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Old 07-01-2011, 11:43 PM   #21
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I'm looking for size 48 one pieces. XL gauntlet gloves. Size 8 1/2 boots. Shoot me a PM if you have anything in stock. A little rash is okay. I'm looking for cheap but quality.
sorry man I would love to help you lol but I haven't started buying inventory! If I do find what you're looking for I will let you know.
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It would a very specialized market. Unlike Plato's Closet that people have mentioned, everyone has to wear clothes. People are used to shopping for deals at marshalls,ross, PC, etc. You would be competing with eBay which is on a worldwide market vs. your local store for specific merchandise. I really don't see it working unless you opened a shop with new gear also (and then double competing with someone like cycle gear) and offered bike parts/repairs. People tend to shop for a "One stop shop." You know if they are getting an oil change they can browse your used gear selection while they are waiting.
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It would a very specialized market. Unlike Plato's Closet that people have mentioned, everyone has to wear clothes. People are used to shopping for deals at marshalls,ross, PC, etc. You would be competing with eBay which is on a worldwide market vs. your local store for specific merchandise. I really don't see it working unless you opened a shop with new gear also (and then double competing with someone like cycle gear) and offered bike parts/repairs. People tend to shop for a "One stop shop." You know if they are getting an oil change they can browse your used gear selection while they are waiting.
What I am going for is a specialized market. For example you have a friend/girlfriend you want to ride with you but you don't want to buy new gear and pay full price, you would most likely go with used gear at a reduced price. You would probably find what you're looking for at a shop that I suggested. Same thing for new riders. One thing I have noticed when someone knows you as a person that rides motorcycles, they always ask you about how to get started riding. Just as much as people say "Take the MSF first" they also say "Buy gear". I wouldn't want to carry aftermarket parts, oil changes, and be a one stop shop because I would like to focus on one objective. Provide quality used gear and be known for that. I'll talk with my brother more about this and so far I feel like we will move forward with this approach. Thanks again to everyone that gave me their feedback. Much appreciated.

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What I am going for is a specialized market. For example you have a friend/girlfriend you want to ride with you but you don't want to buy new gear. You would probably find what you're looking for at a shop that I suggested. Same thing for new riders. One thing I have noticed when someone knows you as a person that rides motorcycles, they always ask you about how to get started riding. Just as much as people say "Take the MSF first" they also say "Buy gear". I wouldn't want to carry aftermarket parts, oil changes, and be a one stop shop because I would like to focus on one objective. Provide quality used gear and be known for that. I'll talk with my brother more about this and so far I feel like we will move forward with this approach. Thanks again to everyone that gave me their feedback. Much appreciated.
I'll give you the benefit saying you'd be the only place i knew that carried used gear that I could browse. But just like any other resale shop, (unless your selection was extremely extensive) what prevents me from going on eBay, never leaving my chair, finding the exact size I need and having it shipped to me vs. going to your shop?
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I'll give you the benefit saying you'd be the only place i knew that carried used gear that I could browse. But just like any other resale shop, (unless your selection was extremely extensive) what prevents me from going on eBay, never leaving my chair, finding the exact size I need and having it shipped to me vs. going to your shop?
You could always pick up the phone and call Keep your seat warm. Its a trade off. Personally I wouldnt mind driving getting my gear the same day over waiting a few days for delivery. But if getting packages in the mail excites you as much as it does to me, I have a UPS shipping account that I could use as well.

