After asking for suggestions on Pattern Review, I’ve concluded that there is a huge need for a reliable, US-based source for international pattern magazines. Leave it to me to pick the most difficult idea! There seems to be quite a demand for them, yet most titles are nearly impossible to buy. So, I’d be filling a need, and I wouldn’t be stepping on any toes. (I know, that attitude is not very capitalist friendly…)
The foreseeable problems? There would be a large financial investment (the mags are $10-15 per issue and I’d need to buy several of each), and I don’t know how I’m going to obtain them, since none are based in English speaking countries. I have no experience with international travel, let alone business, but I do have a friend with relatives in Tijuana, where Patrones is sold (I’ve heard). I also know someone who speaks Dutch, so I have a shot at getting Knip Mode. And there’s Maniquim, based in Brazil, and my friend also knows a little Porteguese.
Now is when I ask for opinions. Am I out of my league? Is this a bad idea? Should I sell something else instead? What do you think?