Hello to all, both Swap Meet regulars and new people looking for information on the event! I hope everyone's had a good year since last FanimeCon and has restocked on a lot of things that they're looking to sell to their fellow fans! This is Ben Levy, your returning Swap Meet head for FanimeCon 2017. As in years past, I'll be using this thread to try and keep everyone up-to-date on the latest happenings of Swap Meet.
-There is not yet a set date for Swap Meet registration to open, but when there is, it will be posted here.
-Swap Meet Registration will cost $40 per space per day.
-Swap Meet spaces will be a 14' by 6' space of floor. While chairs may be used for sitting, you may not use tables, racks, displays, or other furniture like that for your merchandise.
-Swap Meet 2017 will once again be held in SOUTH HALL, the big tent-like building behind the convention center. Go out the East side of the convention center (the Marriott side) and take a right. It’s very hard to miss.
-Swap Meet 2017 will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and on Friday, May 26 from 8:00 p.m.to 1:00 a.m. (times potentially subject to some modification)
-Check-in for Sellers will begin about an hour and a half to two hours before doors open to the public.
-As we are in South Hall again this year, that means we must once again say that amplified sound will not be allowed in Swap Meet. This is the trade-off we have to make for a larger area. I know some people don’t necessarily like the lack of music, but I think that the bigger space more than makes up for it, personally.
-The Swap Meet Seller’s Agreement has been approved, and is substantially similar to previous years. Standard rules like no bootlegs, no metal weapons, only one longbox of adult material allowed per space (which must be covered, labeled, and out of reach when not being reviewed), and the like. As always, Swap Meet Staff will have final say on whether something violates the rules.
-All sellers at Swap Meet must fill out both the Seller’s Application form and sign the Rules and Guidelines. Please have these ready to go prior to arriving at the convention.
-Seller’s Permits tend to generate questions every year, so here's some general info. Please read over the Seller Application form for more information. Short version is if you qualify as an “occasional seller,” then you should need to fill out the Seller Application Form and mark yourself as an occasional seller. Occasional sellers are basically people who sell no more than twice in a 12 month period, don’t buy things specifically for resale, and are not selling new merchandise. Those last two requirements are prohibited by Swap Meet rules anyways. Be sure to look over the information and find out if you qualify as an occasional seller. Just remember, Swap Meet staff is not your attorney, and thus cannot answer legal questions about whether your specific situation qualifies as an occasional seller. If you think you might not qualify as an occasional seller, please follow the link on the form to get more information. If you know you don’t qualify as an occasional seller, please be sure to have a copy of your valid seller’s permit for staff to look at when you check in.
I think that’s most of the information I have for the moment. If you have further questions, comments, or the like, please post them below or message me on the forums. I’ll keep up with this thread and update when I can, as well as following up on posts further down the thread.