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The Most Popular Wholesale Categories You Need To Know About

In the course of supplying wholesale brand name products to resellers through my website, CloseoutExplosion.com, I have gained insights which I am happy to share with you. I understand that the more successful you are as a reseller, the more successful my closeout business can be as your supplier. These insights are based on my experience, and like all markets, your specific customer base might have different interests, and since trends are always changing you need to always do research to be sure that you are sourcing the best wholesale fashion for your customers. The following wholesale categories are actual products that I have seen a constant demand for, emerging markets that are looking for specific types of wholesale apparel and footwear, and actual merchandise which I receive requests for.

1. Office attire for Nigerian bankers. This category includes business suits for women, office shoes for men and women, office dresses, and large handbags. The key to supplying brand name and designer merchandise to the Nigerian market is that it must be the brand names that they want and are familiar with. Professionals in Nigeria want clothes, shoes, and handbags by designers such as Tahari, Nine West, Jones New York, and Calvin Klein. Nigeria, which is the most populous country in Africa has a very vibrant economy which has created a very strong middle and upper class than can afford designer name products. You can either sell to Nigerians living in the United States who will take their purchases back when they travel, or you can export your wholesale goods with freight forwarders such as Express Air Freight, Corporate Messengers, and Grandbelle International.

2. Another very impressive wholesale category is the market for USA products for the African market. The African retail sector is flooded with Chinese made goods which have been specifically produced for Africa. Consumers in the African continent have become familiar with the higher quality products that are sold in the USA, even by Chinese manufacturers, and they want those products. There are many Africans who will travel back to their home countries with American closeouts as well as boutiques throughout many countries in the continent who import directly from clothing showrooms right in the New York Fashion district. My business, Closeout Explosion, exports brand name designer wear to shops in many countries including Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and South Africa.

3. Designer handbags are exploding in popularity due to the marketing reach of the Internet, as well as social media powerhouses like Facebook through which women and girls share the latest fashion articles discussing the newest handbag styles and purse designs that are hitting the scene.

Are You Buying The Right Wholesale Brand Name Clothing For Your Customers?

So you have a great store location in downtown Lagos, or an amazingly attractive e-commerce website catering towards shoppers in Trinidad, or an ideal spot in a New York flea market, but do you have the right wholesale brand name clothing for your customers? If you aren’t purchasing the right wholesale clothes for your customer base you will be missing out on the tremendous profit potential of the retail business. So how do you ensure that you are sourcing the best closeout fashion from your clothing suppliers? Take a look at these tips that will help you become an expert wholesale buyer in no time:

1. Take a walk around the neighborhood where your potential customers live and work. You can want to see the styles that they wear, and what fashions are currently popular. What if you have a website? You should still be visiting the places where your potential customers spend their time so that you can determine what they like to wear. You might visit the Central Business District in downtown Lagos and see that women are starting to wear more designer suits by Tahari than Nine West, which will make you aware of the need to carry more office suits by Tahari. What if you can’t visit the area where your clients are in person? There are plenty of online resources that you can use to virtually visit any location. In the example of Nigeria you can visit nairaland.com to see current pictures of people living in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and in other Nigerian cities. You can use the same strategy whether your customers are located in the United States, the Bahamas, or Zimbabwe.

2. Stay on top of fashion trends by visiting the social media profiles of potential customers on Facebook. For example, if your target market is professional women in Jamaica, conduct a search on Facebook for women living in Jamaica and check out their public pictures. This way you will be able to see the type of dress wear that they like. If you feel more comfortable you can also look up images on Google by searching with a phrase that describes your clientele.

3. Look up fashion websites catering towards your customer base. You can find country specific fashion websites for many countries. Visit these sites, read the articles and the comments that follow them, view the images, and become an active member so that you can interact with actual potential clients. You might discover that government employees in Zambia are required to wear skirt suits as opposed to pant suits, or that men in St Lucia must wear dress shirts to their banking jobs. These are just theoretical examples, but you will be surprised at the insights that you will gain once you do your research. Once you have concrete information in your hands you will be able to make better decisions when it comes to locating and buying wholesale designer clothes and fashion.

4. Finally, ask your customers what they want! There is no better way to determine the type of overstock merchandise that you should carry than by asking your actual customers what it is that they are looking for. After all, they are the ones that are going to wear it.

