Retailers are always looking to cut costs without sacrificing quality, especially when a foreign wholesaler's cost is more attractive due to a lower exchange and shipping rate. One money-saving practice is to forgo paying rent for a store, instead simply forwarding customer orders to a wholesaler who packages the items and ships them directly to the customer. This practice is known as drop-shipping, and it is often conducted internationally. If you want to become a wholesaler of designer Italian handbags -- or anything else imported from another country -- you must first research reliable drop-shippers to get in on this lucrative business.
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Things you need
- List of inventory to sell
- Internet access
Search the Internet for Italian retailers who sell handbags and endeavour to forge a relationship with them. While some retailers will not want to share their information, fearing that you might undercut their sales, you will eventually find someone willing to work with you.
Search the Internet for Italian wholesale directories and cross check that information with the information you have gained from other retailers (see Resource 1).
Ask the wholesaler for a sample of their product. If they are reputable, they will not have a problem sending one to you.
Review your desired inventory with the wholesaler. If they carry the product you want to sell, you may consider doing business together.
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