You will catch the end of the gemshow experience. The schedule for
all the shows is online at http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/1d
hard copy is available at the entrance to all the shows when you get
onsite. Check out which shows are in session on the dates you will
be there. You'll also get about the shuttle service
available. Plan your attack to use the shuttles in the most
Some shows are open to the public and others are wholesale only. You
will need copies of your sales tax certificate or business license,
plus business cards to gain entry to the wholesale shows. The website
notes which shows are wholesale.
So far as scams go, it is always buyer beware. If a deal seems too
good to be true, it probably is. On the other hand, if you are
looking for heavy stuff, being there at the end may net you some
opportunities. Many vendors store left-overs until the next year and
they don't want to store any more than necessary. They would rather
you pay a little less and take it away, so they don't have to box and
store it. Do not hesitate to bargain.
Buying in volume lowers the price per item, and cash usually gets
you a better deal.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and (especially!) shoes. A light
jacket will be needed in the evening, and rain is always possible.
Take baby wipes and periodically clean your hands. not being
germaphobic, but there are so many people that someone is sure to be
sick. I like a rolling backpack to tote the goods.
I also carry some jerky, nuts and a water bottle. You may not want
to waste time stopping to eat and keeping hydrated is important.
Guess that's enough advice. No doubt others will chime in. Have fun
and good luck staying within your budget!
Judy in Kansas, where snow is flurrying. Tucson should be warmer,