Dealer’s Room applications start December 1st.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Dealer’s Room?
A room filled with businesses selling their wares. You can find all kinds of official merchandise: figures, keychains, plush, t-shirts, video games, CDs, artbooks, and a whole lot more!
Where is the Dealer’s Room?
For 2016, our Dealer’s Room will be in the upstairs hallway (street level) in Columbia Ballroom A. This is right by where the Registration area is.
What are the hours of the Dealer’s Room?
The Dealer’s Room will open Saturday at 11am, and will be open until 8pm. There will be an hour-long break from 2pm to 3pm to allow the Dealer’s to get lunch, as food is not allowed inside the convention center. The hours for Sunday are 11am to 4pm. The Dealer’s Room will not be open on Friday evening for this year.
Cash or Credit?
While most dealers will have a credit card reader, it is usually best to have cash on hand. Some dealers may not have access to or want to deal with a credit card reader, or the internet in the convention center may be slow or unresponsive, particularly at times of heavy traffic. There is an ATM in the convention center lobby, and there are several banks within walking distance that are open on Saturday morning until noon.
I want to be come a dealer!
The Dealer’s Room for 2016 is sold out. However, if you are interested in becoming a dealer for 2017, there is a link at the top of the page for an interest form to fill out. The application for the dealer’s room for 2017 will be available in the winter, usually around November or December. There may be delays for this year, as we might be trying to negotiate for more space with the convention center.
As a dealer, what can and can’t I sell?
The following items are prohibitedfrom sale in NashiCon’s Dealer’s Room, due to Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center regulations and NashiCon policies:
- Any food or drink. This includes Ramune, Pocky, etc.
- Metal weapons or any weapon that can fire a projectile.
- Illegal substances or related paraphernalia, tobacco products, vaping supplies’
- Live-action pornographic materials of any sort
- Bootlegs: This includes, but is not limited to, pirated DVDs, fan-subs, and unlicensed merchandise. Nashicon staff (Convention Chairs and the Director of Dealer’s Room) have the final judgement on whether an item/items are considered to be bootleg
Dealers may be asked by staff to remove any questionable items immediately. Failure to comply may result in removal from the dealers’ room without reimbursement. The first violation of this policy will be a warning, and the Dealer will be asked to remove the offending merchandise. Failure to remove the item(s), or later attempting to sell the item(s), is cause for immediate removal of the Dealer from the convention, forfeiting all fees.
What about 18+/adult materials?
Any items labeled as 18+ (i.e., yaoi, yuri, hentai, etc.) MUST NOT be displayed with regular merchandise, and dealers are required to I.D. anyone interested in viewing these items. Dealers are not allowed to sell these items to anyone under the age of 18. Anyone caught doing so will be permanently banned from any and all NashiCon events.
What kind of table displays are allowed?
You can move around your table(s) as you like, as long as you stay within the designated amount of space you have purchased. Displays should not exceed the dimensions of the space/table or extend into the walkway, due to traffic hazards. Overhead displays are allowed, but please make sure they are secure – we don’t want any injuries! Tables are 6′ wide, 30″ deep and 36″ tall.
Can I bring my own tables/chairs/furniture?
Please do not bring your own tables. Everyone gets the space they pay for and extra tables cause traffic and fire hazards. If you have a small/portable stool or folding chair that is acceptable, however please keep it behind your table and out of the way of traffic.
Do I need a business license? What about taxes?
Nashicon is considered a special event, so vendors do not need a business license to sell, provided this is the only special event they sell at (so if you sold at Banzaicon or any other special event, anime-related or not, you might need to look into getting an SC business license). If you file taxes as a business or write off related expenses on your taxes as business expenses, you will need to collect SC sales tax and send it to the SC Department of Revenue. You can find this information here.
Are there any other rules or guidelines I should be following as a Dealer?
Be respectful and mindful of your neighbors – no loud music, screaming/shouting, noise makers, strobe lights or flashing light effects, and do not loudly hock your wares. Do not solicit attendees for anything other than the sale of merchandise (ie do not flirt/hit on attendees, ask for donations, etc.).
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