What Do YOU Want to See?

I’ve owned the SellWholesale.com website for nearly 15 years and have yet to find a really great use for it. So…what do YOU want to see on SellWholesale?

Would something like a “craigslist for wholesale” work? If you have a wholesale lot to sell, you can simply list it for sale on SellWholesale and buyers can contact you directly.

Should we continue blogging about wholesale suppliers? We’ve covered some of the major wholesale suppliers already. Can you suggest a few more that we could cover?

Should we offer a distributor service where we act as the middle-man for wholesale transactions?

So that’s it. Vote with your comments. Whatever the most people want is what SellWholesale will become.

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Top Wholesalers 2013

Announcing the first annual SellWholesale.com Top Wholesaler Awards. These awards are for any business related to the wholesale industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, drop shipper, or even a wholesale conference or wholesale directory, we hope to honor the top companies in the wholesale industry. The submission process will continue through May, 2013, with the final results being published in June. All companies will be listed in our final results directory and each of the top wholesale companies will be featured on our website.

To nominate a wholesale company, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this post. Fill out as much information as possible, and please be honest in your responses. Any form of deception or spamming will result in a lifetime ban from the awards.

The ratings will be based on a combination of scores from a number of sources which include, but are not limited to…

  • Number of Votes/Nominations
  • Response times on phone and email contact
  • Professionalism on phone and email contact
  • Variety of products offered
  • Specialization of products offered
  • Product potential for reselling
  • Value added, in low prices or superior services
  • Delivery options

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Good Taste Pittsburgh

GoodTaste Pittsburgh is coming to the Pittsburgh Marriott North on April 20th, 2013. GoodTaste Pittsburgh is Western Pennsylvania’s largest food and cooking extravaganza. This event is being held in Cranberry Twp, rather than downtown Pittsburgh.

At this event, you’ll find shows with both local and national chefs, cooking demonstrations, food samples, and activities for children.

Exhibitors include wineries, wine agents, adult beverage agents, distilleries, breweries, restaurants, hotels, and gourmet food purveyors such as chocolate, cheese, olives and gelato.

Event Details:
Date:
Saturday, April 20th, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location:
Pittsburgh Marriott North
100 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Contact Information:
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh
6414 Landview Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-421-9849
info@goodtastepittsburgh.com
http://www.goodtastepittsburgh.com

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InterGem – Great American Gem Show

The International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc. is having several trade shows in the coming months, at locations all across the United States.

Our shows offer that experience coupled with the largest selection at budget friendly prices. We will always offer price points that everyone can afford. This is because at Intergem shows customers can be sure to count on exhibitors to provide an exciting, and ever changing selection of jewelry from all over the world.

Many beautiful and exotic gems, beads and jewelry, can be found among the rows and rows of exhibitors at each show. Engagement rings, anniversary gifts, birthstones, healing gemstones, heirlooms, possessions of movie stars and international celebrities, multiplies in value as gifts for friends, family or oneself.

Check here to find an upcoming InterGem Trade Show near you! http://www.intergem.com/shows/upcoming-shows

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SellWholesale is Being Reborn

We’ve had an absolute ton of wordpress and database issues for a while now, and I’m not sure when we’ll have things running again. I’m writing this to let everyone know that we’re still working on it and will have everything restored as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!

Jason Green
SellWholesale.com

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Doba – Drop Shipping

Doba Drop Shipping Service

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Time to Get a Website

There’s a natural synergy between these websites I run. Here at SellWholesale, I try to help individuals start their own businesses. Whether they be work at home, affiliate, or real brick and mortar operations, I aim to give you some sound advice and lead you down the right path to success.

Well, I also run a technology consulting company called BusinessHut. This might come off as a self-indulgent plug, but I connect with a lot of people on SellWholesale who could really use the services I offer at BusinessHut. My rates are very competitive and I bring both technical and business expertise to the table. So, all sales-speak aside, the services available are below. If you need something not shown, try contacting me. There’s a good chance I can help you but don’t officially offer such a service.

  • Buy a Website: You can be up and running with a professional website within a week.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO): A broad term covering all aspects of online marketing. I can help with keyword research, best-practices audits, link building, pay-per-click, and more.
  • Conversion Optimization: If you have traffic, but visitors aren’t buying, we can test different options to see what works best.
  • Google Analytics: We can install, customize, troubleshoot, and help you understand your web analytics.
  • Web Development: If you need an online application or database interface, we can do that too.

We’d love to work with you. Feel free to call or email.

Thank you,

Jason Green
412-447-1640
jgreen AT BusinessHut.com

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Green Dot Money Pak

After hearing from several customers and visitors of Today-Liquidation.com, it seems that the Green Dot MoneyPak is a part of the problem. I’m usually not one to take sides, but the Green Dot MoneyPak seems to benefit the merchants far more than the buyers.

Based on reviews and information I’ve read about the MoneyPak, I recommend ONLY using it with the list of partners that accept MoneyPak. Most horror stories seem to surround merchants who are not directly affiliated with Green Dot MoneyPak.

I can’t find any benefit to buying a MoneyPak versus other payment methods. Credit cards have buyer protection, and even PayPal has a chargeback policy that favors the purchaser. (hence why some businesses only accept MoneyPak instead of taking credit cards or PayPal)

If you’ve had a good experience with a Green Dot MoneyPak, I’d love to hear from you. And if you think MoneyPak is a scam or have a horror story to share, please leave a comment and help spread the word.

