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Buying fun at wholesale prices! What could
be better than that? Well, getting large, well-made wholesale
inflatables such as slides, moonwalks and other play places
at wholesale prices might be the next level.
Over the past couple of decades, several companies have
established themselves in this every-expanding field. Many
of these suppliers of wholesale inflatables manufacture their
products, as well as acting as their own warehouse/distribution
experts. Others are manufacturer's representatives, working
with both the producer and the customer to put colorful,
safe wholesale inflatables where they can be enjoyed the
A couple of tips before getting into
further details: There are dozens of merchants who offer
wholesale inflatables, selling to retail stores, businesses,
and individuals around the globe. With some of these suppliers
you will enjoy purchasing without "wholesale" membership
fees or minimum orders.
A portion of the companies under the wholesale inflatables
umbrella rent larger items such as moon walks and slides
for picnics, fairs, reunions and so on. If the cost of buying
and storing a large inflatable play site is too much for
the pocket book at this time, consider renting from one of
the professional representatives at the buy/rent companies.
With prices that range from a few hundred dollars to $3,000
or more (depending on complexity and size), renting can be
a good option.
Some suppliers have major factories overseas (primarily
in China) while maintaining sales offices in various cities
around the globe. These horizontally organized wholesale
firms often stock units by the hundreds, preferring to have
in-house sales as well as in-house repair and installation
professionals. For direct purchases, drop-shipping is a standard
service. Shipping costs on these large items can run about
$8 to $10 for orders up to $100, while purchases over that
amount will usually have a shipping charge figured when the
order is place.
Other companies narrow their focus to rental/start-up, providing
inventory and experience to help entrepreneurs succeed in
their own business of renting wholesale inflatables. Many
companies no longer provide a printed catalog, preferring
not to get involved in the cost of such an item because the
product list changes so quickly in the wholesale industry.
As one major supplier emphasized, the printed catalog would
probably be outdated before it arrived at the customer's
Another tip: Some of the broker's or distributors in the
wholesale inflatables business cannot guarantee availability
of a popular item because these companies do not have their
own inventory. Others are closeout/liquidation companies
who buy unsold or unwanted items when they become available
from large retailers or rental companies that go out of business.
Be sure to check availability of a product before promising
friends, family or employees that their favorite moonwalk
or slide will be available.
Pay particular attention to the manufacturer's
suggested retail price, so that you can compare what your
wholesale or discount cost with that figure. In some cases,
the margin (difference) will be significant and allow resellers
or rental companies to realize an excellent profit. It
would be good to ask at the start if the wholesale
inflatables supplier you are working with is a "wholesale
only" company or if individuals can benefit from discounted
prices. Make sure your inflatable includes blower, tarp,
stakes and repair kit. If you are getting started in the
inflatable rental business, or already have an established
company – wholesale
inflatables suppliers provide everything you need to make
your business a success.
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