Catbleu, I have been shopping and a dealer at Tucson for almost 20
years. You are in for the experience of your lifetime. There are
several dealers in G+LW at the Holidome that sell tools and
equipment. You can also find a gathering of equipment dealers at the
Electric Park Shows. I would not expect to find anyone dealing in
fabrication metals, but you will find a quite a few dealers of cast
findings and parts. G+LW is a good location for both. I deal in
custom cabs and concaved facetted.
Try to get some business cards and a checkbook with your business
name on the account. All three will get you into most shows without
a hassle. If you are missing any of the three you may have trouble
gaining access to some shows. Also bring picture ID of yourself.
Tucson is a double edged sword. Some of the most ethical people in
the business are dealers at the shows. Unfortunately some of the
worse scoundrels are also there as dealers. The best defense you
have to stop yourself from being taken advantage of is your own
knowledge of price, quality, and identification. This applies to
equipment supplies and
Personal safety is always a concern. A thief knows that Tucson is a
spread out show where people with means to purchase are often
walking between shows. Normal precautions are necessary to insure
that you have a safe experience at Tucson. Every year people make
mistakes like leaving their purse open while they walk or storing
purchased items in their automobiles or hotels. Flashing large wads
of bills is dangerous as a thief may be watching. The biggest factor
in crime in Tucson seems to be that the criminals are creatures of
opportunity. They do not want confrontation. They wait until you let
your guard down, then in a matter of minutes your property is stolen.
Be safe, travel in pairs, and always keep a sense of awareness of
what is going on around you.
Otherwise, Tucson is the greatest experience I have ever encountered
in the gemstone business. The world meets at Tucson and is welcome.
G+LW GemMall, Feb 1-14, 2003, Booth 111