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We’ll Take A Few Questions

Every month we receive lots of questions from wholesale buyers and suppliers just like you. It’s about time we offered up our own FAQ.

This should be helpful to many of our first time visitors.

Can you send me your wholesale catalog?
If you have visited our homepage then you have already found it 🙂 Our online wholesale directory of qualified suppliers is our catalog, this directory exists online only. The good news is buyers like you can browse for FREE.

How do I get a hold of your magazine?
You don’t, we do not offer a print publication of any kind. All of our platforms exist online. digital promotion is everywhere and provides buyers with instant access, kind of a no-brainer.

Who is the best supplier for “This widget?”
Our model is designed to promote wholesale suppliers within various product industries. We will always direct you to the best match category for the industry you seek to source from. We do not provide specific company recommendations over the phone. Our directory was designed solely for this purpose.

Are the companies within your directory legitimate wholesalers?
All of the companies within our directory must pass our qualification process. This process includes a phone call with one of our quality control team members. We visit the supplier’s website and place ourselves into the shoes of the buyer. There are many factors that we look for when determining qualification, all of these must be met prior to publishing a company within our directory.

Can I assume any company within your directory is safe to buy from?
You should never assume anything especially when it comes to your business. Although we work hard to ensure you connect with only the best of suppliers we strongly suggest you do your own research into any new business relationship. Take your time and ask questions, request references and consider placing a test order. Only after you have done all your research should you proceed.

Do I need to pay to access the “good suppliers?”
No. You do not need to pay anything, that’s the reason we started GetThatWholesale.com. We do not believe that information should cost you a single cent. You have full access to every supplier within our directory at any time. We do not recommend you purchase so called “supplier lists” or pay for access of any kind, there is no need to do this.

I found a supplier through your site and I have a question about one of their products?
Product questions should be sent directly to the wholesale supplier, please check their website or listing for contact information.

I have a retail business, can I get my company listed?
No, we only list wholesale suppliers. Companies offering both retail and wholesale are considered on a case by case basis, wholesale must be the majority of your business.

Do I need to pay to have my company listed in your wholesale directory?
Yes, there is a cost to inclusion. We have spent over 15 years building and promoting our wholesale directory to the wholesale marketplace. We have employees throughout the country and some professionals working for us internationally, their efforts allow us to be successful, we pass that success on to our advertisers. We are very proud of the increased response we offer, the inclusion fee is a very small price to pay for new and repeat buyer response. Compared to other forms of advertising our rates are extremely reasonable, we hope you agree. Ready to get listed? – CLICK HERE to get started (takes just a few minutes)

I’m a wholesale supplier, how about a free trial?
Sorry, we can’t offer you a free listing, but the good news is that we can offer you a basic listing that costs only $49 for an entire year of promotion. That’s like $4 bucks a month, any lower and we would be paying you 🙂

Ok, I’m interested but I want to speak with someone before proceeding, how can I reach you?
So unlike SO MANY other companies today we actually answer our phones and reply to emails (shocking!!! but true). Call us at 800-505-0452, office hours are M-F 9-5 est. You can also email us at sales@getthatwholesale.com.

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Flea Markets in a holding pattern

Is there any industry still untouched by COVID? Maybe, but unfortunately, the Flea Market industry isn’t one of them, just like most businesses, markets have been hit hard by this epidemic.  Even those markets sprawled out in fields, you know, those hidden gems that locals love to populate on lazy Sunday afternoons – yup those too.

A successful market is a crowded market and that’s a big problem in 2020.  With this in mind, many states have enacted executive orders preventing markets from even operating.  If you are lucky enough to reside in a state allowing markets to operate, they do so only when certain conditions are met.  These can include limits on market capacity, required face masks, social distancing, and limits on vendor booths.   Although the restrictions are necessary and important, these restrictions have taken a toll on the whole Flea Market experience.  People attend markets to socialize, browse, shop, enjoy carnival like treats and most importantly RELAX.  The experience has become stressful and fearful, as a result, market attendance is at an all time low.

 

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Trends Wholesale

Play NICE with your competition 😊

The proverb you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar means it’s much easier to get what you want by being polite rather than by being rude.  Quite a simple concept but one sometimes lost between businesses competing for the same market.  We’ve all been there, that moment when a salesperson starts slinging mud at the “other guy”, these conversations can be awkward and even uncomfortable.  This type of behavior says A LOT more about the one talking than it does about the one being talked about.

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Working with NEW Sources – Tips!

Look for a GREAT first impression

You’re probably going to be cold calling a wide variety of potential suppliers. Those first impressions provide a basic sense of what they might be like to work with.  Watch out, for those that are slow to provide responses, images, product details, or shipping rates. It may mean they don’t value those core customer service basics, they’re understaffed, or they’re disorganized.

Avoid businesses that don’t publish a phone number, email is ok but for some things, a call is absolutely really necessary, if you cannot call them now – you won’t be able to later if there is a problem.

get connected

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Not too HOT or COLD but JUST RIGHT!! 2019

According to Wikipedia, “A Goldilocks economy is an economy that is not too hot or cold, in other words, sustains moderate economic growth, and that has low inflation, which allows a market-friendly monetary policy. The name comes from the children’s story The Three Bears.”

