Wow, $5.00 to get in to a swap meet? Did this not use to be $2.00? Are we paying for the price of the room? I thought that was the point of dealers fees?
I know from chatting with Rick & Rich that GCCA has tried to hold the cost down but the event venues keep increasing the room rates.
Swaps/Auctions are the Club's money makers. The goal is to not have any overhead. So yes, the tables and the door fees are to pay for the room and generate profit.
Sellers are not interested in sight-seeing touristas. When I've had a table it's $40, so until I hit $50 (gas, donut & coffee) I'm losing money. Typically people will to drive to a Swap and pay admission are motivated buyers.
Try to think of the admission as helping to promote the hobby. Bring and spend money.
"Our" PARKING LOT SWAP
is totally free and it intended as a meet & greet, so get out of bed a little earlier and say hello