Trade Fairs - Are they worth going to?

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ryansrs1
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26 Jul 07 02:13:09 pm
Im from the UK and am in process in setting up 2 websites selling Designer Clothes and Soft/Plush toys. Have been reading about the Trade Fairs and that it may be a good way of actualy meeting the suppliers and making purchases. As im only in proces and fairly a small business at moment is it worth me going to one and what are my chances if i do of making a good deal? Also would it be worth going just for the experience for the future??

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grace-salehoo
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27 Jul 07 04:41:38 am
Trade fairs can require a bit of effort to get to because they often require some sort of proof that you are a wholesaler, importer, retailer etc before you are allowed to register. The first time you go I think it's enough to be a newly registered business, but after that you need invoices etc showing you have actually been purchasing related merchandise to sell, along with your business card, tax ID information and maybe a credit card or check with the name of your company.

Not all trade shows will be that strict though and I believe that any effort you make now to build up contacts and relationships in the industry will pay off in the future, even if the MOQs are too high for you at present.

Just make sure you are prepared with some good questions to ask (time wasters aren't appreciated!) and take lots of business cards to leave with people you talk to as well.


Grace

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gulfy13
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27 Jul 07 11:48:26 pm
I love trade-shows. But Grace is right. It's easier getting through airport security than getting into some shows..

It is however worth any effort that you put into it. Usually you can come across some new products that have not come out on the market yet and get a jump on the competition. Not everyone will be willing to deal with you depending on what your purchasing budget is. However at most shows you can usually find someone who is willing to work with you.

I have a list of every trade show in the united states with contact numbers, so I can be aware of which shows are taking place, where they are taking place, and especially when they are taking place. This gives me the oppotunity to 'pre-register'. This will save you a heap of time and trouble if you plan on going to a particular show...

Too, if you are planning to go to a show, call in advance and ask if they have set up any deals with hotels for visitors. Often the larger shows will have arranged some type of discount with several hotels while their show is taking place and this can save you some bucks...

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berk-llc
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28 Jul 07 03:21:23 am
Is your list for shows all around the US. If so can you pm it to me or email it to Link hidden: Login to view. Thanks

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gulfy13
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29 Jul 07 12:17:57 am
Yes my list is for the US, but I will look and see if there are any for the UK and such as I know that some of the major shows do them over there as well..I'll get the list to the addy you sent me...gulfy13

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berk-llc
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29 Jul 07 01:49:19 am
Thanks

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gulfy13
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29 Jul 07 03:20:39 am
Berk LLC
Hey, I sent you the list, hope it's of some help.
It's 10 pages. I can put it into an adobe reader format if necessary..

If any one else needs a copy just let me know and I will be glad to provide a copy..

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