I just did a booth this past weekend. I had secured it several months ago. It was an "Active Living" Community on the outskirts of a fairly large town. So the potential was good for this event. Early into the day, many residents of the community mentioned to me that they "were coming to the Cooking show this month" and asking if I was "the one doing it?". I had no clue what they were talking about but found out that there was a Pampered Chef Cooking Demo scheduled for two weeks later at their Community Center. The residents I spoke with were excited and looking forward to it. They'd look at my stuff, and basically were making their shopping list. So no one was interested in ordering anything then, and especially not in bookings or anything. It was frustrating, but I figured- well, it happens! BUT THEN, the event organizer's assistant came around and was asking how we were doing, etc. I had been talking with the vendor next to me- and she was asking me about this show..she overheard of course what residents were telling me. I had mentioned that if I knew I was going to be competing with an already scheduled show, I wouldn't have paid for the booth. Anyway, I lied to the assistant and said things were "going well" (she was nice...I didn't want to be mean..it wasn't her fault I figured). Then she asked me "Did you get alot of bookings??" I then was a little more honest and said that 'no, most people said they are going to the Cooking Show taking place at your Community Center, so I'm competing with that I guess.' The Jewelry lady asked about the demo at the community center- under the guise that she as a vendor wanted to know how to get a gig like that. So the girl told us- "Well, within a day of you sending in your deposit for the booth, two other Pampered Chef consultants called about the booth. Since you had the deposit, the 2nd one asked if she could then do a Cooking Demo at the Community Center instead? So I set it up. THe third consultant obviously didn't get in since you paid for the booth." The jewelry vendor said (I didn't!) that "She wouldn't have done this booth if she had known that, because everyone is going to the show". She was nice, but that really upset me! But the more I thought about it, the more I was irked not at the event planners- but at the Consultant who just undercut me! :grumpy: I paid the $70 for this event (yes- more than I normally do, but given the area, we felt it would turn out)...and SHE paid $0 and is going to have a great show based on the feedback I got from the booth. I was VERY BUSY with people that will end up being HER customers, and I had a stack of slips for my drawing, but alot MORE didn't fill anything out because they were going to the show- and 0 leads and no one interested- they only entered the drawing. Would YOU have purposely booked a show at the very place that you knew another consultant was doing an event just a few weeks before?? I may not have given it any thought if it was separate - a show booked totally unknowing of the Craft Fair event, but given that this came about because of the booth already being taken by another PC Consultant, I just felt it wasn't very 'ethical' I guess for her to do. I realize we are independent in business, but just didn't seem right to me. I've 'blessed and released', but just wondering what others thought- and maybe to put that out there for others to think about.