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Hi, so I'm 17 years old, and as a 17 year old who doesn't like physical labour and prefers to make money the "smart" way I have decided to look into setting up a stall at my local market (and maybe website) to sell smart phone cases, screen protectors and other stuff like that. I know that this sort of thing is fairly common at swap meets and markets but I like experimenting and hey, if I loose money, so what?. Te reason I'm deciding to try this out is that I used to run a game key website but that went under because some guy used stolen credit cards, I sent the codes, he used the codes then the money got taken out and I lost a few hundred $$, not a good day for the pay pal customer survive when they told me they couldn't help me because it wasn't a tangible item. Anyway, what would you personally be looking for in a case stall/site and do you know where I can get little bags and a heat sealer thing so that I can put them in cases?

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Well that's good that you are trying to be creative. When I was 17 I was waiting on tables lol. Sounds like a good idea but be sure there isn't someone already doing it at the location you choose and if so then do something a little different. Maybe use a food sealer to seal the items in a plastic bag they are fairly inexpensive and can be found at wal mart here in the states. (Not sure where u are I'm on my phone) Also its best to buy the items wholesale for a cheaper rate. Good luck on your venture and remember successful businesses today make their fortunes from being diverse and customer friendly. You have to be catchy like personalized cell phone cases. Like names or sports teams or something of the sort. Let us know what you decide and how it turns out for ya!
    
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Well there are 2 others already doing it but since there isn't much competition there prices are not very good. I would like to do this but there is the initial investment (I'm thinking around $200 for stock) and then I ask myself, how many people are going to want phone accessories in a week ?(markets once a week) and honestly, I don't think its very high, what would you guys/gals do?
    
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Does it cost any money to have a stand on the market?

Other then that i don't think there is a high demand for these kind of things.
    
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Well, you need to acquaint yourself with some knowledge about business economics in order to make educated decisions. As much as this seems like an incredibly boring and useless thing to say, starting any business, no matter how small, requires some degree of economic proficiency. Surely they have a book on the very subject you are looking into at your local book shop or library. I would recommend reading up on this sort of thing as your first step.

When I was 17, I was making leather moccasins. I had to know how much leather to have on hand, I had to know where to advertise, I had to know what periods of time would I sell the most in; all of that and it isn't nearly as complicated as your idea.
    
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OK guys, I don't think this will be happening anymore, but that doesn't mean I'm giving up. I am thinking about selling dvds, at a market, and accept trade ins. There used to be a stall that did that but they closed and it was of the most popular places there. What do you guys think of this idea? It will obviously cost more to get started but there is more of a market for DVDs.

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OK guys, I don't think this will be happening anymore, but that doesn't mean I'm giving up. I am thinking about selling dvds, at a market, and accept trade ins. There used to be a stall that did that but they closed and it was of the most popular places there. What do you guys think of this idea? It will obviously cost more to get started but there is more of a market for DVDs.
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Same thing that I said earlier applies. At least it will be easier to find books specifically related to selling and renting DVDs. You have a much bigger base of experience from which you can learn.

There are surely some advantages and disadvantages to DVDs. While there is more demand for DVDs, there is also much more competition and chances are, that competition is able to keep their costs far lower than you will be able to.
    
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