Evaluating Wholesale Bead Sources
As noted, the information is provided on this
directory is for informational purposes only. You need to
investigate the various sources available to you and undertake
your own research.
Why We Leave The Evaluation To You
We feel that it is unwise to evaluate, rank or
rate the various wholesale bead suppliers for various reasons:
Some resellers, such as your local bead store
owner, would not consider buying from a source that competes
with them by also selling to their customers. For such
individuals, a traditional wholesaler is the only way to go.
Conversely, the retail customers does not have access to the
products of the traditional wholesaler (no reseller's
Some buyers prefer to purchase their beads
from a supplier in the same geographic region, making
general rankings unwise.
Turning our attention to the issue of
specialization, the "best deal" may depend on the
customer's ordering practices. For example, some
buyers are looking to buy a lot of different kinds of beads
(glass, silver, wood, bone, crystal, etc), and thus need to
buy exclusively from a "generalist source."
Others are looking for a specific kind of bead (just wood,
just silver, just glass, etc.), and will probably do best
with a specialist supplier.
The best discounting plan also depends on the
nature of the customer's order. The customer seeking
to purchase a large quantity of just a few items will
typically do better under a quantity discount system, but
the customer who wants to buy just a few of many different
styles will usually do better with price discounts.