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Old 03-10-2003, 09:53 PM
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Default Starting a Hobby shop business?

Start with balsa USA. They are easier to get a dealership with. All of the shops need a photo of your store front and some merchandise. You can try to get them to understand you are selling out of the back of an existing store, you might be able to send them that. I sent pictures of our store front and merchandise setups. If you are selling out of a basement room, you will more than likely not get dealerships, but I have seen it done. What one guy did is put up peg board, put a display up with stuff he had, took a pic, changed it, took another and took a picture of a store he saw in another area and called it the same name. I wouldn't suggest that. Some will understand that you are trying to start a shop and work with you. I started with great planes and used them, global, horizon and Miniature aircraft the most. The best way is call each one and find out their requirements and make sure they know you are starting a new shop, not a basement opperation.