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    Hi I want to start my own business up (small scale) online specialising in sports clothes by my favourite brands. It will include trainers and accessories etc but I just wandered a few things.
    how do i purchase stock from big brands such as Nike, Under Armour etc
    Are there any legal obstacles, for example pictures of the item being sold do i have to use my own etc
    As i said my intentions are only small scale I have a lot of friends who I know would be interested in purchasing items and I also know some famous footballers who would do me a favour or two in advertising. So if any of you have any other advice that would be much appreciated.
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    Contact a wholesaler if you want to buy in bulk.

    Will require some hefty start up costs, so find some investment capital first.
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    (Original post by pjwilliams)
    Hi I want to start my own business up (small scale) online specialising in sports clothes by my favourite brands. It will include trainers and accessories etc but I just wandered a few things.
    1) how do i purchase stock from big brands such as Nike, Under Armour etc
    2) Are there any legal obstacles, for example pictures of the item being sold do i have to use my own etc
    3) As i said my intentions are only small scale I have a lot of friends who I know would be interested in purchasing items and I also know some famous footballers who would do me a favour or two in advertising. So if any of you have any other advice that would be much appreciated.
    1) Take a look here: http://help-en-us.nike.com/app/answe..._id/710/p/3897

    You can't just buy (strong) branded goods from wholesalers because the brand needs to protect themselves. They pick and choose who sell their products, you can't pick. Imagine if Tesco bought a job lot of Levi Jeans and knocked them out at -50% RRP- it would bring Tesco more business but it would devalue the Levi brand.

    2) Yes, you have to have written permission from the copyright owner to use their images. They will probably want to charge you the earth so it's best to use your own.

    3)Celeb endorsement is good. Are they looking for payment?
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    Sorry for the late reply, and thanks for the link above much appreciated. No they won't be looking for payment so I guess thats a huge advantage to start off with. and do you know the likleyhood of me getting accepted to be able to sell NIKE goods?
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    (Original post by pjwilliams)
    Sorry for the late reply, and thanks for the link above much appreciated. No they won't be looking for payment so I guess thats a huge advantage to start off with. and do you know the likleyhood of me getting accepted to be able to sell NIKE goods?
    Probably 0.000001%

    You have no trading history, you're not an established business and you don't have a brand. (I assume!)

    Not only do they want to protect their products, but they also want to make sure you will sell them. I doubt they would even think of selling to you if you can't guarantee to sell a few thousand of their product a month.

    (Sorry to be pessimistic, but it's better to be realistic!)

    You may be better looking for some lesser known brands (perhaps look for small brands in other countries). Find ones that are unique and don't have a valuable brand in the UK may allow you to sell them.

    Also, if you are going to sell shoes, I recommend you focus on shoes. The problem with them is that you can't just stock one of each product- you have to stock sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 for each product, so you'll need a lot of storage. (It's kinda the same for clothes too, but they are less bulky).
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    (Original post by pjwilliams)
    Hi I want to start my own business up (small scale) online specialising in sports clothes by my favourite brands. It will include trainers and accessories etc but I just wandered a few things.
    how do i purchase stock from big brands such as Nike, Under Armour etc
    Are there any legal obstacles, for example pictures of the item being sold do i have to use my own etc
    As i said my intentions are only small scale I have a lot of friends who I know would be interested in purchasing items and I also know some famous footballers who would do me a favour or two in advertising. So if any of you have any other advice that would be much appreciated.
    how do you know celebrities who will sponsor your products?
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    You could look at other ways of starting small scale such as buying items when they are on sale, or better still from designer outlet stores ( there are a few in UK) and maybe selling at the RRP for a small margin. As time goes on you will be able to then show trading history and approach the big boys. You can also mix it up with other quality designers who are less known ( up and coming) because they will be more likely to allow you to carry their brands. Lemme know if you need any help. All the best.
 
 
 
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