How to get Nike shoes wholesale

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How to get Nike shoes wholesale
Finding legitimate Nike wholesalers can be difficult. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Aside from athletic purposes, Nike sneakers have become a part of urban and hip hop culture over the last three decades. The popularity of the Nike brand has created a market for wholesale Nike products. Getting Nike shoes at wholesale prices can be a difficult task. There are three ways of buying wholesale Nike shoes -- becoming a retailer, ordering for a sports team, or finding a wholesaler who is willing to sell to a private entity.

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    Visit the Nike website ( and download the retailer application packet.

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    Fill out the application in its entirety and double check to ensure that all necessary items are attached to your application.

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    Notarise the signatures on the application. Most banks have a Notary Public on staff who can notarise materials and documents. Some banks offer this service for free to customers, others charge a small fee for the service. Check with your bank beforehand to find out the fee structure.

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    Mail the application to the address provided in the application packet.

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    The application process can take several weeks. You may e-mail Nike directly if you have concerns regarding your application at

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    Visit and click on the "Team Uniform" tab at the right of the screen.

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    Choose your sport and necessary equipment and add it to your cart.

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    Nike will discount the bulk order automatically upon checkout.

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    Visit and order free retail trade publications. These publications are used in the retail business to swap information and ideas. Many people, including legitimate wholesalers, also advertise in them.

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    Scour the magazine for names and contact information of wholesalers advertising in the publication.

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    Call the wholesalers directly to find out how they do business. Find out about sample orders and the requirements for subsequent orders. This information is important for a number of reasons: First, as an individual you may not have the means to order in the quantities necessary; additionally, you can determine if the wholesaler is interested in doing business on smaller orders.

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    Place your first order with a wholesaler for a "sample". A "sample" is a smaller order still at wholesale prices. Most wholesalers will offer "sample lots" to gain customer trust and loyalty.

Tips and warnings

  • Beware of Internet wholesale stores. Many are selling counterfeit merchandise.
  • Check any business you plan on working with the Better Business Bureau

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