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  • Craft Fair oragniser profit, what do you think?

    What are other people's opimions on this.

    I went to a craft fair last week as a stall holder. It was rubbish, the organiser had not done hardly any advertising and only about 20 people came in all day. My table cost me £20 pounds and i made about £2.00. There were about 15 other stall holders there and everyone was disappointed with the organiser. Then we found out that the organiser had put this event on for her own profit and she made about £200.00.!!!!!

    When i organise a craft fair i always donate any and all of the profit made to charity. This week i raised £385.00 for Breast cancer ( cancer research Uk) alone. I would never dream of keeping the profit as i see it as my way of doing my bit....

    But, Is it a normal thing for organisers to keep the profit for themselves?
    What do you think?
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  • #2
    There is a difference between someone organising as an events organiser for themselves and someone organising for charity. There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone doing it as a business, but in that case they should run it like a business and make sure that the advertising is correct and the stall holders are well looked after. As it is I assume you would not use that organiser again. It is not the fact that the organiser was running it as a business that is at fault, it is the organisation itself that was obviously not good. You book to do a craft fair and not because it is in aid of something (or not!). Sounds a very bad event.


    • #3
      I don't do fairs so my opinion is totally unbiased.

      I appreciate that the stall holders must have been pretty miffed about not having the footfall and yes - you could put that down to poor advertising but you could also put it down to people just not spending. I very rarely used to go to craft fairs as a customer until I started making my own things and to be honest, I don't know many people that do go to craft fairs.

      As for the organiser doing this to make money for herself - well I don't see how you can complain about that unless she implied in some way that the proceeds were for charity. She's just trying to make some money like the stall holders were.

      I don't mean to sound unsupportive but its just my opinion.

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      • #4
        I'm still fairly new to the fair scene, but would anyone request a refund if the organisation was at fault? Poor sales despite good advertising is one thing and has to be accepted as part of the gamble you take, similarly I doubt anyone would ask for a refund if the fair was for a charity. However, anyone could set up a fair with loads of stall holders, not put much effort in, and walk away with a handsome profit and no intention of repeating the exercise. Easy money there!
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        • #5
          Difficult One

          I think it is difficult to request a refund, as how can you really determine if the organiser has not advertised enough? It would just be that they advertised in the wrong places.

          I would put it down as experience, keep an eye on the fair over the next few months and if no improvement, then never use again!

          I went to the Artsmix* fair in Leeds two weeks ago, and although they had advertised, I and many of the stall holders, felt that they had concentrated on the wrong things, which resulted to no more than 20 people an hour...which is pretty poor for the center of Leeds. All stall holders were not happy, not just of the poor turnout, but how the organisers didn't even ask for feedback. However I am always one to give people a second chance, so I am doing another next weekend, in the hope that they have realised that if they dont get the marketing right, then the weekly fair will not last more than a couple of months.

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          • #6
            I don't see a problem with someone organising a craft fair and keeping the profit they make BUT I'd be a bit miffed if they literally just booked a hall and took stallholders money iyswim. Part of organising a craft fair is advertising it.

            However I also feel that each stall holder should take some responsibility for their own decisions - did you ask where & when it was being advertised, for example?

            If you ask before booking about where and when it's being advertised, what numbers they expect, how much passing trade there will be, etc. it will give you a better idea of whether or not to book. I haven't come across an organiser who is unwilling to answer these questions and tbh if someone was unwilling to answer I certainly wouldn't book with them.

            Also if the organiser tells you it will be advertised in xyz and then it isn't advertised, you would have a much better claim for a refund.




            • #7
              I pretty much agree with what the others have said, there's nothing wrong in an organiser making profit from a fair, provided they are not claiming it is going to charity, and also providing they have run the fair well.

              I also think a little of the responsibility lies with the stallholders too, make sure you research the fair, has it been run before? What experience does the organiser have? Where is it being advertised etc?

              If a stallholder has done all of that and there is still not much trade, sometimes unfortunately that is just the luck of the draw, but it is always worth noting where the fair should have been advertised, and making sure that the adverts actually went out.

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