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Wholesale Knives

Of the wholesale businesses that generate the most enthusiasm, the wholesale knives trade is probably in the top ten, along with coffee, flowers and others. Many retail shops and other resellers who have established a presence in the business enjoy the years of experience from some of the knife old-timers, to whom a good blade is a real treasure.

One of the benefits of working in the wholesale knives business is that this enthusiasm and love for good knives leads wholesale merchants to expend a lot of effort keeping their catalogs current and their inventory full of only the best knives in the world. But there are some special considerations in dealing with wholesale knives as a commercial venture.

According to information from many wholesale knives merchants, the buyer, not the seller, must make sure that the knife or knives being purchased meet all the local, state and federal restrictions, especially for the item known as a switchblade or "auto" knife. These knives cannot, according to federal law, be shipped across state lines, with a few exceptions having to do with the federal government or military. Tip: Ask and be sure before you buy. There seems to be an exception in at least one or two states. In addition, buyers must absolutely be 18 years old or older to engage in the purchase and sale of wholesale knives.

Of course, price is the key element that attracts buyers to the wholesale knives business, as well as to any other wholesale business. Some suppliers of wholesale knives have various levels of pricing, depending on the size of the order and the loyalty of the buyer to that one merchant. For example, some merchants have price break levels at $100, $200, $300 and so on. Ask about this when discussing an order with a representative. Sometimes a few dollars for one small item can move you to another level and actually save money.

In the wholesale knives trade, there are suppliers of general merchandise that also offer knives and there are knife specialists who only have blades in their inventory (usually only the best). It is possible to save some money by purchasing from a general merchandise supplier who also offers lighters and other novelties. But many wholesale knives customers insist on working with a select few wholesale warehouses or distributors to make sure that the knives they receive for resale are guarantee to be the latest and the best.

What kind of savings does the discerning buyer get in the wholesale knives business? Some items come with a price that is 25 percent below the suggested retail price. The individual buyer can purchase other blades, more in demand, for 10 percent below the retail price. Of course, with volume buying, those price breaks mentioned earlier can greatly increase this margin. Tip: Don't stop looking at 25 percent off, even 40 percent off. Bargains are available with discounts of up to 90 percent, sometimes.

For those who want to know more about the wholesale knives business and the overall manufacture of quality knives, the American Knife and Tool Institute might be a good place to begin.

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