The most major issue with this con was the absolute lack of cell service. I had not attended the last year the con was around (2019) but I had heard that they had provided internet services to vendors. I really hope they bring that back as it was absolutely impossible to get a signal unless you ran down the hall toward the stairs (and then up the stairs as more and more people packed into the hall).
Otherwise, it was a good experience. The staff was very helpful and would watch your table or grab water for you if you needed it. As someone who was tabling on my own, it was greatly appreciated. If you table at this even, definitely bring a magstrip reader as back up to take offline payments.
However, this brings up the question of why it was moved here, in which I was lucky enough to hear inside info. Vendors complained that artist alley was 'stealing' too much money from them in potential sales and so they bitched enough to get them banished from the area everyone knows about. This was confirmed to me by a man named Jon Utz, a senior area planner or whatever dumb title they gave him. When we had an issue with our space not having room for a clothing rack and being very clearly given the wrong name for our table, he had told someone with in earshot of all of us that AA doesn't matter because they don't make the con money, and that it was better for his subordinate to distance themselves from our problems. When we confronted her later about what he had said, she told us he typically wasn't around other people.
What kind of convention has a man in a staff position like that? There's a good word to describe Sakuracon. It's greed. It's a dying con, willing to give in to corporate demands and fuck over everyone else. Stay far away, there's no doubt next year will be worse.
The convention center was in downtown Seattle, it was a great location. The con's layout was pretty good, the artist alley was location to the right of the main entrances, attendees could choose to go to artist alley as soon as they walked in. I had a great spot, second table to the left of the entrance. I had good traffic through out the entire weekend, even Friday was great.
In my opinion, people who attended this con was very willing to spend money. I made a few sales within 20 minutes after we opened on Friday, which was a first for me. I made my highest profit in this con (even though I haven't attend many). For a con this size, 100 artist alley table was not too competitive, and the table was relatively affordable.
Next year though I heard they will change their policy and location of artist alley, not sure what will be the process of choosing artists. But I will definitely go again.