I have worked in the event industry for over thirty years and in the end I am the owner of the largest event rental company in London.
Customers should be aware of the many pitfalls when renting property for their shows.
One of the most important mistakes customers make is to count or request a quote. In this industry it is common for rental and distribution companies to specialize in one path, namely stage, recovery, sound system rental
or dance floor, and so on. Even though your dance floor is slightly cheaper, the dance floor is specialist equipment and catering that you rent to this specialist at a lower price. The truth is that for each contracted company, fees are charged for shipping and collection. When you started to add up countless shipping costs, your costs have now explosively increased.
The solution is to get as many companies as possible. This way you only have one shipping fee. Even if they don't compete with one or two items, you reduce shipping costs saved.