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What You Don’t Get If You Buy Your Trade Show Display Online

buying tradeshow booths onlineJust like when you test drive a car for it’s braking, turning radius and comfort, you should also test your trade show exhibit for ease of use, weight, quality of materials and visual appeal…none of which can be done online.  Yes, maybe buying online is quick and easy, but you won’t be purchasing the same added value you would with an in-house consultation.

Meeting Your Support Team

One of the greatest advantages of purchasing a trade show display in person is that you will have the opportunity to meet your support team.  At a full service trade show and event marketing company, you can have a discovery meeting to express your needs and goals.  Whether you’re interested in a simple portable display purchase or a full service relationship including asset management, design and manufacture, and event marketing, an online company cannot give you the level of customer service that a dealer in the showroom can.

Seeing is Believing

An online rendering of a trade show display is completely different than viewing it in person.  A common reaction we have when a client walks into our showroom is “Wow.”   Reason being the colors are crisp, the graphics are quality, and the materials are professional.  It is impossible to gauge the durability and quality of an exhibit and its graphics without seeing it for yourself.  It is simple for an online source to mislead you, so why risk the disappointment of buying a display made of cheap materials only to replace it a few months later?  Also, unlike buying online, in store you can see the products and a demonstration of any complexities that may cause confusion on the trade show floor.  Many clients come into our showroom knowing exactly what they want to purchase only to realize that they like another product instead.  This is why so many repeat clients come in with only slight guidelines for their purchase, leaving us to provide expert recommendations for booth specifics.

Lifetime Warranty and Quality Assurance

Avoid extra fees and extra risk that comes with purchasing online.  If this is a onetime use pop-up banner stand, online may be the answer, but all of our displays are durable and have a lifetime warranty for quality assurance so you can feel comfortable with your purchase and avoid unexpected repair bills that come with purchasing a cheaply made trade show exhibit.  Some online carriers may hit you with unexpected shipping or restocking charges and leave you wondering about the safe and professional delivery of your display.

When you purchase online, there is a lot that is left unknown and unsupported.  They won’t have an entire team available for questions, the satisfaction of feeling and seeing the value of your purchase before it’s made, or the comfort in knowing you have a quality trade show display with support when you need it.

Skyline can offer all these things to you, along with many, many happy customers to back up our claims.  So be wary of taking the quick and easy way out with online display purchases and instead take advantage of the benefits of visiting your local showroom.

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About the Author

Meghan Lutz has been the Marketing Coordinator at Skyline Northeast since 2010. Her role consists of event planning, social media marketing and customer relationship management for New England trade show display clients.

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