We keep talking about the shift that is occurring in the sneaker industry where third party marketplaces are growing bolder and bolder in their attempt to challenge the traditional retailers but it seems to fall on deaf ears. Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has just signed a one of a kind deal with GOAT in which the athlete will be rocking rare sneakers provided by the marketplace. That screams multiple things but the very first thing that retailers need to be concerned about is that they are being overshadowed on every aspect by these marketplaces. Content is key whether it is written on a site or personified in an individual; it is essential to the survival of any company seeking to make revenues from sneaker sales. Traditional retailers are ignoring this fact and I’m afraid it’s to their own demise. I’ve written a few posts pointing out the fact that general release sneakers are available sometimes as early as a month before their official release date on places like Ebay, see link below
This definitely puts a dent in the retailer’s revenue and guess what the longtime consequences are,
if I can buy a sneaker on Ebay, GOAT or Stockx before it releases UNDER retail why would I waste my time even purchasing this item from a traditional retailer.
GOAT is in direct competition with stockx, Ebay, kifixy and ofjer marketplaces and I don’t think they even consider major and minor retailers a threat at all at this point. The Lakers are going to be the most watched team in the nba this season and GOAT putting their rare sneakers on the feet of kuzma was a genius move- it literally will drive a substantial amount of traffic to GOAT whicht will result in the acquisition of more customers.
In the meantime retailers keep hoping to use google ads and other archaic avenues in an effort to put their products in front of the eyes of potential consumers while ignoring the most vital ingredient – content, content and quality content.
By the way Kyle Kuzma is not the first NBA player to sign a sneaker deal with a third party marketplace, Rudy Gay did the same with Zappos and Chris from ARCH wrote about it, see link below
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My Name is Tayib Salami and I'm the founder of Housakicks. I'm part of the AHN network dedicated to providing our audience with more in depth information on sneakers . I have spent a lot of time writing projections on sneakers as far as the retail market is concerned. I also educate my audience on ways to identify fake/ replica sneakers. The AHN network covers a variety of sneaker related topics
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