*** Update ***

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is aware of scammers using GreenDot MoneyPaks to steal your money. Here’s an excerpt of an article about it on the BBB website. (Read the full article on the BBB website.)

The BBB says the public should be very cautious when using a Green Dot MoneyPak to pay an unfamiliar company or individual. Anyone who requires an upfront payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak is very possibly operating a scam.

Nationally, BBBs have received numerous complaints from consumers who say they were scammed by fake companies requiring online payments through Green Dot MoneyPaks.

I also found the BBB site for Green Dot Corporation in Monrovia, California. (Los Angeles BBB) Follow this link to learn more about Green Dot or to file a complaint. Somehow they still have an A+ rating, even though they have an average of 1-star rating by 68 users and have nearly 914 complaints filed. (as of 5/16/2011) *If we get them over 1,000 complaints, maybe they’ll finally lose their A+ status?

(I know it sounds like self-promotion, but please share this page with whoever you can to help get the word out.)

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What is Today-Liquidation.com?

A new site popped up on my radar this week, called Today-Liquidation.com. There are a lot of people wondering if they are legit or if they are a scam. Their site says they sell general products online “at wholesale prices”. [The remainder of this post has been rewritten after finding new information about this “company”.]

It appears they’re using scammy payment terms to steal your money. In my opinion, you should stay away from Today-Liquidation.com and stay away from the GreenDot MoneyPak. If you managed to pay via credit card, try to get a refund as soon as possible. If you used a GreenDot MoneyPak, beat up GreenDot until they return your money. Otherwise, see below for a link to their Better Business Bureau information. File complaints relentlessly until they listen.

If you’ve done business with this company or know anything about them, please let us know how it went. Has anyone received products from Today-Liquidation???

*** Update ***

Buyer Beware!
Based on the comments below, it looks like this might not be a company you want to buy from. One reason is that they only accept Green Dot Money Pak for payment. This is a very difficult payment type for the buyer (you) to get a refund from. Another, is that the contact information doesn’t seem to check out, and the links to their social media profiles simply point to the home pages of those sites. (Twitter, Facebook, etc…) Read some of the comments below and be sure to do some additional research if you still intend to purchase from them.

Check out our post about GreenDot MoneyPak for more information regarding the MoneyPak, including Better Business Bureau information.

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Best Wholesale Products to Sell Online

I’m often asked, “What are the best wholesale products to sell online?” When selling online, there are several important factors to consider. First, we’ll go through my top considerations when choosing a product to sell online. Then we’ll look at a few products that meet the recommended criteria.

1. Shipping

Shipping is possibly one of the most important things to consider when selling online.
First, I look for small items to keep the shipping costs to a minimum. If your plan is to sell wholesale furniture online, you might be in trouble here. Your shipping costs could easily be higher than the product you’re selling.
I also want a fairly durable product to minimize breakage during shipping. Nobody wants to deal with returns, so let’s choose a product with a very low likelihood of being broken during shipping.

2. Style Agnostic

If you are dropshipping, or just don’t want the hassle of picking and choosing specific styles out of your inventory, choose a product that either doesn’t come in many different styles, or one where there are many styles and random variety is an accepted practice.

3. Minimum Complexity

We want our product to have low complexity for 2 reasons. First, to reduce products that arrive DOA (Dead On Arrival). This also goes back to our points in “shipping”, but bears repeating. Most customers expect their product to work when it arrives. Having a complex product increases the likelihood of something going wrong, resulting in a dissatisfied customer.

Second, we want minimum complexity because customers can get confused. They might not understand all of the features from the description on your site, and without a live person to walk them through the sales process, they might buy something based on a incomplete understanding of the product. When the product arrives, they’ll be dissatisfied and they’ll want their money back, at your expense.

4. High Profit Margins

This might seem obvious, and is generally a goal with any product being sold. However, when selling online, I like to have some extra padding to cover shipping on returns and exchanges. Ideally, I’m aiming for profit margins over 100%. This allows me to sell a product and even offer an exchange or replacement, and still make a profit.

5. Popular Product but Not a Saturated Market

There is a balance to be found here, because we’re looking for a product that many people want to buy, but not one that everyone with a website is selling. This is where it pays to get into a specific niche. There are many people who have found very obscure but in-demand products to sell, who are making great money.

6. Knowledge

It helps if you personally have some knowledge about the product you’re selling. This is both because it will be reflected in the product descriptions on your site, but also in the event that someone actually calls you. (yes, even with an online business, phone calls are made on occassion)

7. Price

This can vary tremendously, but for the most part, you want an inexpensive product. If you are marketing to individuals, flea-marketers, or small businesses, many of them will be reluctant to spend large amounts of money with a company that only exists online. Keep the price as low as possible, while keeping the necessary profit margins, or expect to do some trust-building during your sales process.

That should cover the main considerations when choosing a product to sell online. If you can find a product that fits all of these descriptions, you should have no trouble selling your products online.


Product Examples

Here’s a list of products that meet the above criteria and should sell nicely online:

  • Wholesale Sunglasses (Wholesale to avoid style choices.)
  • Office Supplies
  • Watches
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Stuffed Animals (small plush animals)
  • Books
  • Playing Cards / Poker Chips / Accessories

Yes, some of those are fairly boring choices, but they meet our criteria and sell nicely online. If you have other products that you think would sell online, please leave us a comment below.

You can start your search for wholesale products at our wholesale suppliers page. I’ve listed several good sources, and we recently added a wholesale search engine which pulls results only from wholesale suppliers.

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