The Captain's Blog Entry 16 - Stardate: No Idea
So you've finally decided to take the plunge and buy tickets to your 1st Comic Convention and as a Vendor, let me tell you that we are happy to have you!
Comic Conventions are one of the most fun and rewarding events to be a part of. There is always something new to see and awesome people to meet.
Maybe this is your 1st time or perhaps you are a veteran. Either way, we've come up with a Comic Con rules series for everyone from Attendees to Vendors to make your experience the most enjoyable!
Here's our 1st installment of Comic Con tips for: Attendees!
1. LEAVE YOURSELF TIME, THERE WILL BE LINES
Comic and Pop Culture conventions have only grown in popularity in the last 20 years and as a result, there are lots of fans in attendance. Trust us, there will most likely be lines for everything: parking, food, celebrity guests, artists, and even in the Vendor section. So be respectful of others and leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy everything that the convention has to offer.
2. SAY HI TO US! WE'RE VENDORS NOT VULTURES.
When you walk into our booth and we greet you, please say HI back. I promise we're not vultures waiting to pounce on you to force you to buy our stuff. We sit or stand in our booths for over 8 hours straight and talking to people makes the time go by faster for us. Most of us have been in sales and retail for a long time and we are pretty good at reading who wants help shopping and who is just browsing.
3. TRY TO PUT STUFF BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT
Please feel free to browse and touch all of our items. We want you to look at our carefully curated wares and creations, but use common sense when handling merchandise. If you are eating something, be careful not to spill stuff. If you grab something and accidentally knock down part of a display, get our attention if we didn't notice. We're not mad, we just want to fix it right away so that items don't get stepped on. And if your kids have sticky hands, please don't let them finger 20 items before you tell them to stop it.
4. BRING CASH TOO!
Since we started Con Couture, we have always accepted cash and credit cards as forms of payment for our items. We have used Square in combination with our ipads for years. However, you should bring at least $50-$100 worth of cash with you depending on your budget because chances are, you will need it. Believe it or not, we get complaints all the time from customers about booths that only take cash and ultimately lost the sale because of it.
5. PICTURES - FROM COSPLAY TO ARTISTS
Most people attending Cons love to take and be a part of awesome pictures! That includes vendors, cosplayers, fans, celebrities, and artists. Just remember to ask first! It's a very simple rule of thumb and can save everyone from being uncomfortable or getting their day ruined. They came out with a great slogan a couple of years back, COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT and they're absolutely right!
Photo Credit: Geishablog.com
We hope you enjoy yourself at every Con whether it's your 1st or your 50th. If you remember our 5 simple rules, it should be a great experience. Thanks for reading Part 1 of our Convention Rules for Attendees. Tune into our blog next week when we discuss some best and worst practices of Vendors!
Let us know in the comments below what conventions you plan to attend in 2017!
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