So there has been a LOT of discussion about
how much the fact that SBL charged for projectors at the conference, some of it very humorous. In another post I commented that we really are focusing our blame on the wrong folks regarding the cost of the projectors. It is the hotel and convention venues who set those rates which are often extremely high because of union contracts. Not everyone believed me and I did have some figures incorrect. Charlie Haws has provided me with the correct numbers.
- The labor costs this year were over $38,000.
- The total bill for A/V costs came to over $100,000 for the convention.
- “The fee structure reduced costs slightly at first because it eliminated some (assumedly unnecessary) requests, but it did not change the habit of late changes and requests, which pushed the bill right back up.”
- Only 10% of presenters use A/V equipment (not 20% which I suggested before).
So only 10% of those presenting (which is itself a subset of all those paying to attend the convention) result in an additional $100,000 to the total cost of the conference. That is not a paltry sum. I can understand why they are seeking ways to subsidize the cost.