you will see how relatively inexpensive  the show 
is vs other events of similar  size and complexity.  We just  did a dinner 
and lecture with one speaker and it was $75 per person and I must  say I offer a 
lot more than what they did for the cost and the place was not  that special. 
You get for the one price the whole days events at the  Hotel/convention 
center plus a dinner. 
 
The Thursday event I think will be a big hit as we are allowing you much  
more time to socialize with activities and adding a Driving event all at no  
extra charge.
 
One note there are optional attractions at the Eisenhower so if  you  prepay now you will have more money 
 
 
Thanks
Ken
 


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