Last Updated: 5/10/13


*NEW*Where is the Swap Meet located this year?
The Swap Meet will be held in Exhibit Hall 1.

Where do I go to sign up for a swap meet space? When do signups begin?
Swap Meet space sign-ups have not yet been scheduled. We are working hard to get Swap Meet Registration online. Please keep an eye on our website, facebook, twitter, or forums and you should be notified by those means as to when registration will come up. Sign-ups are done online ONLY.

How many Swap Meet spaces can I sign up for?
Each seller may have a maximum of ONE Swap Meet space. You may also add one other seller to the space. However, there may only be a maximum of two sellers at each space. You may not swap spaces with another seller or take yourself out of your own space so that another may occupy it.

I am part of a group. How is that handled?
There are no group sign-ups. Groups are handled as seating requests; during the Swap Meet sign-up process, please include a request to be seated together. Please be aware that while we do our best to accommodate such requests, they are not guaranteed.

What do I need in order to sign up?
During sign ups you will need to provide general information including your name, email address, and answer some questions about what you are selling and when you would like to sell. Payment for your space will be collected during registration. You will also need to print and fill out the FanimeCon Swap Meet agreement. Once the process is completed bring your completed form, and your California seller’s permit (if applicable), to the Swap Meet check in on Thursday or Friday to receive your space.

Is there a minimum age for participating in the Swap Meet?
The minimum age for any seller is sixteen (16) years of age at the time of signing the Swap Meet Agreement. Any seller under the age of eighteen (18) at the signing of the agreement must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian while selling. An adult friend is NOT considered an eligible legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian will need to sign and complete the space agreement as well and include a photocopy of their identification.

Do I have to preregister for FanimeCon as part of Swap Meet?
Yes, preregistering for Fanime is a requirement in order to secure a space at the Swap Meet. You must have a valid FanimeCon 2013 attendee membership to sell at Swap Meet. Those without a 2013 attendee badge may inquire about a space at swapmeet@fanime.com.

Do I need a California Seller’s Permit at the time of my Swap Meet registration?
No, but you are required to have a Sellers Permit if you are selling (even temporarily) new, collectible or handcrafted items, or used items you have purchased for the purpose of reselling to others. You are not required to hold a permit if you are only making occasional sales, or selling products that are not taxable when sold at retail or selling on behalf of a section 6015 retailer (e.g. Avon, Tupperware, etc.). You are also not required to hold a permit if you are making sales two (2) or fewer times in a 12-month period. Additional Seller’s Permit information, including the locations where individuals may obtain them, can be found at the California State Board of Equalization web site: http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/reg.htm.

How do I accept the Swap Meet Agreement as required?
You will be asked to agree to the Swap Meet Agreement online during the signup process by the use of a checkbox. You will also need to bring a signed copy of the Swap Meet Agreement to check-in at the convention.

When will I know if I have a space?
When you sign-up you will be notified whether you are on the main registration for the day, or if you are on the waiting list.

What happens to my sign-up request if the Swap Meet is full?
Once the Swap Meet is full, additional space sign-up requests will be put on a waiting list in order of their receipt. If spaces become available, sellers will be contacted by email with further instructions on how to claim a space. Please watch for announcements as to when the Swap Meet is full.

What are my chances of getting a space if I’m on the waiting list?
It is unknown how many waiting list spaces will be approved. Sellers on the waiting list are encouraged to seek other sellers looking to share a space. A good place to do that is on the FanimeCon forums: http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/board,31.0.html

When is payment collected for the event?
The space payment of $30 per space, per day is collected at the time of registration, we currently accept Paypal payments. If you are placed on the Waiting List and receive a space, your payment will be collected during registration in cash only.

What is included with the Swap Meet fee?
The Swap Meet fee includes one ten (10) foot by five (5) foot space for your use for one day of the convention. The fee does NOT include Attendee Registration which must be purchased separately and can be found here: http://www.fanime.com/registration/#attendee.

Is WiFi available?
There is no public WiFi in Exhibit Hall 1.

Can I get access to electricity in the Swap Meet?
No. Electrical drops will not be available during the Swap Meet.

Can I play music at my space?
Music is allowed at an acceptable sound level as determined by Swap Meet Staff.

How do I check in at the convention?
On Thursday/Friday, the Swap Meet will open several hours ahead of time for sellers to check in and set up their spaces. The exact time will be announced after sign-ups are complete. In order to check in you will need:

  1. A state ID, driver’s license or passport (student IDs are not acceptable forms of identification).
  2. Your FanimeCon 2013 member badge.
  3. A signed copy of the Swap Meet Agreement.
  4. Minors only ages sixteen (16) and up – The Swap Meet agreement also signed and completed by their parent/legal guardian.
  5. Minors only ages sixteen (16) and up – A photocopy of the parent/legal guardian’s ID.
  6. A copy of your California Seller’s Permit if applicable (See #7).

Can I get a space in both the Dealers Room and the Swap Meet?
No.

