I’ve heard some interesting things today. I heard – for one, that High End had booked a large room at the Rosen something or other (I always forget which is the Rosen Center, and which is the Plasa) during LDI. The plan was to show their new products – outside the show floor.This is an interesting topic – because, I kinda see it both ways. High End pulled out of LDI – supposedly for reasons all together outside the issue of “Cost”. They felt like the money would be better spent at other shows, local demos, etc, etc. So then – they book a banquet room in a hotel conveniently located (and timed) next door to LDI. The goal was obviously to have a “to do” and invite LDI’s customer base out to view their new product. On one hand – this is wrong. High End didn’t want to support LDI by putting in a booth – but yet, they’ll “poach” the people who LDI have worked hard to get out to this show. I can see this raising some eyebrows with LDI.From what I’ve heard – the response was that LDI contacted the Orlando Conventions Bureau, and lodged a complaint against the Rosen who voiced concerns to High End – and High End backed down. I think that LDI have every right to protect their investment.HOWEVER….LDI is a show that was built by companies like High End (in fact, High End were the the company who pushed LDI the magazine to create LDI the show) and Martin, who also backed out. I know because I was at Martin for many of the years where the largest piles of cash were spent on this show. LDI was basically a good ol’ boys club – and when issues arose, we all got together and discussed it. There was never a feeling that the management didn’t care, or were gouging the exhibitors. That has since changed a great deal. This lead to Martin, High End and Others backing away from the show for the first time in history. Will it last – who knows, but for this year at least – the show will be MUCH different.Back to High End…So – in my opinion, while it may be “stealing” in a sense – High End have every right to time an event to show their latest products in Orlando during LDI. For the show to muscle them is not a great response. LDI need to start embracing their exhibitors – not just taking money from them. Listed to them, do what they ask – and the show might be better off. I am sure High End will get a lot of press out of the fact that they were muscled into not doing this demo / party – but I also think that LDI will be less exciting without High End. At least this would have given attendees something else to be excited about. Kinda like CES being timed around the Porn Awards… okay – maybe it’s the AVN awards following CES – but we know where everyone ends up. Does CES go to the convention bureau in Vegas protesting is – and trying to have AVN thrown out? No – that would be silly. These porns stars do a very good job providing a diversion for bored to death electronics buyers.Speaking for myself – I was very much looking forward to going to the High End demo and seeing the new products, not to mention drinking a few of their tasty brown beverages. If LDI weren’t so busy trying to take over the world, maybe they’d have contacted High End and said “You know what guys, we think this is an AWESOME idea… tell you what – give us a few dollars, and we’ll promote your party / event throughout the show, our magazines, etc.Doesn’t that sound a bit more like a win / win? Problem with LDI is all the wins seem to be on their end! Another example, I tried to book a Meeting Room at the convention center through LDI. Again – me trying to give THEM money for space currently un-used. We were going to set it up with some furniture, coffee and softdrinks, etc – and use it for our staff to meet with clients, etc. Unless I would buy booth space – LDI wanted nothing to do with this. Why?? I understand if you say “we need to be fair to our exhibitors and only offer them these benefits” however – I wasn’t asking for a FREE meeting room. We were willing to pay the $500 per day or whatever it was – plus the beverages, rentals, etc. How would this take away from their exhibitors? In fact, they didn’t even use that excuse. Only that “You MUST buy a booth if you want a meeting room. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb!!!If you see the High End guys walking the halls at LDI, be sure to say “Hey – what happened to your demo – I was really looking forward to seeing the Showgun”… it’ll drive them nuts having to explain over and over how LDI screwed them.Bye for now.