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Holiday News

Shopping up 40% over last year !!

This year’s Thanksgiving weekend shopping showed a 40% increase over 2017.  Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday over 165 Million Americans shopped in stores or online.  Low unemployment and rising wages most certainly contributed to the weekends success but so did strategic investments by many savvy retailers.  Investments in Technology paid off big time across all platforms.  Commercial suppliers know this is all very good news, in fact spending estimates indicate the holiday weekend was record breaking.  Top buys over the weekend included apparel, books, toys and video games, electronics and gift cards.

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ASD Market Week announces continuation of their successful TWO FOR TUESDAY collaboration

LAS VEGAS MARKET & ASD MARKET WEEK CONTINUE COOPERATION
WITH SUMMER 2018 “TWO FOR TUESDAY” PROGRAM

Easy Transportation & Access to Both Shows on Tuesday, July 31
LAS VEGAS, July 26, 2018… Las Vegas Market and  – on Tuesday, July 31,
2018, in Las Vegas – bringing together the collective resources of two major tradeshows and
thousands of resources. The fourth edition of TWO FOR TUESDAY provides buyers with free
and continuous shuttle service between the two exhibit venues – the Las Vegas Convention
Center and World Market Center Las Vegas – as well as free access to both wholesale markets.
“ASD Market Week is thrilled to be collaborating with Las Vegas Market once again to
offer buyers the two-for-one show access between our markets,” said Camille Candella, Vice
President of Sales & Marketing, Emerald Expositions. “We are committed to providing the retail
industry with a market week filled with buying opportunities. In working together, ASD and Las
Vegas Market provide retailers a greater return on their shopping investment when coming to
Las Vegas. They will have access to thousands of gift and home vendors across both shows as
well as suppliers of fashion accessories, jewelry, and general merchandise, ultimately making
their buying trip much more successful.”

Las Vegas Market features lifestyle-oriented and design-driven gift and home décor
products across all price points. ASD features great impulse buys and high margin opportunities
in Fashion, Gifts, Novelties and more. Together, the two events present more than 4,800 unique
resources for buyers. Minimal overlap between ASD’s exhibitors and Las Vegas Market’s
permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits creates an unparalleled incremental buying
opportunity for global retailers across differentiated, but related, categories.
“Since we launched TWO FOR TUESDAY in 2015, it has been an added benefit at no
additional cost for Las Vegas Market buyers and suppliers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, President of
Gift Leasing & Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “This continuing
partnership with ASD is a win-win for our customers – buyers can access additional resources
and exhibitors gain exposure to new channels of distribution – and increases the return on
investment for buyer and suppliers alike.”

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5 Tips for working with a NEW Supplier.

So you found a new supplier, that’s great!  Here are some helpful tips towards long term success.

 

  1. First Impressions count!

When starting out or even after your business is established you’re probably going to be cold calling a wide variety of potential suppliers. Those first impressions will give you a basic sense of what they might be like to work with.

Watch out, for those that are slow to provide responses, images, product details, or shipping rates. It may mean they don’t value those core customer service basics, they’re understaffed, or they’re disorganized.

I specifically avoid businesses that do not provide a phone number to call them, email is ok but for some things a call is absolutely really necessary. This is one of those times, if you cannot call them now – you won’t be able to later if there is a problem.

  1. Communication is KING

Once you have started a relationship, keep your communication door wide open.  This could mean all the difference when your supplier decides to discontinue a certain product or worse experiences procurement issues.  Finding out you cannot fulfill an order for your own customers is never good for business.  Always keep the lines of communication open and you can avoid most obstacles with lots of notice.

 

  1. Become “Friends”

Social media is a great way to stay informed.  Suppliers routinely use this platform to provide specials, deals and one-time offers.  Follow your suppliers and stay on top of what they post, you could easily find yourself in an advantageous position just for being a “friend”.  This also provides another method of communication, definitely a plus.

 

  1. One is none and TWO is one…

It’s never wise to have all of one product come from one supplier. A supplier can close down, suffer health issues, fail to procure product on time, or run into shipping difficulties. Keep yourself covered and try to spread yourself out among several, this way you should always have a source if needed.  Suppliers know you get products elsewhere so there is no need to hide this fact, if they ask tell them and you might find yourself receiving better customer service since they know you have options.

 

  1. Nobody’s perfect

Everybody wants the best deal, experience etc. Applying perfect expectations to any supplier is ultimately going to provide you with disappoint.  Remember this works both ways, all relationships require both sides to put in work.  You can hold suppliers accountable while still be reasonable.  You might be surprised how well your understanding and patience is received.

