johnjosh43 wrote:I suspect the free raffle is to try and extra attention from what I suspect is a RIAT stall right next door - if there is one right next door. But that's just a guess.
Yes, it was right next door, selling lots of Vulcan, XH558, merchandise. They justified it to me by saying that they give 50% of their sales to the trust, which is great really, but it would be nice if they left it to the trust so we'd get 100%. One of the blokes brought the RIAT programme magazine in to show me that last year they gave the trust £3,000, which was 50% of what they had taken.
They were selling Vulcan umbrellas as well, which we don't have. Made a killing both Saturday and Sunday mornings as it was chucking it down both days. Have to admit though, I didn't like the umbrella design, I'd rather have it in black with the VTTS logo, the one they were selling was a print of XH558 flying with a blue sky background.
Ian said that the problem is, as any marketeer will know, buying them in at a price that we can put a reasonable markup on. RIAT tent was selling them at £17.50, I would pay up to £25.00 for a Black Logo'd one but I don't think many people would pay much more.