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Artists Market Frequently Asked Questions


1. I want to participate in the Artists Market. Do I need a membership badge?

Yes. Specifically, you are required to have a FULL UNPRIVILEGED MEMBERSHIP (i.e., not Industry or Press) to PMX. Your membership ID number is required upon registering for Artists Market.

2. How much does it cost to purchase a place in the Artists Market?

Currently, it costs $40 per half table, $80 for a full table. Prices are subject to change; actual price will be reflected during the Artists Market registration process. Certain premium table locations may be auctioned which will determine the final price to the highest bidder.

3. May I purchase a full table?

Yes, subject to availability.

4. How does the buddy system work?

During the Artists Market registration process, you will have the option to name your "buddy," someone with whom you wish to share a table. The person you name must also be registered in the Artists Market AND name you as their buddy. Only mutual buddies will be placed at the same table. Note: Do not confuse this with your "friend" which is someone you wish to be placed near to, just not at the same table.

5. How do I know I have a place in the Artists Market?

After you create an account in Artists Market Registration, select an option in the "Interested in:" column for at least one group of tables. After the initial grace period, a follow up email will notify you of your table status, i.e., your assigned space or that you did not get one. If you did not complete the registration process for the Artists Market, you will not be allowed to participate and take a space. You must be assigned a space to participate in the Artists Market. If you have not received an email stating your table status once the grace period is over, please contact the Artists Market Staff.

6. How big is a spot in the Artists Market?

3' x 2.5' (91.44cm x 76.2cm) for a half-table spot. A full table is 6' x 2.5' (182.88cm x 76.2cm). Table dimensions are subject to change due to table availability with the facility. Please confirm table dimensions with us if this is important to you.

7. I will be selling my artwork at the Artists Market. Do I need a California Seller's Permit?

Yes. If you intend to sell anything, California State law requires you to have in your possession a valid California Seller's Permit. You will need to show us a copy of your Seller's Permit. To obtain a Seller's Permit, visit the California State Board of Equalization website, or call them at (800) 400-7115.
Note: A Seller's Permit is required prior to making sales. Advise the BOE if you have an urgent need to obtain one. Update: The BOE has an online registration service to obtain a Seller's Permit. At the end of your registration, you will be given your Seller's Permit number. Print the web page and bring it with you when checking in with the Artists Market Staff.

8. If I'm from another state or country, do I need a California Seller's Permit?

Yes. California State law requires anyone doing business in California, regardless of where you are from, and even if it is for one day or a short time, you will need to obtain a Seller's Permit. For more information, visit the California State Board of Equalization website, or call them at (800) 400-7115.
Note: A Seller's Permit is required prior to making sales. Advise the BOE if you have an urgent need to obtain one. Update: The BOE has an online registration service to obtain a Seller's Permit. At the end of your registration, you will be given your Seller's Permit number. Print the web page and bring it with you when checking in with the Artists Market Staff.

9. I will not be selling things at my booth. Do I need a California Seller's Permit?

No. However, we require that you submit to us a "Letter of Intent Not To Sell", basically stating that you will not be selling anything in the Artists Market.

10. What is the minimum age to participate in the Artists Market?

16 years of age. However, there are restrictions for minors under the age of 18 in the State of California. State law requires that a minor must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to participate in the Artists Market. This permission must be in writing in the form of a dated letter stating all of the following: (1) the minorís full name; (2) permission by the parent or legal guardian allowing the minor to participate in the Artists Market; (3) verbiage stating that the parent or legal guardian assumes full responsibility for the minorís actions and that PMX and its staff will not be held responsible in any way for the minorís welfare; and (4) date and signature of the parent or legal guardian. This letter must be given to the Artists Market Staff upon checking in; otherwise, the minor will not be able to participate in the Artists Market.

11. I am a minor and want to sell my artwork. Do I need a California Seller's Permit?

Yes. California State law requires anyone doing business in California to obtain a Seller's Permit. However, because minors are not permitted to obtain a Seller's Permit on their own, a parent or legal guardian must obtain one on the minor's behalf. For more information, visit the California State Board of Equalization website, or call them at (800) 400-7115.
Note: A Seller's Permit is required prior to making sales. Advise the BOE if you have an urgent need to obtain one.

