merch report

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Woohoo~! Now that I’ve returned from BronyCon I’m ready to report on it!  A big thank you to all the staff and attendees that made BC wonderful~!  This was my third year and I think it may have been my best one yet, I still have to do my final number crunching tho.

This was actually my first time ever manning a dealer corner booth by myself.  I was a little nervous but spent months working out the logistics!  This was also my first time selling wall scrolls, and I definitely understimated the demand on those! Ha, ha!

I’ll get into the nitty gritty after the cut, but I also want to announce that I’ve officially been accepted into AWA’s Artist Alley this year as well~!  So, I hope to see some of y’all in Atlanta come September!

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Albus and Scorpius are here to remind you that I’ve updated my online shop (platinarts.tictail.com) to include new prints and bookmarks! :D

I was originally going to close it on the 17th because Tictail’s service plan update will require a monthly fee to keep your custom shop (it’s free for now), but I’m contemplating on paying that because I want to keep it as is (and I’m too lazy to find alternatives). Might as well, since I will most probably be updating more products as I prepare for the Harry Potter event I’ll be tabling at in December. ;)

Uta Pri: 6th Stage Report Pt. 2

Continues from Getting Tickets

PRE-SHOW: The Goods Line & Trading @ Sunshine City 5/25

In my research of Japanese concerts and seiyuu events, I learned about goods sales typically happening before the show. I noticed people mentioned that you could line up any time before doors opened, there wasn’t a set time that the merch tent would ~open for business~. Sometimes there was order forms, sometimes not. Either way, you’d be waiting a while to get your stuff before the actual concert. I spent a good few weeks trying to mentally prepare myself to get to Met Life Dome on the first train out, trying to figure out a schedule, make sure I was super rested for a really really longggggg daaaay.

Of course, for 6th Stage, with such anticipation of getting goods, the staff decided to make a separate event over several days leading up and including the live weekend to join the queue at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro for the majority of the available merch. This…..threw a wrench in my planning! Just when I thought I had a whole day to dedicate to 6th Stage, I now realized the first thing I was ever ever ever going to do in Japan…….was going to stand in line. For hours. To try and buy merchandise. Of fictional idol groups.

Me: (to me) why are you l i k e t h i s

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So we had to back off sequel merchandise for the holidays this year, which broke my heart, but it’s true that we have a hard time selling it.  In terms of new stuff, folks are way more interested in original trilogy in my neck of the woods.

But even in the realm of “sequel merchandise I can’t sell,” these Hux figures are special.  I’ve had one (1) of these on hand at almost all my locations for damn near eight months.  I’ve never sold a single one of these, and I get paid because I’m very good at that.  And of course this failure is Hux, because why wouldn’t it be, why wouldn’t this be the one goddamn SW item I can’t sell.

I’ve made him look good.  I’ve tried him in groups and by himself, with better merchandise and with cheaper stuff.  I put him everywhere in the stores, short of into a customer’s hands as I cried real tears.  I priced him down.  I priced him down to $2 and nobody wants him.  I finally bought this one, because I was sick of looking at it and wanted this space back on my display.  He’s currently with my SW books, scowling down and reminding me of my professional failure, sticking out like a sore thumb because I don’t have any other 3.75″ figures.

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Celebrity imagines - Motionless In White
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Word count: 1108

A/N: sorry I haven’t posted in a while! My studies are occupying most of my time these days… But don’t worry, I have a few bunch of ideas, a request almost completed, it should be uploaded pretty soon! Until then, thanks for bearing with me and keeping on reading my imagines, it means the world! Take care, you bunch of lovely potatoes.

Living a tour, actually experiencing it, had been an old dream of yours. You were a musician, a guitarist, but had never been so lucky as to find people to start a band with. You had always been the outcast, which sucked, and you didn’t exactly imagine yourself going out and playing songs on your own. So when you were hired as Motionless In White’s new merch girl, you had a very hard time hiding your excitement. Your dream was coming true, you were about to live a tour from the tour bus. With a band you admired. Not in the creepy fangirl way, you just liked their music a lot. And being their merch girl felt so surreal. You had hardly been that happy in your life, except maybe the day you graduated high school – your personal hell.

The night before you left, you hardly slept, the butterflies dancing in your belly kept you awake for hours. You were looking forward for the adventure to begin, but also nervous you’d forget anything, despite your luggage being all packed and ready to go. It was always like that every time you were traveling. You still managed to get a few hours of rest before your alarm went off, the soothing guitar of grace, by Lamb Of God, slowly filling the room. You turned it off just before it became a heavier tune, dragged yourself out of bed and started to get ready.

As you arrived at the car park where the whole crew was leaving from, there were already two people near the bus: one was the tour manager; the other was a rather short man with black hair, a beanie, and spider bites lip piercings on the right side of his lower lip, and you instantly identified him. It was one of the guitarists, Ricky Horror.

“Merch girl reporting for duty!” you joked as you joined them, causing Ricky to laugh.

“(Y/N), right?” the tour manager smiled and shook your hand. “Nice to meet you, and welcome on board!”

“Yeah, welcome aboard the Motionless In White boat! Get ready for a crazy journey!” another male voice joked.

You turned around to see a tall man with long black hair and three lip piercings approaching. The singer himself, Chris Motionless. His words made you laugh.

“I’ll be fine, I’m crazy as well.”

