Wednesday, August 8, 2018

FIRST TIME VENDORS AT WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET - MUST READ

By Sharon Wolff

WELCOME TO WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET!

FIRST TIME  & NEW VENDORS!  PLEASE READ!

Created 8/7/17 - Updated 3/10/19, 4/19/19, 6/21/19

Thank you for considering selling at one of Chicagoland’s best flea markets! Whether you are decluttering or starting a new small business, we are here to support you in your endeavors!

We want your experience at Wolff’s Flea Market to be pleasant and successful! 

In order to encourage your success and maintain our reputation as a legitimate, family-friendly shopping venue, we incorporate stringent merchandise rules.

Please carefully read the information included in these links:


FIRST:
What are you selling?
We recognize that vendors obtain merchandise from a variety of sources. While most sources may be legitimate, a few are on our radar as suspect for counterfeit merchandise. Did you know that counterfeiting is a major issue in all online forums? Social media for sale groups and marketplaces abound with a mixture of legitimate and counterfeit products. Please always research your sources. We may ask you about your source, too!

We also expect you to educate yourselves on the type of products that are allowed and why certain items are banned. Read more below.


SECOND:
So, therefore - we inspect your merchandise. 
We inspect everyone’s merchandise. 
All day. 
More than once. 
It's what we do. 
It's what we love. 
Call us weird. 
Call us Counterfighters.

Some vendors (usually new or first time sellers) are unaware of our rules (which follow actual LAWS) and need to either remove a big chunk of the merchandise they invested in, or even worse, have little left to sell and therefore need to leave our market. But the ultimate worst  is the vendor who takes it out again and experiences the escorted Drive of Shame, straight out the exit...never to be seen again.

Common items that first time sellers might bring:
Counterfeit Dolce & Gabbana purse
See the removable clip-on tag? 
  • Baby furniture: high chairs, strollers, cribs, car seats, formula etc. We do not allow because of safety and recalls. Even new items are included in this rule.
  • Counterfeit wholesale electronics: Online (Amazon, eBay, marketplaces, local for-sale groups, etc.) and local brick and mortar wholesalers are well known for selling counterfeit phone accessories - chargers, cables, headphones - BEWARE! 
  • Counterfeit sports jerseys: Garage sale/thrift shop/a guy/other sources might even tell you the jersey is real. It might appear to be crisp and clean with tags. Items are faked in varying quality. Please know your product before investing and bringing it out to sell. (Hint: Look for misspellings and bad stitching on fakes). 
  • Counterfeit or high end designer purses: Sorry it is very unlikely the (insert brand name) purse you found for $3 at a garage sale is real!
  • And even if you are "sure" that your Coach or Louis Vuitton bag is real - you still cannot sell it. And other stuff, too, so let's just all read and re-read the rules and spread the love.
THIRD:
We like to teach you to buy safely and sell safely
While we aim to educate new vendors, those who don’t get with the program may end up being permanently ejected. 

Our goals: 
Prevention
Intervention
Education
It’s a piece of PIE!


And as always, please call or text us with questions. We are not lawyers, nor do we represent any of the hundreds of brand names and designers we have made it our business to protect. We are a small family-owned business that aims to do the right thing by keeping our clientele safe! We are always learning about new products and counterfeits. We love sharing our merchandise experience with the world! 

Google is your friend: Please "google" many of your questions regarding counterfeits.
Read this enchanting article about how to avoid buying counterfeits 
Or text/call us 847-524-9590


OUR "COUNTERFEIT COLLAGE"






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