Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:16 pm Posts: 903 Location: Rockford, Illinois U.S.
Years Riding: 8
My Motorcycle: '98 Honda Goldwing GL1500se
I didn't know where to post this so if its in the wrong section, I aplogize.
I'm thinking during the summer of going to numerous bike events and selling new helmets and some misc bike stuff.
1. Has anyone delt directly with a helmet maker to become a dealer for low volume and how did it go.
2. What terms were you able to get with the maker? Do you you know what other makers were asking? i.e return polcy, % down as flat fee and any per item $$ required. Such as 1,000 for the right to sell direct and per order a 20% per helmet fee? I have not done this before but I have the summer open and would like to combine what I like to do with making some side money.
3. If I don't sell all my product can I return excess product and get a refund of any pre-payment?
4. What is typical for returning damaged helmets that came damaged or customer returns for fitment problems.
5. For small events, what should I expect the show mgt will want for me to set up my booth?
6. Insurance for theft or fire or transporation damage from event to event?
7.What should I expect for shipping to me and returns?
8. Any suggestions for outside booth for merchandising dispalys and rain issues.
8. Anything I forget but should know, I also live in Il.. I'll talk to state on tax stamps etc...
Thanks for any help you could provide.
_________________ Goldwing 1500se '98 VN500 LTD '07 Sold
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2007 12:33 am Posts: 1217 Location: Colorado/USA/NA
I have been able to return unused helmets but I had to pay extra shipping. Most suppliers only need a state sales tax ID, and Tele listing , some require photos of shop even if all sales are internet. (or a copy of invoice from another major supplier)
Also a word of warning selling helmets at events. At most events I attend most people either DO NOT wear helmets (Harley/Cruiser events), or those who do already have their own (BMW and Gold Wing events) (who wants to pack an extra helmet home,might have them drop shipped to home address though) Cold weather shows where most people drive cars in stead of bikes would be a lot better for most sales. Most people that buy helmets do research and it is not a spur of the moment impulse buy.
I guess what I am trying to say is DO NOT depend on helmets for the majority of sales at events carry other stuff too. Also many events have high vendor fees and City may have a special event license.
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