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There are some slight differences in the
way wholesale business is conducted and these differences
show quite clearly in the wholesale
furniture industry. Not that there is anything wrong
with any of the various ways the transactions are made.
Simply put, there are retail stores and others in the profession
that purchase new furniture from wholesale suppliers, distributors
and manufacturers for the purpose of reselling it to individual
customers. These stores receive low prices because they buy
directly from the distributor or manufacturer in fairly large
amounts, after filing a sales tax form and other business
license information with the wholesale furniture merchant.
In a slightly different manner, others purchase new furniture
from brokers, liquidators and other middle men at low prices,
often because the furniture did not sell in the retail store
or the warehouse was overstocked with a particular model
or style. This happens when new styles or designs are ready
to be displayed and room must be made in warehouses or stores.
Slightly damaged or blemished items are sold in this manner
But no matter what the circumstances, there are great bargains
in the wholesale furniture industry, for both retailers and
the individual who wants to purchase at discount prices from
a large distributor or directly from the manufacturer. As
more than one wholesale furniture supplier emphasizes, these
companies sell at low prices because they do not have many
of the extra expenses that are connected to retail sites.
Retail space is more expensive to rent or own, for one thing.
Many times, wholesale furniture merchants have lower personnel
costs as well.
But don't let the low price of wholesale
furniture concern you or mislead you into thinking you
are getting a "cheaper" piece
of furniture. Much of the wholesale furniture offered by
manufacturers and distributors is made with the same fine
quality hardwood and veneers, the same top line fabric, by
the same craftsmen who make the furniture you see on display
in a high-class furniture emporium.
One major difference is that you may not be able to see
the wholesale furniture item in person, unless you are fortunate
enough to visit a manufacturer's showroom or a distributor's
warehouse. But with many top quality suppliers, sales representatives
are quite happy to show you full color photos or even direct
you to another customer or a retailer that has the item.
One of the key questions to ask when working with wholesale
furniture suppliers: What about returning items when there
are problems? A few minutes discussing this policy with a
representative or reading the Web information will help clarify
what you can and cannot expect when problems arise. Tip:
Make sure you understand how sales tax is treated, whether
you order online or from a manufacturer's outlet. This can
make a huge difference in the overall cost of the furniture.
Of course, this will generally apply to individual buyers
who are not established resellers.
So, when you are moving around in the profitable world of
wholesale furniture, you can get truckloads of fine furniture
for a mere fraction of the builder's cost. Those who are
willing to accept choice truckloads of mixed items can often
realize thousands of dollars in profit over time. That may
be reason enough for some to stay in the wholesale furniture
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