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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 1:32am
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If you heard how much Starbucks paid to be the premier sponsor... you'd cry.

Lemme put it this way. It'd be a very big struggle..... very big indeed. But CoffeeGeek.com could almost have bidded the same amount.

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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 1:56am
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MarkPrince Said:

If you heard how much Starbucks paid to be the premier sponsor... you'd cry.

Lemme put it this way. It'd be a very big struggle..... very big indeed. But CoffeeGeek.com could almost have bidded the same amount.

Mark

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So money to fund the SCAA is a large focus of the show, with Starbucks being an exception?.  Prices went UP for the general attendance, but the sponsor with the most money gets a deal... what a massive contradiction.

sigh.  anyway, see you in Seattle.

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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 6:26am
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hopkin Said:

Listed on the SCAA fees is "Exhibit Hall Visitor" does this mean that anyone can visit the trade show floor for $60 for the weekend?

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Yes. Do it. It's an experience you won't forget!
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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 7:32am
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MarkPrince Said:

Conference does cost a lot. It's hard to get this point across to people who don't have to cover their own hotel costs, their own conference costs, their own employee costs, and the costs associated with leaving your place of business for up to a week. Back in the day, many who ran the show did know these things, but perhaps this sense has gotten lost with time...

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My conference pass is costing me nothing.
It wasn't hard to do - I just volunteered.

I know the show is expensive - but there are a thousand volunteer opportunities. Sign up to be a station instructor, or a runner, or to work at the WBC, etc etc.
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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 3:46pm
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malachi Said:

My conference pass is costing me nothing.
It wasn't hard to do - I just volunteered.

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I made that point in the "how to save costs" section of the article ;)

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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 9:11pm
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SCAA Fees got you down?

Volunteer and get some money back for your efforts while having the exclusive and unique opportunity to observe the best Baristas on Planet Earth do their thing.

Contact me directly through e-mail for more information
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Posted Mon Apr 11, 2005, 11:03pm
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Jay, start a new thread, and I'll make it a sticky.

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Posted Tue Apr 12, 2005, 8:08am
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MarkPrince Said:

I made that point in the "how to save costs" section of the article ;)

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seemed like it was worth repeating.
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Posted Tue Apr 12, 2005, 12:38pm
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Great review of what to expect from the show.

Yeah--the amount Starbucks had to pony up to be the platinum sponsor is a disgrace. The amount should be 5 times that.

For that amount--I should have ponied up my saving and had my pic hung from banners everywhere Mao style.

And I think the pods class sucks.

Wish I had thought of it sooner, but wanted to print shirts that said:

Back to the Future?
The Pursuit of Perfection?
PUCK FODS

Maybe too confrontational. But as Trish like to remind me...I like to start trouble. To me its the first unwritten rule of Third Wave. Challenge the second!!!

In my opinion the pods class is really a pretty lame thing to have at the SCAA...

Thats not to say there are not ALOT of other very valuable classes.

And I highly recomend volunteering. Honestly I feel like I learn more this way--and its way cheaper!!

See you guys there!
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Posted Tue Apr 12, 2005, 1:28pm
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Excellent info. I've been asking in the forums for more info on what a Cmember can expect to find at the SCAA conference and you delivered, Mark. I'll be there for at least one day, probably Saturday. Looking forward to meeting some of you there.

 
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