The prices you want to get sound very unrealistic. You are assuming that stores make ton of money on products they sell. If small stores manage to make $20-30 on each Cd3000 I would be surprised. Larger places buying bigger quantities of varies products from a distributors will have better prices but from my experience in the computer retail industry the quantity discounts are counted in a few dollars. For example I would only be able to markup a $250 hard drive by about $10 to be able to compete. Buying lets say a quantity of 10, would give me maybe $2 off on each drive, $3 on 50 etc. Back in the early 90s I was making about $500 on a $2000 computer. in the late 90s it was down to about $200-300 on maybe $1800 one. When I left my computer store to my employees (for free
) and started by web career, the average profit on a $1200 computer was at the most $150. I still have open accounts with a few computer wholesale places and even know the owners but many times the prices are higher then what one can find online
Setting up a business (solo proprietorship) at least in Chicago is super easy. Will only take a trip to downtown and one form. The cost is free
When I set up my first business they did not even check my ID. I was actually 17 so it was not legal
You can also use existing business. The problem is finding and setting up accounts with distributors. Most will require references from other distributors in the field and will only take cash or certified funds. No checks unless you fill out financial forms, have a business checking account (requires extra stuff like tax ID etc.) I actually sold some Sony audio equipment back in something like 1990 to few friends in high school. After extensive search I was able to find one distributor that had Sony and the prices have been only a little bit less then retail and that was before the web.