Finding Stock to Sell on eBay
Where do I get stock to sell on eBay? It's a question that we encounter all the time, and it may
be one you've asked yourself. There are a lot of wholesale suppliers out there who want your
business, but how do you go about finding them? Read on for more information on sourcing
stock to sell on eBay.
Searching on Google is probably the first thing that springs to mind for those who are looking
for wholesalers or suppliers. If you type in 'wholesalers' the list is endless, but to be honest not
all of the results it brings are for genuine wholesalers. Try using different search keywords,
such as 'suppliers' or 'importers' or 'cash and carry'. If you're specifically looking for a certain
kind of product, then add this to your search query, for example 'candle importers' will give a
much more targeted search if you want to find someone who imports candles for wholesale.
Another neat trick is to search for 'trade log in', this will bring up some results for sites that deal
with traders too.
Be warned though, that some suppliers don't want you to sell their products on eBay and may
turn you down. Others want trade references, VAT registered businesses only or a very high
minimum spend. Some will only supply you if you have a website or a real bricks and mortar
shop. It's also very unlikely that you'll find a supplier by using Google that hasn't already been
discovered by other eBayers. Many wholesalers or suppliers though, like a lot of us, are feeling
the pinch and are more than happy to take your money.
Read the Packaging
Most products that come in packaging will have the supplier or manufacturer's details on the
back. Some will even have their website address. So if you find a product in a shop and think
you'd like to sell it, look up the manufacturer online or in the phone book and contact them
directly asking for a trade account. Or if you're feeling really cheeky, you could buy it from
someone who's selling it on eBay and try to get the details from the packaging. If you're going
to do this, it's probably best to get yourself a separate Buying ID
The Old Fashioned Way
Not all wholesalers or suppliers advertise on the internet or have a website. Maybe they should, but for whatever reason,
it's a fact that some don't. Why not get out the Yellow Pages, or your Thomson Local
Directory, and have a look inside? There are categories for wholesale, cash and carry and
other kinds of suppliers, and you might even find one right on your doorstep. Also when you're
out and about, keep an eye open for potential new suppliers when you pass industrial estates
or shopping centres. Once you've trained yourself to be alert, you might be surprised at how
many times you've passed a supplier that is exactly what you need.
Chinavasion - Recommended Wholesaler & Dropshipper
Buy From Retailers
Bargain bins in high street shops can be an excellent source of products to resell on eBay. Many
retailers sell things off at far less than cost price just to clear out room for new stock coming in.
There are a few shop chains that specialise in bargain products that they've bought in huge job
lots and then sell them on at drastically reduced prices. Also, it's sad but many retail stores are
closing down because of the economic climate, so why not look out for shops that are closing
down and grab some bargains? Most of them will sell for really low prices in the last few days
before they shut down.
Buy Stock On eBay
eBay itself has its own Wholesale
category, where you can often find stock to sell on.
You could also try searching for Pallet Clearance
items, as this is often how people sell off
large lots of surplus stock. Sometimes you can find bargains for resale by searching for Job Lots
. Of course you
can narrow the search down by clicking on the categories you're interested in. If you have
specialist knowledge of a certain field, you can also browse for auctions for items that are badly
or listed as a Buy It Now for a low price. We also have a Wholesale Category
in our eBay shop directory.
Don't forget, if you're buying to
resell, it's best to get yourself a Buying ID
wary of people selling information on eBay about wholesalers, it's quite often information you
can get for free if you look yourself.
Athena Wholesale - Recommended eBay-Friendly Fabric & Craft Supplier
Please Mention eShopbooster When Opening an Account
Trade fairs are an excellent way to find and meet new suppliers face to face. There are lots of trade fairs throughout the year in the UK, with one of the most popular being Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. (there is also a smaller Autumn Fair in September). The Spring Fair Website
is also a rich resource for finding suppliers for a variety of items.
You can find a comprehensive list of other UK trade fairs and exhibitions here
If you're still struggling to find decent suppliers or you don't have the time or patience to look,
you could try a wholesale directory. Many of them offer free links to suppliers and some of
them charge a membership fee to get access to more contacts. Used with caution, they can
be a good resource for finding stock to resell online. Here's a few that we like.
is the world's largest online
business to business marketplace, and is well worth a look.
can give you access to over 650,000 wholesale listings for a small membership fee. There's a
free preview to give you an idea of what you could get from them.
Click here to download
our free eBook of wholesale suppliers
has over 1000 UK wholesalers listed, with their own in-house sourcing team
who are constantly looking for new trade suppliers. They also have an auction directory
containing details of over 250 UK offline auctions including those selling on behalf of the
Government, Police and unclaimed lost property. Membership fee applies.
is an online magazine
which has links to lots of good wholesalers and suppliers.
UK Local Wholesalers
is a totally free directory of UK wholesalers.
Dropshipping is a popular way of selling both on eBay and your website. It's a low outlay option
as you don't actually hold the stock yourself. Basically you have access to goods at special
low prices, advertise them and when an item is sold you pass the details on to the dropshipper,
who then posts the item out as if it came from you.
have a large dropshipping section and explain how it can work well with eBay.
is a free
directory of UK dropshipping resources.