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Thread: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

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    STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe



    Honestly - what was all that about?

    • Events like these are usually an excercise in restraint with the old wallet - but a few crappy stalls selling old tat that could be purchased at half the price on eBay? £7 ($14) for a small embroidered patch? Come on... don't take us for fools.
    • Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
    • Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).
    • Standing in line for over an hour for anything even remotely worthwile.
    • Sky-high catering and typical, shoddy British service and attitude.

    Should I have expected something just a little bit better to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars?

    Without having to queue for hours or empty our wallets, where was the content? Where was the value? Where was the "thanks, guys"? Not even a hint. Simply roll-up and empty your wallets, please!

    On behalf of the citizens of the United Kingdom; I apologise to those who travelled from foreign shores to visit this so-called "celebration".

    Commercialisation, more like...

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    You know, I was planning on going, I had everything sorted. Unfortunately I had to have an operation a few weeks back, and havent been able to attend as my wound still needs maintenance! I was very very disappointed about this, and have on the whole been gutted to miss it. Now ive heard all of these poor reports Im kind of glad.

    Ive come to a conclusion. Im going to start saving now. And the next US based Celebration, Im GOING!!!

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Ofcourse it was commercial all over but I thought that there was a ton of other stuff to do.

    I did buy things which I could find cheaper on eBay but then I would have to pay a lot for shipping which I didn't have to now. So where products were a bit more expensive it was cheaper in the end.

    Besides that I love to see so many stores/booths in 1 place selling SW stuff
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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Look, if your a Star Wars fan, lets face it, you should already know it ain't a cheap hobby. There is such a thing as restraint and keeping your money in your wallet too. No one has a gun at your head to buy things. My friend and I had a blast, we met amazing fans and stars, and we bought some items you couldn't get on ebay and bought plenty of exclusives that ended up being 4 times the price on ebay so enough complaining already. It's what YOU make it.

    Stalls were particularly busy yes, but this was a lot of the general public who for many of them have never seen any of these things. And although there were queues the longest we waited for the busiest event [Mark Hamill] was 20-30 mins. Not that bad.

    By all means express your disdain at the commercialisation by not going and not buying things, but bear in mind, we finally got a celebration after years of USA supremacy, and fans from every other country and area of the world would have gladly taken your place to be there for even an hour.

    Roll on CE2!

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Happens to every show I goto.

    Even getting on a Bus nowdays is £2, even for just a short journey. Welcome to the UK.

    -Nick

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by ETDC
    [• Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
    • Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).

    Now that just prooves how popular the show really was!

    Best show ever, when's the next one?

    -Nick

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    double post OOOOPS

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_Macarty
    Quote Originally Posted by ETDC
    [• Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
    • Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).

    Now that just prooves how popular the show really was!

    Best show ever, when's the next one?

    -Nick
    The time of my life had a great weekend got everything i wanted. Mind you i didnt have to que for anything so i'm very lucky. But the saturday seeing some of the que's did have have me shocked. But you did you expect it to be like empire day in cheshunt!!! i don't think so. It was a celebration so everyone was there, but i would of left those pushchairs at home mothers

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Face facts - Star Wars is the epitome of commercialisation - any convention is going to be inherently commercial, whether you are comfortable with it or not. I made my own fun with good friends from all over the world, seeing little kids awestruck about moveis that were done long before they were born that made it worth it for me, not Mark Hamill at £85 for 30 seconds or overpriced exclusives.

    Seriously, there was lots of fun to be had dispite any reservations about the commercial nature of it all (I actually agree with you in principle).
    Wanted: Boxed large size action figures - Kenner, Kenner Canada, Denys Fisher, Clipper, Mecanno, Toltoys, Takara, BASA, Palitoy, Lili Ledy, Toltoys ESB, preproduction, prototypes, box flats.

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    Re: STORE WARES™ Commercialisation, Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by ETDC

    • Events like these are usually an excercise in restraint with the old wallet
    • Hardly room to breathe let alone wander between stalls.
    • Half-mile long entrance queues all day long (I'm not kidding).
    • Standing in line for over an hour for anything even remotely worthwile.
    • Sky-high catering and typical, shoddy British service and attitude.

    Never been to a Celebration before? They are all like this.

    Jeremy
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