Pack your bags – it’s time to set your 2020 trade show and conference schedule! If you’ve never attended a conference or trade show before, you’re missing a great opportunity to grow your reselling business.
Resellers attend these events to 1) explore new inventory sources and 2) add value to their selling channels (like eBay, Amazon, and Poshmark), and 3) network. Conferences and trade shows are full of great opportunities to meet with suppliers and other resellers for the chance to check out different inventory options and chat with peers.
But, which events are right for you to attend? Check out a few of this year’s most talked-about trade shows and conferences to find out.
Affordable Shopping Destination (ASD) Market Week
Dates: March 22-25, 2020 and August 2-5, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: Early registration is free, $45 if you register at the door
The Affordable Shopping Destination trade show, known as ASD MarketWeek or “ASD,” is one of the most comprehensive trade shows for consumer merchandise in the United States. Twice a year, more than 2,700 vendors and 45,000 buyers come together to offer and explore the world’s widest variety of retail merchandise. Sellers can find great wholesale prices on an array of products, as well as participate in educational seminars on subjects such as Amazon, eBay, and more.
For more tips on making the most of ASD, check out our guide here!
Pro Tip: Since ASD is located in the Las Vegas Convention Center, avoid exhibitor overload by mapping out which booths to visit. Check out the vendor directory to plan ahead of time, and download the free ASD app to stay on track during the event.
Dates: May 6-8, 2020
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cost: In-Person: Early Bird $849, Regular $999; Virtual Pass: Early Bird $275, Regular $497
Described as “the ultimate e-commerce learning experience,” Sellers Summit uses knowledge, rather than success stories, to inspire resellers. The event is an intense three-day workshop that provides up-to-date seller knowledge to help e-commerce entrepreneurs manage and scale their businesses.
The conference accommodates all seller types by dividing into two main tracks: 1) selling on Amazon and 2) establishing your own brand. Each path provide tailored information to give clear understanding of the best strategy to take your business to the next level.
For those not wanting to make the trip, Sellers Summit offers a virtual pass, where resellers can access full recordings of every session for a fraction of the in-person price.
Pro Tip: This conference is primarily focused on Amazon selling, so come prepared with goals for growing your Amazon business. If Amazon isn’t your primary focus, you might be better off attending a different, more general event.
NARTS (National Association of Resale Professionals)
Dates: June 26-June 29, 2020
Location: Charlotte, NC
Cost: First member registration $489, second member $439, every additional member $419
NARTS originally consisted of five members who wanted to discuss the possibility of a resale and thrift shop association. Fast forward to today, NARTS has 1,100 registered members and is dedicated to providing professional development tools for resellers across the country.
While NARTS holds monthly meetings across the U.S., their premiere event is their annual conference. This four day gathering includes hands-on workshops, networking events, and social mixers. The location of the event moves to a different city each year, giving sellers from all regions a chance to attend.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss SourceMart, the conference’s 4 hour vendor market that occurs between noon and 4pm on the final day.
Dates: TBA, typically end of July
Location: Las Vegas, NV
If you sell on eBay, eBay Open is a must-attend event. Known as eBay’s “seller event of the year,” participants can chat with suppliers, attend informational sessions, and network at nightly mixers and parties.
This event attracts eBay sellers of all sizes and backgrounds. In addition, Open only allows vetted vendors to participate, meaning all suppliers and service providers are organizations you can trust. These include a variety of services and tools, so you’re bound to find something to advance your reselling business.
Pro Tip: The final day typically features a keynote from a well-known speaker, so be sure to get a good seat. Also, save time to visit BULQ’s booth during your visit, we’d love to see you!
Dates: October 14-16, 2020
Location: Elk Grove Village, IL
Cost: Early registration: Free, Regular rate $45
EcomChicago brings together online sellers for two days of action-packed learning and networking. The annual event attracts 200-300 sellers, from aspiring novices to high-grossing resale rockstars. The strategies from the educational sessions alone make the return on investment for this conference incredible. If you’re in the Midwest, this is a conference you don’t want to miss.
Pro Tip: This event brings together a light-hearted group that’s ready to learn, share, and celebrate together. In the past, attendees have enjoyed karaoke parties, raffles, and free giveaways, so get to know conference goers ahead of time by connecting with the community on Facebook.
A Few More Tips…
Before you attend these or other events, consider a few final questions to make the most of your time:
- What products are you looking to source?
- How will you divide your time between sourcing at booths and learning at educational sessions and meet-ups?
- What are your networking goals?
- If you’re active on social media, is there a hashtag for the event? How can you use it to join the conversation while you’re there?
What reselling conferences and trade shows are you attending this year? Are there any that we missed? Comment below to let others in the reselling community know!