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[METHOD] Online Business Model Offline With Shoes? YES! $x,xxx/month potential

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by YousB, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. YousB

    YousB Junior Member

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    Yesterday my brother and a few friends of mine were discussing this business model and how my brother already knows somebody doing this and making profit off it simply by word of mouth.

    This is going to be a guide with multiple areas covered make sure to read it all to obtain the full benefit of the methods.

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    This is the shortened version for those who don't like to read ;)

    This method is pretty much buying a custom airbrush kit/other tools you can research and recustomizing shoes. Especially high tops, and soccer cleats. The fun part is you get to decide how large it is. You can either go local and befriend a bunch of high schoolers/college students on FB/Twitter/Instagram and sell on a person to person basis making a couple hundred bucks a week. Or you can go big with an all out website that shows you a 3D model of the shoe that you can design to your specifications and promote it to thousands of people.

    You buy high tops, cleats from wholesale sites, thrift shops, clearance tables at stores. If you go to stores you can find last year models of high tops for dirt cheap customize them and sell for $60+.

    Airbrush kits will cost around $75-300

    TIP: A great idea would be to make a site and use photoshop or some program/even take other pictures from online of various color options for a specific high top or cleat. Then once you get the order you paint and buy the shoes.



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    Basically what this guy was going was going to thrift shops buying Nike high tops and repainting them to custom order with his own airbrushing kit. He became well known in his high school by adding practically the entire school on facebook, twitter, instagram and constantly would post pictures of his finished customized shoes.

    He would buy the high tops for around $12-50. Charge $20-30 for the custom paint job, then re-sell. Half of his orders he did not even buy the shoe these kids would give their shoes to him and he would charge $20 to customize them.

    Now I am no expert on air brushing/customizing shoes (Yet ;) ) so make sure to Google methods and techniques to see how it is done.

    So this kid was making around $40-200 a week.

    But then me and my brother got to discussing and well.. we up-scaled. A LOT

    Both my brother and I are very active soccer/football players. We play for clubs, schools, and practically daily. If you don't know of any soccer players I am going to tell you right now. Cleats are an addiction, a passion, a huge love of the game. Players these days pick a certain cleat just because the colors are nicer, if you right now go and Google soccer/football cleats you will notice that are mainly if not all bright noticeable colors. Players want to be noticed and cleats now compete for the coolest color ways.

    But of course Nike/Adidas/Puma/etc.. can't make every hundreds of colorways the only release each cleat in 1-4 colors usually. When a player sees a cleat they love THEY WILL pay a lot extra for it. I personally remember trying to get a lime green Nike cleat that was discontinued in 2010. I was trying to buy the cleat in 2012 because I was in love with it. I ended up paying $100+ gladly for a cleat that was 2 years old. It's simply the addiction to cleats for players. The average player owns 3-5 pairs of cleats. I personally have 3, my brother has 5, my friend has 3, and my other friend has 4 (this friend has all 4 of the same cleat just in different colors each costing him $200+)

    Let's discuss getting the product

    Many if not all players (male and female) like having an arsenal of 3+ cleats. If a player sees a cheap older cleat that looks amazing they will get it. Think about it, if you see the Nike model of a cleat from 2 years ago in an amazing color nobody else has for only $80.00 you would want it BAD. These are methods of obtaining the cleats:

    Method1: Go to your local sports stores, all of them. Weather it be a big chain or a small owned shop they will almost always have a clearance section where you can find unused new cleats that 1-2 years older model for very cheap usually less than $40.00. The cleats are usually the older model or they are just in an all black colorway that nobody wanted to buy.

    Method2: Internet! eBay and all the sites like it. Heck even the bigger websites for some of the models they have a hard time selling. Once you've gathered you first batch from your local stores you can use the biggest store of them all eBay, Amazon, online discount soccer shops etc..


    Alright so let's say you've invested in the airbrush kit with some starter paint in cool bright colors. Airbrush kits will cost anywhere from $75-300 and some starter paint will be maybe $15-30.

    So let's say you've bought about 4 cleats and you want to sell them. (You can either wait for a customer to tell you what colors they want, or make some of your own creations and see if people want those it's up to you).

