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Wholesale Candles

Candles may be one of the oldest forms of lighting and also one of the oldest crafts known to man, but wholesale candles as an industry is comparatively new. Sure, people have been selling candles in quantity for years, but with the advent of the World Wide Web, express shipping and credit card payments, wholesale candles have rapidly become a huge business.

Dozens of individuals have parlayed a small, home-based pastime into a lucrative wholesale candles operation. Some of these now rival the largest retail candle shops and chain stores. They not only offer the traditional wax candles in various shapes, sizes and scents, these merchants have added all the accessories to their catalogs. Some even market soybean candles, one of the few real innovations in the wholesale candles business. (More about that later)

Let's look at an example of a successful, modern seller of wholesale candles. (This summary is actually a combination of the best features of several merchants and ideas, designed to give you a good picture of the wholesale candles industry today.)

Many sellers of wholesale candles offer dozens of the traditional taper candles and Colonial style candles, with colors now ranging from red and green to blue, burgundy and lemon yellow. Most merchants in the wholesale candles line also offer the shorter, scented candles that have become increasingly popular in the last couple of decades. One of the interesting changes that has taken place in wholesale candles is the introduction of themes, with scents, colors and accessories designed to fit a certain vision and decorating idea.

Many of these suppliers manufacture their own candles and sell wholesale candles and other products to qualified wholesale buyers only. This usually means that you would have to be in the retail or craft line as a business, supplying your license and sales tax information, before getting an account. The end user must usually buy candles through a local retailer or buy them through an online retail site that many of the manufacturers have established. If you intend to pursue the purchase of wholesale candles for reselling, be sure to ask about minimum orders (such as $250 or a specific number of candles), lower pricing for large orders, and "free" items with consistent purchase from the same supplier.

A brief look at the wholesale candles business will reveal an interesting innovation – soy-based candles. This sector has grown to the point that some wholesale candles merchants offer a dozen or more scents or styles in soy candles alone. If you are concerned about the possibility of toxins in traditional wax candles, you may want to look at soy-based candles (though many of the modern wax candles are lead-free as well as free of some of the more problematic materials).

Most of the top-sellers of wholesale candles advertise their business as a true wholesale candles distributor. Yet many have added customer service to the mix. For example, not only will these merchants carry hundreds of different styles of candles and related accessories, they have someone available during business hours to answer questions about size, shape, scent etc. Custom candles are also a possibility in this ever-expanding industry.

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