Wholesale Halloween Candy

A friend of mine is having a Halloween party and said she had to buy a ton of candy. I figured I’d take a look around to see if there were any good sources of wholesale candy online.

I started by searching for “wholesale halloween candy” but was quickly disappointed. It looks like there are many “wholesale” candy distributors, but they all had 2 problems.

1. Their websites are terrible. Coming from a web development background, that’s the first thing I see when I visit a site.? I realize that might not have anything to do with how good their business is, but it’s my first impression and so far it’s all been bad.

2. The prices really aren’t that great.? One site had 48 Snickers bars for $41.? That’s barely below retail, if at all.? You can go to any grocery store and buy regular candy bars for a dollar.? After you add shipping, the deal gets even worse.

I was surprised to find that Amazon.com had a listing for 48 Snickers bars for $28.80.? The shipping is $7.50, but we’re still well below $1 per bar.? It was an Amazon storefront run by “TheOnlineCandyShop”.

It appears that a quick search on Amazon can find just about any candy you’re looking for, at wholesale prices.? I’d love to say I knew of a small business website that could provide good prices for wholesale halloween candy, but so far, I’d say go to Amazon and search there.? Fortunately, most of the products you find are offered by individuals or small businesses with storefronts on Amazon.

I was hoping to save this post for October, but I hope it helps for those of you who are stocking up on Halloween candy.? If you know of a better source for wholesale candy, please let us know in the comments.? I’d be happy to give them a link.

Happy Halloween!

China Wholesale vs. Taiwan Wholesale

When I was in the wholesale sunglasses business, I briefly looked into having custom glasses manufactured from China.? However, a few people I talked to recommended Taiwan because they said the quality was better.? They said if I was looking for lower prices, go China, but if I wanted better quality, go with Taiwan.? I received some samples from companies in each country.? In my small sample, the Taiwanese samples felt slightly more solid than the Chinese ones, but I’d really like to hear what you think about this.

Let’s pose this question in two scenarios:

1. If you were having a product manufactured, what country would you use?

2. If you were buying a truckload of wholesale merchandise, what country would you use?

If you have a preference, please post it in the comments and let us know why you made your choice.

Liquidation.com Review

Today, we’ll review the wholesale source, Liquidation.com. We get the information you need to make an informed decision. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please leave a comment.

What is Liquidation.com?

Liquidation.com is an auction site that specializes in wholesale merchandise. Unlike, Salehoo.com who is a directory of other suppliers, Liquidation.com carries everything from jewelry to computers to tools to industrial ovens. Don’t expect to buy 1 item here unless of course it’s an industrial oven or a truck. (Yes, they also have wholesale lots of cars and trucks.) Most lots consist of 50 to 100 pieces. The site is very active and always seems to have an abundance of merchandise to choose from. Their stock ticker is LQDT for all you financial analysts out there.

What kinds of products are they offering and how do the prices compare?

They offer new, used, returned, refurbished, and salvaged merchandise. Most have the disclaimer that all sales are as-is. Meaning, those 20 lcd monitors you just bought for $100 might not actually work. It’s up to you to check out the products before placing your bid. This is my official warning for you to read the fine print and do a reality check before placing any bids. There is a nice selection of merchandise on this site, but you still need to watch out for the duds.

Do they have name brand merchandise?

Yes. A quick scan shows that they carry products from Dell, Apple, HP, Compaq, Samsung, and a slew of other name brands. (Sorry, that was my techie side showing. You’ll also see brands like: Coach, Kenneth Cole, Movado, and Rocawear.)

Do they have the products that are in demand?

Yes, the products you’ll find there are the types of products that are in demand. Web cams, LCD TVs, purses, jewelry, and consumer electronics are all found at Liquidation.com. Their most popular category is consumer electronics with jewelry and watches coming in a close second. The electronics products generally aren’t the latest models, but you’ll see that the prices take that into account.

How are their prices?? Is there room for markup?

This is an auction site, so the products go for the price you bid. Popular products may get bid up to fairly high amounts, but if you do your research before bidding, you should be able to set a budget and stick to it. $100 for 10 digital cameras might be a great deal, but $1200 not so much. There are tons of great deals to be found on this site, but again you need to watch out for the duds. *See the comments…


How is the shipping?

Liquidation.com has warehouses all over the United States so you should be able to find items at a location near you. This will help immensely when shipping large wholesale lots. This is another area that can catch you off guard. For large and cheap items, the shipping could exceed the amount paid for the product itself. They have links on the auction pages so you can get shipping quotes or ask questions before placing your bid. DO THIS! Those monitors won’t be a great deal if you have to pay $1000 for shipping.

How is their customer service?

I was surprised to find actual email addresses available on their contact page. You can easily email or call their support or service departments with any questions. They also give the phone number to their headquarters which you can call from 9AM to 6PM Eastern time.

