Vman, At your age, yes, it might be hard for some salespeople to take you seriously. It could depend on how you dress when you walk in the store too. Do you look like a serious business person able to strike deals on the spot? One way you could get around the image problem -- when you have more money to invest in inventory -- is to fax a nice letter to a bunch men's stores near you. Tell 'em what you do. Tell 'em you're willing to listen to any offer they are willing to make in selling their residual inventory to you for CASH. At the end of a quarter, you may just get some calls. Buy only what you know you can flip for a profit on eBay. Lather, rinse, repeat. It's just an idea and may be worth a try. The phone might work too if you have a mature-sounding voice. Maybe if you form a professional first impression via a fax or telephone call, they'll take you seriously in person during their second impression.
Logan, Awesome tips, thanks. I don't think I'd have any problems dressing to show the managers that I am serious - I like to think thats something I do best. There are a few local stores I could try, they are smaller men's specialty shops. However, that may be hard for several reasons. There are maybe five trendy shops close to campus (Diesel, PDC, Seven, Lindeberg, etc) that cater to the younger crowds. They have 'clearance' sales of 25-30% off. I never see nicer brands on clearance. No PDC. No Seven. Sometimes Diesel, but usually only shirts. The only stuff that makes it is smaller-brands such as 4You. There are men's stores that cater to older men (40+) that sell Canali, Zegna, Jhane Barnes, Armani, etc. but the problem with their sales is the same. I wonder what smaller stores like that do with all their excess? I think a research trip is in order tomorrow. I think it was you that suggested to me before to focus on a few brands, and get to know what sells and for what price. Good advice. For now I've been doing dirty-work: combing thrift stores and consignment shops. Truely the cheapest place to obtain merchandise, but not exactly stable. This is definately at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reselling. However, I can tell that MANY others have the same idea I do. When I make it to Goodwills and Salvation Armys on Saturday afternoon, the lots are literally packed. Some of the newer buildings have parking lots that can hold 100+ cars. They are always full. And full of BMWs, Benz's, Audis. Not exactly people that need budget clothing. Plus, the people carrying huge piles of clothes in all sizes are a giveaway. Once they go through the store, the going is tough. However, it helps to know some lesser-known brands. I was behind a woman grabbing big-name bands, and I stealthily snagged a Dunhill dress shirt, Donna Karan signature shirt, and a Lorenzini shirt that she passed over.