I have been to tradeshows in the USA, that is sometimes a waste of time and money and sometimes it does some good.
Just starting out you would be better off just going to the Walmart and finding marked down stuff. Make sure you get stuff that the stickers can be easily removed if they have one. Or a shopping mall, the discounts will be extremely steep this season so you should find some stuff with some meat on the bone.
You’d be amazed at what some folks can find to gripe about. It’s better not to place any stickers on the product packaging as you never know if you aren’t dealing with someone who wants the box to be clean.
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