Summary of Liquidation.com

I think Liquidation.com is an excellent place to get started with wholesale merchandise. You can easily browse the products and prices without having to commit to anything. With the power of the Internet, you can find a product on Liquidation.com, open Google in a new window and search for the current price. I also recommend searching Ebay for the product to determine the going price and scope out your competition. If the market is flooded with $2 auctions for your product, just look for another product.

Registration is free and allows you to ask your questions to the sellers.? Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions.? Once you win an auction, you’re responsible for what you bought.? Whether you just want to get started selling wholesale products or you just want to sell a few things on Ebay, I think Liquidation.com is a great place to test the waters. Click here to register for a free account.

Disclosure: I have an affiliate account with Liquidation.com. If you sign up for an account through a link on SellWholesale.com I might receive some compensation.



For another source of wholesale products, please check out our review of Doba.com.

Sell Wholesale Products Online

Once you find a good source for wholesale products, how do you go about selling them?

You have many choices for how and where to sell your products, but the product you’re selling has a great impact on where you should concentrate your efforts.

Ebay

The easiest and least cost-prohibitive route for selling things online is to use an auction site, like Ebay.? You technically don’t even need to know any html to list your item.? However, adding pictures and a bit of html and styling will help tremendously.? The cost for a listing is very reasonable, even if you have to pay a small percentage of your sale price.

Once you have your listing up, you simply wait for bidders.? As buyers find your product, they’ll (in theory) place a bid of the max amount they would pay for it.? However, the “price” of the product only goes up by a small increment.? For example, if a product is selling for $1 and I bid $20, the price would only go up to $1.50.? If someone else bid $5 after me, my bid would automatically increase to $5.50 because my max bid was higher than theirs.? (prices are estimates. I’ll have an Ebay primer soon with more exact information.)

When the auction ends, the highest bidder wins.

That’s it!? Buy your products at wholesale prices…Sell them for a higher price on Ebay…Reap the profits!? What could be easier?

Website

Starting your own ecommerce website is *almost* as easy as selling on ebay.? The steps for gettings started are:

  • Choose a domain:? This is the name of the website where visitors will go to buy your product.
  • Buy Hosting: To put up a website, you need to pay someone to host the files for you.
  • Build your Website: Design it yourself, or use a 3rd-party system.
  • Add your Products: Again, design the listing part yourself or add your products through the 3rd party software.
  • Set up a payment system: Give your customers a quick and easy way to pay you.

That’s about it.? Now for a little mor detail.

1. Choosing a domain:

You’ll want a domain that is easy to remember and relates very obviously to what you’re doing online.? For example, if you sell fire extinguishers, a good domain might be WholesaleFireExtinquishers.com.? Once you decide on a domain, you have to purchase it through a registrar.? A common registrar is GoDaddy.com which sells domains for about $10.

2. Buy Hosting

After you get your domain, you’ll need a hosting account to get your website online.? (This step might be a little out of order since you don’t need hosting until after you’ve built your site.)? The cost for hosting can vary, but you can generally expect to pay $5 to $20 per month depending on your needs.? GoDaddy.com also offers hosting, but I’ve had a better experience through my web host, LunarPages.com.? They’re very reliable, and don’t have some of the restrictions that you have to work around with a GoDaddy account.

3. Build your Website:

This is probably the most difficult of the steps if you’re doing it yourself, or one of the most expensive if you’re paying someone else to build your site.? The cost for a custom ecommerce website starts at about $500 and can easily get into the thousands of dollars.? If you don’t have a huge budget and you’re not a skilled web designer, I recommend using a 3rd party ecommerce solution.? One I’ve used in the past is OSCommerce.? You need to have a little technical skill to get it up and running, but it’s mostly about configuring it to your preferences.? This is the fastest route for getting your site up and running.

4. Add your Products:

For this article, I assume you already have an inventory or source of wholesale products that you’re planning to sell.? If you built your website yourself, this is the part where you code all of your products in.? However, if you used OSCommerce, you simply need to fill in the details about your products and the software takes care of the layout.? As far as maintenance goes, the 3rd party solution will save you a ton of time down the road.

5. Set Up Your Payment System:

If you’re selling products online, you’ll want to accept credit cards.? When customers are at your site, you want to have as few barriers as possible between your potential customer and a sale.? Two cheap and easy ways to get started are PayPal and Google Checkout.? Both are free to sign up, and only take a portion of each transaction.? I believe both are still below 3%.? If you don’t want to deal with contracts and monthly fees, these are your best choices.? If you want to get that percentage down, you could sign up for a merchant account and process the credit cards yourself.? Usually, merchant accounts come with very strict contracts and high monthly fees or minimums.? Unless you’re doing a massive amount of business, PayPal or Google Checkout are the way to go.

Once everything is set up and working properly, all you have to do next is get people to your website.? You’ll want to use a mix of search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and other advertising tools, but we’ll save that for another time.? For now, just get on Ebay or get your website up and running.? I hope this helps you get started in the resale business.? If you have any questions or comments, please use the comment system to let us know.