I live in Houston but cannot afford to attend MSPA conference

I wish the entry price was priced per day. I sure wanted to attend the MSPA but the price was too high for me - even in my hometown.

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Dandy, maybe you could offer accommodations to other shoppers, charging less than a hotel, but making enough $$$ to cover the convention?
If you have been seriously shopping for at least 2 years, I doubt you would get your money's worth at a conference.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/27/2021 05:10PM by AZwolfman.
I find that prices are relative. If you are really motivated to get something/attend an event you find a way to get the money. It the item or event is not important enough to you, then you just say it's too expensive. So there you go. If you really wanted to find $160 or however much it was, you would have made it work.
The person also needs to make up lost revenue opportunities. Would the networking opportunities and the hints and tips lead to more income than they would lose by spending time at an event? Hmm.

@nixkit wrote:

I find that prices are relative. If you are really motivated to get something/attend an event you find a way to get the money. It the item or event is not important enough to you, then you just say it's too expensive. So there you go. If you really wanted to find $160 or however much it was, you would have made it work.

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. - John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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@Shop-et-al wrote:

The person also needs to make up lost revenue opportunities. Would the networking opportunities and the hints and tips lead to more income than they would lose by spending time at an event? Hmm.

Again, I find it relative. If it is an event (not necessary speaking of this one in particular but events in general) some events don't warrant a time/value analysis. To be honest, I would probably drop the money to go to a mystery shopping event if they had one in a location I wanted to visit anyways whether I spent more money than the value of the knowledge because I am curious about what an event would be like + if it is someone I want to visit anyways, it creates more non-tangible value for me personally. Like I said, if someone REALLY wants to go to something, they find a way. If they just kind of "want" to go or are considering part of their "job" they may find it better to complain about entrance fees and not actually make an effort to find the money. I was actually a little surprised at how relatively cheap the event was compared to some trainings and networking events I have been to for my day job.
I think I understand what you are saying. Where there's a will, there's a way. And sometimes that is true. I REALLY want to trade in my back for a new one, or at least turn back time and enjoy it as it was pre-injury. This will not happen anytime soon. But I REALLy want this!

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. - John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894
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I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. - Ronald Reagan
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Ouch!! That was not nice I REALLY want that $30,000 swimming pool in my backyard but it's isn't going to happen no matter how hard I try but a girl can dream.
By the time I found out about it, there was no way to come up with the money. I know exactly where the hotel is, and the only issues after the admission fee would have been parking in the airport garage and possibly paying tourist trap prices for lunch. Those I could have dealt with.

That, and I've been doing more merchandising than shopping lately. Maybe next year, even if it's not here in Houston again.
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