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Meet Opticonx

10:00 PM -- Once in a while, we tell someone from an equipment vendor or components supplier that they don't meet the criteria to be a "qualified attendee" of our conferences.

All that really means is that, because of the type of company they represent, we'd like them to pay to come to the show, as opposed to getting in at a discount. They usually take it well.

So I must share the following very fired-up response sent from a gentleman at Opticonx, to Susan Cho, one of our events mavens:

Cho,
Thank you for rejecting my request to attend.
Take your invitation and shove it up your ass!
Remove me from all future correspondence, including your so called magazine mailing list, immediately. I will make others within the industry aware of Light Reading Live Event Scams...
Thank you for nothing!
Sincerely,
[Redacted]


Long live our event scams, if they keep meatballs like that from mucking up our finely tuned demographics.


Stay classy, Opticonx. You're the pride of Oxford, Mass.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

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Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 3:28:08 PM
re: Meet Opticonx Ah, I believe this person will follow the lead of great people like Eliot Spitzer and use only the phone in the future.
Cascio 12/5/2012 | 3:28:08 PM
re: Meet Opticonx This guy got it right...Susan is the worst human I know. We are in a band together right now and she never comes to practice!

Shame on you Susan, shame on you!!!
susanmicho 12/5/2012 | 3:28:08 PM
re: Meet Opticonx It's the start of a beautiful friendship.
gbmorrison 12/5/2012 | 3:28:07 PM
re: Meet Opticonx I have to admit a couple of things, one childish and uncivilized, the other not. 1) This guy made me laugh, there are days you just want to tell people that. 2) I have been on other side of this, where Opticonx guy sits. You're under huge pressure to produce more and better results with less and less resources, and you know the worst possible thing in that environment is to NOT be engaged with the industry and your customers and competitors by attending a conference, and yet you sit there fuming that your boss can't find the money to attend this conference yet there still seems to be money for catered (internal only!) executive luncheons and off site meetings and for thick heavy full color brochures from the human resources department. Oh yeah you can only fume with your mouth shut because if you say to the boss what you really think you'll be on the next layoff list.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:28:07 PM
re: Meet Opticonx Ha. Good one. Meanwhile, I'll take my phone off the hook in case they actually do read our "so called magazine".
tobeit 12/5/2012 | 3:28:06 PM
re: Meet Opticonx Well, someone was really hurt and for whatever reason lost it for a moment. But why making his post public? You guys should find out what really upset that sender rather than make a nonsense post.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:28:03 PM
re: Meet Opticonx re: "You guys should find out what really upset that sender... "

Oh, I think it was pretty obvious.
Gemfire7 12/5/2012 | 3:28:02 PM
re: Meet Opticonx Hey Phil

No to disagree with you but I will. Sales 101 says you should at least reach out to the customer see what he is so upset about and how he felt like he was misled and possibly collect on his registration fee.

Instead you have alienated a potential customer and not made to many fans of the rest of us that can have off days. Even if this guy is the jerk he comes across as you don't have to stoop as low or deeper.
tobeit 12/5/2012 | 3:28:01 PM
re: Meet Opticonx as an editor, he should have stopped the publication of that post - same short term , negative reaction as the original poster.
Gemfire7 12/5/2012 | 3:28:01 PM
re: Meet Opticonx Everyone is in sales just some of us know it!
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