We know you’ve seen and heard the ads everywhere lately.

“HOT TUB & SWIM SPA BLOWOUT EXPO! HUGE SAVINGS, THIS WEEKEND ONLY!” The first problem with that statement is it has been “this weekend only” for the last 4 weekends in the DFW area.

What is the truth behind these Hot Tub Blowout Expo events? Are these companies really offering a great value on a premium product? Or are these EXPO SHOWS a marketing ploy to lure unsuspecting shoppers in and pressure them to purchase a subpar product that really requires proper time and planning to make sure the customer finds the right model to fit his or her needs. Based on the information available through online reviews and first hand conversations we have had with local DFW customers, we think the later scenario is more likely.

Here are the known facts about the traveling hot tub and swim spa shows that have been hitting the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex consistently throughout 2017.

FACT #1 – There is only 1 Brand/Manufacturer on Display

This is probably the biggest misconception of the “Hot Tub & Swim Spa Blowout Expo”. You will not see hot tubs from Bullfrog, Marquis, Hot Springs, Caldera, Jacuzzi, Sundance, Dimension 1 and other top brands at these shows. There is in fact only one manufacturer/brand present at these weekend events. Most of the advertising and promotion will boast a “huge selection from major brands”, which is a false statement. All of the “brands” being sold at these shows are manufactured in the same factory.

FACT #2 – The “Amazing Offer” is Most Likely a Normal Price

Traveling hot tub shows rely on high-pressure sales reps and the perception that YOU MUST BUY NOW to save thousands on this premium hot tub. The truth is (in DFW anyway), that these hot tub shows are in town multiple times a year, sometimes 2-3 times a month. The “deal” this month, will be the same as the “deal” next month. More than likely, you will be able to visit your local spa dealers and receive competitive pricing on high quality hot tubs with similar features. The “Blowout” might be a couple hundred dollars cheaper for a similar size/jet count spa, but consider the turnkey service and warranty support that the local dealer is providing. When it comes to hot tubs and swim spas, exceptional service is tough to put a price tag on.

FACT #3 – No Chance to Try the Hot Tubs

One of the biggest benefits to buying from a local dedicated hot tub dealer is having the ability to “wet test” the brand of hot tub that you’re interested in. Most people prefer test drive a car before they purchase it. Why not take the same approach when looking to purchase a hot tub? The seating and jet configuration are different in every hot tub and jet pressure can vary greatly between the brands due to different plumbing designs and pump specs.

***Important Questions to Ask***

If you decide to go check out one of these Hot Tub Blowout shows, there are a few REALLY IMPORTANT questions you need to ask before even considering a purchase from these companies.

  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you have a local showroom in the Dallas – Fort Worth Area?
  • Will a technician from your company be servicing the warranty?

Make sure to do your research and read reviews from the company involved in the show. Check Better Business Bureau profiles and look for reviews and complaints against the company. If you can’t find a BBB profile for the company selling at the show, it’s probably not a good sign.

It is common for the Hot Tub & Swim Spa Blowout Expo to display all of their units in the same color combination. This eliminates options and customization of the spa.

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Hot Tub & Swim Spa Blowout Sales info is provided as a general guide to help you understand how hot tub and swim spa expos typically work. Offering this free article is our way of helping to protect our friends and neighbors from falling victim to high pressure sales tactics from traveling spa gypsies.

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