To the Editor,
Any news on the onslaught of people asking for refunds for the Melbourne Bike Show over the weekend?
They didn’t engage directly with industry players (the ones I talked to), super short planning period, BIG talk online and advertising, but they delivered bunk. They turned off comments to their posts online, and when I asked for an exhibitor list they avoided, smoke & mirrors. I advised people to get an exhibitor list before buying tickets, they threatened me in return with litigation.
I just felt sorry for people (the public) that when they see an event advertised, they expect delivery – like any concert, play, museum exhibition, 4×4 show, etc. These guys, whoever they are, aren’t bike industry people, and they thought they could advertise a big event with no big players on board and that everyone would come to them – which obviously didn’t happen. And God knows how many tickets they sold on what was promised in promotion compared to what was actually delivered. There are a lot of disappointed people out there this week after last weekend’s flop. And what’s to stop someone from doing it again?
The negative comments are relegated to bike and enthusiast community posts, like Melbourne Gravel Grinders, my shop’s page, club pages. No one is officially collating them for a story on these jokers.
Owner, Urban Pedaler