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Neat picture of JJJ at some ICA meeting.

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Just found this picture…. I took this picture at the ICA show in 2010.  This is how I use to get my subscription…. from his hand outs.  ūüôā  JJJ was a great guy and put out a super magazine.  This might have been one of his last ICA appearances and magazines?

This was before the ICA show was actually open?  When vendors set their booths up…. I had a backstage pass! Or a vendor pass…. I forgot? ūüôā

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010

There was a new trend in the market this year at the ICA show and it was all web based. ¬†Two companies actually had booths, one I found their booth and the other I could not find.¬†¬†Then the¬†3rd company came over to the secwa booth, but I don’t think that they had their own booth. ¬†So the idea is this:¬†your customer wants to wash their car, so they search the internet and somehow find one of these search sites. ¬†All the sites are basically the same: you have to enter your information and then people can search for your location. ¬†They also have coupons and you can run specials. ¬†ClosestCarWash.com looks like it was developed this year while mycarwashsavings.com looks like I developed it in the 1980s.

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I talked to these guys at ClosestCarWash.com and they were really nice. ¬†They like the color orange and they unfortunately tell your customers the next 3 days worth of weather. ūüôā ¬†But on the plus side the website looks good and is really the only one out there!

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mycarwashsavings.com Why would you use flash as my main¬†navigator, which eliminates most mobile devices?¬†¬†And why do you have to use a plugin no one uses for a video player? ¬†I looked at this web site and I tried to figure out what they were doing. ¬†They want a lot of money for there service and they want the customer to pay them instead of you. ¬†Of course they take their cut of like 25%? ¬†I wouldn’t give them my credit card information if I was a customer or a carwash owner. ¬†Also their twitter account is already suspended and they still have the link on their page. ¬†Bad sign!

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010

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Here are some more pictures from the ICA show. ¬†I always go by the ERIE booth but I didn’t purchase anything this year. ¬†I went by Self Service CarWashNews to take a magazine even though I subscribe, for the flight back. ¬†I also like to go by Ra-Lock but their products seemed the same this year. ¬†Which I guess is good? ¬†No real break in problems this year.

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010 – Green Pavilion

Why is it every time I hear the word GREEN it makes me feel like there is a scam involved? ¬†The ICA had a Green Pavilion this year and¬†you think “what are people trying to sell us this time?” ¬†But this is really bad¬†even though I am not a treehugger.¬†

From the ICA website ” All products accepted into the Green Pavilion must meet at least one of the following criteria” ¬†ONE!!!???

“Less toxic,¬†Minimally polluting,¬†More energy efficient,¬†Safer and healthier for customers employees and the environment”

What product wouldn’t qualify? ¬†This is¬†absolutely hilarious and makes you wonder about all the other GREEN scams out there!

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010

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Fragramatics sells the largest vacuum in the WORLD! ¬†Just what you need… a vacuum with everything on it. ¬†Talk about everything being in a huge knot¬†every time¬†someone uses anything. ¬†Just seems like a bad¬†idea. ¬†Couple that with the unit probably being hard to work on for repairs like the older models. ¬†But I think they look the best in the business though, which is good except for the ugly flower. ¬†Well I thought it was fine until Greg pointed it out to me now I hate the flower.

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Just a large air compressor… that’s all.

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This was an interesting product.  A basic J.E. Adams vacuum with a credit card reader, bill acceptor and coin acceptor.

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A D/H Dilling-Harris self-serve bay in a vacuum stand!

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010

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From the makers of the Navigator (Pro Car Wash Equipment) they bring to you an interesting concept.  An express tunnel that will fit in a self serve bay!  Just add a conveyor and a pit.

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Did you know that Sonny’s sells a friction and a touch free automatic? ¬†Sonny’s I think is going to hire everyone in the industry and also put everyone else out of business. ¬†If you watched the show floor the Sonny’s booth was where all the action was. ¬†Even places like Kleen-Rite need to watch out! ¬†Speaking of Kleen-Rite do you notice the thing on the right the touch free automatic? ¬†Yes it is a Cobra that purple thing that Kleen-Rite use to sell.

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010

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I really liked this product.  This could replace your neon and stand up to vandalism better.  I lost their show specials but their website says $500 for 100 foot roll.  SunLitz LEDs  by Rain Tunnel not really sure about their name.  SunLiz?  What is that suppose to be Sunled?

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I really liked this product! ¬†But he did not have any brochures and business cards so I wrote in on one of my cards and I lost it. ¬†But you can set up the credit card processing through anyone unlike Etowah Valley’s system and you can also get a Hamilton credit card reader for it I think it costs around $2800? ¬†The system is for 6 ports and it costs around $6000? ¬†All it uses is¬†1 cat5 run to connect and high speed internet and you can repair the credit card reader!

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Now I am going to have to try some Microcoin coin acceptors. ¬†These seem great! ¬†But if you look above the coin acceptor there is a little black box. ¬†That is part of the coin acceptor…… that is CRAPPY! ¬†But everything else sounds great. ¬†No tool opening to clear jams and seems easy to program. ¬†Will not jam with really crappy coins,¬†it has¬†a 2 year¬†warranty, and it can be repaired¬†reasonably unlike IDX¬†¬†X-10 (the guy said $60-$80). ¬†Plus you can program tons of coins and it is not that bad of a price (retails for $219.95).

International Carwash Association Trade Show 2010

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First day of the ICA show!

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They made a new rule this year for certain people that go around and solicit businesses for sales / advertising, but they did not enforce it.  It is really a big problem and I guess you would just have to turn them in?

I really didn’t do anything today besides talk to people and really didn’t get around to taking that many pictures.

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This is a view from my window.  If you like tennis I guess it is okay?