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apparently my friend eagerly went out on his own and showed some shop owner in a mall my designs and the shop would like to place an order...

i charge $15/$18 regularly, am i to decrease for retail?
 

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i charge $15/$18 regularly, am i to decrease for retail?
Do you mean decrease for selling wholesale to the mall shop owner?

Yes, when selling wholesale to a store that is going to sell retail to end customers, you will need to descrease the price.

Here are some threads that might help:
http://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=4780&highlight=wholesale+pricing

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=3855&highlight=wholesale+pricing

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=2381&highlight=wholesale+pricing
 

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yeah, big tiome.. now your dealing with Volumn. Wholesale at a price he will be ahppy with. here is what I do. MY cost. (shirt, ink, transfers) shirt 1.30 (White) ink 50 cents and transfer $1.00 cost $2.80. If I sell 12 @ $6.85/ [email protected] $6.25 / 36 @ $5.75
he sells at $14.95 profit is 62%
You sell at $5.75 profit is 51%
 

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very helpful. this is the best place...

EVER!

thank you!

i dont think it will be big volume, i just started and im hand pulling these shirts, only have like 50. haha. i havent been, but my friend has visited the store several times. apparently its a locally owned, non franchise, business. some dood that just decided to open a store a couple years ago. we'll see. im going to be visiting some higher end shops near the ritzy artsy area near vanderbilt cause i think theres a big market there. the store owner also recommended i visit downtown nashville boutiques.

anyways... ill post my results.

also... today ive decided to start my internet marketing test,

which probably will only take an hour a day.

- request add 5-15 friends on myspace a day. targetted. friends of tshirt vendors, and artists
- post comments on 5-15 friends to promote linkbacks and they also generate friend requests
- post on forums. i have a several that are art related that ive been part of for a few years and ive had a few sales from them.... so ill post critiques/comments on the artists work, and general conversations (no buy my shirt spam) and hopefully, it ill get more internet friends, and maybe a few sales while im at it.
- ebay, one a week. if not more. if i try 52 weeks in a row... law of averages says i will sell X% of them
- etsy.com - another artsy sell your stuff site

im hoping after a few months, the pipeline will start filling up and it will snow ball eventually.

ill post results in a month or two, if i am diligent enough to follow through.

:)
 

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Another option, especially for small quantity, would be some sort of consignment set up. If you went with this the retailer wouldn't be actually buying your shirts, only getting a cut of the sale if and when they sold. So the retailer takes less risk, you aren't guaranteed any profit, but if they do sell well you'd make more.
 
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