Editor’s Note: And so it begins. The discussion over IPCPR media memberships, i.e. bloggers going to the trade show, started once again. David Jones of the TikiBar provided his thoughts and plenty of others chimed on Twitter. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter that the costs are going up or if they continue to go up. The IPCPR membership itself is only a fraction of the costs that are involved for going to the IPCPR show. In reality, the only real way to deal with getting rid of the bloggers who don’t belong is vetting, not raising prices.

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