The vendor above mentioned that most sales went to club members with display layouts at the show. Most attendees were lookers rather than buyers. I think that would be accurate. I think one of the most valuable things a show does is to introduce the hobby to the general public, but the general public is probably going to go to a couple of shows or perhaps to one show and then visit a local hobby shop before committing the resources to start in the hobby. One of the great things about the shows is the "junk". You can buy shells, and used locomotives cheap, if you know what you are doing. It is a great place to find kit bash material, but anyone who thinks they are going to buy a $5.00 "junk box" take it home and find a new Kato locomotive unopened in the box is kidding themselves.