I agree, I don't think it's a new problem, but for the most part I'm just not interested in looking at products that I have access to 24/7 on the internet. The vendors I've been the most interested in are the ones that had random used parts.
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Incorporating some more fun and excitement into the Vendor room could help bring more people in there and back for multiple trip? possibly?
That's really worth exploring. What would make people want to visit the vendor room? They are probably not going to be good, but I'll toss out a few things...
1) New Releases - Obviously out of the control of the show, but when there is a hot new game people will go wherever that game is. A few years ago, I remember lines around Dialed In.
2) Completions - Maybe the vendors could run a mini-competitions on their games. Each vendors could setup one of their games for the event and give away a small prize to the high score on their game. Set the games up to single ball or make it more pin-golf style to keep it a bit more random.
3) Show Specials - I know it's probably already a pain for the vendors to bring things to the show, but for the most part I'm going to order online unless there are deals I can't get somewhere else.
4) Silent Auction - I'm a sucker for silent auctions. I'll go back multiple times a day to check my bids.
5) Unique Experience - Whirlwind in a wind tunnel, Earthshaker on a shaking platform, Taxi with flippers controlled by turning a steering wheel, Diner with the tilt bob wired to a serving tray, etc.