For example both Perth and Adelaide apparently put on an excellent model railway show each year that yields big sales for model railway shops because of new comers coming into the market place let alone existing modellers stocking up to begin their hibernation in the winter months in their shed or room to upgrade or commence their layout.
There are many questions that I have asked especially Auscision as to why they don't come to Adelaide and the response has been no response at all.
I spoke to many people on the phone about it and in person and they think these above manufacturers command a very high price to be reimbursed if they do come because they have fantastic displays and the cost of coming over to Adelaide or even further over to Perth they would not make a good cost recovery.
Yes, all the above manufacturers actually launch products at either Caulfield or Liverpool but I can't remember any manufacturer (apart from Orient Express Hobbies) launching a model in Adelaide or in Perth.
Is it too much to ask but the publicity wagon does not just exist in the Eastern States we South Aussies and West Australian's actually do purchase your products and you have retailers who sell your products but you seem to neglect coming over so we can see your models before we intend to purchase them- yes its called Customer Service and that is lacking in our hobby in Australia compared to Overseas.
Let me give you an example most shoppers who shop for women's clothes are women of course that is why they go into the store try on the outfit, dress etc and then say yes or no whether they will buy it. This is so similar to Model Railways us modellers want to test the product before we are happy to throw away over $250.00 for a loco or let alone a VLP Passenger Set of $400.00 and yes if we can't see the product we will more than likely not buy it.
In fact recently as a couple of years ago Model Railroader said something that was quite right.
If you go into a hobby shop and the staff won't let you test the locomotive or carriages you are going to purchase then they have something to hide or let alone don't purchase from them- this equally applies to here in Australia.
Now I know that manufacturers will jump up and down and say that I am saying things like they need to come over to Adelaide or Perth to make more money or they don't want to take the risk. Yes the above manufactuers have never ever come to Australia and guess which manufacturer comes ever so often and that is Powerline- it knows that to increase its customer base it has to attend a lot of model railway shows and before one manufacturer says there are too many shows to choose from yes but you don't have to go to everyone but pop into SA or even WA once in a while and to show you actually exist or are you trying to hide something from us.