by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)
The Dallas Comicon is coming May 21st and 22nd. This is a yearly event that was traditionally held in Plano at their convention center but has 'upgraded' to the new convention in Las Colians. In this post I am going to cover what I hope to accomplish as a vendor at this convention so if you are looking for info about what's going on at the convention... look elsewhere.
As you all know (or don't know) I have a business I run called Renegade Anime. It is an Ebay/PayPal store where I sell Japanese Models of Anime series (like Starblazers, Robotech, etc). You can read about my business aspirations here. One of the main goals of my business was to not only sell on EBay (that's where the bulk of my business has and will continue to come from) but to setup at conventions in the North Texas area. This hasn't turned out so well. When the big shows (like this Comicon) happen I do fairly well (somewhat). You can read about my last experience here. I have attempted to set up with a smaller toy show that happens up here twice a year (and twice a year down near Austin). That group can't seem to commit to doing a show right and has canceled at the last moment (both shows). I did go to one of the shows they had in Austin but it was really lame. Click here for that disaster.
When all is said and done EBay has been my best bet. I am selling the models at some nice profit but it is not nearly as fun as setting up at a convention. With EBay I am getting those great profits but only on a bout 33%of my stock. The other items are just slow sellers. I am in no rush so I just wait. With the conventions I can put on sales and wheel and deal and turn stuff over much faster without all the shipping mess that comes with EBay.
I reserved a booth for the upcoming Comicom at the last convention. They had a special price on tables for this upcoming convention if you bought early. I wish I had reserved a 2nd table because it looks that this convention is going to be a big deal. It would be nice to have a lot of room and be a bit more noticed. I also have a lot of models and the extra space would have been nice. At the time I was more concerned with holding onto the money I wheedled out of people that weekend.
The upcoming Dallas Comicon is going to be a big deal. Not just because of the guests but the fact that I am ready to move ALOT of my stock. I am going to be doing some big price cutting. It looks like most of my models (if not all) will be 1/2 off for the entire weekend!
Come and visit us!!!