Below Wholesale Prices For Clothing: How To Make Sure You Are Paying The Right Prices

Below wholesale prices for clothing are advertised on thousands of websites such as those that are listed through WholesaleCentral.com, CloseoutCentral.com, Doba.com, TopTenWholesale.com, ad WholesaleDir.com. While buying your suits and dresses below the regular wholesale prices is definitely a great way to ensure that you can work on a high profit margin, how do you ensure that really are purchasing your inventory at the price point that the wholesalers claim?

I remember when I first started purchasing closeout inventory at bankruptcy auctions I ended up paying close to the actual wholesale price that I would have paid if I bought the goods directly from a distributor. Often in the excitement of procuring liquidation merchandise we overlook what the regular cost is and are swayed by the adrenaline of participating in a Liquidation.com auction or from visiting a closeout warehouse. If you want to prosper in the retail business you need to ensure that you are purchasing your overstock products at the best possible rate, or not only will you have a hard time attracting shoppers, but you will be unable to compete with larger established national chains, whether they are department stores such as Macy’s or closeout retailers like National Wholesale Liquidators.

The following tips can help you make sure that you are buying your wholesale fashion at what are true rock bottom prices.

1. Call up the brand directly and obtain their prices for the clothes which you would like to stock up for your store with. For example, if you are looking to stock your store with Tahari office suits for women, you would want to find out how much Tahari charges for their women’s suits when they supply them to boutiques. Once you have this information you can either purchase the corporate outfits directly from the brand, or you can source the designer fashion from wholesalers such as my company, Closeout Explosion.

2. Research and compare closeout prices online. You can utilize free online wholesale directories like the ones listed at the beginning, or you can purchase a membership from a site like SaleHoo.

3. Make appointments at local fashion showrooms to see what the actual prices are that they charge to resellers. You might see Nine West office dresses being sold online at $30 each, only to discover that the showrooms actually have them for only $25 each, and will even allow you to negotiate a lower price in person. If you don’t have any clothing showrooms in your area I strongly recommend that you visit an area that has them, such as the New York Fashion District. This is an important time to remind you that all legitimate clothing suppliers should allow you to visit their showrooms or warehouses. Some might allow you to make your own selection like in the warehouse of CloseoutExplosion.com and others might allow you to see the overstock fashion pallets before making a decision, such as by ViaTrading.com

4. Although I am listing this tip last, this is perhaps the most overlooked piece of advice that I can recommend to all resellers, whether they are a professional apparel boutique owner in Abuja or a dress wear importer in Port of Spain. You need to visit stores that are selling the goods you are interested in and see what the actual retail prices are for those items. Remember, shoppers are very savvy and are always doing their own shopping research, and will compare you to your competition.

New York Wholesale District: How to Find the Best Wholesale Fashion Deals in NYC

From my experience in running CloseoutExplosion.com I have discovered that the best deals on wholesale fashion are right here in New York. The large customer base that attracts the best wholesale merchandise since New York is an international destination, populated by people who live here year round, to tourists from all over the world, to business people coming to wheel and deal in Manhattan and in its surrounding boroughs. Where the demand is the supply follows, so if you have a large base of potential consumers for your products, you would be wise to send your best merchandise to that location.

NYC, especially the Fashion District, has developed a strong reputation as the meeting place for established and up and coming designers, and the buyers who represent retail outlets such as discount store chains, department stores, and buying offices for foreign companies.

In the midst of all this commerce there are opportunities for resellers to locate extremely good closeout deals. These product offerings can consist of excess production by a dress manufacturer or shelf pulls from an upscale department store. Remember, since New York is such a fashion conscientious marketplace, consumers demand and expect the latest office suits by Tahari, the most up to date dresses by Calvin Klein, and the most current shoes by Nine West. Shoppers want brand name clothing, shoes, and handbags, in the most pristine mint condition. Once these qualifications are not met the fashion is sold to wholesalers and jobbers that work in the off price business.

You can locate the best closeout fashion lots by visiting the New York Wholesale District located in the area around 36th St and 7th Ave. You will want to visit:

Dress Showrooms: There are showrooms that exclusively sell a particular brand, such as a dress vendor that focuses on London Times, or showrooms that are owned by the brands, such as the Eli Tahari showroom located at 510 Fifth Ave. Clothing Manufacturers: You can find clothing manufacturers that produce clothes for their own labels, for boutiques, and for department stores. You can approach these clothing factories and inquire if they have an excess production that they are looking to liquidate. Often these factories will have odds and ends that they used as samples for their previous apparel lines, and left over apparel items from previous orders. The following websites are great online resources that you can use to help you get in touch with fashion factories:

madeinnyc.org, nycfashioninfo.com, nycfashioninfo.com, and americanmanufacturing.org.

