Italic

Marketplace for unbranded luxury goods

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#5 Product of the DayNovember 16, 2018

Italic is a marketplace that gives shoppers access to factories making products for luxury brands like Celine, Prada, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Coach, Burberry, and Miu Miu.

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  • wild Tester
    wild Testeranonymously testing things
    Pros: 

    Great concept. Got swayed by all the positive reactions and was able to get an early invite. Even ordered something.

    Cons: 

    DELIVERY is a nightmare. Be ready to wait weeks to get your item. Placed order in early Nov and still has not arrived. Shipping is $10.

    What they don't tell you is that each of the factories (mostly in China) are shipping these items directly to you. It took 7 days after I placed my order for the factory in Shenzhen to mail this out, then it had to get to the US, stayed in customs for 3 days, and now floating in a sorting facility in Los Angeles. I'd rather have ordered a similar item on Amazon and received it 2 days via Prime. Italic's customer service is slow to respond too. Inquired about the whereabouts of my order, received a response 3 days later. Understand there are growing pains but this is a major customer pain point and will deter me (and I'm sure others) from joining or ordering or referring this to any one. Who waits more than 3 weeks to receive their order these days? Furthermore, don't let the brand names (Prada, Burberry, etc) and descriptors like "Italian leather" fool you. These products are mostly made in China. Sure they may be OEMs/factories for some of these luxury brands but didn't realize my Italian cashmere was actually made in China until I checked the tracking and saw Shenzhen. Thanks but no thanks.

    wild Tester has used this product for one month.
Discussion
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Aaron  O'Leary
Aaron O'Leary@aaronoleary · Community @producthunt. Chef.
Cutting out the brand completely, obviously this has a huge affect on over all price, how much of a price drop are people typically seeing when they use Italic?
Vitaliy Hayda
Vitaliy Hayda@vitaliy_hayda
I rarely upvote, but this one is a great idea!!! Please don't give up and finish it. Make it huge! I never bough Nikes or RayBans in my life for example, because I hate any logos on products. Few thoughts: 1. Don't ever cheat by finding "approximate" factory. Once it comes out, it might mean the end. At least I feel that way. For now you have my trust 😉 2. Don't charge fees / year... At least not yet. You need few offerings, like Amazon Prime - then "membership" might be worth it. For now just make 10% on each purchase or something. 3. Do the referral program for $10 stackable coupons for each friend who validates phone number and credit card, but up to 50% discount per item maximum. It might mean losing all margins on each product - but you need more orders to make good deals with factories. Good luck.
Mitch Robinson
Mitch RobinsonMakerHiring@mitchrobs · Founder of Nametag
@vitaliy_hayda Thank you!
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
👏 @jjeremycai and team. Super curious what price differences you anticipate for various products on Italic.
@marty
@marty@marty · Director, Tens
Huge concept. Big fan of the 'Call our CEO' link in the footer. Fantastic effort overall, I'm really excited about this.
Chris Messina
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Quoting @profgalloway: "The death of brands is here."
Federico Jorge
Federico JorgePro@federicojorge · SaaS LeadGen Copywriter
@profgalloway @chrismessina I'd be more prudent.
Sara Campbell
Sara Campbell@janedonuts · Writer of Tiny Revolutions, mktr at Pakt
@profgalloway @chrismessina is it? Had a lightbulb moment seeing how heavily *branded* my shipment from Brandless was recently.