I've heard that security is quite strict about unofficial vending; to the point where you're more likely to get caught selling unofficial merchandise than selling corn.
I think the punishment is up to the discretion of the staff - I don't know exactly what they'll do, but I expect they'd confiscate the shirts, give you a fine (not sure how much), and possibly kick you out of the festival.
I didnt go last year but my friend who sells glass went and security took a whole case of his work, pretty messed up IMO and completely ridiculous this is one of the rules I not only don't agree with but I truly don't understand. I understand they want people to pay to vend but if you are vending small things, like glass, a few T's or jewelry I don't see the big deal.
I understand they want people to pay to vend but if you are vending small things, like glass, a few T's or jewelry I don't see the big deal.
because when one person starts doing something and getting away with it - others see it and start doing it and it turns into a big deal.
i agree - i think vending in the campgrounds should be allowed.....but you can't try and say "you can sell some glass and T-shirts only but not any other stuff" because there's too many circumstances where arguments could be had. You can't just simply draw the line on certain products.
either all should be allowed, or none should be allowed.
also roo doesn't frown on people selling just because they don't pay to sell.........it also has to do with them losing money. if 80 people buy a 20 dollar t-shirt from the campgrounds - that's 80 potential customers they lost who could have bought the official shirt for 40 dollars. they lose money for almost every "vendor" in the campgrounds.
but i like good campground merchandise - don't get me wrong. I just understand where they (roo) are coming from.
ok, but it wasnt a big deal at all until last year which is what bothers me about I guess... I also dont get their logic that people buying unofficial shirts won't buy a roo shirt. Maybe I'm an exception but I won't be buying a roo shirt regardless but I might buy an illegal shirt but its not like that guy was stealing roos business, I think that people who want an official shirt will buy one.
I didnt see anyone get bothered in 04,05 or 06 it was 07 when I first noticed it and my friends told me last year they were really cracking down extra hard.
07 was definitely the first time I saw the disturbing stuff. A girl got her basket of baked goodies taken by safety people on horses, and then they proceeded to have the horses stomp all over the stuff. They wouldn't give her basket back, and made her wait for the police to arrive. That was the first year I saw people getting chased by cops for selling t-shirts out of their backpacks.
But starting in 04 I saw people getting their little roadside stands shut down (selling grilled cheese, t shirts, or whatever). From my perspective, by 06 the campground didn't look the same as it had in 02 and 03.
I'm really not complaining, just making an observation.
ok, but it wasnt a big deal at all until last year which is what bothers me about I guess...
just because you didn't see it....doesn't mean it didn't happen. i never see anyone get busted for druggs or anything but I know it still happens. perhaps they stepped it up last year but i'm sure unnofficial vending is a problem they've tried to deal with in all years.
I also dont get their logic that people buying unofficial shirts won't buy a roo shirt. Maybe I'm an exception but I won't be buying a roo shirt regardless but I might buy an illegal shirt but its not like that guy was stealing roos business
In a way.....they ARE stealing Roos business.
Think about it. If there were absolutely NO unofficial shirts/vendors.....and the ONLY place you could buy a Roo t-shirt was in centeroo.....then people would buy it there. If it's their only choice then that's where their money will go.
No think about the countless number of people who feel the same way as you and I do - "ehh....i'll just buy a cheap shirt from a vendor walking around". If we didn't have that option, we would have to purchase a shirt from centeroo. But since we have that option......everyone can choose whether to give Roo their money or some guy in the lot.
I know what you're saying.......that if people want an official shirt - they will still get one. But for the other customers who just want a shirt.........they have the option of a higher-priced official one or a lower-priced unofficial one. For Bonnaroo to make the most money off of shirts/merchandise - they need to eliminate the competition.........which is the unofficial vendors.
i know i'll be getting my shirt on sunday from people walking around.......but don't assume that their presence has no affect on Bonnaroo merchandise sales.