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« on: May 26, 2009 08:25 PM »


For those who went to the ICNA Convention, how was it?

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2009 02:22 AM »

wsalaam,

I went!! It seemed smaller than last year. Maybe the recession is affecting people (it is very expensive when u add it all up) or the change of date. ICNA used to always be July 4th weekend in Hartford. The weather was always nicer, lots more going on and there was fireworks of course! Memorial day seems tame in comparison. Some of the speakers listed couldn't come like Imam Suhaib had exams this time of year even though he was all over the program. He told me they were planning to do a video hookup but it didn't work out. The bazaar seemed smaller this year and for some reason the vendors meaner?? Dunno why. Seemed like old stock too, like people weren't buying at their stores so they were hoping to sell the old stuff at ICNA. I didn't see anything too new or interesting and most everything was expensive. Vendors refused to bargain and sold everything at retail. Admired the wooden calligraphy things and some art prints, bought some hijab pins, a few scarves, some bracelets, found a nice hajj biography called 'a princess's hajj', kid's books for my niece and nephew. That's about it.

ICNA is usually more family oriented and there were lots of babies there like usual and no lobby scene. But I don't know if it was the program or lack of people/good vending, but I hope ISNA is better. I'm planning on going to ISNA this year for July 4th so I hope that's better inshaallah!!

ps here's some pictures from someone: http://picasaweb.google.com/nihalk1/ICNA2009#
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2009 01:15 PM »

Seriously...I gave a bro money to buy books for the library... he came back with nothing! He said it was all old stuff and no new books making their debuts! Usually I don't have enough money to buy all the new stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2009 02:24 PM »

It seems consistent that vendors would have old products: most stores are only now receiving their convention / summer / wedding season inventory.

Usually the money made in Ramadaan is used to carry over the lean months: January to April. So there would be no spare money to buy new inventory until May at the earliest.

I don't know if ICNA did a good job in reminding or promoting to the vendor a date change. Since most products are imported into North America from overseas, there may be a 3-8 week lag time between when the order was made and when it arrives at the store.

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