Restaurant Equipment Suppliers

If you own a restaurant, or are fortunate enough to have some of this great equipment in your home, here are a few resources to help you find the best deals on restaurant equipment and supplies.


Katom

Katom.com claims to be, “The Restaurant Equipment & Restaurant Supplies Superstore,” and I’ve found this to be pretty accurate. They have over 60,000 products at wholesale prices, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding what you’re looking for. They’ve also been around for 23 years, so you can trust they know what they’re doing and can help you with your purchase if needed.

One thing that makes Katom unique is that they are a recycling drop off for their newspaper. They use this recycled newspaper in their packing, instead of foam peanuts to ship your products. They also have a separate section of their website devoted to “green” products. These are mostly just their most energy-efficient products, but at least they’re making an effort to promote these products.

Food Service Warehouse

Another great restaurant equipment supplier is FoodServiceWarehouse. FSW also has a huge selection of restaurant equipment, but they also carry catering supplies and equipment. They have a good selection of stylish, and affordably-priced catering display stands.

FSW also has a section of their site dedicated to restaurant education. They have several resources available to help you decide if running a restaurant is something you really want to do, as well as how to run it if you decide to take the plunge. Check this section out if you’re just getting started in the restaurant biz.

Restaurant Depot

Restaurant Depot has locations all over the United States and is one of our suppliers that also has food available for sale. Restaurant Depot locations are actually set up very much like a Sam’s Club, Costco, or BJ’s Wholesale depending on what part of the country you’re in. In addition to this, Restaurant Depot also has a great selection, much like our other suppliers.

I think these are some great sources for your restaurant equipment needs. Do you have any that you’d recommend?

Review of SaleHoo.com

I think I’ve found a very good wholesale source for many of you readers! SaleHoo.com is similar to Liquidation.com or GlobalSources in that they list many other wholesale sources. However, SaleHoo.com is built on a community of users that comment on and review all of the wholesalers. Actually, the moderators at SaleHoo.com even secretly purchase from the suppliers so they can write their own reviews. **Update: Information added about the SaleHoo Research Labs below. This is a new feature that you’re going to love!

1. What is SaleHoo.com?
SaleHoo.com is a members-only directory of wholesale sources. They have thousands of wholesalers, drop shippers, liquidation companies, and manufacturers that you can purchase from directly.

2. Member’s Forum
A great feature of being a SaleHoo member is that you can ask the community for advice before you make a purchase from any of the suppliers. You can ask questions about suppliers, products, or even the quality of products coming from various countries. With this safety net, you can be more confident that you won’t get scammed or ripped off. And as always, if you have any other questions, you could always leave it in the comments here. I love to help out other small business owners. (And those hoping to get into online business.)

Update: What is the SaleHoo.com Research Labs?
The Research Labs section is a great new addition to SaleHoo, because it helps take some of the guesswork out of choosing a product to sell. You can enter a keyword and the research labs will give you a ton of great information about that product. The information is geard toward selling on ebay, and they give you information such as Average Sale Price, Sell-Through Rate, Best day to end your auction, most common auction duration, and a rating of how much competition you’ll face. They also have charts where you can compare sales numbers of different products against each other. This tool is a great start for any of your product research.

I’d like to include more information in this review of SaleHoo.com, but they have a sales page that really lays it out for you. After you’ve skimmed the sales page and testimonials, I highly recommend the 3-minute tour. They have blue links every so often on their sales page. Just click one of those to review the highlights of the site.

(In case you missed the links, click here to check out SaleHoo.com)

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.