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    Hi!
    I have just got a cheap web page and i have been selling a few things on ebay for a while, and am planning on selling clothes/accessories on my website instead to avoid ebay fees.

    I'm at uni so obviously i just want a small business, but i was wondering if anyone has had any experience of this and whether you have any tips?

    I'm pretty clueless actually but am determined to learn all i need to know before i start...where do you recommend i buy the clothes from? Not sure how it all works-do i get to design the clothes/material? Do large companies buy pre-designed clothes from manufacturers...but then more than one company may pick the same clothes to buy? I probably sound stupid right now lol

    Does anyone know of any wholesalers that sell cool clothes from japan/china? (like you do)

    How much do you think i should save beforehand?

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    its a minefield

    some shops will buy pre designed clothes
    others will design some of their own (ASDA- George)

    If you want to sell clothes you will either make it yourself (dont bother) or just sell ready made clothes imporated from china

    i am assuming you dont mean branded clothing?

    you need to contact whoelsalers and chck prices.

    i'd think it through tho because you will need a fairly large range to attract peopel unless you specialise.
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    A lot of websites will also have generic online shops set up and ready to go that you pay them a monthly fee for. It's not like e-bay where they take a cut of everything you sell but you just pay them a set fee depending how big the shop is, the services offered etc etc. Google something like "Online Shops for Business" and see what it comes up with.

    With regards to stock, to start with I would recommend that you stay away from dealing with Chinese manufacturers yourself. Find a good importer (based in the UK) of decent enough Chinese/Taiwanese clothes and let them sort out all the international hassle for you. Ok, you might be paying slightly more than if you were to do it yourself but it will save you a hell of a lot more time and effort that you can spend on actually selling the goods instead.

    There's plenty of wholesalers that import foreign goods on the Internet. Again, google it, get in contact with them, set up a face2face/telephone meeting and try and get a good price on the goods.

    Best of luck.
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    Thank! Do you know how i'd be able to design my own stuff?
    Also, do you think it would be better to buy electronics/gadgets from the UK?
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    Also, do you know how much it would be to advertise my website on google? It must be worth it musnt it?
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    To completely design your own clothes from scratch, you would probably need to see someone who's already in the textiles/fashion industry - it's a long and hard task!

    If you mean just creating t-shirts/hoodies etc with your own designs on them then there's loads of places that you can these done. Start off with a trusted manufacturer in the UK to see how it goes and then perhaps get them done overseas to reduce costs. You'll need to show the manufacturer your designs, see the materials/templates available and then negotiate costs (also remember in the UK, many manufacturers will initially exclude VAT from their initial pricings so make sure you take this in to account!).

    Get a sample batch done first (don't rush in to anything!) for an agreed price and see if they sell. If they do sell, great! Set up another order and keep going, eventually being able to establish a manufacturer overseas. If not, obviously something is not right with the goods. Have a look, and start again.

    What do you mean by advertising with google? If you mean adwords (those ads on the right hand side when you search), you would pay them a set fee (say, £5 a week), and then a set amount each time someone clicks on the link. If you just mean coming up in search results then there's websites that do it all for you. You pay them a set fee and they list your website on all the major engines (yahoo, google, msn etc).

    http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/ads/ <<< For google adwords.

    Thanks, I'll have that rep now Haha
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    I'd look into doing something more unique than simply importing and then selling clothes online, there are sooo many websites that do it, and if you are only wanting to do it on a small scale you're going to struggle to undercut them on price.

    As far as advertising goes, you'll need to do some SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), submit your site to relevant directories etc There are loads of ways to advertise a site, just have look on google for info.

    As far as adwords goes, it entirely depends on what keywords you want to bid for and how high you want to appear on the sponsered links, or with google adsense how often you want to appear as contextual ads on web-pages. As the regend has said, have a look on google, they provide loads of info and it's really easy to set up.

    If you need any help SEOing or anything just pm me
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    I have often found the Shell Livewire website and discussion forums to be an excellent source of information. Its a website designed (and funded by Shell) for young entrepreneurs, with reams of free information and advice. There are a number of people in fashion on there so you should be able to get some good hints.
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    If you wanna sell clothing I would suggest

    www.cafepress.com - for the American market
    Or google S p r e a d s h i r t - for European (the store name seems to be filtered for some reason)

    they handle production and delivery, you just put a markup on each product and get that paid to you periodically. Plus they're free to use unless you fork out for a premium shop

    although these are mainly for t-shirts only, and the customisation possibilities are aimed at designs on the front and back

    i use cafepress mainly n have made $260 since november, not great but not bad
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    ^Do you just have a basic shop?
    Can i see some examples of designs you've printed on items?
    Cheers for the link...i've given you rep :-)
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    (Original post by ferret123)
    ^Do you just have a basic shop?
    Can i see some examples of designs you've printed on items?
    Cheers for the link...i've given you rep :-)
    heres my Nottingham Trent (yes I'm a traitor selling to them) store on S preadshir t:

    http://www.spread shirt.net/shop.php?sid=218649
    (you need to get rid of the space in the URL)

    and here are 2 of my Arrested Development themed Cafepress stores, have had a few taken off for copyright issues (including my biggest selling design):

    http://www.cafepress.com/mynameisjudge
    http://www.cafepress.com/franklinbluth
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    ^Cheers everyone i've given you all rep (i think) lol
    Will get to work on it ASAP.

    I set up a cafepress shop also at
    http://www.cafepress.com/applepip
 
 
 
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