One difference I may have mentioned between BEA and ALA is the lack of sideline product. There was one booth of very cheap trinkets that you offer for storytimes.
I talked to one woman who sells book purses. She thinks she might have sold some to Schwartz at one time, but I couldn't remember seeing them. At $150 retail, I mostly envisioned them disappearing or getting damaged. On the other hand, having a few makes the books look cheaper. Hey, I could actually use those collectible cases to keep product!
She's so busy that she has no stock to sell now anyway. But I thought they were pretty cool. So did many librarians. She had quite the crowd around her booth vying for product.