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Sell a large collection without the
It's great fun (and can be quite profitable)
being a stall holder with VIP Music fairs, in the UK. However,
many do not have the time or inclination to do this and simply
want to sell a collection of vinyl, CDs or memorabilia in
sister company, VIP Music provides a complete, simple service
and was set up several years ago in response to people with
large, good quality collections for sale, who did not want
half a dozen 'dealers' in their home cherry picking. We take
everything - no cherry picking! We come to you when and where
convenient, treat the purchase in the utmost confidentiality
and pay on the spot.
are one of the few companies that buy LARGE collections -
5000, 10000, 20000 no problem. We have worked with BBC Radio
stations, Carlton and Granada TV, Capitol Radio, Radio Clyde,
Mercia FM, Brunel Radio and numerous individuals requesting
buy records, CDs, DVDs, memorabilia, posters, framed discs,
ONLY - Regret we cannot use dance, hip hop, country, chart
vinyl from 1980s/90, Easy listening, Compilations, Comedy.etc.
We DO take cds and DVDs in these categories.
individual collections to reviewers, radio stations, liquidators,
shops closing - we'll look at them all!.
call Rob on +44 (0) 116 275 2815 (office) 07802 258080 (mobile)
EMAIL - firstname.lastname@example.org
- IF EMAILING, PLEASE ADD YOUR TELEPHONE CONTACT NUMBER
With VIP Music Fairs
VIP has been in the business of running music related fairs
for over 25 years - during this time more product has been
bought, sold and displayed within VIP's events than any other
music selling medium in the world. Whether you run a shop,
Mail Order Company or simply looking to sell your music collection,
shows give you the best route to success.
VIP runs an established circuit of shows in the UK - from
Glasgow down to London and Norwich over to Wolverhampton with
a major presence in London,the Midlands and Northern England.
One of the many reasons for the company's development has
been the service provided to its sellers. From our head office
in Leicester, VIP is always available to handle any seller's
enquiries, constantly updating you on new developments and
always endeavouring to make your attendance a hassle free
and profitable one.
can sell anything to do with music at a VIP show - CD's, vinyl,
DVDs, memorabilia, books, videos, cassette tapes, posters,
T-shirts, programmes, badges, photographs, presentation discs,
magazines, artwork, promos, tour jackets, accessories - the
world is your oyster with VIP. Any era of popular music is
welcome at VIP. Whilst we pride ourselves in offering the
best selection of Rock, Pop, Indie, Metal, Grunge, Punk and
soul music, our loyal customers are looking for music going
all the way back to the early days of popular music - Rock
and Roll, R&B, Doo Wop, Jazz etc.
A VIP FAIR WORKS FOR YOU
Tell us the fair you would like to stand at, then send
us an email with your name & full postal address (including
postcode) or telephone our office (telephone 0116 275 2815).
If you would like to reserve a table at any of our events,
please detail the venue and dates. Table pricing details can
be found on the relevant venue pages.
Try to plan well in advance and you will avoid disappointment.
Payment for your table/s must be made before the event and
cheques or Postal orders should be made out to 'VIP EVENTS'
and forwarded to our head office with a covering letter. A
receipt will be sent if requested.
At the fair itself, VIP will provide your table, chairs, carrier
bags etc. VIP staff will be on hand to help you locate your
table quickly - a table plan is prepared in advance, before
anyone enters the venue. The staff will also advise you on
parking, catering facilities etc. All you will need to do
is unload your own stock onto your table. Try to pack a trolley
into your vehicle to make the unloading easier.
1. Before the fair opens to the public, have a look at other
stalls to see how things are laid out, displayed and priced.
2. Get some 'dividers' for your stock. These are made of plastic
or card and neatly fit in between each section of stock. The
divider should stand proud of the stock and can indicate the
type of stock e.g. 'Soul' 'Indie' 'Autographs'
3. Take two sheets to the event. One can be used to cover
the table and it's legs, giving a more professional look.
The other can be used to cover the stock if you need to leave
your table for any reason.
4. Public admission to a fair usually finishes at 4pm (see
venues information) We like dealers to wait until this time
before packing away.
5. VIP staff will visit each table during the afternoon and
give everyone the chance to book for future events. You may
book as many tables and events as you wish, as long as payment
is made for the next fair that you wish to attend.
6. Try to communicate with VIP's customers. The dealer that
reads his newspaper all day sells fewer products than the
one that tries to help the customer!
