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the last 1 you mentioned...I wonder if there's an affordable way to get a truckload of merch since most people can't afford to own/drive their own. is it cheapest to share a a truckload (several pallets not the whole thing? You mentioned it matters where you live, so I know it can vary. I'm 2 hr drive from 2 big cities, but still pretty rural for being that close (not a suburb of either).
I've purchased multiple times from BULQ.com and my experience was awful. BULQ grossly misrepresents retail values (example: sending lot of 32 pieces saying it was $9.99 retail value (ea) but upon receipt see that it's 32 pieces from Target $1 bins. There were 3 other sets of $1 bin items all saying retail value of $9.99 ((among many other items... not all $1 bin stuff) but the retail value of the palette ended up being almost half of what they represented. Many of the items I can't sell. I tried to work with them to fix it and all they did was give me a $30 credit. I was pretty pissed to say the least. I purchased 3 other small orders and 1 other palette (all prior to this big one) and none of them were ideal - lots of broken items, dirty or smashed items, missing items, etc... no care placed in putting these palettes or boxes together and the manifests are a disaster.
Frustrating thing is these guys are all just middle men. I want to go straight to the source but I'm guessing these guys have exclusive deals with large retailers. Also they tease you with the good brands, but as you go down through the manifests they get crappier and crappier. About 10% of every pallet I buy has something wrong with it, like swimsuits missing the removable bust pads, stains, etc. Also when an item is missing the UPC tag it almost always gets entered as whatever random thing they feel like entering it as. I've gotten things with a store re-tag which was obviously a return, and it's not even close to the item it is supposed to be. Department stores get his with the switcharoo all the time, and they just pass that crap along to us because most people working retail make minimum wage and don't really care about checking anything. I'm trying to scale so I have to keep trying, but it feels like we are being bled dry by these guys.
Most of these bulk buying websites are a bad source of clothing, I mean, of course some that will excell but most of it is junk or it's rare to find a lot that's really great (because there are literally people out there that search the sites every 5-15 minutes to snipe the best new lots that pop up). In my experience, I would highly recommend seeing them as hard goods and electronic goods sources rather than clothing; that's where they tend to excell and most of them are extremely well for that if you do your homework; definitely search hard before buying anything.
I recently went to our goodwill outlet..no one was really there and it was Senior Day..I bought mostly clothes that I was familiar with like Calvin Cline,Ann Taylor,Karen Kane,Isaac somebody,lol..all looked brand new and a pair of shoes for myself..lol..paid $20 and went to the boutique in the front bought $25 more dollars after 25% off..that's here in Charlotte 😊
I think I already shared this but before my accident I bought merchandise from QVC ...the regular things you could buy small lots..the jewelry was usually $2,000..sometimes you could get some for $600.00..Great jewelry..easy to sell.
Wow, I buy my clothes here in South Texas at .40 a pound as well. But I get to pick it individually, I've thought about maybe selling pieces for other people that don't have as good of resourcing in their areas, but who knows. We also have flea mkts here everyday believe it or not .
Casey, I have been a member for 2 years now not only through Facebook but through paid membership also. Best investment I have ever made. It is a must have considering the help you get not only from Product Sourcing 101 itself but from the liquidation companies that also belong. We are given direct contact to reps and customer care of some of these liquidation companies. This is not the place for a new seller who is just starting out and has no clue, sorry. Seasoned sellers looking to expand their sourcing options are flocking to this site.
Thanks for the great information. I will check some of these out. We still like to touch and feel most of the bulk buys we do. The only exception is when we buy directly from the manufacturer or their authorized retailers through their websites. We pay a little more but we can choose style, size, color and price. Usually bigger is better. We generally sell for 2-6 times what we paid. We can often reorder more of the faster selling items. 4th of July blowouts have already brought us some good insider deals. Sign up for newsletters and get advance notifications of special deals.
+Youssef bajjou Go to their websites. Some sell directly and offer good deals. There are also authorized retailers for the manufacturers that have clearance sales. Sign up for notifications and you will be alerted to special offers before the actual sales event. There are also many brick and mortar outlets doing the same but you may need to visit more than one of them to find multiples. Most major cities also have outlet malls but these are geared more to retail sales. If you hit them right, there could be some good deals.
