Preliminary Dealer’s Room layouts can be found here!
Quick FAQ: All tables in the Dealers Rooms will measure 6 ft. x 30 in!
Artist Alley seats are half-tables (3’x30″).
Further Confusion has established the following rules regarding the display, promotion, and sale of merchandise in it’s Dealer’s Room venues to protect dealers, attendees, Further Confusion volunteers, and Further Confusion itself and to ensure that the convention remains available to individuals of any age for years to come.
- These rules apply to all areas of the convention where attendees are permitted to sell items or services.
- These rules will be updated as circumstances and legal requirements change. The latest version will be presented to Dealers when they sign in to claim their tables at Further Confusion 2016.
- Further Confusion reserves the right to refuse dealer space to anyone for any reason.
1. Dealer Eligibility – Per seller’s permit requirements of the California State Board of Equalization, Dealers registering for Further Confusion must be at least 18 years old. No exceptions will be made.
2. Sellers Permits – In all but the most exceptional circumstances dealers are required to have a current California State Sellers Permit. You will be required to provide this prior to selling merchandise, commissions, and/or other services at Further Confusion. It is the responsibility of each Dealer to obtain Sellers Permits, Further Confusion can not do this for you.
2.1 If you are unable to present a valid permit when checking to the Dealer’s Room you will not be allowed to sell. Your Dealer’s Room costs will not be refunded.
2.2 California Seller’s Permit may be obtained from California State Board of Equalization. ( http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/reg.htm or 1-800-400-7115 )
2.2.1 When applying for a seller’s permit, if asked for an email address for the event, please use [email protected]!
2.3 If you believe you are exempt from needing a sellers permit, please review BOE Publication 61, available on the BOE website (https://www.boe.ca.gov/pdf/pub61.pdf) and contact [email protected] to discuss the matter more fully.
2.4 No exceptions to these rules will be made.
3. Legal Responsibility – Further Confusion requires that attendees, volunteers, and vendors observe and adhere to all state and federal laws. We would like to highlight the following laws in particular:
3.1 PROTECT Act of 2003 – Portions of the PROTECT Act of 2003 provide for increased penalties and easier prosecution of crimes against minors.
3.2 US Code Title 18, Sections 1466A and 2252A – Enacted by the Protect Act of 2003, these laws relate to knowledgeable production, distribution, receipt, or possession with intent to distribute obscene visual depictions of any kind that depict minors, actual or fictional, engaging in sexually explicit conduct. This includes drawings, cartoons, sculptures, and/or paintings.
3.3 Art and/or publications containing content described by FC Dealer’s Room Rule 3.2 may not be promoted or sold at Further Confusion.
3.4 Further Confusion is required to enforce the provisions of Title 18 sections and will engage local law enforcement should we find such material being sold at our event.
4. Merchandise/Material Awareness – All goods and services sold at Further Confusion must comply not only with State and Federal law, but also with the express policies of Further Confusion.
4.1 Mature/Adult Material – All merchandise and displays must be kept in compliance with the California State law with regard to potential viewing by minors.
4.1.1 Any material containing extremely violent and/or sexually explicit nature depictions must not be accessible to minors, including literature.
4.1.2 Mature/Adult material must be kept in closed binders/folders that are clearly marked as adult.
4.1.3 Mature/Adult art in progress must be as concealed as possible from public view.
4.1.4 Dealers are required to monitor their adult/mature materials to ensure minors are not viewing them and must be aware of the persons behind the persons browsing their materials may be a minor.
188.8.131.52 Further Confusion recommends dealers display “censored versions” mature/adult materials to ease the burden of compliance with this requirement.
4.1.5 Dealer’s Room volunteers will make occasional sweeps of the Dealer Room to assist dealers in complying with these rules.
184.108.40.206 Dealer’s Room volunteers will alert you if they feel your displays are insufficient with regard to these rules. It is the responsibility of the dealer to improve/change their displays or remove them from their space.
220.127.116.11 Failure to comply with the requests of Dealer’s Room volunteers may result in insufficiently covered material being confiscated or the dealer being asked to leave the Dealer’s room.
4.2 Copyrighted/Pirated materials – Further Confusion takes seriously our commitment to protecting the intellectual property rights of content creators.
4.2.1 All materials sold in the Further Confusion Dealer’s Room must be either owned by the dealer or approved for sale by the copyright owner.
4.2.2 Reproductions of commercial media such as Disney, Warner Brothers, or any other materials that violate copyright laws will not be tolerated.