Can I send someone else to the convention to sell my items?
No. Your Swap Meet space is reserved for you and your partner seller (if applicable). Please see the Swap Meet Agreement for more detailed information.

Can a parent or friend help me with setting up or selling if they don’t have a convention badge?
No.

I won’t be able to carry all of my merchandise in one trip in my suitcase. What should I do?
Dollys and handtrucks are prohibited per SJCCF Union Rules. Sellers may only bring their wares into the Swap Meet by hand in ONE trip. You may NOT use a hand truck, dolly, wire mesh cart, or similar transport to bring in your items. You may use normal sized luggage suitcases with wheels that are fully closed/zipped when transporting wares, backpacks, or any closed container, or bag carried by hand.

Are there restrictions on how I set up my Swap Meet space?
Shelving, clothing racks, tables, and anything which might block or obscure the view of other vendors, buyers, security, or staff is strictly prohibited. Taping or pinning items to the walls is strictly prohibited.

Do I have to be at my space 24/7? Is it okay to leave occasionally?
You are free to choose when you leave your Swap Meet space. Once you leave your space you may not return and your space will be considered ‘Closed’ for the evening.

Can I leave my stuff at my space overnight?
Items may not be left at your space overnight. Each space must be cleared of any items before leaving. Anything you leave in the Swap Meet will be disposed of.

Are there any items which are not permitted in the Swap Meet?
Hazardous items of any kind, this includes but is not limited to all projectile weapons (such as airsoft or bb/pellet guns, bows, crossbows, and firearms), live steel, metal/wooden baseball bats, metal kunai, incendiary devices, lasers, laser pointers, paddles, whips, floggers, brass knuckles, butterfly knives, concealed blades, throwing stars, tonfa, saps, clubs, nunchaku, sai, tessen, jitte, and metal or glass props are not permitted. Balloons of any kind are also not permitted under any circumstances in the Swap Meet. Please refer to the Swap Meet Agreement for more detailed information.

Can I have food at my space?
You may not sell or hand out food or candy to attendees. You are allowed to have food or beverages at your space for your personal consumption only.

What restrictions are there on selling prop weaponry?
Weapons, except for cosplay prop items thatare not already licensed in any form, are not permitted. Any weapon-like props must be authorized and peace bonded by Rovers immediately after sale. A copy of the FanimeCon Weapons Policy must be provided with every sale. Please contact the Swap Meet Staff upon registration request to be appraised of other restrictions that must be adhered to. For more information on FanimeCon’s Code of Conduct, including cosplay rules and weapons policy, please visit: http://www.fanime.com/essentials/code-of-conduct.

What restrictions are there on selling adult material?
All material that is inappropriate for minors must be covered and/or stored away. A maximum of 1 long box (L 27.25 x W 7.5 x H 10.8) of adult material is permitted, and it must be covered with an opaque lid and clearly marked indicating the contents. Customers must be of legal age (18) to view or purchase said material. It is the responsibility of the seller to verify legal age prior to the viewing or purchasing of said material by attendees.

What can happen to me if I’m found to be in violation of the rules?
Depending on the infraction you may be given a warning or you may forfeit your Swap Meet space and will no longer be able to sell. Please be aware that all persons at your space are responsible for following all of the rules of the Swap Meet.

How does the San Jose plastic bag ban affect me as a seller?
The Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance is currently effective since January 1, 2012. For sellers the new law states: “You are unable to provide free single-use carryout plastic bags to customers at check out. You may sell reusable bags or 40 percent post-consumer recycled content paper bags. Post-consumer recycled content paper bags must be sold for a minimum price of 10 cents each, and the sale must be itemized separately on the sales receipt.” For more information please visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=1526.

Can you clarify what merchandise is not allowed?
Per the Swap Meet agreement, reproductions of any existing licensed merchandise in any form are not allowed. While this applies to all categories of art, there has been some confusion with merchandise in particular. If there is a legal licensed merchandise of that type it is considered a “knock off” or “bootleg” and is not allowed to be sold in the Swap Meet. This also applies to hats, props, pins, pillows, and other such items. These items are considered knock offs.

Does Swap Meet have a list of all the legal items out there?
Sellers are required to abide by the Swap Meet Agreement. This means you are responsible to know if there is licensed merchandise of the type you intend to sell or not and whether or not your items are bootlegs (ie. EverAnime, Aliors, Elfin, fansubs, etc). Anyone caught selling such items at your Swap Meet space, you(and everyone at the space) will be warned, or may immediately forfeit the space for the remainder of the convention. Swap Meet staff will have the final say on what may be sold in the Swap Meet.

What sellers may sell in the Swap Meet?
Only sellers with a regular membership badge may sell in the Swap Meet. Those with Professional, Industry, or other types of badges are not allowed to sell.

If you are a member of FanimeCon staff, you need to get approval from your Head and the Fan Services Division to sell in the Swap Meet BEFORE paying for a space.

Please feel free to email swapmeet@fanime.com if you have other questions or concerns.