A New Look for MyFleaMarketGuide.com

We are very proud to announce a new look and functionality to our sister site MyFleaMarketGuide.com. The country’s largest browsable collection of flea markets, antique shows, and farmer’s markets just got a lot better. (if we do say so ourselves) We streamlined the search, added new functions, and made it easier to find the […]

Maximize Your Trade Show Time

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Reasons to Attend

No matter how small your retail business may be, the benefits of attending a trade show sponsored by vendors or industry associations far outweigh any reason not to attend. These conferences have been developed in order to give retail owners, buyers and managers the opportunity to meet existing suppliers, conduct business meetings, network with others in retail and investigate new products.

If you’re currently struggling to operate your business with few to no employees, chances are you may feel like you don’t have the time to attend a trade show. Consider hiring temporary help, asking family to assist or simply plan to close shop for a day in order to attend the trade show.

Once you’ve decided to attend the trade show, you’ll need to plan ahead. To get the most from attending a trade show, you should have a strategy. Knowing what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show will help maximize your time. Here are some trade show planning tips:

Pre-Show Planning

  • Avoid the confusion at the show by pre-registering.
  • Have a goal of what you want to accomplish, such as which vendors to visit, what items you need to purchase, what seminars to attend and which new product lines you’d like to see.
  • Know your inventory needs before the show. More efficient purchasing will save you money by grouping your orders to take advantage of discounts and special offers, as well as keeping you within budget.
  • Set appointments with any vendor you’d like to meet with during the show.
  • Plan to bring any employees who would greatly benefit from attending the trade show. Continue reading Maximize Your Trade Show Time

Over 40 years of success, Jacobs Trading Company

Jacobs Trading Company is located in Hopkins Minnesota, for over 40 years they have successfully solved excess inventory and customer returns challenges for American manufacturers and retailers. As a marketplace of Liquidity Services (NASDAQ: LQDT), JTC leverages a network of sales channels that serve 7 of the top 10 retailers in the world.

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Get up early and head over to the Flea Market.

Flea Markets! Flea Markets! And more Flea Markets!

Flea Markets and the wholesale industry go together like peanut butter and jelly.  There is an enormous vendor population that derives their goods directly from wholesale suppliers. This relationship has continued to grow more and more over the last decade.  Many consumers have taken to […]

Let's keep things professional

Don’t lose your cool when it comes to the competition.

When suppliers compete buyers win. Quite simply, discounts increase and greater opportunity to find that special deal exists. In the past losing a client to the competition was taken grimly on the chin.

Today that same loss could potentially be the knock-out punch that puts your business down for the count. Some suppliers may feel the impulse to panic and may decide to take the low road by engaging in “mud slinging”.

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Throwing mud at your competitor may get them dirty, but nobody likes a bully. In fact they may actually punish you for it. In many countries, the law recognizes the value of reputation and credibility. Both libel (a false and damaging publication) and slander (a false and damaging oral statement) are often punishable by law and could result in compensation or fines for damages done or even imprisonment. Continue reading Let’s keep things professional

Facebook and YOUR Business

With the popularity of social media continuing to grow, businesses have cultivated new ways of communicating and connecting with their customers.  Do it right and enjoy instant feedback and benefits, do it wrong and you could be wasting lots of valuable time and effort.

So how do you know what’s right and wrong in this social media frenzy?  Following those who have already had success is a good way to start.  Here are some helpful tips to consider.

Firstly, get on Facebook and start checking out other businesses Fan Pages.  Visit businesses that are in your industry, check out their wall and take note of what you like and don’t like.  How many people have “liked” their page? How often do they post? What type of feedback if any are they receiving?   This is all good information to have but remember we’re not here to copy we are here to learn from their successes and avoid their failures.

Facebook Fan Pages are like gardens, if you don’t tend them often bad things happen.  If you are not reminding those why they have liked you in the first place they have no incentive to keep the connection.  It’s ok to stray from your core topic or purpose once in a while but do it too often and you are sure to see your likes decrease.  If your focus is on Harley Davidson maintenance and repair you can bet that is what people who have liked your page want to hear about.  Stay focused and give them what they came for!

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Wholesale.FM Gives Suppliers a Voice - Literally.

The online directory GetThatWholesale.com has added a new audio dimension to its network of wholesale supply industry websites. Small business and retail store owners looking for a competitive edge will now have a new tool in the box to consider and on the other side of the much sought after coin suppliers will have a new way to reach out to potential customers and literally give their companies a voice.

Continue reading Wholesale.FM Gives Suppliers a Voice – Literally.

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