starting a racquet store

srv vlly

Semi-Pro
where could i get racquets from like a store would. i am looking to start a store but i need to know where to get my resources from. can anyone here help me find a place to get inventory?
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
I know the owner of a pro shop. Generally, no pro shop sells only racquets. You need to sell clothes, shoes, balls and offer stringing and demo programs.

Most pro shops today have an internet presence and also an e**** presence, because otherwise they cannot compete with the TWs of the world. And even shop customers are more savvy these days. Since you cannot store all the stuff needed for internet and brick and mortar customers in the shop, you need to have a separate storage space close by. A big garage will do.

Then you need to contact the sales reps of major racquet and clothing and shoe brands and have them send you stock and demo racquets and strings.

Then there is labor. Part time teenage employees are very common. But for the stringing, you need certified stringers.

Finally, you have to build up reputation. Locating the store close to a racquet club is a good idea. The shop needs a clientele by way of mouth and it works by having personal relationships and trust with teaching pros, juniors, and the most significant - adult recreational players.
 

srv vlly

Semi-Pro
i know all of that . im just saying that i need to find a place to get inventory from before i start hiring people. if anyone knows of a place please let me know. thank you sureshs for the other advice though.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
srv vlly said:
i know all of that . im just saying that i need to find a place to get inventory from before i start hiring people. if anyone knows of a place please let me know. thank you sureshs for the other advice though.
Unless you are starting an **** only operation (where you can get merchandise from numerous intermediate wholesalers and mark them up and even get them to ship for you from their warehouse), you will need to get it from the sales channels of the manufacturers. And the manufacturers should agree to you being an authorized dealer, for warranty purposes, and also to impose restrictions on you - like you cannot sell a racquet below a certain price, you have to replace an older model by a newer one when they tell you, you have to claim that Federer really uses the Ncode 90, etc.
 
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