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Wholesale Restaurant Supplies
Running a restaurant has always been a challenging
experience, but when done properly the restaurant business
can also be quite rewarding. Having good contacts in the
wholesale restaurant supplies trade can be one of a few factors
that will contribute to this success.
While all wholesale businesses have unique
requirements, perhaps buying and selling restaurant supplies
is one in which the decisions have to be absolutely correct.
While just about anyone can buy and sell novelties, collectors'
items, antiques etc. without worrying about the effect on
other people, buying and selling wholesale
restaurant supplies used to serve food and drink to the
public can be a challenge. After all, the health of other
human beings is part of the equation.
In the wholesale restaurant supplies business, purchasing
items that are overstocked, closed out or liquidated is the
order of the day. Distributors and brokers of wholesale restaurant
supplies are able to track the success or failure of restaurant
businesses, as well as the success or failure of particular
pieces of restaurant equipment. When someone decides to clear
their inventory or make room in a warehouse for new products,
wholesale restaurant supplies merchants often step in to
pick up new equipment and supplies that will do the job just
fine for someone on the other end of the buying/selling path.
Some wholesale restaurant supplies merchants specialize
in locating and buying overstock and over produced items.
These products in the wholesale restaurant supplies business
are sometimes overproduced when manufacturers miss their
estimates of how many commercial pots and pans, stainless
steel tables, kitchen utensils etc. they will sell in a year's
time. When the manufacturer or distributor decides it is
time to liquidate the products, suppliers and brokers can
step in to buy the items at greatly reduced prices. They
then pass the savings on to restaurant owners and retail
stores that deal in commercial restaurant and kitchen products.
Those in the wholesale restaurant supplies industry pride
themselves on searching for and finding top quality supplies
and equipment, from their contacts around the world. This
research generally results in their customers having the
opportunity to purchase brand-name, commercial quality restaurant
supplies and equipment for just pennies on the dollar. The
number of items on a Web site list or in a print catalog
from a wholesale restaurant supplies merchant can number
in the tens of thousands, so it is a good idea to take some
time to search for just the right item at just the right
For example, some suppliers can offer
several different types of exhaust for the commercial kitchen,
with prices as low as $600 and ranging up to $1,000 or
slightly more. This represents a significant savings over
the "retail" cost.
Other suppliers offer such specialty items as glass carafes
for about half of the regular price ($48 instead of $82).
A stainless steel, commercial blender that will prepare one
gallon of liquid can be purchased from some wholesale restaurant
supplies merchants for less than $700, when the "regular" price
is nearly $1,200. These few examples show why being selective
with your wholesale restaurant supplies merchant can be a
wise business decision.
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