Anybody ever staff for a convention? What did you do? How did you like it? Would you doing it again?
Anime Expo '09 is coming up real soon, I'm very excited
Last year I did volunteer work as a staffer for the Merchandise Booth where I sold official AX Merchandise. It was lots of fun and also lots of work.
This year I'll be staffing as the assistant manager for the merchandise department. It's more responsibility but I know I'll enjoy it just as much as I did last year.
You would think just selling stuff at a convention would be easy, but it gets hectic when you have dozens of frantic otaku bombarding you with demands...
Attendee: "Yo, can I get that shirt in XXL?"
Me: "Sorry dude, we sold out of that size"
Attendee: "Can you check if you have any in the back?"
"Nah man, we have all our inventory up here in front"
Attendee: "Can you ask somebody then?"
Me: (After asking the manager) "I'm being told the only alternative sizes we have left is XL or 3XL"
Attendee: "Fine, give me 3XL"
Me: "That'll be $20 dollars"
Attendee: "Oh, never mind... I don't have enough to get it"
Staffers receive plenty of benefits and perks, but you have to decide what means more to you... enjoying the con freely or helping out Anime Expo.