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I'll give you the benefit saying you'd be the only place i knew that carried used gear that I could browse. But just like any other resale shop, (unless your selection was extremely extensive) what prevents me from going on eBay, never leaving my chair, finding the exact size I need and having it shipped to me vs. going to your shop?
fits me funny. I got short legs, long body, and a potbelly. I'd give anythting to end my craigslist search for track leathers. I have gone as far as Dallas in my search...
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fits me funny. I got short legs, long body, and a potbelly. I'd give anythting to end my craigslist search for track leathers. I have gone as far as Dallas in my search...
It would be no problem to have people try on the gear before they buy, after all they've been worn already
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It would be no problem to have people try on the gear before they buy, after all they've been worn already
Makes no difference really. I try on new stuff too. In fact, new or old... if i cant try it on... chances are good that I will leave it on the rack.
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Makes no difference really. I try on new stuff too. In fact, new or old... if i cant try it on... chances are good that I will leave it on the rack.
You're right, I was just kind of stating the obvious lol.
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Another suggestion. Buy close out gear from other shops and distributors. Buy gear from shops that are closing down/going out of business. I have bought new gear over the last decade $.15~$.25 on the dollar and resold it at half retail
(on eBay and word of mouth) for a decent profit. I have had some ideas over the years about the same thing, but I don't have the time to invest. I am positive it could work.
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Another suggestion. Buy close out gear from other shops and distributors. Buy gear from shops that are closing down/going out of business. I have bought new gear over the last decade $.15~$.25 on the dollar and resold it at half retail
(on eBay and word of mouth) for a decent profit. I have had some ideas over the years about the same thing, but I don't have the time to invest. I am positive it could work.
Hey thank you for the advice! I will definitely keep a look out for that.
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sorry man I would love to help you lol but I haven't started buying inventory! If I do find what you're looking for I will let you know.
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Wrong answer. You should have said... give me a little time and I'll find you one. Point is... always keep the customer interested in your specialized shop. Those customers are precious and far in between. Snag him. Hook him and he'll keep coming back...
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Let me know if you do get it going. I have some gear I could sell you or put on consignment with you. Among other things, I'm in the sign business and could help with signage if you don't have anyone.

Consignment would be another great option to get some inventory in there without the upfront cost...
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Wrong answer. You should have said... give me a little time and I'll find you one. Point is... always keep the customer interested in your specialized shop. Those customers are precious and far in between. Snag him. Hook him and he'll keep coming back...[/QUOTEi

I understand. But as you know I haven't started anything right now and I'd hate to deliver an empty promise. I'm familar with customer service as I've done it my whole working life.
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Plus you will have to spend some money on getting the gear cleaned. I sweat like a in my leathers so I know that'd suck to clean.
By the time you bought a used product, had it cleaned (cleaning leathers isn't cheap) you could have bought a brand new set practically. I am not to keen on the idea of buying used gear (helmets, gloves or boots) unless I know 100% the person it came from. These are just my opinions but if you take a go at it I wish you all the luck and I like Tiffany's name suggestion "2nd Gear"
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i think it would be awesome to have something like that. ive bought used gear and will continue to do so to support my hobby being that im on a budget
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i especially like your "friend/girlfriend" angle. There have been many times that i want to go two up and need a special piece (be it winter gauntlets, summer mesh) for the pillion and dont want to throw down the cold hard cash for a new piece of merchandise.

also the above poster who said to combine niche's (with oil changes, and new gear) also has a point.

even if the service is very limited (oil changes, or brakes + oil changes) non-technical work adds a facet to your business that add's to its overall potential.
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By the time you bought a used product, had it cleaned (cleaning leathers isn't cheap) you could have bought a brand new set practically. I am not to keen on the idea of buying used gear (helmets, gloves or boots) unless I know 100% the person it came from. These are just my opinions but if you take a go at it I wish you all the luck and I like Tiffany's name suggestion "2nd Gear"

just like any transaction with an individual or corporation, a bit of unease is always your main concern when going into the first deal (or in my case every transaction). its important in the OP's case to put those kinds of things into consideration and to most definitely build a rapport with his customer base, would you feel so concerned about buying a set of chaps from him if you knew he was an adept leatherworker or atleast took the time to educate himself on how to properly clean the chaps and do the proper repair work to the pants?
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you may want to build a very basic website of photos for the stuff you have in the store. This might be a hassle to update but will give you exposure to people that look for stuff they need.
It would be like ebay but better because you can find something you like online, call to see if it is still available, drop by and inspect the real condition of the gear and if you like it then buy it.
This would give you a clear advantage over eBay.
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