Do you have a good place to purchase inexpensive name brand handbags?
I love Coach, Dooney, Kate Spade, etc. handbags and I would love to find a place to be able to buy them discounted, even if they are last season's. I buy some on ebay but wondered if there were other places.
Question answered by Sessi
Yes, of course! Always check with your nearest outlet malls. Most of them have these retailers and when you catch them going through a good sale, you'll find great deals. Also, try Designersimports.com and if you have a Filene's Basement close by, that's a good place to look too.
Is a retailer obligated to give you a refund when you find the same item sold elsewhere for substantially less?
I bought a handbag at the Prada store in Las Vegas and happened to see the same one sold at the Neiman Marcus in my area for $100 less.
Question answered by Ron Brgundy
No they are not obligated. Its strictly by the return policy.
I have an item I am planning to bring back. The receipt says how many days I have. I would first check the receipt then call the store for their policy.
Best place for a designer-wannabe to find inspirations for prom dresses and handbags?
Yeah, I want to design some, but it seems that people think mine are ugly. Where can I get inspirations for designs and pocketbooks/handbags?
Question answered by Danielle
You should look first at large retailers to have an idea of what is going on around like
What are some good eco-friendly handbag designers?
I know of only two: English Retreads and Matt & Nat. But I haven't found anything I really love from either of them, and considering the high prices, I want to really love what I buy. I'd also prefer to order from a Canadian online retailer.
Question answered by TheCoffeeDiva
Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly handbag sites:
http://www.blueq.com/shop/114-catId.117440540_114-productId.0.html (really fun bags and cheap too)
How do you create an inviting window display?
I manage a boutique that sells jewelry, handbags, shoes, and (limited clothing) shirts. The owner wants me to fix the window to make it look more inviting. She doesn't know how to do it. Right now there are purses and rhinestone shirts hanging in the window. I am not sure what is need to make the window more attractive and inviting. There are two picture windows with the glass door in the center. The windows are 6ft wide and 5 ft tall. The problem is that there is a 4 ft counter on each window so it makes it difficult for people to look through the window to see the entire store. Any suggestions. I thought of remving the counters but that would involve repairing the window frame and getting new flooring in the area that the counters are in.
The Lady Amalthea
Question answered by Aktivistin
It's hard to tell what kind of window display would work well since I'm not sure what kind of product and customers you have. Based on the kind of window displays I enjoy, I suggest trying to tell a story with your window display. For example, maybe you could do a window that's all about the land of milk and honey, putting in gold, yellow, and cream products in the window , simulating a honey "waterfall" of shoes, etc. Stories or themes capture people's attention well.
If you are showcasing jewelry, take some ideas from local jewellers whose window displays you admire. Jewellers usually do a great job of showing off their product. If you are showing off jewelry, I would do only jewelry (in one window) and not other products as well. When people are walking by, they should be able to deduce immediately what you sell and what kind of experience they will have in the store.
Your display should contain high-impact and large-scale elements instead of small knick-knacks. Small things tend to clutter up the window and make it look down-market and kind of clearance-ish.
Check out these sites which have great information about doing window displays, or which have examples of wonderful window displays:
http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/marketing/a/xmaswindow.htm (about Christmas displays, but applies to all kinds of displays)
How can I take good care of my Coach handbag?
I've recently bought a white distinctive leather coach handbag. The leather is very soft and the bag overrall is really cute. But problem is it's white!!! I don't want to get stains and dirt etc that will ruin the bag. On the care instruction that comes with the purse it says NOT to use Coach Leather Cleaner. I was thinking of trying scotchguard on it but I don't know if that will ruin the bag or not. What other things can i do to stainproof my bag?
Question answered by WoahNowx
White Coach's are very delicate, I have one that is a nylon material and it seems that it stains with everything. I've only used it less than 10 times, and have had it for over 3 years! The only thing that works with the delicate material is LA's Awesome Orange. But, since yours is leather, I don't know what would work. I would recommend you go to your Coach retailer and ask them what's best.
