FTC Stops Foreign Operation That Scammed Many Small Businesses and Nonprofits

If you read our post back from December about a Slovakian company called FAIRguide, you will remember that the FTC was investigating them out of scamming Small Businesses and Nonprofits out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Us, including many of our exhibitors were targeted by this company about being listed in their directory.

On March 20, the FTC put a halt to this company. The letter is below. If you would like to visit the and read this article on the FTC website, please click here.

 

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FAIRGuide Strikes Again

 

Breaking News

Exhibitors of any show produced by O’Loughlin Trade Shows should be especially cautious if they receive mail inviting them to update their company listings in certain international on-line or print trade directories. We are aware of at least two directory publishers— Construct Data Verlag AG of Slovakia (formerly of Austria), which produces FAIRGuide, and Commercial Online Manuals of Mexico, which produces Expo-Guide— who are seeking to take advantage of unsuspecting businesses.  The directory solicitations appear harmless asking companies simply to update their information (which supposedly already exists in the directories and has been published for free). However, upon closer examination of the fine print, listings in the directories are far from “FREE.” By signing and returning the solicitation form with or without updating business information, companies will actually be entering into a three-year, irrevocable agreement that automatically renews and will require them to pay a significant amount of money with no foreseeable benefits. As the producer and manager of several trade shows, O’Loughlin Trade Shows, itself has been targeted by these deceptive and misleading trade show directory scams.

O’Loughlin Trade Shows has no relationship with the FAIRGuide, Expo-Guide or any of their other branded directories, and they are not authorized to use the “O’Loughlin Trade Shows” name and registered trademarks on information they send to show exhibitors. There is reason to believe that the FAIRGuide and Expo-Guide and their other branded directories are part of a larger international syndicate composed of multiple trade show directory publishers all operated by the same conspirators. We strongly warn exhibitors to exercise extreme caution if they receive solicitations from Construct Data Verlag AG, Commercial Online Manuals or any other suspicious third-party offers in order to avoid unwarranted and/or unnecessary legal and financial commitments.

Click here to read about FairGuide on the FTC website.

Portland Fall RV & Van Show Contest Winners


We had over 900 entries from people who attended the show and who had entered online. More people entered this year’s contest than ever before!

Gabe and Jenny Miller of Albany, OR, were picked yesterday by show producer Peter O’Loughlin. Jenny mentioned that they entered as an afterthought as they left the show, never thinking they would win.

They will be picking up their prize in the Portland office in the coming weeks. We will post a picture of the happy couple as soon.

 

Prize package included:

Five night stay in a Cowgirl Cabin at Cold Springs Resort in Central Oregon
$100 gas card
$50 Fred Meyer Gift Card.

    

 

Save $$$ This Fall

Are you thinking about attending either the Tacoma Fall RV Show or Tacoma Fall Home Show? Do you want to see both but don’t want to pay two separate admission prices? We have some great news for you!

Your paid admission to either show gets you into both shows! That’s right. Pay only once and get access to two huge shows! Wait, that’s not all! Be sure to download our Discout Coupon to save an addition $2 off per person. (One coupon per person). We’re still not done. We are also offering FREE PARKING EVERYDAY of the show. For a family of two, this is a total savings of $38!

Two shows. One price. Discount Coupons. FREE PARKING!

FREE Parking

You heard it right here.  The Tacoma RV Show is offering FREE PARKING at the Tacoma Dome EVERYDAY of the show!  This is a savings of $10.  There is no secret code, coupon to bring, or special handshake needed to receive the parking discount.  Just drive your car into any of the convenient Tacoma Dome parking lots.

The Tacoma RV Show is only major RV show of its kind in the state to offer such a savings.

 

That’s not all.  Don’t forget to download a $2 off discount coupon also good EVERYDAY of the show.  This coupon will save an adult $2 on admission into the show.  Children 16 and under are free.

Mexico Fishing Trip Winner

 

Joe Mar Adventures & Oaxaca Tourist Bureau would like to extend a huge congratulations to Bill Tait from Tigard, Oregon, winner of the Mexico Fishing trip.

