I have attended this show for several years and would recommend it to anyone. There is so much stuff there, it's crazy.
I have purchased everything from a Plasma TV, to a bed, to patio furniture and always got a super deal.
You do have to be careful with your choice of vendors though. There are several old standbys and it's nice to see them grow and evolve. I should have stuck with my gut
I purchased a bathroom vanity from a little company (no names but.... sounds like Tooty Biscotti) at this show back in February. mostly because I wanted something out of standard and they promised a 6-8 week delivery. I paid in full.
I was warned by someone at one of the 'old standby' companies that this was simply not possible. I should have listened.
Despite my efforts to reach a resolution, after a circus of excuses, and almost 8 months. I still do not have my merchandise.
I have since purchased from the 'old standby' and finished my project. I'll deal with 'the others' via the CC company and perhaps the show managers. Props to 'old standby' (rhymes with Gee Fella).
If you do plan to purchase at a show, use a credit card, and be careful not to be taken in by what seemed to good to be true. You might also ask how long they have been around, maybe 6 months isn't enough?
The show itself is an experiance, if you have no idea, or had an idea. This show can let your imagination creatively run. I myself, casually browsed and fell in love with some home items. The prices were reasonable and so i didnt hesitate to buy. They were only accepting checks or cash. That should have rung a bell, but it did'nt since I thought that vendors must be at least screened to be a part of that convention. This was in September 2006 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.I recieved
everything completely damaged. The packaging was horrible, with reason it was damaged. The company and contact person have disconnected their phones with no forwarding address. They have'nt responded to any e-mails. The Home Show Company's response to this scenario was, "Sorry to hear that. If we ever hear from them we will let you know. We have the same info as you." So much for customer protection! One would think that a show that advertises under a major trade name would have some sort of interest as to whom is vending under their company name.
My advice, beware when you go to these type of trade shows. You are on your own and since the Home Show company does'nt screen or care about what happens when the public attends their show, some of these companies at the show may well be shoddy, fly by night and experianced at making a dishonest buck. So purchase with exterme caution! Try to pay by credit card.
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