As a young working mothers, my sister and I have been looking for alternative ways to earn a living, and hopefully shift to full time business instead of remaining employed. This is for better quality time for our growing families. So we have begun joining bazaars the past 2 years. However,we realized that not all bazaars are worth joining, no matter how big and "rep*table" the organizer seem to be.We just noticed that this "bazaars & events" is a relatively new industry, thus ungoverned. maybe the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) need to also monitor closely how event and bazaar organizers conduct their events, since we've had not so ideal experiences with some, like:
1. Non-issuance of Official Receipt to exhibitors
2. There are times events have very few visitors, exhibitors or both
3. No Refund.
4. "Full-payment before event" policy does not give exhibitors the edge to complaint against or go after the organizer in case of problems (such as in #2, complaints about facilities or agreement, space allocation, concept lock-out, power outages and the like.
The "full-payment before event" policy only benefits the pockets of the organizers while us, the very micro etrepreneurs, go home disenchanted.
Thank you and more power to Entrepreneur!