Buying and selling products and services online just gets easier by the day! It definitely isn’t rocket science and you don’t need any hand-holding, even if it’s an exercise you’ve never carried out before! Many a time, buying products and services online works out cheaper than shopping at retail outlets, and if you club that with buying at wholesale rates, then the cost savings can be quite high.
All you need is a computer, a fast Internet connection, time and patience and you’re good to go! Here are some simple guidelines on how to buy wholesale products online.
Make a list of products which you need, either for your personal needs or for business requirements. Products which can be bought in wholesale quantities for the former needs include “dry-goods” groceries such as cereals, grains, canned goods, etc. Cleaning and hygiene-related products such as soaps, detergents, or personal-care products such as toothbrushes, home-cleaning supplies such as mops, dusters, cleaning solutions for a variety of purposes, etc. Home linen – kitchen, bed, etc – and furnishings are also products which can be ‘once-a-year’ wholesale purchases.
Of course, it is a different ballgame altogether if you’re buying wholesale products as stock/inventory for your business. Here, there is no limit to the types of products you can source online at wholesale rates.
Wholesale means buying or selling in bulk hence, all wholesalers will have a ‘minimum’ quantity standard, below which they will not sell, unless there is a prior business relationship or the contractual terms allow for such selling. Therefore, before you decide to buy wholesale products online, finalize the quantities you will require. For example, if the deal is for 100 soaps at a wholesale rate, then buying from the wholesaler and stocking up soap for the rest of the year is a better deal that buying soap every week/month from the local supermarket at retail prices.
One of the greatest benefits of shopping online is that your search for products is not limited by geographical boundaries! You can choose to source your wholesale purchases from local, national or international suppliers, taking into consideration, price, transportation and delivery, time taken, etc and work out a deal which is best for you!
Best online resources for wholesale products
A list of online resources for buying wholesale products, some of which you may already be aware of, is given below:
- Wholesale Central
- Global Sources
- Websites listed by product-specific categories such as clothing, shoes, furniture, perfumes, jewelry, etc.
Once you log in to the Internet, you’ll find that there are thousands of websites which are dedicated to the wholesale buying and selling segment. Read through user testimonials, feedback, etc before you shortlist a few online wholesalers and try them out.