Is Merging or acquiring a store a competitive advantage and why?
Do you think that Merging or acquiring other stores would help value clothing retailers when competing aganist supermarkets?
Do you feel that this is a good way for them to gain more market share?
Any answers will help, thanks
Question answered by Michael J
Nice question. I think its interesting because it depends on what you are trying to acheieve. I believe the supermarkets role in the market is to deliver the lowest cost items. They are doing a great job due to economies of scale, thats their competitive advantage. So if you were going to merge or acquire you would do it for one of two reasons... additional value or economies of scale. I think the dept stores are going to build their value through targeting a segment (male vs female, shoes vs handbags) the environment, quality and service to show value to customers to pay the % extra than the supermarkets. Because I believe the supermarkets will always win the economies of scale as they have gained this in other areas. So you have to build value (like Madonna with H&M or Kate Moss with Topshop) to a low cost item. Attack a niche area or segment or build your service and environment like H&M have started doing with their latest regent st and camden stores opening. Great question. Hope I made sense
How do I go about getting my handbag designs manufatured and marketed?
I have some great handbag designs - how do I go about getting them manufactured and marketed to high-end retailers??
Question answered by BettyBoopGirl
start showing them.. write letters to your retailer but before doing this.. make sure you have your copywrites to your logo and handbags... so that no one steals your idea...
that way its on paper...
Where can I buy a solid yellow Jansport backpack?
I have searched every question on Yahoo and the links provided and none of them can provide a solid yellow jansport backpack. I have searched online in retailer stores, ebay, and yahoo shop, and have no seen one yet!
I have seen someone with it at school before so I know it's not impossible to get. If anyone could give me any pointers, it would be greatly appreciated!
Question answered by :]
I got a brown jansport backpack at mervyns. I saw a yellow one. Mervyns sells backpacks around the handbags section. Target might sell some too. Anywhere that sells school supplies probably have them too. I hope I helped!
How to get consignment goods like ladies fashion/handbags.?
I would like to set up a small shop selling handmade jewellery. But the problem is that I need to sell other things as well to make the shop look more occupied instead of just my handmade items. How should I go about getting consignment goods like ladies fashion and handbags?
Question answered by nosillarelyt
The other issue is you need to keep your costs of materials down. Use the Goodwill resale model with this spin.
You own a consignment store and you need product, right. Go to several local churches and coordinate a drop off point for clothes, handbags, shoes & jewelry. Make a commitment to donate some percent of the proceeds back to the church that had the donation site and make a commitment that anything not sold will get donated to a local not for profit that specializes in getting people back on their feet. FYI-Goodwill does not give clothing to those that need it. They sell it to them.
You could also go to garage sales on early Thursdays or early Fridays. Work a deal with one of the churches so you can say to the person having the garage sale you are looking for clothing donations for the church (or some other good cause). Tell them you can give then a receipt for anything they donate. Also tell them if they would like you would be happy to swing by at the end of their sale and pick up any of the clothing they want to get rid of at that point. Again, what you don't want you can re-donate so there is no waste!!!
Here is the WIIFM (What's In It For Me):
1. People mostly have garage or estate sales to get rid of stuff. The money is nice, but in the case of clothing they are looking for closet space. You are helping them!
2. The congregation gets to empty their closet of things they no longer need and help their church at the same time as you are giving some part of the proceeds back to the donating church..
3, The church has a new fund raiser without any effort and without the need fgor volunteers. You just pick one Sunday a month where you ar eon lite to pick up!
You get free product for your store. If an item doesn't sell within your rotation (Check out Goodwill & value village pricing and discount strategies and copy them. Both companies are very good retailers staffed by managers from Macy's, Fred Meyer. Wal Mart, etc and know what they are doing and are extremely good at it) If it sells you give some of the proceeds back and get a tax deduction for a cash charitable contribution. Maybe 10%? Given the purchase of product will cost you three or four times more than that you are getting a great deal.