Looking to penetrate the lucrative clothing market? Wholesale jeans could be just the ticket! They're durable and practical yet always fashionable. They are versatile and essential to the modern wardrobe. Anyone and everyone wears jeans and there is plenty of room for new sellers to get into this competitive but rewarding market - just look at how many types of jeans there are out there:
• Baggy jeans
• Boy cut
• Carpenter jeans
• High waist cut
• Jorts (Jean/denim shorts)
• Low-rise jeans/Hip-huggers
• Relaxed fit
• Shortalls (shorts + overalls – denim overall's with the leg length of shorts)
Wholesale Jeans Sourcing Tips
When it comes to selling in such a competitive category, it's important to get a great wholesale price, which is why finding the right supplier is so important. Generally, drop shipping won't work for jeans – with extra drop shipping fees hiking the price of your products, you will struggle to keep up with your competitors. Therefore you are much better off buying a bulk shipment from either a wholesaler, a liquidator, or better yet, a manufacturer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you search for suppliers:
Beware of Fakes
Unfortunately, where there are highly desirable, designer goods with hefty price tags, there will always be replicas. Considering the amount of money the industry puts into stopping the production of fakes, it is surprising just how many are out there.
It's often easy to spot a fake on a buyer – we’ve all seen the 17-year-old girls wearing last season's Old Navy track pants and flip flops, and sporting the latest patent-leather Louis Vuitton - all the while pointlessly attempting to prove to us that “ya, like, daddy bought it for me in Paris” when really, it was, like, $40 at an Asian street stall.
Don't go there!
Buying and selling fakes is not something you want to get involved in. The bottom line is, it's illegal - and your selling success will be short lived, as most auction websites police the illegal buying and selling of fake designer goods and have very little sympathy for anyone playing the ignorance card. Your account will be donezo before you can say “but they came with these authenticity cards!”.
How to Spot Fakes
You are probably dealing with fakes when:
Product Sourcing: Where to Buy Wholesale Jeans
SaleHoo Recommended Suppliers:
Urban Denim Company is great for more high-end, designer brands like Baby Phat and Zoo York.
Children's Wholesale, as the name would suggest, this site is 100% about kid's clothing.
Trade Shows are a great way to find new suppliers and build new relationships with them. They are also great for getting a sneak-peak at what is up and coming in your product area – crucial to anyone selling fashion items.
The Baby and Child International Fair
When? October 11th-13th 2009
Where? Excel, London, UK
What? A showcase of all baby and child products including clothing for under fives.
Atlanta Apparel Trade Show
When? October 15-19th
Where? 250 Spring Street, Atlanta, Georgia
What? Held at a permanent wholesale show rooms, the convention will showcase the cream of the crop in apparel products.
Hot tip: To find out about trade shows in your area, try Googling “trade shows + your local area”.
These don't come by regularly but when they do, they are a great way to supplement your product range and increase your profits as you will be getting them at rock-bottom prices! Talk to your local departments stores about liquidation sales and keep up with local news about stores closing down. If you can, find out what will be in the sale and research it on eBay first, before you go and buy in bulk.
How to niche it up
Baby girl’s jeans have an over 65% success rate on eBay.com, so that makes a great starting point, but to really niche it up, look at deep niches like:
Other niche ideas