Wholesale Cell Phones and Accessories

I’ve had many requests for information on wholesale cell phones and cell phone accessories.? While it might be tough to compete with the major cell phone providers, you still might be able to find a great deal on cell phones or accessories.

The first source I found was LightInTheBox.com.? I’ve had a few people ask whether LightInTheBox.com was a scam, but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to verify them one way or the other.? If anyone has had an experience with LightInTheBox, please leave us a comment about your experience.

LightInTheBox.com is a wholesaler of products made in China.? The nice thing is that they offer a wide range of unique products.? The drawback is that most of the products aren’t name-brand.? Another good thing is that their minimum order for some products starts as low as 1 item.? Unfortunately, their prices are nearly as high as retail.? Honestly, as I review more of their products, I’m becoming much less impressed.? Specifically, they offer the “HiPhone” which is an iPhone knockoff.? This phone is clearly a total ripoff of the iPhone, so I have to question if there’s copyright infringement going on here.? The screenshots are either pictures of an actual iPhone, or they copied the design so perfectly (and used the same graphics on the phone), that you can’t tell the difference.? I didn’t mean to spend so much time on this product, but this product alone makes me question the legality of the entire site.? I would be very interested to hear if anyone has experience with this site.

Another source for cell phone accessories is CellularOutfitter.com.? They seem to actually have partnerships with the major cell phone brands.? The prices for their accessories seem reasonable, but still on the high side to be calling them “wholesale”.

If you’re looking for Micro SD cards or adapters, this is NOT the place to get them.? Their wholesale prices are over $20 for most cards.? You can find 2GB Micro SD cards with multiple adapters for less than $10 on TigerDirect.com or NewEgg.com.? Please do not patronize the major cell phone companies that are selling these things for $30 or $50.? That’s ridiculous!

After this bit of research, I’m going to go with what I expected to say in the first place.? If you want to buy cell phones at prices cheap enough to resell, you’ll have to strike a deal with the manufacturer or one of their authorized distributors.? All of the prices I’ve seen are ok if you want to get yourself an unlocked cell phone at a decent price.? However, if you’re really looking to sell cell phones, don’t expect to easily find a source online.

The moral of the story is that you absolutely must not buy accessories at the cell phone provider’s store.? (ie, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T…)? The markup is absolutely outrageous and you’d just be throwing your money away on an impulse purchase.? If you want cell phone accessories on the cheap, the sites above should be enough to get you started.

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