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I want to open a fashion boutique for women. Big stores such

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I want to open a fashion boutique for women. Big stores such as Arden-B, Victoria secret, Wet Seal, and other not so big companies have sample sales at the end of the year which I can buy them off much less then what they are at the stores. I was wondering if I can sell that clothes in my future to be boutique without getting sued. Could I get sued or not if I did purchase their clothes directly from them?

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You can do this legally. You can do so from a trademark perspective, because of a legal doctrine called the "first sale doctrine." Once a product is sold, the trademark owner's rights to control it ends; thus, if I have a Ford vehicle to sell as a used car, I can advertise it as a Ford without infringing the rights of Ford Motor Co.

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Whether or not it's going to be profitable is another matter, but you can certainly do that legally.

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