Running a gaming convention: How do deal with vendor competition?
February 15, 2013 7:46 AM Subscribe
I help run a medium-sized gaming convention (~1000 attendees). Part of our convention this year is a vendor hall where people buy space to sell gaming-related products (dice, magic cards, board games, etc.). When our event was smaller, vendors had exclusive rights to sell certain kinds of products. Now we are growing and competing vendors want to attend. Has anyone dealt with the issue of how to handle competition between vendors at a convention?
posted by Kolath to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a bunch of new folks trying to buy space to sell products, but our existing vendors argue that if they are sponsoring the event they should have exclusive rights.
We are considering a couple options:
--Putting exclusive rights up to a high bidder
--Saying that no one has exclusive rights to sell products (free-for-all)
--Sticking with our existing vendors and punting until next year
Has anyone had experience with this sort of management issue before? I imagine it is similar to when a beer company wants exclusive rights to sell at a sporting venue in exchange for sponsorship.