Both Chris and Ricky smiled. In the distance, another voice roared.

“Hey guys! Is our princess there yet?”

Your eyes narrowed in confusion, and Ricky turned to you.

“Given you’re the only girl of the crew on this tour, Ryan has already taken to calling you ‘princess'” he explained.

You chuckled. Next thing you knew, you were tackled into a bone-crushing hug.

“Welcome to our little family!” he said, and let you go. “I’m Ryan, by the way.”

“I’m (Y/N). Nice to meet you.”

The techs and the rest of the band, Balz, Vinny and Ghost, arrived soon after. When the bus driver joined, you suddenly felt super excited again. That was it. The tour was beginning. You could still hardly believe what was going on. A huge smile appeared on your face as the bus door opened. You knew you were probably looking like an idiot at that point, but it didn’t really matter.


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Days passed by. Over the days, you got to know everyone better. Ryan had been right when he referred to the crew as a “little family”, because that was really what it felt like. He didn’t call you “princess” on a daily basis anymore, which was a relief because it could get embarrassing, even awkward sometimes. You, Ryan and Ricky jammed together before the shows: it served as a warm-up for the guys, as a regular practice for you, and both guitarists even gave you tips on how to improve your playing. They and Chris even insisted on hearing some of your songs, and you were surprised on how positive their feedback was.

Two weeks later came your first day off of that tour, which felt good because you needed some rest, and weird at the same time because you had lost track of time. You spent the day in the lounge with the guys, playing on your computer or reading. Around the end of the afternoon, while you were reading, you heard someone calling.

“Hey, (Y/N)! Wanna join us?”

You looked up from your book to see Chris handing you a controller. He knew you were as much of a gamer as the rest of the band since he had seen you play Mass Effect on your computer a few days earlier, and you had spent hours talking about video games with him, Balz and Ryan.

“What are you playing?” you asked.

“Halo. And we need a fourth player. You’re in?”

“Hell yes, I am!!”

A huge grin spread across Chris’s face. You set your book aside, took the controller and crashed on a couch next to Balz, facing Chris and Vinny.

“You’d better watch out, that little guy here is rather tough” Balz joked pointing at the drummer.

“I can defend myself…” you shrugged.

And so you could. You hadn’t played Halo in a loooong time, but you definitely knew how to play that kind of game. Despite a rather slow beginning, you soon showed your true gaming skill and managed to rank second in the game, just behind Vinny who wouldn’t leave his vehicle. Balz soon gave up and left the controller to Ricky, who didn’t do much better. He and Chris fought for the third place, as you fiercely defended your rank. At some point, the three of you allied to get Vinny out of his vehicle, and succeeded with some difficulties.

“There shouldn’t be any vehicle in that game. That’s basically cheating” Ricky complained.

“Don’t be jealous. You’re just mad I’m winning, admit it!” Vinny taunted.

A split second later, a bullet was shot through his character’s head, leaving him astonished.

“Swallow this!” you said, Ash Williams style, struggling to stay calm.

“Boom!” Chris shouted and bumped your fist.

Without his favourite weapon, Vinny soon got his ass kicked by everyone. Mostly you, actually.

“Not bad at all!” Vinny smirked.

“For someone who hasn’t played in forever, you mean?”

“Wait… you’re kidding me, right?”

“Nope. But with hundreds of hours on Mass Effect and dozens of hours on Team Fortress and Medal Of Honor… I think I can pretty much defend myself on that kind of games.”

Vinny and Ricky stared at you, a confused look on their faces, which caused Chris, Balz, Ryan and you to burst out of laughter.

anonymous asked:

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what determines whether or not you can sell a certain show's merchandise?

I just check to see if the main company owning a show has the habit of coming after small creators. I realize that a lot of my products are trademark infringement, which is why I’ve been trying to make more ‘inspired by’ original items instead of logo type items lately, but some companies don’t mind if small businesses make merch. Teen Wolf seems to be safe. Same with Supernatural and Doctor Who (although if anyone has had Supernatural or DW merch reported let me know).

But you definitely have to be careful with Hunger Games, Divergent, Glee, Firefly… Stay away from Disney definitely! They just did a huge clean out of Etsy and Facebook this summer from what I’ve heard. Shutting down Facebook pages for small businesses and everything. And now Portal :(  which sucks cause I adore Portal and love designing stuff for it!

Alright, so, yesterday I went to Anime Crossroads with emeraldscales and fluffygravysheep. There were a ton of really cool cosplayers there, and they were all so nice!

Unfortunately, they didn’t have much Danganronpa merchandise. The only things I found were Sdr2 keychains, and doujinshi (which I was too young to buy and had no interest in buying anyways).

Naturally, I bought $50 worth of keychains trying to get the kuzuryuu one.

My first pick was the secret Monomi/Usami keychain. It’s really really cute!

Not satisfied with one, I bought two more. They ended up being Souda and Saionji (I’m gonna give Saionji to screaming-locust for christmas).

Then, I bought another because I really wanted that Kuzuryuu. I ended up getting Hinata. (It’s still really cute!)

Then, I finally gave in and asked the lady if I could cheat if I paid extra. The first box she opened had Kuzuryuu in it. She didn’t charge us any extra, which was really nice!

The people were really nice! They have one of the bigger booths in the dealer’s room, and they’re selling mostly fandom merchandice. Go check ‘em out if you’re there!