I was asked to resubmit my posting from greeneggers.com forum for input from the BGE corporate office and other BGE owners. I hope I have the right forum, so here we go.
My buddy has two BGE 1 large and 1 medium. He has been a pround owner for a year and a half now. I was hooked after the first meal and that was over a year ago. I was supposed to go to Eggtoberfest 2010 but my grandmother fell ill which prevented me from going. But the deal for buying a demo egg and a free ticket was pretty awesome. My friend did go (which is where he picked up his 2nd egg - the medium). He brought back samples of rub and various spices, he told me the different vendors that were present and so forth. Well, that did it! Marked off the calendar for this years Eggtoberfest and I started counting the days. When time came for ticket purchase I wasted no time, not only did I buy the tickets (my my wife and I) but I prepurchased a demo egg! I was a little dissapointed that you couldn't get a free ticket with the pre-purchase, but I know economic times are a little rough. To shorten the story ......... Went to eggfest, goergeous day, great food, good speaker (Dr BBQ). My disappointment came from the accessories available at the eggfest. I spent a lot of time researching various add-ons and spices/rubs for the BGE. All I found at the 2011 eggfest was nothing but BGE branded stuff. Even some of the venders that were demonstrating could not sell their products! I liked the BGE company because it seemed like a close, tight knit family company that liked to BBQ. I understand the need to market one's self, but guys .....really? I couldn't buy Dizzy's rubs or maybe see items from the ceramic store, etc. I found your "sole provider" attitude a major turn-off, and this is coming from a first time egg owner who would love to promote you product. I hope this observation is taken constructively and BGE polls it's owners to see if other concur. And, if they find others agree, then I hope they reconsider it's position for next years eggfest, to allow other vendors to attend and sell their products as well. If there is a bigger peice of the puzzle that I am missing please let me know. This forum is awesome and I look forward to using it a lot!