4.2.3 Art compilations/story anthologies offered for sale at Further Confusion must have the approval of the originating creators except where creators have previously approved their work for sale, such as published collections and fanzines.
4.2.4 Pirated/Bootleg materials including but not limited to art, stories, merchandise, software, and audio/video recordings are not permitted.
4.2.5 If you are found to be selling materials which violates these rules Dealer’s Room volunteers will notify you to cease sales of those materials and may engage local law enforcement as necessary.
4.3 Weapons and Dangerous Items – Weaponry and potentially dangerous items are allowed to be sold in the Further Confusion Dealer’s Room.
4.3.1 All items sold must be legal for sale in the State of California and must be sold in compliance with all applicable State and Federal Laws.
4.3.2 Dealers are responsible for any and all injury due to the handling of such items.
4.3.3 Weapons and/or Dangerous items must be wrapped in a protective manner at the time of sale.
4.3.4 Dealers are required to advise buyers take any weapons or dangerous items purchased must be taken directly from the Dealer Room/public convention spaces to a private room, a personal vehicle, or location outside of Further Confusion’s event space.
4.3.5 Firearms–whether real, demilitarized, or realistic replica–are not permitted for sale in Further Confusion’s Dealer’s Room.
4.4 Controlled/Illicit Substances and Paraphernalia – Materials and goods that fall into the categories of controlled or illicit substances or paraphernalia used to ingest or inhale such substances may not be sold in the Further Confusion Dealer’s Room.
4.4.1 For the purposes of Further Confusion, controlled substances include but are not limited alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, and all substances/drugs that are illegal or controlled by State and/or Federal law.
4.4.2 Dealer’s Room volunteers will either warn dealers to cease sales/distribution and/or engage local law enforcement should we find such substances or paraphernalia being sold at our event.
5. Tip Jars, Donation Jars, and Raffles
5.1 Tip Jars – Dealers are not permitted to put out tips jars on their tables at Further Confusion.
5.2 Donation Jars – If you wish to collection donations, whether for a registered charity or not, you must first get the permission of Further Confusion’s Dealer’s Room volunteers.
5.2.1 If approved, Dealer’s Room Volunteers will issue you a sticker which must be placed on the donation jar. If approved, Dealers are required to report the sum of all donations collected to Further Confusion’s Dealer’s Room Volunteers as these donations must be reported on our tax filing.
5.3 Raffles – Generally, Dealers are not permitted to host raffles at Further Confusion without prior consent of Dealer’s Room Volunteers.
5.3.1 If approved, raffles must comply with both California State Law and Further Confusion’s Raffle Policy.
5.4 If a Further Confusion Volunteer asks you to cease collecting tips and donations or selling raffle tickets you must do so immediately, regardless of whether or not your tip/donation jar or raffle has been approved by Further Confusion.
6. Professionalism and Behavior – We ask that all dealers and their assistants in the Dealer’s Room maintain a reasonable level of professionalism.
6.1 Please dress in a manner that is acceptable to an audience of all ages and which will allow you to be comfortable for the day.
6.2 Explicit use of profanity, postures, and mannerisms are unacceptable, as is horseplay and harassment of other Dealers, Assistants, attendees, or volunteers.
6.3 Physical and/or verbal altercations between Dealers, Assistants, attendees, and Dealer’s Room volunteers are unacceptable and will result in immediate expulsion from the convention of those involved without refund. Local authorities will be engaged if necessary.
6.4 Only persons with a Dealer or Dealer Assistant badge may be seated at a Dealer table.
6.4.1 Dealers and Dealer Assistants must wear their Dealer/Assistant badges when in the dealer’s room.
6.4.2 Only properly badged Dealers and Assistants will be permitted early and late access to the Dealer’s Room for setup and tear-down.
6.4.3 Dealers may request Dealer Assistant Tags from the Dealer’s Room Manager.
6.4.4 Dealer’s Room full tables may request up to two (2) Assistant tags. Dealer’s Room half tables may request one (1) Assistant tag.
6.4.5 Request for more than two Assistant tags will be addressed by the Dealer’s Room manager on a case-by-case basis.
6.4.6 Assistant tags themselves are not convention memberships, Assistants are still required to have convention memberships.
6.5 Smoking and use of vaporizers/e-cigarettes is prohibited in the Dealer’s Room by all convention attendees, Dealers, Assistants, and volunteers.
6.5.1 Dealer’s who smoke or use smokeless/vaporizer/e-cigarettes are asked to leave the Dealer’s Room to do so.
6.5.2 Dealers Room Volunteers will politely ask you to comply and may ask you to leave the Dealers Room for the day if repeated requests must be made.