I've gone to Via Trading and it's ok just be careful and go over the manifests you should expect to get some trash (broken, expired) items in your pallet. I do not recommend you buy any pharmacy store or food lots I've gotten mostly trash when buying these. Via Trading's clothing lots are kind of overpriced, but their general merchandise, electronics, accessories, and shoe lots are good. I've been meaning to buy a makeup lot just to see if it's any good because from just sifting through one box I saw they looked decent.
I've priced WorldsSexiestWholesale to see if I can make any money from their lots. So far, no luck. Their per piece price is pretty high. Add fees to that and you're almost always in the red. Proceed with caution when purchasing from them. Definitely price the manifest before you buy. Also, merchandise is not that great in the Victoria Secret dept. lots of bath and body and cheaper clothing that's already been marked down so much in the stores because it doesn't sell well.
I was working a purchase from OEMExperts.com. Wanted to spend $1,000 when it came it was $2,500 and there was no manifest in advance or in the box. Had to beg the salesman Bobby for it then no item names were given and we are not very happy with what we got. A lot of mismatched Otterbox cases (older versions), some other cases, some Ipad Mini 4 cases which are good, but not cheap. We just can't honestly recommend this seller. Chris (10K/Daily Refinement) had gotten a case from them and he said that some of the merchandise was older models too.
I got bad vibes from Bobby when I contacted them a year ago. He got defensive about the lack of manifest. I asked for the names of some of the items and they had crappy rank. I told him I'll think about it and he legit called like 3-4x a day for a week. Thirstiest salesman ever.
Bobby is a joke. He tried to get me to do a 2000 dollar order without even seeing what I'm getting. He talked down on Amazon. He is clueless. He then got made when he asked for a review and I left him a bad one. Look at his company website, so sloppy!
I have bought bulq, not a great source but what I bought sold fairly quickly. We used to do Wal-Mart. The prices per piece have gotten high. Average truck is $2000-$5000. I got tired of sorting and testing. Returns are return heavy also.
i purchased a lot of rings (300) from liquidation.com Paid $140.00 with shipping. have sold about 175 of them so far at $4.00 each. Also bought a lot of 200 neckties. paid $155.00 have sold around 30 so far for $6.00 each. Much slower movers then the rings.
I buy almost exclusively wholesale since we left Miami. I can't get the volume I need locally (I might be able to, but I don't have the time to source that much and list, ship, etc and have time to be a mom). I'm up to buying pallets of around 500 pieces every other month. I've worked with Via and have nothing but good things to say about them. I also buy direct from a few department stores. I never overspend and always, always, buy lots with manifests and check said manifest with a fine tooth comb before I buy.
I also.. Cautiously... Suggest put up an ad on your local craigslist asking for lots of say kids clothing or plus clothing or will clear after your yard sale cheap... Stuff like that I get good deals all the time... Be safe n smart!!
Do note that in the process of doing this, the rest of the 'junk' is also a great way to get mass merchandise to donate to approved thrift stores to get tax deductions which is especially useful now that the US govt' decided to shaft us with the tax shenanigans.
Also I have bought box lots from bulq usually under $100 boxes... I really like them... And you can see the manifest so you see n know what you get... Target merch mostly I've seen... Don't expect to get rich.. Don't overspend
American pallet liquidators on their facebook group I bid on a general merch pallet paid over 400 w shipping... Lots n lots of random target clearance items... My bad.. Was anxious to buy... Too time consuming... I'm sure someday I may get my money back.... Someday.... But thats an amazing facebook group and you can bid and they have pickup n buy on site in Pennsylvania border of KY... So many varieties and you can bid n get good deal.... Beware of poop n dead mice in bottom of boxes.... Don't buy food!
Ps.. I received at least a thousand or so items so even if I sold each piece for a buck I'd make money.. I think I trashed only a handful of items... I plan to sell some online n the rest maybe a flea market or yard sale