Inventory for a new archery shop.

Discussion in 'General Archery Forum' started by jcmorgan31, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    For those of you that don't know, I am in the process of opening an archery shop. I have my Martin dealership lined up, accounts set up with Victory and Copper John and an account at Papes opened and I'm ready to go. I just got in a few things to put on the walls for inventory, but I want to know what you would want to see in an archery shop.

    Keep in mind, it is a small shop, in a small town. My primary mission was to be able to set up a completely custom bow for someone. I build my own strings, I am the arrow wrap master, and I will be fletching up arrows also.

    My first small order included basic necessities like peep sights, a coupld Simms S-coils, a Rip Cord rest, a Copper John Dead Nuts2 Hunter sight, some Muzzys, etc.

    What will be hot items that a lot of customers will come in for???
     
  2. J.C.

    J.C. Active Member

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    What kind of competition ya got? Any box stores around?
     

  3. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    Nope. Closest Bass Pro is over an hour away. There is an MC Sports about 40 miles away but their archery department sucks. Of course, there is a Walmart 10 miles away. Other than that, there is one other archery shop within 5 miles, but they are rarely open and hard to get ahold of.

    I live in rural Southern Indiana in a town of 2000 people. 80% of my customers will more than likely be hunters only.
     
  4. bullfiddle

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    Sword sights are hot right now.:rockon:
     
  5. bullfiddle

    bullfiddle Guest

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    By the way JC do you ever read your PM's?
     
  6. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    I'm not necessarily looking for name brands. More along the lines of price ranges and types of items to stock. I have my own personal favorites. I can stock the low end sights, rests, or the high end stuff. What are most people going to go for?

    For instance, I got a middle of the line Dead Nuts 2. I figured I might sell it easier because it is less expensive than several other of their sites but still has the extremely bright wrapped fiber. If someone sees it and wants a micro adjust model, I can order it and have it in a day, but at least they will see more than the bottem end model without wrapped fiber.
     
  7. bullfiddle

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    If your customers are going to be primarily guys that shoot a couple weeks before season starts you should probably stick to the mid to low range stuff. :wave:
     
  8. J.C.

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    Sounds good.:thumb: Maybe get some whisker bisquits, Scott Releases, some good mid-range sights like tru-glo and Cobra. All the limbsaver stuff, cat whiskers, loop material, kwikee quivers. Apple makes a good repair kit with replacement screws, washers, e-clips, etc. You can add the high end stuff like Spott Hogg, VT Limbdrivers, etc., later. I'd start with good mid-range priced hunting gear since you don't have a lot of competition.

    If you're keeping your day job for awhile, I'd put 100% of the net profit back into inventory for the first year.
     
  9. J.C.

    J.C. Active Member

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    You must be talking to him since I don't think I received any from you. :noidea:

    This is getting confusing. I might have to do a name change like the B-man did. Any suggestions? :biggrin1:
     
  10. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    Change it to "The Other JC"
     
  11. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Senior Member

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    I wanna see lotsa Bowtechs :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  12. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    I can't afford the liability insurance to carry Bowtech......:tape:
     
  13. Southernfryedyankee

    Southernfryedyankee Senior Member

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    OMG :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  14. j3dGuam

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    Be sure to have a good supply of bare shafts of various sizes and vanes to go with them, they are always in demand.
     
  15. dano1977

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    free stuff!:rockon:
     
  16. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    I'm already looking into beef jerky to make sure I get some of your money too....:rockon:
     
  17. dano1977

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    If I always come home broke, the wife will not let me come and hang out! We'll have to run a tab or something, that way I'll just come home broke every once in a while!lol
     
  18. pilot

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    All my buddies ever debate is the best broadhead and the best vane so i think a good selection of each would be a good idea....plus it will fit right in with your mad skillz when it comes to arrow building! :rockon:

    Not archery specific but some good boots and basic hunting clothing is always a good thing in a small town.
     
  19. jcmorgan31

    jcmorgan31 Prodigal Son

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    I'm thinking broadheads would be very seasonal????

    I have 3 types of muzzys right now and figure if someone comes in in a bind, they'll buy what I have??? Maybe I'm wrong.....I dunno.....I'm new to this:biggrin1:
     
  20. beenfarr

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    Let me know if you want to do custom slings, we can work out some dealer pricing. :peace:

    Ben