Wholesale Warehouses: You will usually find wholesale warehouses in places where the rent is lower than Manhattan, such as in Brooklyn or Queens, (such as the warehouse of my closeout business Closeout Explosion, which is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) although you can still find smaller warehouses in the city. These businesses will represent designers, or locate overstock clothing which they then resell to boutique owners who visit them from as far as Nigeria, Trinidad, and Dubai.

For more information that can help you navigate the NYC Garment District you can visit:

savethegarmentcenter.org, garmentdistrictnyc.com, and shopthegarmentdistrict.com.

Wholesalers and Drop Shippers, Advantages and Disadvantages

Wholesalers and drop shippers can both be great sources for wholesale fashion for resellers. Both types of wholesale vendors can offer really good deals on closeout merchandise. Since each type of supplier works based on a different supply system, there are advantages and disadvantages to working with each one. In order to make a decision from who to purchase your store inventory from you need to have a good understanding of what each type of business does, and the reasons why you would want to use one versus the other.

A wholesaler is a vendor which supplies merchandise based on an upfront payment or credit period. This type of business will deliver the products directly to the reseller at a low rate, but will generally not send the merchandise directly to the end consumer, since the low prices that the wholesaler charges are based on volume purchases. The prices are as low as they are since it does not offer added services above fulfilling the orders placed by the boutique. For example, a Nigerian boutique can visit a New York wholesaler like my business CloseoutExplosion.com which is located in Brooklyn, make its own selection of office suits by Tahari, and have its shipment sent freight collect to its shop in Lagos. The shop owner can expect to pay rock bottom closeout prices, but will see an assortment of different items whenever she visits.

A drop shipper will have a wide selection of wholesale items, sometimes in the thousands, at good wholesale prices, but will not be able to charge as low as a wholesaler can because its expenses to fulfill all the individual small orders to the end users can be expensive. Imagine a drop shipper having to fulfill hundreds of orders a day for different individual items on behalf of eBay sellers who are all placing different orders at any given time of the day. This type of operating requires a sophisticated computer program, the latest e-commerce technology, and a highly professional and efficient sorting and packing operation. The benefit of drop shipping is that a reseller does not have to stock any products, and only needs to pay for them after he or she has received the payment from the customer. The disadvantage is that the reseller will be competing with thousands of other resellers who all have access to the exact same products and at the exact same price as anyone who deals with the drop shipper.

I have personally always preferred to purchase and hold my inventory, even if I had to start out with a small quantity, this way I could obtain the liquidation pallets at the lowest possible price, and eliminate the chances of my competition having the same wholesale wear for their customers. While every system has its pluses and minuses, I believe you need to carefully examine which option will realistically allow you to build a profitable business for yourself, and I have determined that by having an actual physical inventory I can better serve my customers who need to stock their shops with the latest brand name clothing, footwear, handbags, and accessories.

The Wholesale Terminology You Must Know To Succeed In the Closeout Business

If you want to succeed in the closeout business you need to become familiar with the following terminology that is frequently used in the wholesale industry.

Wholesale: The business of supplying merchandise to resellers, such as boutiques, flea market vendors, eBay sellers, and other types of resellers.

Off Price: Refers to merchandise, whether it is apparel, footwear, jewelry, or other items that are non-branded or have generic labels, and are sold at a discount to the regular wholesale price of similar items.

Closeouts: A closeout is a product line that a manufacturer or retailer wants to move out, and therefore it is being closed out. In other words the owner of the merchandise is selling the product at a price that is below the wholesale or retail rate in an attempt to clear it out.

Shelf Pulls: This is merchandise which is being taken off the shelves or racks by a retailer that has decided to no longer sell the item. For example a retailer might decide that the quality of the item does not match the rest of her inventory, or she quickly realizes that her customers are not interested in the item, and she would rather sell it out and recover some or all, of the money she spent purchasing it from her supplier.

