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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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