I didn't go this year, but my understanding was that the discount
was for the show registration fees, not any discounts on
They had big signs everywhere that you could have a discount if
you are an AGTA member.
I wonder how it benefits the vendors to have to give discounts for
members. seems like it makes sets up an adversarial situation
between vendors and those that are not members.
Last year I was surprised to see quite a few booths with finished
Most of the gemstone wholesalers, in the past, only sold gems, no
finished goods. I think that in this economy, some of the gem
dealers have had to use their gems to make finished goods. Probably
easier to sell their gems in finished jewelry.
I'm a little confused, because the AGTA/JCK show that I pay
attention to is in late May/early June, so it's a little odd to be
hearing about it now, but at least *that* show really is two
allegedly separate shows happening at the same time, in almost the
same place: AGTA downstairs, and JCK upstairs. The rock show (AGTA)
is just that: rocks in stunning profusion. Upstairs is JCK, and
that's got everything from tools to finished lines. But they're
really not the same show, technically, and I think the buyer badges
are different, so it's possible to get in to one, and not the other.