I've never been to the SOS, so thus may be speaking out of my six, but I don't understand why you'd pack up a show mid-afternoon Saturday for a few reasons. First, most shows run Sat-Sun, sometimes Friday. By afternoon Sunday sellers are packing up. Packing up mid-Saturday seems it would limit customers. I understand that this is once a year event, and some of you are saying customers should better plan for it, etc, etc...but that's not always realistic.
First of all, when did it become good business practice to limit a larger customer base? Just as one example, I know several collectors who pay high dollars for pieces who are in the military. You can't just call in sick or get leave approved because it's on the books...it's not that easy. Infantry commands, and I'm sure other commands that require training as a team, favor leave blocks and only entertain individual requests on a case-by-case basic (think wedding or funeral, and that's about it). Every infantry command I've been in would laugh me out of the office if I put 'military collector show' on my leave request. Because of this, I wouldn't waste their time with one. Many of these guys I refer to, when they do make it to the SOS, catch the red eye Friday night, power shop Saturday, and have to leave when the pack up commences. Essentially, they get half a day, and often return with lots of unspent play money simply because they didn't have time to get through the entire show. Seems to me, extending it later on Saturday or until noon on Sunday is nothing but beneficial to both sides of the table.
Let's not fool ourselves, no matter the passion for the history, dealers are, by necessity, in it at least partially, if not largely, for the money, as it's often part of or all of their livelihood, so why not extend the hours to allow the making of more money and widen the customer base to those who realistically CAN'T get there until Friday evening or Saturday? The Saturday pack up, coupled with my being military, has been the reason more than once that I have not been able to attend. I'm not going to spend the money to catch a red eye for 6 hours of shopping. It takes me longer to get through the Raleigh show.
Several dealers have said in this thread they would happily extend later Saturday or into Sunday, so it doesn't seem like a horrible idea. Logistically, I don't know what the friction might be in such an endeavor, but it's quite easy to at least look into, I'd imagine.
As a side note, can someone explain to me the benefit of OVMS membership? I was just on the site, it seems rather under construction with little information and I see no benefit to me to pay $40 a year to be a member based off the scant amount of info on there.