Legal Question in Business Law in Oklahoma
i was wanting to start a climbing
apparel company and was wondering
if it was legal to buy blank shirts form
lets say, fruit of the loom or american
apparel and have them printed with
my designs on them along with
putting my own clothing label on the
back of the neck
2 Answers from Attorneys
If you're buying the shirts, I don't see why not. There's no law requiring you to build every new product from scratch; the shirts simply come from a supplier who you have paid fully for its product. If you're buying the shirts retail, double check the package to make sure it doesn't say something about "not for resale" or "for personal use only"; and also consider contacting the shirt maker directly for a special deal as a wholesale buyer. Last, make sure you've got your trademark protected.
I agree with the other attorney's response, particularly, in the latter statement. If you are going to use the product of another company make sure there has no resale limitations or policies. Also consider buying them wholesale from this provider because it is a form of advertisement and profit for them. Secondly, if you are setting up your new business and you will have a sale tax or EIN#, make use of them effectively and to your advantage. You can mass purchase these items in bulk or wholesale. This is important, if you are seeking to make a profit and it will cut down on cost.
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