Merchandice I bought yesterday!!! (in Sofia, Bulgaria)
merchandice stand (there was two stands, and they were very HUGE)
prices were veeeery high, i think even higher than most of the other countries: (1 euro= around 2levas=around 1.2$) T-shirts 70 lev Tour book 50 lev Lunch box 50 lev USB 80 lev ! sudatorium wristband (i really dont know how to spell this on english ) 15 lev Lighter 20 lev Poster 15 lev jacket 300 lev ! and there was also a brand new women jacket, I think around 150 lev and new hair barrettes, they were 20 lev
There is a new shirt there! The one with the tour poster without writing. I used to live in this thread, then I got my merch, and now I barely come here. Some merch buying pointers:
1. Check if your venue has a cloaking area. That is where you can store all of your things in a very safe secure locker so you don't have to worry about carting your merch around.
2. At my venue, there was a huge merch stand outside, and an additional 4 merch stands inside. So if your venue can cater for that much merchandise, then it doesn't really matter when you get your merch. You just have to cope with the line-up.
3. Make sure you know which sizes to get. The people at my venue let me hold the merch up to my body to see if it would fit. So ask because merch is very expensive and you don't want to get home and have merchandise that doesn't fit you.
4. It is very good to have a pre-set list of merch that you are going to get. Because you don't want to hold everyone up, and it makes things a lot easier when you're deciding.
5. Set a budget. Setting a budget is key. Because when you get there and you see everything in the flesh, you want to buy more and more and more. I had a budget of about $500-$600. Just remember to go crazy when you are there. If you're budget is not very big, a good method of desicion making is setting a list, and then cancel down the stuff you don't want as much. So that you know you are getting the things you absolutely want the most.
6. Be aware that your venue might not have every piece of merchandise. The only thing my venue didn't have was the ring. All of the shirts, sweaters, posters, etc. were all there. DO NOT WORRY OR PANIC. That's what I did and I was really worried that I wouldnt get all the things I wanted. Pay no attention to what the pictures have, that is not going to be the stock you have at your venue.
7. Please take care of your merch when you get it. Although it is very expensive, it is not of the best quality. The sweaters do get very Bally after they've been washed a couple of times, the lighter eats fluid like no tomorrow, the USB is 1GB. Just take care of it because I would hate it if your merch broke.
Finally, soak in the atmosphere as much as you can. Take pictures for everyone else to see, and most of all, HAVE A FUKCING AMAZING TIME AT THE CONCERT!!!