I am starting a business purchasing electronics such as iPads, iPhones, beats headphones, fitness trackers, computers, etc. I do this because while being an international student, I was always asked by friends to buy them these things and sell to them whenever I went home. Then they started asking me to ship them, so I decided to scale it to a legitimate business (I'm from Angola). Now I'm wondering if I open an online store and allow people to order apple products and products from other makers, won't I get sued by them? Here's the same question I asked on quora. Somehow the answer wasn't very conclusive, even the one I found on google. Does the first sale doctrine apply if I buy from a US company and sell overseas? If not, is there a way to do this legally. Btw, I looked up how to be an apple authorized reseller, and it will take years to meet the requirements, so I don't have a choice there.

It really depends on the country you are in and the laws that apply to you there. It would be best to ask an attorney in Angola. In the states, it is legal for you to resell something you own as the first sale doctrine applies. Still, you can't pass yourself off as an authorized reseller and the warranties typically won't transfer to your customers. You can't use the Apple logo or name in your marketing or advertising either. That is why becoming an authorized reseller is so important.

Answered 7 years ago

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