[ACML] Respond to dealers
stevenlin at animepavilion.com
Fri Jun 9 03:58:47 EDT 2006
I know that so that is why I am hoping to bring this to the staffers. At
one of the shows, The dealers were really upset. There was talk of things i
don;t think dealers should do, but with the current trends they are getting
upset. And I think they are not in the wrong in some of the issues they
brought up. i looked at both issues and i can see they have very viable
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Subject: Re: [ACML] Respond to dealers
>> With several dealers
>> carrying these goods, many fans comment on dealers having the "same"
>> goods. I'm curious if there is any dealer trying to cater to an audience
>> for goods related to "older" (not NECESSARILY 80s old) titles that have
>> interesting merchandise but aren't currently the "flavor of the month".
>> Like maybe, Escaflowne or Ranma or maybe Kenshin. I don't KNOW that
>> there's a strong enough market for these, but I have seen numerous people
>> bemoan the overabundance of the same: Naruto and FMA items. (add in
>> whatever else may be overexposed atm, like Trigun, Evangelion (perenial
>> fav), Gundam Seed, or whatever) Don't get me wrong, these things sell
>> they HAVE fans, but people want variety too. It also hurts that several
>> dealers have the same gashapon, UFO catchers and keychains. So PART of
>> is what they have to choose from, and if it's!
>> just the "surface" stuff, many of the "hardcores" will just find their
>> purchases online, I know I do. That said...
> It really is not reasonable for dealers to carry gashapon, UFO catchers
> and key chains for older shows. Those sort of things aren't made anymore
> in Japan. You might be able to find them in some second hand stores or
> remade in America but most of the time they are not available to purchase.
>> I'm not sure what can be done about that, but there it is. I also
>> understand how "artists alley" can hurt dealers room, and I think the
>> produced items SHOULD be pushed toward dealers room, but for genuine
>> "artists", I think they need the exposure and really help keep the
>> feel, but again, that's just my opinion. Honestly, if we could see
>> improvement in artists efforts and contributions, I think that's one of
>> the best things cons have to work for right now.
> I brought this up last year about what cons were doing about the overlap
> between artist alley and dealers and everyone did something different.
> I hate to say this but my gut reaction is that the conventions won't do
> anything about this problem until the dealers make a big stink about it.
> I think it is unfair because we subsidize out artists alley. (It actually
> costs us more than they pay)
> Our rule is that if it is mass produced you cannot sell it in artist alley
> but even that has issues. Lots of them want to sell Naruto head bands
> and FMA hats and Fruba cat ears. In theory all of these are invalid
> because they should be licensed.
> Doug Lu
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