    A great way to sell is through social media! Even if you are an older adult make a Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram heck maybe even a Pinterest and pose as either a high school or college student. Add a bunch of people from an area of your choice. Start posting pictures of your work maybe even get a lot of likes and comments saying "how do you get these" ya know.. make yourself look good.

    You will begin getting people interested in what you have to offer. Of course the next best way is.... THE INTERNET. Make an ebay, amazon, even an online website to sell these products.

    Let's throw in some numbers. Let's say you bought 3 cleats for $40.00 each, you repaint them and the paint for them all cost about $15. So your expense right now is $40.00. These cleats are all last years model but the colors you've put look stunning. You manage to sell them all for $99.99 that's $54.00 profit per shoe! So three shoes = $162.00 and let's also say you had 2 people in that same week give you their cleats and you charged them both $20.00 for the customization + made the pay the expense for paint. That's another $40.00 profit for that week $200.00 that week!

    Imagine if you scaled it to a major online business with 20+ customers a day. That's some big profit.


    I know I am blabbering on but I had to throw in this bit. The BIG BOY BUCKS

    I'm going to make this part short. Remember earlier on that talk of high tops. Well there is a major demand/popularity for all types of high tops around the world. They are collectors items and people pay big for them. Spend a bit researching into this world. On high top trading sites I have seen people sell customized high tops that probably cost $60.00 even $120.00 if he bought them brand new... He customized them and sold them for $480.00!

    Why did I release this is it going to get saturated?
    Not only is the audience for this so large but how many of you are actually going to go out there and buy an airbrush kit and take the action on this? Some people are really into this kind of thing and would enjoy doing it. But hardly any if not none of you will end up using this business model.

    Remember be creative! Branch out of just high tops and soccer, use other sports like baseball, basketball <- BIG ONE, american fooball, and more. Imagine how many high school kids have school colors like purple and black for example and can't find a good cleat in those colors. Yeah the market here is huge and it requires too much action to be saturated.

    I really hope you've enjoyed this. If you have any comments on experiences, cheap deals for these types of shoes, anything PLEASE POST IT!
     
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  2. YousB

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    Ouch 150 views not even one comment :(
     
  3. brkseven

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    A question: How durable is the new paint? Especially soccer/football cleats can get quite a beating...
     
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    That paint question is very good. People pay for high quality goods/services....it would be a great look on you
     
  5. YousB

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    My brother has just bought a pair of high tops from this guy. It's not normal paint you use on walls or in art class. It's airbrushing. It's very fine paint that is quite durable. If im not mistaken airbrushing is how many shoes with certain designs are colored.

    Here is an example of one I found. This is the Nike air max. While the air max comes in a decent amount of colors it certainly does not come in this which is quite a nice color for those into this type of shoe/color.


    I can't post links >.< www(dot)wholesalebrand(dot)org/product/air-cl-nike-max-sb-airbrushed-classic/
     
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  6. amIdreaming

    amIdreaming Regular Member

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    now this is what i called solid business idea :)
    i'm not sure how saturated it is for this market, but football/soccer is definitely one of the hottest sport with huge fan base
    golf is also where people spend big money for collection
    this idea is more targeted at guys, just like how girls are crazy with fancy bra and being targeted by fashion designers
     
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    thanks for the post will be use full for us
     
  8. amIdreaming

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    and here is a sample business model despite of trademark infringement
    create a custom platform with a catchy domain which allow registration for users to sign up as designers/shoppers
    a digital paint shop which allows designers to paint cleats with various colors they want, and showcase their product with a price set/bid
    buyers can also paint their own desired cleats on the website and showcase it to offer designers to get it done for a price
    now you can charge fees and get your income autopilot :p
     
  9. phirex

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    I love clits too
     
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    Try to make a shorter version next time.

    People don't want to read a wall of text.... what is the problem, what is your question.... that's it.
     
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  11. YousB

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    Good suggestion added a shortened sum up of what it is at the top so users have the option of which they want to read.
     
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  12. Golonzo

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    Sounds good, wouldn't this require some high level artistic skills? are there any templates you an use, maybe just put the template on the shoes and just spray away
     
  13. blkmagic

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    You could mask of areas along the stitching i.e. airbrushing the swoosh of a Nike shoes.

    @OP great method... I was discussing this very idea with a guy who customizes shoes currently.