Fourth: As a business, this is neither high profit nor low risk. As others on this thread are far better positioned to instruct: One must have a firm grasp of both quality and salability (which are non-equivalents, BTW). It's pretty easy to lose a good deal of money fairly quickly and end up with a closet full of clothing in sizes other than your own and that nobody wants to buy. Do that a few times when your whole goal was to get rich quick and you won't go back to the well. Those with true staying power do this because they a) love clothes; b) love the thrill of treasure hunting; c) are perennially cheap; d) like the idea of giving quality garments a second chance at life (see also b)); or e) all of the above.
IMO thirifting is the complete opposite. It is high profit and low risk. The main factor for me (and I'm guessing a lot of people here) from thrifting more is TIME. And yes, depending on how you value your time, it could cost a lot of money=time. Besides from that I have never bought anything I 100% knew I could not sell and break even on/make a profit on. $1-5 Brooks Brothers Shirts, $10 shoes, under $20 suits, etc etc. I knew I would not lose money, but I only shop true thrift store. If you start getting into consignment shops, that is not thrifting anymore in my eyes and the risk goes way up as the prices go way up. Any business with a 100-3000% markup is high profit in my book, but it just depends how much time and effort you want to put into it. If you go full time thrifting 8 hours a day/ 5,6,7 days a week and your wife/girlfriend takes pictures and lists stuff I'm sure this could be a full time family business grossing $60-80K/year.
i'm not a trademark lawyer, but i don't think that's how trademark law works. i think the reason shows don't feature brands is to avoid giving out free publicity (which would diminish what they can demand for product placement) and not because the brand-owner stops them via trademark infringement lawsuit threats. anyone who isn't talking out of his ass care to chime in?
on a related note, how many other damned lawyers are in this thread? AndroFan outed himself, and i think a couple of dudes mentioned being in law school.
+1 I'm no lawyer but you see the guys on storage wars find "name brand" stuff all the time. What about those Big E jeans that Jarrod and Brandi found? I remember seeing the show...not sure if they showed the "tag" but they described them and if anyone was watching just had to pop onto google to get more info.... so what if they dont show the Oxxford or Brioni suit tag... pop onto ebay or google and anyone who's going to hit the thrift stores has one more name brand added to the list.
That all being said. I highly doubt this is going to have an impact...at least on me. there's nothing here in NJ to worth even thrifting (aka all you guys stay away)