Whether you want to start an eBay business or build an online store, the first and most important step is to find a wholesale supplier. Not just any old supplier either, a reliable and reputable supplier that can provide you with high quality products for fair prices.
Quite often, the process of finding such suppliers can be time consuming and stressful. With so many directories, marketplaces and blogs out there, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information.
Thankfully, in this step by step guide, I’m about to simplify the process by revealing 6 of the best ways to find wholesale suppliers.
Go Direct to the Manufacturer
What better place to start than at the top? If you know what type of products you want sell, contact the manufacturers directly. The brand is often the manufacturer of the product e.g. Apple is the manufacturer of the iPhone. If you find their minimum order requirements out of reach, or if they’re unwilling to deal with you directly, ask for a list of distributors they do deal with. You can then reach out to those distributors individually.
Ultimately, you’ll either end up sealing a deal with the manufacturer themselves, or you’ll get the next best thing – a list of their most trusted distributors to start contacting. Naturally, the more people you cut out from the distribution chain, the lower your cost per unit will be.
Search on Google
Although it may seem like an obvious one, Google is often overlooked when it comes to finding wholesale suppliers. However, it’s not as simple as doing a generic search. You have to think outside of the box. Don’t make the mistake of searching for ‘’wholesale suppliers’’ or you’ll quickly find yourself sifting through thousands of results.
Instead, try to pinpoint the exact type of supplier you’re looking for. Search for the phrase ‘’wholesale’’ and add the keywords of your target niche. For example ‘’wholesale bluetooth speakers uk’’ or ‘’wholesale womens clothing usa’’ and so forth.
It won’t take long to find suitable suppliers. Just make sure you dive deep into the results. It’s not uncommon for manufacturers and wholesalers to have under established websites, they tend not to rely on search engines to attract business. Therefore, you’ll need to go beyond the results of page one to find them.
Use a B2B Marketplace
Websites such as Alibaba, Global Sources and DhGate can be extremely useful when it comes to finding wholesale suppliers. These business to business trading platforms were specifically designed to connect manufacturers and wholesalers with buyers. Although they mostly contain China based suppliers, you’ll quickly find hundreds of companies with popular products and great prices.
Join Online Forums
There are countless online forums geared towards the business to business and wholesale sourcing industry. A lot of wholesalers and manufacturers advise on these forums to attract more business. Be sure to get involved and become active on the major ones, your ideal supplier may be waiting for you.
Forums are not only great for finding suppliers, but they’re also a major tool for researching them. What better way to determine if a company is legitimate or not than by connecting with others who have been there and done it?
Other websites including Linkedin and Facebook are worth becoming active on. More and more suppliers are becoming active on these social media giants, using PPC and other marketing techniques to attract buyers to their pages.
Attend Trade Shows
There’s no better way to build a solid business than by meeting with manufacturers and wholesalers face to face. Trade shows give you the opportunity to do this. Both established and new companies attend trade shows to demonstrate their products or services. One quick Google search will pull up all the latest trade shows happening around your area.
Use a Wholesale Directory
Wholesale directories are one of the most popular ways to find suppliers. Directories compile a list of the best wholesalers into one easy to search database, allowing users to quickly find suppliers that suit their specific needs.
In fact, here at Wholesale Frog, our free to use directory is packed full of legitimate suppliers from all different locations. With handy filters and search features, it literally only takes a few seconds to find a supplier that suit your needs.
These 6 methods are the best ways to find wholesale suppliers. However, no matter which option you try, be sure to always do your research on the suppliers before getting involved with them. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and research is the key to staying safe. Learn more about researching suppliers here.