7.1 Further Confusion Volunteers will not become involved in financial disputes between attendees and dealers.
7.2 Disputes between attendees, Dealers, and Dealer’s Room volunteers will be settled at the discretion of the Dealer’s Room Manager, the convention’s Business Director, or Chairman and/or Vice Chairman of Further Confusion.
8. Table Guidelines
8.1 The convention reserves the right to refuse service to anybody including Dealers, Assistants, and convention attendees.
8.2 Dealers may seek a refund in accordance with our Refund Policy. We will not roll-over of dealer memberships or tables to a following year.
8.3 Reselling and sharing tables
8.3.1 Dealers may not resell their tables.
8.3.2 Table Sharing – Dealers may share their tables pending with the approval of the Dealer’s Room manager.
18.104.22.168 For all full tables and shares, each business entity is required to have a California seller’s permit on hand. No exceptions.
22.214.171.124 Unapproved table shares may result in the registered dealer being asked to leave the Dealer’s Room for the remainder of the convention.
8.4 Annoying/Distracting Displays – For the sake of your fellow dealers, obtrusive or distracting displays are not allowed.
8.4.1 Annoyances may include excessive/flashing lights or loud music/sound from laptop speakers or other display/audio devices.
8.4.2 Final determination of what is annoying or distracting is the discretion of the Dealer’s Room Manager.
8.5 Keep pathways clear – The Dealer’s Room can become very crowded and hard to move around. Please help us keep things safe and moving for everybody.
8.5.1 Dealers and Assistants must be behind their tables when selling merchandise or working on commissions. Sitting in the aisles between table rows is not permitted.
8.5.2 Merchandise and displays may not extend past the front edge of dealer tables so that they are not a trip or snag hazard.
8.5.3 For the safety of other dealers, attendees, and convention volunteers, please promptly comply with any requests made by Dealer’s Room volunteers to keep pathways clear.
8.6 Be space conscious – Be considerate of other Dealers around you and use common sense. For the safety of all Dealers, try to keep personal clutter to a minimum and keep pathways behind tables as clear as possible, store merchandise under your table chairs.
8.7 Cleanliness – Keep the Dealer’s Room looking reasonably clean and presentable.
8.7.1 Use provided waste receptacles, not the floor, for any garbage.
8.7.2 Report any spills or similar issues to the Dealer’s Room Manager as soon as possible. Dealers may be responsible for additional cleaning costs for any large stains on the carpet at/near their tables after the convention.
9. No-Show, Refund Policy, and Waiting List
9.1 Early Refund Requests – Dealers may request a refund of their table space up to 14 days before Further Confusion.
9.1.1 Dealers must send refund requests via [email protected]. Due to the delays in handling we no longer accept cancellations by postal mail.
9.1.2 By default, refunds will be handled by check sent via postal mail and may take as long as ten (10) days to process.
9.1.3 By request of the Dealer, refunds may sent via PayPal.
9.2 Late Refunds Requests – Refunds requests made less than fourteen (14) days before Further Confusion will require approval of the convention’s Business Director on a case by case basis.
9.2.1 If a Late Refund is granted, it may take as long as sixty (60) days to process.
9.3 No-Shows – A dealer will be considered a No-Show if their table is unclaimed four (4) hours after the Dealer Room opens to the public.
9.3.1 For No-Show situations, the disposition of the table will be handled per the Wait-list rules.
9.3.2 Dealers may contact the Dealer’s Room Manager if they are going to be late to the convention for any reason, however it is the discretion of the Dealer’s Room Manager/Business Director to extend any exception to these No-Show rules.
9.4 Dealer Wait-list – We anticipate higher demand for tables in Further Confusion’s Dealer’s Room than we have supply. For this reason we have developed and maintain a waiting list system.
9.4.1 Dealers will be placed in waiting lists for the specific type of table they had applied for automatically.
126.96.36.199 Wait-listed dealers may not change the type of table they are waiting for.
188.8.131.52 Wait-listed dealers may opt out of the wait-lists at any time by sending mail to [email protected].
9.4.2 No Dealer will be added to the wait-list after the Dealer’s Registration window closes.
9.4.3 If a table becomes available, it will be offered to the first dealer on the wait-list for that type of table.
184.108.40.206 Wait-listed dealers are not obligated to accept a table if one is offered to them.
220.127.116.11 Passing on an offered table does not automatically remove a dealer from the wait-list.
9.4.4 Table Transfers – Dealers may not transfer their tables to specific other dealers when they request refunds, these tables will be offered to the first dealer on the waiting list for that type of table.