The GW issue I would have to look into but I do not think any of the other companies would be an issue seeing we are buying from a 3rd party and not from the company itself.
What makes us different from the rest? First we are located almost in the middle of six major gaming communities to pull people from for larger events. Also we are going to be eating a lot of ramen noodles and advertising aggressively with various websites, podcasts, and other mediums such as local newspapers etc. There is only one other gaming store with in a 30 minute drive of our location and only three within an hour as well so our local sales should be nice. We are already working out details with the local schools about start leagues to help the community as well as advertise for us. My goal is with in the next few years is to be the Wayland of the US, doing anything that I can to pass up the other major companies that sell online. We are going to use Ebay as a free/pay us advertising tool as well posting up a LOT of items (thousands a week when all is said and done) to broadcast our prescience as well.
Secondly, we have no start up costs, a local business has taken us in under their wing and given us a place to use (about 900 sq feet for now not including a large store room for shipping products out) as well as not charging us for utilities. This will allow us to sink more money into the business instead of having to manage where rent is going to come from. This alone is going to save us over $2000 a month that will allow us to rapidly expand our SKUs. Our ultimate goal it to have at least 5 of every 40k and WHFB in stock at any one time with more of the popular kits.
Third, you are not just buying into a gaming shop. Plans are already being drawn up for a used books and media store, comic store expansion, coffee shop, t-shirt section expansion (both made by other companies and shirts drawn up and marketed under Chique Geek Entertainment, LLC) and a higher end tobacco shop for this area that will also include mail order as well. There are other business ideas in place that I am not at liberty to talk about that have the possibility of going large. Like I said you are not just buying into CGE the game shop, you are going to profit from anything that we market under our brand name as well.
Forth, we will also be producing a series of how to books and videos for sale to the public. As you know I am pretty decent at making tutorials and we are going to be making a series of these for sale to the public as well. After this we will be looking into getting these bound and sold in book form as well.
Fifth, CGE also includes my painting company, so I will also be doing commission work at the shop, this should generate a decent amount of capital for the store as well.
As you can see we have a lot of easy to pull off plans in the works that will be used to not only gain money, but bring people to the shop area where we can show them the awesomeness of gaming. My mentor is a friend of mine who owned a gaming store for 16 years prior to selling it and starting to work for Troll and Toad, the largest Magic the Gathering distribution company in the world. I also have personal contacts with in multiple game makers in addition to Ploss having a large and well known prescience to some major players at the Black Library as well as several other book producers.
In short Ploss and I are willing to make sacrifices in the next couple years until the business is full stocked, stable, and ready to expand into a new location, which we already have scouted (7,000 sq ft warehouse for $122,000). If you have any more questions please ask!