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Old 08-20-07, 07:49 AM
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Ever set up as a seller at a convention?

Just curious, since a friend & I have talked about it for a couple of months now. We figured we'd split a table at a small show for fun and see what happens. What's involved in doing this? I'd assume you call for space, pay, and that's that.. is there more involved at all?
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Old 08-20-07, 11:22 AM
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You will probably have to get a dealer's lisense & pay tax. At least that is what is required to set up a toy convention when I looked into it.
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Old 08-20-07, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by reverie
Just curious, since a friend & I have talked about it for a couple of months now. We figured we'd split a table at a small show for fun and see what happens. What's involved in doing this? I'd assume you call for space, pay, and that's that.. is there more involved at all?
Yup, I've been a seller at Chiller Theater (a rather large horror/collectible convention) for years. There isn't much to it, except depending on the size of the show you are doing, reserving a spot & the location of the spot may be important. The fees usually vary, but the most important thing to know going in, is are you 100% positive that you can sell enough merchandise to make up for your fees? And is what you are selling actually going to sell. Apart from that as long as you are friendly, there isn't much too it.
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Old 08-21-07, 08:17 AM
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What's the whole "dealers license & taxes" thing..? Well, taxes I get (but how do they *know* what you've sold to pay taxes on?). Where do you get a dealer's license from, and is it usually expensive?

Like I said, if we did it it'd be a small thing, so hopefully there won't be a lot to have to make up in costs. We mostly want to do it for the fun of it, though making money is a good thing too.
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Old 08-21-07, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by resinrats
You will probably have to get a dealer's lisense & pay tax. At least that is what is required to set up a toy convention when I looked into it.
This will depend on your state.
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Old 08-22-07, 09:17 AM
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I did several in Tulsa around the summer of 1993. Great fun. Didn't make a lot of money. Learned a lot about the real "value" of a comic. I had both silver age classics and "hot" current issues. All I did was pay for the table and try to sell, sell, sell.
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