Wholesale Beads Directory:
Your Guide To
Quality, Low-Priced Beads
Everyone involved in jewelry-making, from bead store owners to the hobbyist,
wants to find great quality beading supplies at super low prices, and who
can blame us! This wholesale beads directory will help!
This information is provided for informational
purposes only, as a starting point in your search for bead
supplies. We encourage you to undertake careful research
and to not rely exclusively on this site. (Notes
On Bead Supplier Evaluation)
Approaches To Selling Beads at Wholesale
Unfortunately, the phrase "wholesale
beads" has been used in so many ways that the phrase has
lost much of its value. Virtually every bead site we have reviewed uses "the W
word," even if they do not qualify as wholesale under the
most liberal of treatments of the term.
end, we offer a directory of available "wholesale"
sources of beads on the net. However, given that this term is used in so many ways that we
must be careful with how we use the W word. Wholesale
suppliers here are classified under four approaches:
Traditional Wholesale: Supplier sells only to licensed resellers
only. This is sometimes called "true
Pricing Groups: Supplier maintains different
price lists for retail and business
Large Order Discounters: Supplier offers a percentage
discount based on
the overall size of the order. "Large" is
relative; the basic idea is the higher your subtotal, the
greater your discount...
Quantity Discounters: Supplier offers retail and business
customers alike lower prices if they buy a lot of a particular
We include bead suppliers who satisfy
The supplier must fall into one of the four
wholesale categories defined above.
The supplier must offer online
ordering. This is a directory of wholesale bead
sources on the Internet, after all!
The supplier must be based in the U.S.
Why? We feel unable to get
verifiable information on most foreign suppliers.
Please let us know if you are aware of a supplier not listed on these
pages who qualifies under these criteria.
and "Specialist" Wholesale Bead Suppliers
There are several very large suppliers who sell
every kind of bead or finding under the sun. Rather than
listing them under each and every category, we have created a
General Suppliers grouping. Other suppliers are Specialists, focusing on just one or two types of beads.
These suppliers are listed under these focused
It's easy to go to one Generalist and place an
order, but we have observed that many of the best selections and
prices are offered by the Specialists.