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Hi all! What an awesome community I've discovered on this site. I am getting my boutique up and running soon after a lifetime of dreaming about it. I want to sell American Apparel tees and dresses at my store. I've contacted the company with both a state and federal tax ID. The have me stuck in some kind of wait queue. The problem is that I've got a big meeting with a financier next week and he wants detailed information about costs. The Am Ap stuff figures largely in my business plan but the company refuses to send me the wholesale price list until some indeterminate date in the future. I don't want to cross any line but if you might find it in your heart to help a young lady out in a pinch, I would worship you eternally for the AmAp wholesale price list. Even if it is the 2011 or 2010 one, it would be an excellent yardstick for this meeting. Anyhow, thanks so much!
 

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A few things here. AA may not approve you if you don't decorate the gear and it is a violation of the agreement I signed with them to give out wholesale prices (along with a bad practice).

However, if you are in the business you can figure out wholesale prices from their retail prices by taking the 'A'.
 

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Thanks Rodney, understood. I'm just gonna wait to hear from AA, I guess. Binki, thank you. Two questions, what do you mean by decorate the gear? Like I have to screenprint the tees? I will have tees, but am most interested in their dresses, bodysuits, leggings, undies, etc. And "taking the 'A'"? Sorry to be noobish. Thank you!
 

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Most of the companies like American Apparel / Alternative Apparel basically sell the same stuff wholesale that they sell blank in their stores but at like 75% the cost to the end-user customer, for a variety of reasons.

You're not allowed to resell blank merchandise without proper auth and risk losing your wholesale account if caught doing it.

There are loopholes I've read, but that's not really my industry, I screenprint, so it's not a worry.

Basically you can use their stuff to print on, and sell it as your goods, but you can't sell their shirts just as a reseller of blank merch.
 

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Two questions, what do you mean by decorate the gear? Like I have to screenprint the tees?
yes, you will need to screen print, embroider or otherwise embellish it.

...but am most interested in their dresses, bodysuits, leggings, undies, etc.
you may not get some of these things. they only wholesale some items, not all.

And "taking the 'A'"? Sorry to be noobish.
if you have a book that shows retail prices there is normally and abc column for wholesale so you can figure out the margin from the retail price. so if the retail price on the page is $50 and the bottom of the page or in the description there is a C then you know the wholesale price is based on the C Column for that particular item.

ABC can typically be 50%, 40%, 30% but this can vary by mfg.

good luck.
 

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American Apparel is also sold at some distributors, but the same rules apply. They only have some products, and you must decorate the items to sell them wholesale. However, it might be quicker to set up wholesale accounts with their distributors (and then you can buy American Apparel and other products all from one source).

Here is a link to their wholesale US distributors. American Apparel | Wholesale T-Shirts | Made in USA Good luck with your new business!

Mindy Anastos
L.A. T Sportswear
 
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