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Need to fill your store shelves? Then this trade show has your name written all over it.

By Nichole L. Torres Originally published Jul 1, 2004

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If you're on the lookout for inexpensive wares to peddle viayour brick-and-mortar shop or eBay reselling business, consider theAssociated Surplus Dealers/Associated Merchandise Dealers (ASD/AMD)Trade Show Las Vegas (produced by VNU Expositions). "It'sa cost-effective way for small [entrepreneurs] to get into themarketplace-it's one-stop shopping," says Athene MihalakisKovacic, editor in chief of the ASD/AMD Merchandise Group, adivision of VNU Expositions, in Santa Monica, California. "Youcan find a huge selection of things you could be interested inselling-all in one place." With about 3,500 exhibitors, theproducts range from deep-discount dollar-store items to generalmerchandise, including toys, gifts, electronics, health and beautyproducts, and fashion accessories.

According to trade show producers, buyers from companies smalland large are welcome. "The buyers are going to placeorders-it's not just swapping business cards and saying'Send me info later,'" says Julie Ichiba, group showdirector of the ASD/AMD Merchandise Group. Kovacic and Ichiba alsonote that the shows are highly entrepreneurial-on both thebuyer's and vendor's sides.

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