When we go to a ball game, we will usually eat before or after, and just bring a small snack to eat during the game. But with the bike shows, it's once a year, sometimes every 2-3 years. As much as I don't like the prices, I am not going to pinch pennies for something that trivial, especially since I have already been ripped off for $20 in parking. We always eat something at the show. It's just more convenient, and less stuff to carry around when checking out displays.
Sometimes you have to stick it to them and work around the system just on principle alone. It gives you a sense of control and satisfaction. To me, in this case, if I wanted to protest the prices, my answer would be to just not go at all. They need me more than I need them.
I go to participate with the show. I have attended many college, professional sporting events along with RV, Sporting, Fishing and Motorcycle shows.
I am 63 years old. I am proud of the fact that I have never bought a hot dog, hamburger, french fries or so much as a cup of coffee at any professional sporting event or a RV, Sporting, or Motorcycle Show. Never. I can't say the same thing about the county fair. That does not mean that I have never been with those who do and have noted their complaints about the quality of the food vs the costs. If more people respected the purchase power of the dollar, we wouldn't have these exorbitant prices. They charge those prices, because people will allow themselves to be held hostage to those prices.
Even in those captive markets, the choice of the consumer sets the volume of sales.
I would feel completely different if those who are behind the counter were those who benefited from these outrageous prices; however, those behind the counter are paid a minimum wage.
You all have me to thank for the continual lowing of prices of cell phone service and chicken nuggets. You are welcome.