NEW DEALER SPECIAL Whether you are selling your collection
or looking to add to your mail order or shop takings, VIP
gives offers you the chance of a 50% reduction on a table
at your very first event. Please note that there is a designated
number of discounted tables at each fair.
The fact that we were the first show organiser to set up on
the web underlines our commitment to driving more customers
to spend with you at a VIP show. VIP places prime importance
on the promotion and marketing of each event - looking to
pack out our fairs with literally thousands of buyers.
VIP's marketing work includes-
1. Major ads in the Specialist Trade papers.
2. Music press advertising
3. Regional Press advertising
4. Constant direct mail reminders to our database of customers.
5. Local signage and leafleting.
6. Leaflet inserts with concert tickets.
7. Web Marketing
8. Frequent emails to the full VIP email database - probably
the biggest in the world.
A VIP SHOW IS THE BEST WAY TO SELL
1. VIP does the marketing. You do not have to bare the cost
of advertising your stock - we bring the buyers to you.
2. No added costs. VIP eliminates the costs that shop owners
have to overcome, such as rent, rates, electricity, staffing,
alarms etc. The only cost is your table rent.
3. You are under cover. With market stalls there is a risk
with the weather - from the wind and rain to product damaging
sunshine. VIP's shows are all inside high profile venues.
4. No Internet hassles. The 'Golden Era' of Internet trading
has come crashing down to earth with a big bump! Sales are
falling on some of the key Internet sales sites. Dealers are
complaining of the terrible workload dealing with enquiries,
processing orders, problem payments, idiots making unfounded
complaints and much more. Standing at a VIP fair solves many
of these problems - meet the customer face to face - do the
deal - job done! You will also eliminate the trip to the post
office everyday and avoid the added expense of buying packaging
5. Face to face contact. There is nothing like talking directly
with a customer at a VIP show. This is the best way to develop
BIGGER sales. 6. AND THE BEAT GOES ON. As well as taking good
money, you'll find that a fair is the best way of promoting
your business - many sellers do as much trade from follow
up business as they do at the fair itself.
TIPS FOR SELLERS
OK selling at a VIP show, but you will need to obtain more
product once your stock has been dwindled by the VIP customers.
Here's a few ideas-
1. Local Advertising. An ad in your local newspaper or a postcard
in newsagents and post offices often attracts people with
2. Car Boot Sales. These are great places to pick up stock
for pennies. We regularly talk with dealers who find 'gems'
at these events.
3. Check Out the fairs. A lot of 'in house' trading goes on
at the VIP shows A soul dealer may pick up some 'indie' product
and sell them in his cheap box. A CD dealer may pick up some
old concert programmes and pass them on to a specialist. VIP
encourages collectors, DJs etc to sell their unwanted items
at a VIP event when it is in town - look out for people carrying
boxes of goodies!
4. Wholesalers. Check out copies of the music press, Record
Collector often has some good wholesaler contacts.
5. Auctions. At many of the auctions you will find music-related
items among the lots. Sotherbys, Christies and Phillips cover
the top end of the market. Local and charity auctions often
unearth some major 'finds'.
6. VIP MUSIC MERCHANT. Several years ago Rob Lythall, owner
of VIP Events, set up VIP Music Merchant. This company buys
large collections of CDs, DVDs,vinyl and memorabilia. These
are then split into smaller, more manageable packages for
traders. Many sellers around the UK use this service. More
info is on the MUSIC MERCHANT page-
or give Rob a call on 0116 275 2815.
AND CONDITIONS FOR TRADERS AT VIP MUSIC FAIRS
Payment for fairs booked in advance must be made at least
7 days before a fair - surcharges will be applied for payments
made on the day ·
The 3 and 5 table deals, are subject to availability and not
Stock is not allowed under tables or on the floor - please
book more tables if you need more space.
· No tables can be packed away until the official closing
time of any fair.
· No promotional work allowed without the advance permission
of the organiser.
· Wall tables are allocated on a first come, first served
basis. Please check with VIP staff before fixing anything
to the walls of a venue.
· Your stock is not insured whilst in any VIP venue.
· The sale of bootlegs and counterfeits is illegal and VIP
cannot be held liable for the actions of the relevant monitoring
bodies that do monitor these events.
· Large boards and extensions are not allowed. Please book
extra tables if extra space is required.
· VIP reserves the right to decline the rental of tables at
any time, in which case no claim by the exhibitor for damages
or breach of contract shall be valid.
· Tables must not be sub let to other traders/ exhibitors.
· Stand rentals are an exempt supply for the purposes of V.A.T
and therefore you cannot claim any input tax relief in this