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They're going fast.  If you have been waiting, we do not suggest you wait much longer.

 

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*remains quietly hopeful then* =]

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I`m curious to how you exactly plan out the dealer space issue with the con.Unlike other furry cons which have to plan around a room in a hotel which is much smaller,AC has an exhibit hall floor (well part of one) of a convention center.In the years the con has been in Pittsburgh,I`ive felt that there is extra space for some more booths if we wanted to put more in .ANd potentailly a LOT more, since the art show is in the same room (as oppossed to being in the hotel ) On friday when the hall opens it is very crowded,but most of the time its not.I do  feel there is some wasted space.While its nice to have space to stand somewhere and talk with friends or set down a bag and go through it to look for something, If someone loses out on a dealer table its lost oppurtunity for them and the con.

How does the con determine whats the best use of floor space?Is it something made by a particular person or a group call?Is it all done on paper or is there real life  positioning of tables as a dry run somewhere ,maybe on a scaled down version?

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Yes, we can, and have, expanded the amount of Dealer Room space, and assuredly will with the convention's contiued growth. However, we'd prefer a spacious area to a cramped one. It makes everyone feel more at ease, allows for more freely-flowing foot traffic, and generally makes for a more pleasant time then tryign to cram anyone in. That said, there's room to further expand, and our Dealer's Room staff look at a variety of factorys every year in determining layour and space.

Mostly that's the Dealer's Room staff, as led by Wyldekyttin, Dealer's room Director. Anthrocon and the DLCC use a program called Meeting Matrix to lay out our tables in the floorspace available.

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There are at least two things the con must keep in the back of its collective mind.  One is that the aisles have to be a certain width or the local fire department can (and will) shut you down.  And while the con could put more booths in the area between the Dealers room and the Art Show/Artist's Alley, keeping that area 'open' allows for a clearer path from one end of the room to the other.

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There are at least two things the con must keep in the back of its collective mind.  One is that the aisles have to be a certain width or the local fire department can (and will) shut you down.  And while the con could put more booths in the area between the Dealers room and the Art Show/Artist's Alley, keeping that area 'open' allows for a clearer path from one end of the room to the other.

Yes, yes, and yes.  Tighter alleys between dealer tables would mean that we might have to growl more at those stopping to chat with dealers, and they wouldn't want that.  And the larger alley between dealers' den and art show/artists' alley means that at times of peak flow, such as when everybody and his kid sister is trying to come in or get out for the last few bids, we have a little more room for folks who are waiting for bag check and need not to obstruct dealers' tables.  A little space also makes it a tiny bit easier for security to shut down one portion of the room but hold open another, as they do when the art show holds its evening reception.

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There is also an economic consideration.  Anthrocon very carefully watches the ratio of attendees to dealers.  Too many dealers and too few attendees means that none of the dealers makes any money.  There was a convention many years ago that had a huge room for dealers and simply let loose and sold as many tables as possible.  They wound up with more than 120 dealers for fewer than 700 attendees.  Every dealer made about $20 all weekend.

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As a dealer, I really appreicate the thought that AnthroCon puts into limiting the number of tables based on attendance. That really makes a lot of sense and I think other cons should follow your example!

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AnthroCon's Dealer's Room is airy enough so that fans and customers can safely stop at a table, and look at a book of prints or a box of comics or examine the covers of various magazines, and NOT be blocking the flow of people who are still looking, still browsing.

FURther CONfusion, set to start on Wednesday in San Jose, CA, has always had a problem with the space for the large number of dealers who attend.  Last year was just about the worst, people who were standing at one table were back-to-back with people at a table across the aisle; and trying to get down a row to any dealer in the interior somewhere was almost impossible - so people at a certain point stopped going down the aisles, unless they were looking for a specific dealer.  They just sort of tried to squeeze around the periphery of the room, and as a result, many dealers in the middle lost out on business from people who did not know who they were or what they offered.

Of course, last year was the first year at a new hotel, in Downtown San Jose; it is expected to be better this year.

If it isn't...I'll post about it here.

While on the topic - if you happen to attend one of these conventions which aren't blessed with the amount of space that AnthroCon has for dealers, try to keep moving when going through, unless you are actively looking at something, and about to buy from a dealer.  Do NOT stop in the middle of the aisle because you caught sight of a friend, and then form a "clot" in the flow by just standing there talking; take your conversation, greetings, and catching up on things to a space well outside the Dealers' Den, and avoid blocking the flow down the aisle or in front of a dealer, who is after all attending the convention - and paying for that table - to do business and sell stuff.

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Now now, our colleagues at Further Confusion are doing the best they can with the space that is available to them.  Give them a break.

But you are correct that there is a need to prevent clotting in the Dealers' Room, which is a problem that will occur no matter the size.  Maybe if we were to dress some security crew members as anthropomorphic aspirin tablets...

 

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Or perhaps as anthropomorphic laxatives, that would keep things flowing freely.

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How about anthro Vibreo cholerae?

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Umm, I don't know if anyone asked this before, but if something happens, and you've purchased a table, but you can't make it, or you've simply changed your mind, can you get a refund on it?

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Please see http://www.anthrocon.org/dealerpack#IX

 

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When you've mailed in an application exactly how long should it take to get a reply to know if I do indeed have a table and should book a room, etc?

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All confirmed dealers will receive confirmations before the hotel rooms open, don't worry.

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I mailed it a month ago, it would be great to know it at least made it, before the dealer room sells out completely online and I miss my chance all together. :/

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