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View Full Version : Can you use commercial products?

05-22-2007, 04:33 PM
Hi, I am thinking about getting into making gift baskets but the things I want to put into them are commercial (name brand) products that anyone can buy at like Wal-Mart or Dollor General. My main question is can you put name brand products into a gift basket and sell it without getting in trouble with the companies? Not all the products are from the same company, they are various brands.

I appreciate any advice or knowledge on this topic. Thanks.

05-23-2007, 04:40 AM
Normally I try to stay away from products that anyone can pick up at Wal-Mart, etc. because people know how much each product is and how much you're marking it up. But, on occasion, when I get a special request, I do need to run and pick up these items, paying retail. I try to also put my products into help up the prices.
During Valentine'sDay, I've had special requests for items from Victoria's Secret (yes, they emailed me pictures and sizes). I also make a "munchie" basket usinga Blockbuster popcorn bucket and gift card. I do not advertise these items,because it is an infringement, but I get requests all of the time. Someone had once said that if youtell people thatyou do personal shopping as well, and a brand name is requested, it's fine.

05-23-2007, 06:11 AM
Thank you for the help, I really appreciate your advice.

05-23-2007, 10:12 AM
I used to work in a Flower Shop and when we made up gift baskets we used items from the stores that you mentioned.We never had a problem with it.I would recommend that you make your baskets unique. Whether it is put something in them that people can't buy at the local stores or package them in a way that makes them stand apart from competition.

Good Luck,

05-23-2007, 03:33 PM
I appreciate it and planned on packaging it differently that way you know the brand, yet it is only like a trial version. (I don'twant to give to much awaybecause Ihaven'tseen alot of what I've come up with for a new basket.) I thought about selling them on ebay, do you think that might be risky, as the brands won't be specifically mentioned?
Thanks again for all your help.

05-24-2007, 04:33 AM
I have never personally tried ebay, but have heard very negative things regarding selling gift baskets. I believe it was somewhere on one of these threads.

There's also a wealth of information on: www.gbexchange.net (http://www.gbexchange.net)

06-07-2007, 09:38 PM
Sent you a pm Rachel. I can help you if you are interested.