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101 Hints & Tips for Flea Market Success

Research and Preparation

  • Find the market where you’d like to sell. Flea markets seeking out vendors usually advertise on Craigslist, local newspapers, and via online venues such as news station chat boards. Check these avenues out to find a market in your area, or ask friends about the markets they like to shop.
  • Observe and take notes. Scout the market you’re considering for your booth and look at the population, the products being sold and their prices. Note any trends that you identify.
  • Note other vendor’s prices. Your prices always should be close to or ideally below the prices of your competitors, especially if there are many of you selling the same types of items at the same flea market.
  • Depending on your city, county, and state requirements, you may need a tax ID number or resale license. The flea market office can usually tell you what you’ll need, and many have the paperwork available onsite.
  • Try to reserve a booth as close to the entrance as you can. This will ensure that buyers entering and leaving the flea market will see your booth first, and then again as they prepare to leave. The more visibility you have, the better!
  • Pay for your spot in advance if possible. Sellers all tend to arrive at the same time and stand in line for a spot. Maximize your chances of getting a spot in the best area by knowing who you’ll need to talk to and where you’ll need to go. If the market offers that option, paying ahead guarantees that you’ll have a spot.
  • Ask the flea market owner if they provide any additional services to their vendors. Some provide a newsletter to their vendors that gives them business tips, local auction dates and times, recommended places to buy products, etc.
  • Choose the highest traffic booth space, if you have a choice. If entrance spots aren’t available, try to be near other booths or concessions that will attract the sort of traffic that you want.
  • Invest in a pop up shelter, as well as some good folding tables and folding chairs. Make sure you have some anchors (such as 2 ½ gallon buckets full of sandbags or cement) that you can use to hold your shelter down if the wind picks up. Tables should be clean, or have some table cloths (preferably solid colored) to cover them with. Presentation is very important to buyers and will help increase sales.
  • Setting up a canopy will not only give your space a professional store-like appearance, it will also give you protection from the hot sun or rain. After setting up your tables, arrange your merchandise in an organized manner. Remember, a junked-up messy area can take away from the value of some items. It can also cause people to start tripping all over the place.
  • If you need electricity, bring extension cords! Most flea markets have power outlets available but they are not necessarily going to be near your booth. You can often hook up to one of your neighbors’ power supply if you bring your own extension cord.
  • If the flea market doesn’t specify a setup time, get there early. You want to have everything ready to sell when the customers arrive, and they will arrive the moment the flea market opens.
  • Make up a cash box ahead of time with plenty of change, and note down the total amount so that when you can take out the day’s receipts, the box is ready for next time. At the booth, keep the cash box close by and out of sight.
  • Use a tote bag to assemble a kit of things you’ll need such as tools, marking pens and tags, tape, paper towels, etc. Leave the kit packed and ready to go each time. This saves time on sale day and helps ensure you don’t forget anything.
  • Be prepared with the following: pens, pencils, markets, a notebook, price stickers or tags, extension cord, bungee cords, zipties or Velcro straps, safety pins, shopping bags for customers, wet wipes or hand sanitizer, tape, scissors, calculator, business cards, sunscreen, bug spray, aspirin/ibuprofen, a small cooler with water.
  • If you sell clothing, fashion accessories or shoes, make sure you have a full length mirror in your booth. Shoppers love to check themselves out before buying an item – don’t lose out on a sale because a shopper can’t see what she looks like in the coat she is trying on!
  • Bring more than you intend to sell. You may still end up bringing things home but it’s best to have a variety of items always available rather than seeing your stand get depleted throughout the day. Full stands attract more buyers!
  • Don’t be afraid of bringing items you think you won’t sell. There is a market for everything and at the right price, anything goes!
  • If you can, bring someone with you. Not only will it be helpful to help you set up and tear down without spending hours on it, but it will also allow you to step away from the booth for a few minutes during the day and see what others are selling at the market.
  • Having someone with you can also help wait on customers and watch for shoplifters. Professional shoplifters often work in pairs. One person will distract the vendor with questions, while their partner steals items.
  • Make and bring change! Make sure you have all kinds of coins (especially quarters) and small bills. Many people are likely to show up with $20 bills and you need to make sure you don’t run out of change in 3 or 4 transactions.
  • Pack a cooler! Most flea markets have a snack stand or place to get something to eat and drink but if you’re really busy, you might not have time to step out. Bring a cooler with ice packs, water, small snacks or anything to hold you over through the day.
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2017 Economic Forecast…Looking Good :)

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!!!

Some good news recently projected by Forbes shows a promising future year in sight (hopefully)

“Increasing employment, accelerating wage growth, and improving consumer sentiment, cumulatively result in the perfect formula for increased consumer spending/retail sales, which accounts for approximately 70% of U.S. economic output.  The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence reading shows that consumer confidence has been generally increasing since May of this year. Furthermore, this is a leading indicator of consumer spending by 9 months, suggesting an increase in consumer spending in early 2017.” – Forbes.

2017 economy looking good.
2017 economy looking good.

December 2016 showed the Dow Jones Industrial rise to an unprecedented record high.

This is all good news for suppliers and buyers inside the wholesale marketplace.

Let’s all hope this positive trend continues 🙂