Now, here is why I blame it directly on the unions at the Javits: 150 dollars to plug an outlet in on top of rental is ridiculous, at least they charge you again to unplug it . Try to bring in any of your own things that they also rent, and they will be broken or damaged the next morning. 3 guys needed to run a forklift (yes, i know why 3).. but for 5 minutes of forklift time it costs you the full hour. Then, they almost DEMAND a 50 dollar tip, and if you don't the next morning something in your booth is broke or has a grease stain. Then there is the attitude, oh and god forbid you need to get something at your booth in a timely matter and there is a coffee brake scheduled. All this on top of some of the most expensive exhibit prices in the country is not a good combination.
I would hate to know what marinas pay to get boats into the show by union riggers, ontop of the already ridiculous booth space costs.