So here’s the thing. You all know by now that I run a little business called PoolDawg that sells pool cues and billiard supplies. I’ve been doing it for about 7 years now and I do enjoy myself, but the industry is not without its frustrations. In pretty much every other business I’ve ever worked in, there is always a stream of fresh products. In the billiards biz though, not so much.
Sure, you get your new cue models every year, but in most cases it’s just the same thing being rehashed. More sneaky petes, more points, more dragons, more wolves. With the same old, same old, you also get the standard complaints that Company X is ripping off Company Y’s designs although to be fair, how many different things can you really do with points, inlays and veneers? The guys over at Viking do some innovative stuff with designs, but they only seem to come out with new models every few years and now that they’ve gone through closing and re-opening their doors, I’m guessing we’ll be sitting on the old “G” series for at least another year.
And this is why I never bother to go to the BCA Expo. Every year all the manufacturers get together to booth up and show their new wares and every year (except for Charlotte a few years back because we were a sponsor of the now defunct pro event) I skip it.
It’s kind of sad, really. This event is supposed to be for manufacturers to show their new stuff off to retailers, but I just don’t see the point of spending the dough to look at 100 or so booths where I’m just going to see the same old stuff. When I worked in the toy and videogame biz, events like Toy Fair and E3 weren’t just “must” destinations, they were events that everyone in the industry really looked forward to. How many people have you talked to in the pool biz that are all “Hells yeah I’m going to the expo!”?
I get that the billiards industry is small, but that doesn’t mean the annual expo should be missable. For anyone who thinks along the lines of “why don’t you stop bitching and come up with a killer app for pool then”, keep in mind that I’m not a manufacturer. I’m just looking for new stuff to sell. And no, yet another tip tool doesn’t count as new or innovative regardless of how many functions the creator claims it has. Give me a reason to attend and I’ll schlep to Vegas, but until that happens I’ll go Pasadena on the expo.
Weight: 180.4 lbs
Today’s Mileage: zilch (not a total slacker though, since I’ve logged 14 miles this week)