If you have or are planning to have a dollar store - good call! You've made a wise choice. Statistics show that there are five dollar stores for every Walmart and that even wealthy people shop at dollar stores. Why? Dollar stores are smaller so customers are offered more convenience. Plus, everyone loves finding awesome deals so they get more for their money.
When trying to decide on what products to carry in your dollar store, it can be overwhelming. Dollar store items can be excellent deals of good quality...or they can be pure junk. Don't think your shoppers aren't aware of that. You'll want to get fabulous general merchandise at fantastic wholesale prices so you can pass the deals on to your customers. There are many categories of items though. Buying merchandise that's a good fit for both you and your customers is key to making your business profitable.
Read on to find tips on what products you may want to add to your store that will delight your customers and bring you plenty of dollars from your dollar store investment.
Sunglasses are dollar store treasures to add to your location, both for owners and shoppers. After all, who doesn't love a great pair of sunglasses, especially when you can get them for good deals? From cool California retro styles and UV protective shades to kids sunglasses that are as fun as toys, sunglasses are some of the best general merchandise to add to a dollar store can carry. The convenience of being able to grab them in a smaller range store is great when shopping.
Other items to add that make good dollar items to sell are sunglasses accessories and eyeglasses supplies. Beauty items, toys, tools, household products, handicap service products, grocery items, candy, snack food, frozen food, cards, stationery, and computer hardware, cell phone hardware, and health and beauty products. Most any item that is in demand that you can buy from a wholesale company by the case for a minimum cost and still sell cheap enough to make a profit is perfect to add to your dollar store.
Regardless of what else you add, great sunglasses are a must to add if you want to keep your shoppers happy.
Eighty-five percent of the American population wears sunglasses and most wear them the whole year-round. They wear them for fashion and for protection. Many sunglasses fans buy multiple pairs.
A customer may add one very high-quality pair of sunglasses to their collection range but get more pairs simply to match with a particular outfit or to wear for a holiday or occasion. Dollar stores are an excellent place to buy extra pairs of reading glasses and sunglasses because they are affordable and displayed right in the case.
Sunglasses accessories add value to your store too. To a sunglasses lover, accessories are like candy to a baby.
When choosing a great wholesaler to get your dollar store wares from, there are some important things to take into consideration - like price and how they pack things.
First, you'll want to visit their online site where you will most likely be doing your ordering from. Simply conduct a search and you'll find many.
Do your homework. Is it user-friendly? The last thing you need is for your supplier site to be confusing.
How do the products ad up? Do they have a good amount of items in the categories you are interested in for your dollar store business? Does the quality of the products suit your retail needs? Can you buy in bulk by the case? Is the price per pack at wholesale enough for you to make a profit selling at your retail price? Does their inventory storage allow you to stock up on the items you want to have readily available in your new retail supply store? Can you add to the products you get? How is the price?
Look for wholesalers in a single category for your cart or in multiple categories to add to your cart. For example, add in one wholesaler you will use strictly for selling general merchandise, household supplies, stationery, or toys and a separate one for buying reading glasses, sunglasses, and accessories by the case. There's nothing that limits you to one wholesale store if you want your business to be diverse. You can stock up on different merchandise supplies from various wholesale outfits. But, each of them should meet the criteria for being worthy of your business, no matter how low the price in their cart, what they pack, or how much stock they carry. If a pack of something will cost you twice as much because you can't buy enough at one time, it's not a deal. Figure the pack by how many you can realistically afford.
Be sure to see if there is a minimum product cost you must-have in your cart in order to purchase price. Sometimes the minimum price required is so much money online, you can't afford it. Load your cart and see if it reaches the minimum and if not, figure how much more merchandise you have to have. If the minimum cart purchase price isn't feasible for your budget, you can call the wholesale shop and see if they will make an exception in your case. If not, the wholesale spot may not be right for you.
Once you have a store you feel will help you stock your business, create an account. That is when you can load supplies into your cart by the box, pack, case, or however they are selling them. Be sure you know and understand the price per case and the actual cost of the individual supplies in each case, pack, or box costs. Also, be certain you can easily view what is in stock or if the case is that it's currently out of stock before placing a whole case or pack into your product cart or finding out a product won't get there fast enough. You should be able to save everything you want to order in your market cart.
Check out the shipping price how fast it ships before buying bulk items from your new account. Free shipping on every order is very common when buying wholesale so if you are having to pay a shipping price for a product, you might want to put the new wholesale dealer on hold and look into another wholesale store where shipping is free. Any fee should come up when you begin loading case product supplies into your cart or should be advertised on the site to buyers. Some charge their prices by the pack, box, or case so you have to be careful to read the fine print. Again, look for a distributor that doesn't have a price for mailing each case because it will add up to huge savings in the end.
Also, find out how they will pack the items. Will they get broken on the way because of a bad pack job? If so, who pays that price in case the items are damaged? You want the wholesale company to pack things in a secure case or in a way that is conducive to keeping them in good condition when they reach you. A company that can't pack right may lag in many other areas besides just the way they pack their shipments. Take into account how many breakable items are in your cart and which the store will need to pack with care. Will you need to pack them over to get them to your store? Will you need to pack them after you sell to your customer and does the wholesaler offer the case or pack supplies to do so? Even if you have to pay a price for pack supplies, you want to make sure all your merchandise is packed ready.
Examine every box or case you pack in your cart before checking out. If you have a question about anything in your cart that you add or about a price or how they will pack something, ask customer service. They should be friendly and helpful and if that's not the case, dump your cart and don't do business with the distributor, no matter how good the price is. You will end up paying a higher price later because if there's a problem, it's a sign you'll be stuck out.
Wholesalers need your business to stay in business themselves. They have no one to sell their products to if not for those who sell products retail. They depend on selling their items by the case in your cart. If you don't add their items to your cart and pay their price for them, they will go out of business. Since that's the case, make sure your wholesaler accommodates you in every way - from giving you good prices per case and being courteous. In the case that your supplier ever becomes less than what you deserve, you can quit using them at any time.