12. I am a minor and will not be selling. Do I need a California Seller's Permit?

No. However, we require that you submit to us a "Letter of Intent Not To Sell", basically stating that you will not be selling anything in the Artists Market.

13. May I sell anything I want in the Artists Market?

No. The idea of the Artists Market is for an artist to display or sell his/her creative works of art. Otherwise, you are not considered an artist and should consider selling in the Exhibit Hall. The following restrictions should be considered when displaying or selling in the Artists Market:

  • Only self-produced products are allowed in the Artist Market. The Artist is required to have for sale or display at least 20% Original content and no more than 80% Fan Art content. Original artwork (Fan Art or Original Character) that has been made into print form (copies or on-the-spot), bookmarks, calendars, comics/manga, pins, T-shirts, key-chains, etc., are all permitted, so long as the Artist has originally produced these items.
  • No plagiarized works and/or pseudo-merchandise.
  • No licensed or pirated (bootlegged) goods under any circumstances.
  • No mass-produced or professional-grade items.
  • Adult or mature-rated material is allowed provided that they are not accessible or viewed by anyone under the age of 18.
  • No food or drinks.

14. May I bring an overhead or backdrop display?

Yes. Overhead displays may not exceed six (6) feet (15.24 cm) in height from the tabletop, must not exceed 15 square feet in size and must demonstrate stability during all hours of the day, regardless of surroundings. Backdrop displays should be stable and do not obstruct walking space behind the table and chair. You must keep your displays within the area that is reserved for you and not encroach into your neighbor's. Anything deemed as a fire or safety hazard by the staff of PMX or the facility must be corrected or taken down immediately.

15. When am I allowed to set up and tear down each day?

Artists, Subsidiary Artists, and Helpers may enter for setup in the Artists Market:

  • Friday, November 9th - 10:30 AM to 12 PM
  • Saturday, November 10th - 9 AM to 10 AM
  • Sunday, November 11th - 9 AM to 10 AM

Tear down begins after closing each day and lasts for 30 minutes.
Note: The hours are subject to change. We will notify you of these changes.

16. May I leave my artworks and other materials after Artists Market closes?

Though the room will be locked, we can not guarantee that it will be not accessed since the facility's maintenance crew does periodic cleaning of all function rooms. Thus, we will not be held responsible nor liable for your items left in the room. It will be up to you to decide if the items are worth leaving.

17. May I bring someone to help me?

You may designate a Subsidiary Artist (who may help you sell), and if not you will be issued a Helper Badge which you may loan to those helping you move in/out and (briefly) watching your table. Note however that only one person is allowed to sit behind each half-table space. Your Helper can only sit in your place for a short period of time, usually during lunch or restroom breaks. Subsidiary Artists are required to have a Full PMX Membership badge, just like you, and so your Subsidiary Artist has the same privileges as you, unlike the Helper (who cannot use their badge to attend the rest of the convention).

18. Is there wi-fi access?

The facility has wi-fi service. A fee may be charged for access (typically $12.95 per 24-hour period, subject to change without notice). The following explains how to access the facility's wi-fi service:

  • Using your device's wi-fi settings, search for the facility's public wi-fi network. In this case, the network is "laxahevent".
  • Open your device's browser and you will automatically be taken to the facility's internet access page.
  • Follow the instructions on the access page to register your device.
  • Pay using your credit card, if applicable.
    • 19. I use my mobile phone to make transactions. Will I have trouble with my mobile phone's reception?

      Due to the location of the Artists Market, mobile phone reception may vary for some carriers or mobile phones. It is advisable that you test your mobile phone's reception prior to PMX or not rely on mobile phones for transactions.

      20. Will there be access to electricity?

      The only table with an electrical outlet behind it will be the Control Desk. If you need to charge a phone or laptop battery, please bring it to the Control Desk and ask to charge your device.

      21. What is the tax rate for Los Angeles, California?

      Currently, the tax rate is 8.75%.

      22. Is there anything else I should know?

      There is an Artists Market Agreement that every participant must agree to when registering for Artists Market. An online version of it will be made available for reading so you may familiarize yourself with it prior to registering. It is highly recommended that you read and understand it.

      22. Who do I contact if I have more questions about the Artists Market?

      You can contact the Artists Market Staff through the Contact Webform.



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