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Old January 23rd, 2008 Jan 23, 2008 2:01:16 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default No Licensing Needed Wholesale T-Shirt Suppliers?

I was hoping maybe everyone could contribute to this thread. I'm one of the few who do NOT have a business license or tax ID yet because of funding and time restraints. My business is fledgling at best and I'm really just getting my feet wet.

So, to help those who are like me, looking to get started without all the paperwork hassles, I thought it might be helpful to have a list of suppliers that DO NOT require a sales tax ID or business license to be their customer.

I have two to start off with:

Welcome to Atlantic Coast Cotton Atlantic Coast Cotton - General apparel, accessories


Pacific Sports ----- Retail Quality Wholesale Price Blank T-Shirts
ShirtSupplier - Apparel and Blank Shirt Wholesale
T-ShirtWholesaler.com - Wholesale T-Shirts
www.blankshirtstore.com
BlankShirts.com - Wholesale Name Brand T-Shirts and Apparel
www.alphashirt.com (I think they're affiliated somehow with Broder Bros.)
Wholesale Blank Shirts - JiffyShirts.com

I'm hoping to create a list with a LOT more suppliers that are more "startup" friendly.

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Old January 23rd, 2008 Jan 23, 2008 2:08:09 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: No Licensing Needed Suppliers?

There's a few other threads like this in the forum as well

Jiffyshirts.com is another one.
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Old January 23rd, 2008 Jan 23, 2008 2:20:40 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: No Licensing Needed Wholesale T-Shirt Suppliers?

Well....to be honest, I was going to go through this thread as it's added to and update my original post to include all the links added by others. It seems that there are more and more folks looking to start up without "legally" starting up. I need to see about $2000 - $4000/month in sales before I go out and set up with the state and federal offices.

I've started businesses in the past without having a semi-steady income stream only to find myself burned at the end of the year thanks to taxes and such that I could have avoided by taking a little more time to go through the "official" process of registering as a business. I'm sure it's my own ignorance, but still....some of us don't want to register legally as a business while we're still feeling the whole thing out.
 
 
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It seems that there are more and more folks looking to start up without "legally" starting up.
To be honest, I don't really want to encourage people to start up "illegally".

If you're selling t-shirts, many states require you have a seller's permit by law so you can pay taxes.

It's best to get started the right way, because the penalties can be severe (fines and jailtime)

It doesn't take that long to become officially registered as a business and to get the proper licensing.

If you're "selling" while you're "feeling it out", you're a business and you should definitely be registered as one.

It's not scary at all. Usually only takes a few steps. Most cities and states have forms available online that you can fill out or mail/fax in.

I think people think "officially" registering is more complicated than it really is
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Default Re: No Licensing Needed Wholesale T-Shirt Suppliers?

well, there's also a limit to how much you can earn before you are legally obligated to file it as income on your taxes. Maybe I'm just trying to get some samples out there before I commit to anything. I need 4 dozen tees. Oops, now I have to register, file, etc just to order shirts. No, that's not right either.

Either way, I'd like to see a few suppliers that are open to non-licensed businesses.
 
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Either way, I'd like to see a few suppliers that are open to non-licensed businesses.
Man I wish I lived in the USA, I would have taken you up on that.
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Old January 23rd, 2008 Jan 23, 2008 4:22:46 PM -   #7 (permalink)
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well, there's also a limit to how much you can earn before you are legally obligated to file it as income on your taxes.
I'm not talking about income taxes, I'm talking about sales tax That's usually the license that's required to buy t-shirts wholesale from the places that ask you to register.

There's no limit you can do "under the table" to not require a seller's permit.

Most states (that have sales tax) require them if you are selling anything. If you have a website selling your own t-shirt designs (not through a fulfillment company), then you need to be reporting and paying sales tax. Otherwise you are risking big fines and possible jail time.

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Maybe I'm just trying to get some samples out there before I commit to anything. I need 4 dozen tees. Oops, now I have to register, file, etc just to order shirts. No, that's not right either.
Again, I think you're making it more difficult than it really is

Once you have your seller's permit, you can register at just about any t-shirt wholesaler. you don't have to get new permits and new "filings" for each wholesalers.

But to bring this back to your original question, here's a couple more places:

epacificsports.com
shirtsupplier.com
t-shirtwholesaler.com
blankshirtstore.com
blankshirts.com
alphashirt.com

A lot of the ones that you find when you search for wholesale t-shirts or blank t-shirts in google don't require a seller's permit.
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Thanks Rodney!

I didn't mean that you needed a new permit/number for each wholesaler, just that I might be testing the waters and not wanting to pay $5 for a tee when I COULD be paying less than $2 for my samples.
 
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Default Re: No Licensing Needed Wholesale T-Shirt Suppliers?

Hey guys, just a quick "unofficial" question. In PA, clothes are not taxed, but in other states, they are. Do you have to collect sales tax if you live in a state that doesn't tax clothes?

Just wondering, I know you're not accountants (well, maybe some of you are) but you folks are experienced business people. Thanks if you have some insight...
 
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Hey guys, just a quick "unofficial" question. In PA, clothes are not taxed, but in other states, they are. Do you have to collect sales tax if you live in a state that doesn't tax clothes?

Just wondering, I know you're not accountants (well, maybe some of you are) but you folks are experienced business people. Thanks if you have some insight...
Hi Kelly, you may want to start a new topic for this separate question
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Thanks Rodney!

I didn't mean that you needed a new permit/number for each wholesaler, just that I might be testing the waters and not wanting to pay $5 for a tee when I COULD be paying less than $2 for my samples.
I understand.

Although, even though you may be testing the waters, it doesn't really hurt or cause much hassle to get a seller's permit so you can be "legit"

PS. You left out the jiffyshirts.com suggestion from my second post above
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Can't wait to get my seller's permit... I want to do everything legitimate... as dumb as I've been, I would never do anything illegal...
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I'm just getting all my operating ducks in a row so that when I go to register my business, get all the permits, etc, and choose my accountant, I can focus on simply getting through THAT process by itself.

I like to have the option to offer a sample here and there, and pick up a quick $100 for a small job without the paperwork headaches. I've had a small biz before, and like I said earlier, it became too much at one time for ME as one person to handle. It seemed like I couldn't make a product for a customer because I had to go to this govt. office or call that accountant, etc etc etc.

Anywho..........anyone else know of suppliers that don't require permits to purchase from them?

Thanks Rodney for all those great links.
 
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I like to have the option to offer a sample here and there, and pick up a quick $100 for a small job without the paperwork headaches
If you're picking up $100 for a small job, you are in business and you're not just "testing the waters"

If you aren't registered, then you may be doing business illegally.

I wouldn't recommend that anybody follow those steps.

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t seemed like I couldn't make a product for a customer because I had to go to this govt. office call that accountant, etc etc etc.
I think that your perception may be very different from how easy it really is to get registered and do it right from the start.

By the time you go shopping and research all the places you could get a t-shirt without a permit, you could have easily registered and done it all the legit way

You don't have to be a big corporation to do it. It's not much for just one person to do. Ricky above did it recently, and he's just one person. I did it, and I'm just one person.

Many people here are regular folks that took a couple hours out of their day to get the couple of licenses required. Really, it's not hard at all
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