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post #1 of 3 Old 05-29-2001, 01:00 AM - Thread Starter
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I would like to sell HDTV's along with Dish Network at my video store for a good price to be only available only by order. Dish Network should be easy but how do I go about becoming a retailer for all/most of the HDTV's out there??

I really don't know where to begin so thank very much for your assistance. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
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To have wholesale pricing access to most all consumer electronics products, you sign a contract with the specific company. It details what specific products you can buy (TV's and not microwaves), what the terms are (net 30, 60, 90, floorplan, etc.) how to handle warranty issues (in house service requirements?), where you can sell your products (what states), etc.

Each company handles these issues differently. In some cases, if you carry one brand, you may not be able to get another. This usually only applies to smaller dealers. This is not legal, but convenient excuses ("we have minimum quotas that you can't meet") are always available to justify doing this.

Each brand only wants so many dealers in any given area. This is to keep the (larger) dealers happy and also explains why you might not find the same model at different stores that carry the same brand. Both of these ploys reduce the consumers ability to comparison shop, keeping retail prices higher. This may not be quite as true with HDTV products, as there are only so many available in the first place.

It's very unlikely you will be able to become a dealer, unless you are willing to buy inventory & stock product. Your best bet may be to find a small dealer & set up an arrangement with them to buy & resell product, when you find a customer. Hopefully, they will give you a better deal than retail for bringing them new customers.

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Thank you Ken H,

Your reply was very informative and helpful. I am now thinking of partnering up with some stores in Denver, which is far enough away (70 miles) that we wouldn't be competing.

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