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Author Topic: Is it me?..or is PSAV very expensive?..Or maybe thats just the normal price?..Help!  (Read 8798 times)

Ben Lagman

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Okay, so one of my clients asked if I could arrange some type of audio-visual setup for them in a ballroom, since they are expecting a nice setup for a change, instead of the bit plain setup they are normally used to with be being the DJ. They wanted some extra equipment, other than the usual uplighting I do, so I contacted the PSAV department in one of the elidgible hotels that we thought to have the general session for. So I asked PSAV to see how much a setup with the following equipment I would need, and what I listed, and came to a Estimate of $8,461. I looked on the list, and saw some lights that were very expensive. For example,$60 to rent a Source 4 Par, for ONE DAY?! I could rent one for a week, for less than $25. Let alone me using 6 of them. Can you guys just tell me if I'm better of just going with another A/V company?.. Thanks!
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sorry, I uploaded the wrong picture second, haha.
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Will Lane

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You are probably stuck with PSAV at least for the rigging parts.  Most hotels will ONLY let their in house provider rig.  

Considering that its not really that far out of line...

EDIT: if this is at the venue I think its at...your client should have no issue with PSAVs rates...its a pretty swanky place (no pun intended).
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Ben Lagman

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Will Lane wrote on Mon, 21 December 2009 15:29

You are probably stuck with PSAV at least for the rigging parts.  Most hotels will ONLY let their in house provider rig.  

Considering that its not really that far out of line...

EDIT: if this is at the venue I think its at...your client should have no issue with PSAVs rates...its a pretty swanky place (no pun intended).






Heheheh, I might be thinking that your thinking it's at Mohegan Sun?... xp
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I am thinking that...they have PSAV in house iirc
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Gus Housen

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In house Av is almost always more expensive. Consder that PSAV is probably paying back up to 50% to the hotel as commision.
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There are a lot of alternatives out there, but know that you will also pay a huge price for power and rigging that may or may not be included in this. That being said, I have heard that far larger discounts are available if you push the point.  I have one client just get 75% off in Chicago.  Best of luck.

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Ken Freeman wrote on Mon, 21 December 2009 19:59

 (snip)That being said, I have heard that far larger discounts are available if you push the point.
Ken


Two points (coming from a guy who was in-house av for way too many years that I care to remember).
1.  You're probably stuck w/ using them for Kens original point.  If they allow you to provide your own equip, they make it up on charging for EVERYTHING else... power is a huge ticket item.  Hotels are very leery in giving up their 50% commission without getting something in return.
2.  Most in-house AV guys are NOT salesmen.  They are av geeks who got promoted up.  If you're dealing w/ him directly... put the squeeze on.... haggle... let it be known that if you don't get a decent price, you will bring in your own equipment.  
They want to make a sale... any sale, and usually they don't have to account for what is put in the room. The AV company bosses don't frequent the facilities much, and the hotel sales people don't have a clue what the items are.

Good luck.
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Matt Geiser

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Yes PSAV, and pretty much any inhouse outfit is going to be more expensive then bringing in your own stuff.

There are several find lighting companies that might be able to save you some cash on the gear but you'll still end up with their truss/motors/riggers.  It's not a huge rig so the difference might not be worth it but check it out.  You can PM me for comapnies to contact.

You could also just try haggling, as suggested.  A lot of inhouse AV groups are really hungry right now.  When the economy was good they got away with this kind of pricing.  When times got tight smaller, more agile companies were easily able to undercut them.  Now they're being more competitive to get back in the game.
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$15 for a power strip? wow. I feel guilty charging $1-2 for them!

Jason
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