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My dilemma sell illegal or go for licence?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Therookie, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    So I had this product made based on a best selling (in fact really hot multi millions) branded other product.

    Thing is do I sell illegally or approach the Brand asking them if they licence me the product?

    I am pretty sure they will NOT grant me a licence as the brand sell expensive price tags and I want mass marketing for all to be able to afford to buy.

    Now the thing is also how to get the word out to ladies around the world, this is a ladies only product for pre-orders and to get them to pay upfront as this is a cash flow thing.

    Any input appreciated.

    P.S if this thing goes ahead underworld you will have first wholesale orders or dropship.
     
  2. bhnoobz

    bhnoobz BANNED BANNED

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    If it's trademarked or copyrighted and you infringe their trademark or copyright you can be held civilly liable. In other words they will probably sue you and take your cash.. Have fun with that.
     
  3. SharpEdge

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    hit is fast and hard and get out!
     
  4. smokes4life

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    Correct me if I am wrong but you made a product similar to a branded product? So technically this means that it is an entirely new product right? So why bother about getting the brand of the original product to give you a license? If it is not copied wholesale and also of the stuff is re-written (I am assuming it is an ebook) or modified, then you can probably get away with it. In fact you can even cook up a marketing strategy which said you had used the Branded product but realised that it was not as good. So you spent countless hours and days to develop a new product which, although similar, is much different because of your real life experience and proof that it works.........i mean just a thought........but you get my drift. I think you only need a license if you are marketing the original branded product.;)
     
  5. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    Nah
    Thanks for inoput but:

    The whole thing relies on the brand name based on an already multi million seller product line with pictures too.

    Nobody will buy if they see its a nobody brand.
     
  6. mrsix

    mrsix Power Member

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    be very careful man. the people that made the brand could OWN your ass if they see that you're bootlegging their product. Obviously they have the $ for lawyers...
     
  7. indyjones

    indyjones Newbie

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    There are many products that are similar to name brand products. Just go into any GNC store and see how many store brands are almost the same as the name brand.\

    I've done something like this before. PM me if you have any questions
     
  8. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    Well

    How do you get the word out to customers?

    Those freakin forums related to the product keep deleting signature links.
    The brand owners do not have any contact information at all.
    I was going to ask them for a licence to sell.

    So they sure would contact me if this went on the market I bet.
     
  9. matapples01

    matapples01 Regular Member

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    I'm missing something here b/c I don't see what the concern is. There are brand names and then there are generics...same thing just cheaper. There are brand names and then there are knock-offs. Unless the product or process is patented? just sell it as as such. In tough economic times (like now) people are always looking to save a few bucks. Now, if you're calling your product the same name or duping people into believing they're buying X when, in fact, they're buying Y, you'll have issues. Other than that, 90% of their product at 50% of the price is pretty appealing to a lot of people.
     
  10. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    I am using the brands pictures you see and their name on the box!
    I could misname the brand having very similar name but as said earlier dont think it will work.
    Unless if I use sub name of the brand name the name they call the product would this be breaching copyright? For example Jaguar cars have model called x-type so if I used x type on the box would THAT be breaching copyright? and people would know this name too.
     
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  11. Vashtai

    Vashtai Junior Member

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    Isn't ebay great for selling knock-off purses and such? I know many knock-offs on ebay were actually selling as the real things, don't know if they stopped that. Lol China is great for making identical knock-offs of clothes and purses...

    But yeah, different name. Maybe SEO it to come up as the brand name in a search, but be honest it's just different? I don't know... Generics do sell.
     
  12. newmanhia

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    If you want to get raped, I recommend you sell illegal. Unless you have some way that you have a tiny possibility of being tracked when they come to sue you.

    Ok here is what you do legally to sell your generic product! Free advice for you.

    Fair use allows you to use a brand name as much as you wish, as long as it is criticism. Let us say you are selling tooth whiteners called "YT Strips."

    "YT Strips will clean your teeth, but they come at an expensive price. These dental whiteners are much less effect than my personal product, product x. I conducted a study between the two and ...." You get the picture.

    This is how you can have sites, with "product x" sucks in the domain name and they aren't sued. Because criticism of a product or idea is covered under free speech, even if it is commercial (in almost all circumstances)

    So criticize the hell out of the name brand product for SEO optimization, and say why yours is so much better.

    P.S. Seriously, are you a broke ass stoner? You have to spend money to make money. Good luck getting people to sign up for pre-orders on your relatively unknown site. How much can dental whitening treatments cost a box? The margin has to be extreme. I don't think you have any idea what the business term cash flow actually means. If you did, you wouldn't need to offer pre-orders. The whole purpose of having cash flow is to be able to take out lines of credit and to have ready cash available for new investments.
     
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  13. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    I just registered the domain name of the line of products.

    I could not believe it was still available.
    Maybe I could auction it on Ebay for ten million?
    P.S I don't use YT strips to clean my teeth I use a drill (and two ladies)

    P.P.S isn't cash flow getting pre-orders?
     
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  14. Therookie

    Therookie BANNED BANNED

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    Whats the best way to do dropshipping for this?