All, My numbers are in for Tucson 2002 we increase our sales 100%.
That puts us in the mid $20,000’s USD for the Tucson Show, but we
are climbing. 95% of the items we sell are manufactured by me.
Custom gemstones at realistic prices are what I sell. Tucson should
be a $50,000 - $100,000 USD show. I have heard from two dealers in
GJX that reported their show was terrible. One of these individuals
sells gemstones that are manufactured in Sri Lanka and the other
sells gemstones manufactured in Brazil. One had total sales less
than $10,000 USD. One dealer is a a foreign citizen, one is a US
citizen. The foreign citizen is now traveling the US trying to sell
his stones to anyone he can. The US citizen is banking his stones
and has moved his money into real estate. For both these dealers
this is the second year in a row of terrible sales. They both sell
better quality Has anyone heard actual dollar figures from
any of the AGTA or GLDA dealers? As a side note Thaigem had a large
booth in GLDA this year. An American promoter gladly took Thaigem
money knowing that they openly sell to the public at the same prices
they sell to retailers. I expect shortly to see Thaigem have an
outlet in the USA for their stones and custom jewelry.