An appeal to the IPCPR
After three days of walking the floor at this years IPCPR, I am compelled to report and comment on some of the booths that just should not have been at the show. I am not taking about cigars, pipes, and tobacco. I am talking about items like, Special Gem bracelets to make you stronger, hookahs that have nothing to do with cigars and pipes, cigarette products and e-cigs, cellphone cases, teeth whitener, and the list goes on. These products have a place in some other convention but not the one for our industry. I may sound crude here but many of these booths took away from the experience. Can you imagine the cigar booth next to the strawberry hookah booth? How does your cigar taste, what flavors and scent are you getting? Well, let me see, strawberry – seriously? Or how about walking around the floor and being pestered by some lady trying to sell her secret gem stone bracelets that make you stronger. Yea, right. Not only was she peddling it, but she was very disruptive in her approach , stopping people on a cigar mission interfering with the day. Just imagine being in a office heading to a meeting and having some one stop you on the way just throwing things in your hands and saying things like, hey you want your teeth whiter, or hey check this cell phone screen protector out.
Ihope the ICPCR understand this, and is smart enough to put a stop to it next year in New Orleans. Other wise we will be subject to voodoo magic potions next.
We have included pictures of many of these vendors in the following gallery. You be the judge. If the IPCPR wants to have more attendance don’t enlist these type of vendors. Make it smaller if need be, and the vendors, retailers, and media will have a better experience.
James (Boston Jimmie) Vita