Store Returns: This category refers to retail merchandise which was purchased at the store level and then returned to the retailer either because the customer changed his mind or the item was damaged, or became damaged. Since many national retailers such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Macy’s, and JC Penney, appreciate the lifetime value of a customer, they will have very liberal return policies. This means that a customer can make a purchase of a brand name dress shirt and return it for any reason. From my experience in dealing with store return pallets I have seen on average about 50% salvageable merchandise which can be sold as is, 25% of merchandise which can be sold after being fixed, and 25% of merchandise that is beyond repairs. If you decide to purchase store return products you need to make sure that you will be able to make enough money on the sellable inventory to offset the unsellable items.

Irregulars: These are items such as clothing which can have minor defects and have been rejected by major retailers, or are being sold directly by the brands since they didn’t pass muster under their high quality inspections. The most popular items in this category for resellers are T-Shirts, socks, and underwear by brands such as Fruit of the Loom and Hanes.

Overstock: This category results from overproduction by a factory. Often factories overproduce because it is just as cost effective for them to produce 1,000 elegant party dresses as it is to produce 950 dresses. The factory will then sell their excess goods to discounters and exporters. You can contact factories and clothing manufacturers directly and inquire as to the availability of surplus production.

Salvage Merchandise: This category consists of merchandise which has been damaged and is being sold to reclaim an insurance payout resulting from a flood, fire, or transportation accident such as a train derailment. If you consider buying this type of merchandise you need to be very careful in inspecting its condition.

Department store overstock: This is usually brand name clothing, shoes, handbags, and other general merchandise which the department store did not sell. Department stores need to constantly bring in new merchandise such women’s office suits, social dresses, and designer handbags to keep their shoppers coming back. If an item is sits in their store too long it will lose that new look, and will discourage customers from coming back since they will keep seeing the same items again and again. To solve this dilemma the department stores will constantly run clearance sales and then sell their remaining inventory to liquidators and closeout dealers.

How To Market Your Wholesale Products To A Global Audience

You can easily market your wholesale products to a global audience by maximizing your usage of the best online resources available.

My business, CloseoutExplosion.com, is a wholesale export business that utilizes the Internet to market closeout merchandise to a wide audience, from Nigerian store owners, to discount clothing shops in Trinidad, to wholesalers in Australia. The following resources can help you increase your sales volume, and are useful whether you are a retailer selling brand name fashion directly to the end consumer, or a closeout broker supplying designer handbags to boutiques in Africa.

Resource #1

Google Adwords

Adwords is an online pay per click ad program where you can set up your own ads, bid on the specific keywords that will cause your ads to be shown, while narrowing your audience by country, or even city if you prefer. For instance, if you have an inventory of wholesale office suits for women, you can set up an ad advertising them, while selecting related keywords that will trigger your ad, such as corporate outfits, business suits, and professional attire. If your customers are primarily bankers in Lagos you can further target Lagos, or pay a higher percentage for clicks from people living in the Nigerian metropolis.

Resource #2

You can advertise your overstock merchandise through market specific search engines such as WholesaleCentral.com, CloseoutCentral.com, WholesaleRoom.com, Doba.com, Salehoo.com, TopTenWholesale.com, and my LocalWholesaler.com. There are many more industry specific directories that can help you both market and discover liquidation products such as WholesaleQuest.com.

Resource #3

eBay now has a specific wholesale website through which you can advertise your shelf pull and store return clothing and general merchandise. The website address is Wholesale.eBay.com. This is a relatively new website but I believe it will catch on since I expect its listings to attain high rankings in Google, Yahoo, and in other search engines.

Resource #4

Free online classified ads. While it might be challenging to have your free classified ad stand out, it only costs you the amount of time that it takes you to type it up. You might not receive a great deal of traffic from these ads, but any new customers that come your way can still buy from you, so why not take advantage of this resource? You should consider using CraigsList, YP.com, LocalSaver.com, ClassifiedAds.com, PennySaverUSA.com, and TheClassifiedPost.com. If you are located outside of the USA you should still be able to use this strategy, such as through websites like Tradestable.com.ng, kiramu.ng, notifynigeria.com, pigiame.co.ke, zambia.co.zm, trinispace.com, and through many other sites you can find online for your respective country.

Resource #5

There are many websites that accept third party sellers, process the payment, and take care of customer service, such as Amazon.com, Liquidation.com, and Overstock.com.