How Much Should Dog Clothes Cost?
by: Grant Carroll
The dog clothes industry has exploded over the past few years, and like anything popular it’s easy to pay too much without noticing. So how much should the average consumer expect to pay for their dog’s wardrobe? If you want to go a step higher, how much should the store owner pay wholesale for dog clothing? Since the industry is so new, it’s not as if there’s a huge precedent set to answer these questions, but figuring it out is quite simple. Whether you’re a store owner or consumer, the cost of dog clothes depends upon the quality and availability of each piece.
There are thousands of manufacturers all over the world that make dog clothing, so the quality of the clothing depends on how good the manufacturer is. Common sense rules that higher quality clothes cost more to make and thus are more expensive, but there’s still a large difference in price depending on what country the clothes are made in. That’s why so many products in the US are made in China. An expensive piece of clothing there is cheap by American standards. No matter what the case may be, if you’re deciding whether or not the price is right, be sure to closely inspect the clothing. Look at all the stitching or knitting to see if it’s durable.
Think about how long it will last and how heavily it can be used. These are all general ways of determining if a price is good, but some may want a specific guideline. This can be very tough to determine, but what can be said is that no piece of dog clothing should retail for more than $40. That just applies to the thicker items like coats; for things like shirts the price shouldn’t be more than $25. Wholesale is too tricky to predict because so much bargaining goes on in that level. All in all, just trust your gut instinct and don’t be ripped off.
The availability of an item will have great influence on its price. For example, big companies can buy thousands of each piece of dog clothing which is why so often their clothing goes for much cheaper. The smaller stores may not be able to do this, but they will have a different selection than the big competitors and better quality (ideally). Anyway, remember to take this into consideration when deciding how much is too much. You have to ask yourself, “how common is this style?” It may be super cheap but will every dog on the block have the same piece. If something is less available, your dog will have a better chance of looking unique. The most important thing to remember in all of this is to do your research and to not get ripped off buying something that shouldn’t be too expensive.
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