What sort of business are you planning for?
Oh, y'all will cry when you hear this...I did, lol...
I've done the eBay thing before, and ran a flea market booth, but lost the business when we were wiped out financially a few years ago by medical bills. I'm planning on going back into that, but opening my own brick and mortar instead of doing the flea market thing this time-one of our friends has a building he's willing to let us use to run a shop in for free for the first year, so why not?
I've always been hesitant to open a brick and mortar because I'd never found a supplier that didn't try to jerk people over. Until, that is, now. And this is the part we all cry over, because it tells us what the real mark-up is for stuff we buy every day, lol...
Jeans-name brand, neatly packed and sealed in plastic, for $1.73 a pair. Shoes-again, name brand, in boxes, "nice" shoes, for $1-2 a pair. How about a nice, 300 pc load of closeout furniture for $4600? That's stuff like loveseats, sofas, dinettes, etc-not cheap-o stuff.
Yep. Disgusting, huh? They sell food, too. I won't even discuss those prices, because it just makes me sick.
So, anyway, we plan on getting a decent mix of items from these guys, and selling the stuff as cheaply as we can. It's what we did before, and it worked great, lol-it also kept me from feeling like a scumbag for over-charging people. (I used to get wedding gowns for $25-30 each, and sold them on eBay for $40-50; I made a profit, and the customers got a good deal, so everybody was happy, lol).