UNC Air Jordan 3 | Resale Value & How Many Pairs Possibly Made?

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The Air Jordan 3 Retro UNC will officially land on March the 7th and I’m sure folks are wondering how many pairs of this model were made. I’ll be attempting to come up with a plausible estimate this morning. We’ll also do a sneaker resell prediction for the shoe as well. We’ll start off with the number of stockists that were given an inventory.

Major Retailers: Footlocker,Footaction, Finishline, JD Sports, Hibbett

& Eastbay (online)

Minor Retailers: DTLR/Ruvilla, Jimmy Jazz, Shoepalace, Eblens, Sheikh, Shoe City, KicksUSA

Boutiques: Sneaker Politics, Extra Butter, SNS, Nicekicks, Exclucity, Succezz

Now that we have a list of the local stockists for the shoe, we can set up our assumptions and calculate the numbers


Now that Footlocker and its derivatives have updated their release calendar, it’s a bit easier to set up our assumptions. We’ll go with the following:

  1. FTL, FTA & Champs will receive of the total inventory
  2. The remaining major & minor retailers will receive the remaining
  3. Boutiques’ numbers are negligible

Most FTL, FTA and Champs physical stores are operating on the first come first served basis, so that gives us an idea of the kind of inventory we can expect. The shoe is also featured on the main release calendar, thus showing us that it will be certainly available in massive numbers. We’ll also add the  following assumptions:

  1. Each FTL will receive about 24 pairs, while FTA and Champs will be assigned 18 pairs per store
  2. Their online stores will receive about a 1/4 of the total the physical stores are receiving
  3. Eastbay will also receive another 1/4 from the total FTL, FTA and Champs online are receiving.
air jordan 3 UNC release map footlocker
About 660 ftl stores will be allocated an inventory- Footlocker release map
air jordan 3 UNC release map footaction
about 181 stores allocated-Footaction release map

Running The Numbers:

After checking Footlocker and Footaction maps we can conclude that ⅔ of each of the physical stores from the FTL family will be allocated an inventory, that is almost 660 FTL stores, 181 FTA stores and 365 Champs locations. Since we assigned about 24 per FTL stores and 18 per every FTA and Champs, our numbers will be:

FTL Physical stores= 660 x 24= 15480 pairs

FTA Physical stores= 181 x18= 3258 pairs

Champs Physical stores= 365 x 18= 6570 pairs

Online allocation ( FTL + FTA + Champs)=25308/4=6327 pairs

Eastbay= 6327/4= 1582 pairs

Total from FTL, FTA and Champs=25308 + 6327+ 1582=33217 pairs

Since we assumed that this number represented ⅓ of the total inventory, the

Grand Total for the USA= 33217 x 3= 99651 pairs let say 100,000 pairs.

If we consider the rest of the world and possible errors based on our assumptions, we can conclude that the total production will fall within the [100,000 to 250,000] range.

PS: As you all know, I always have to add this disclaimer because every single projection that I make is purely based on assumptions that I have set. It is meant to give you an idea of what to expect, I don’t work any of these brands/retailers I mentioned and have no access to their numbers. I’m only using what is available to create plausible assumptions.

Now let’s talk about the resell prediction

Resale Value of The Jordan 3  Retro UNC

air jordan 3 UNC resale value vs time

The shoe went from an average secondary market value of $293 to $248 within 3 days ( from the 29th of February to March the 3rd). It lost about 15.36% of its original value. Even though the trend is slightly negative, it’s still a good sign and I’m assuming that by March the 7th, the Air Jordan 3 UNC will lose another 5% of its value and stagnate at $235, so I’m expecting the overall average resale price to be about fall within the $230-$240 interval by the time the shoe officially releases. And that’s not bad all for retailers, the shoe will certainly sell out. What about resellers? The shoe costs about $190 before tax and roughly $202 after tax. So folks are looking at a 10% to 12% markup for profits ranging from $20-$25. This isn’t bad if you’re getting multiple pairs. Now let’s look at the most lucrative sizes.

air jordan 3 UNC resale value vs size

Sizes 7 and 15 recorded the highest average at $308 and $325 respectively, which yielded to $78 and $93 respective profits. Other sizes stayed within the $260-$280 average sale price, but remember that these values will decrease as I projected , so I wouldn’t make my buying decision based on what the graph is showing. I’ll encourage you to decrease these values by 15% and make your plans accordingly.

There you have it folks.

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