Of course, every business, office, university, and college needs to buy wholesale products. It may be simple stationary, or it may be a variety of things. It may be a department store buying wholesale products to resell, or it may be you, yourself, who may want to shop for wholesale products.
The only problem is where to locate a wholesaler? Where to buy that certain item you need? How do you find the wholesaler who will offer you the perfect price? If you are a business who needs to buy items from a wholesaler, then it is best that you find the trader who offers products in the price range which suits you.
The first thing you can do is to try visiting a competitor, who sells the same product line as the one which you want to put on the market. Make note of their prices, and the brands which they carry. You may also try to visit some of the online stores, and make note of the product prices, delivery charges, and so on. Then try to find out where the products are bought from. Usually, wholesalers are well known, and they offer their services to a variety of clientele.
A trade show is one of the best places for a retail business to buy wholesale products. Wholesalers will put up many different products in trade shows. To find out about the different trade shows in your area, try looking through the internet. Open your favorite search engine, and search for tradeshows. Look through the ones which are coming up in your area. However, normally, tradeshows are not normally open for the public, so your company will have to show suitable proof, such as business cards, or a resale certificate to be permitted to attend the tradeshow. If you have such a permit most wholesale merchants will sell to you, although they may entail you to purchase a minimum amount in order to get the lower prices. If you resell or try to resell the items you have acquired or resell something made from the items you purchased, you will qualify as a legitimate business. You may have to do a little research on fees, taxes, and other legal requirements to see if it is a cost efficient direction for you to pursue.
The ideal place to look for wholesale traders is the telephone book. The yellow and white pages will have a complete listing of the wholesalers in a certain area. You may also want to try to join different forums and groups on the internet. There are many discussion forums where useful information about the different wholesalers can be found.
The initial steps are difficult for all businesses to open. It might be difficult to find the right wholesaler initially, but once your business has opened, and you are running the whole thing successfully, then you will see that wholesalers and distributors will come up to you and your management themselves, and offer you the goods they have for sale.