In the computer business there is not a lot of profit margin when selling hardware. This is even truer for small businesses who don't buy in large volume. It's important to understand that wholesale in and of itself does not always mean cheaper, just that you are getting the product from a manufacturer or distributor rather than a retail store. If you're starting a computer business you may want to try many wholesalers to come across bargains where you can.
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Talk to owners of other small businesses like computer stores and software resellers. Ask who their wholesale company is or ask for information about any wholesalers that they know of.
Look at computer parts websites. Because wholesale computer parts for individuals or small businesses can be even more expensive than buying retail, it may be best to get your parts from online retailers such as Newegg and Tigerdirect. These websites provide hardware and software at discount prices and sell items such as OEM software.
Join computer retail groups where other small business owners discuss issues. You can find these groups on Facebook, Yahoo! groups and other places online.
Tips and warnings
- Some major computer wholesalers include Ingram Micro and the ASCII group.
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