Bill entered at the 2012 Portland Boat Show, and Peter, the show manager drew his name from over 700 entries.

Have a great trip Bill. We’re all jealous.

We would like to give a special tanks to all our wonderful sponsors for all the effort you put into this great promotion. Especially Joe Borba!

 

RV Giveaway Getaway Winner

 


2011 Winners of the RV Giveaway Getaway

2011 Winner

Congratulations to Nick & Michelle from Milwaukie, Oregon, who entered to win the “2011 RV LIFESTYLE GIVEAWAY” at the RV’s To Go booth at the 28th annual Portland Fall RV & Van Show last week. Peter O’Loughlin, show manager, is seen in this picture presenting the prizes. Thanks for attending the show and congrats once again Nick & MIchelle.

O’Loughlin Trade Shows would like to make a special thank you to our sponsors for all you contributed to make the contest and to a successful show!

 

Nick and Michelle won a prize package that includes a Class A rental from RV’s to Go, three nights at the beautiful Harborview Inn and RV Park in Garibaldi and a two-night stay at the Chinook Winds RV Park in Lincoln City, including free slot play and buffet passes. Plus, a Garmin GPS, half-day bottom-fishing trip for four from Siggi-G Ocean Charters, family four-pack of tickets to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, 12-lb. variety pack from Zenner Sausages, oil change package from BrakeTeam, Redbox DVD Rental, $50 Fred Meyer Gift Card and family four-pack of McDonalds Smoothies for the road.

RV Getaway Giveaway

 

 

The Oregon Coast Visitors Association want you to get out and enjoy the RV Lifestyle with a three night getaway to the Oregon coast. The prize package includes a Class A rental from RV’s to Go, three nights at the beautiful Harborview Inn and RV Park in Garabaldi and $100 Gift Certificate to Tillamook Creamery. Plus, Clear Channel Radio is throwing in a $100 gas card, Weber BBQ and 12lb variety pack from Zenner Sausages.

Enter either onlineHarborview Inn & RV Park’s booth (#317) or RV’s-To-Go’s booth (11E).

 

Here is a picture of our show producer (Peter O’Loughlin) awarding the prize package to the 2010 winners.

 

No purchase necessary.  One entry per person.   You do not need to be present to  win. Winner will be notified by phone or email.  Winner must be 25 years or older and a resident of Oregon or Southwest Washington.    

Employees and/or family members of the The Portland RV & Van Show, O’Loughlin Trade Shows, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, RV’s To Go, Harborview Inn & RV Park, Chinook Winds RV Park & Casino, Siggi’s Fishing Charters, Zenner’s Sausage Company, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Brake Team, Redbox DVD Rentals, McDonald’s, Gard Communications, Clear Channel Radio and their officers, directors, employees, agents, legal representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers and agencies and their respective officers, directors, and Gard Communications are not eligible to enter.  Entries must be received by 6p.m.  PST on September 18, 2011 and Drawing will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011. Winner must use trip by September 15, 2012.

Prize cannot be redeemed for cash.  Winner is responsible for any ad all applicable taxes, insurance and licensing fees.

Discount Coupons

 

Discount coupons for all four of our fall shows are now available for download on our
website.  Don’t miss a great opportunity to save $2 per ticket.

Click on a show name below to be taken to the discount ticket page.

Portland Fall RV Show

Portland Fall Home & Garden Show

Tacoma Fall Home Show

Tacoma Fall RV Show

Two Shows For The Price Of One

 

That’s right, this year we are combining the Tacoma Fall RV Show with the Tacoma Fall Home Show.  The dates for this event are October 7 – 9, 2011.

This massive show will cover the entire Arena and Exhibition Hall of the Tacoma Dome.  One price, two shows and FREE PARKING!  Please be sure to check each shows homepage for the most up to date information.

If you are interested in exhibiting in this combined show, please Apply Online today. Space is limited and WILL sell out fast.

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