I've just found a supplier with ipod prices that look really good (maybe too good??? - not sure at this stage) via an international traders lead board, and it's located in Indonesia. They have genuine brand new Apple ipods (not fakes) direct from Apple, and offer a 30 day returns policy, provided that they're returned in saleable condition.
They have low minimums (10) and their pricing is lower than what you're currently paying. A 4gb Nano currently sells for US$90 in minimum orders of 10. 30gb new is US$130.
However, I am hesitating to order anything (partly because even 10 is steep for me at the very beginning of my selling career - need to sell a few things to get that sort of money first, or get an advance on my credit card). But also partly because they only offer secure forms of payment within Indonesia - international customers have to use non-secure forms of payment (and that's a lot of moola to take the chance of maybe being scammed). I'd be a bit happier if they had something on their web site about providing single samples to check their merchandise and service. Maybe I'll email and ask if this is possible.
Has anybody else dealt with Indomarco-Tech before? (That's the name of the company.)
I have the company details from the website (including business registration details), but as a newbie, I simply have no idea how to check out the company first to make sure it's on the level. They claim to cater to small businesses, but reading posts in the members' forum here has really turned me off trusting any wholesale supplier at the moment without some way of knowing what their business track record is like.
I'm happy to supply details for anyone that wants this lead (you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org); however, I must reiterate that I have not checked them out, so this isn't a personal recommendation as yet. That wire transfer stuff makes me nervous.
Can anyone tell me how I would check out this company a bit before buying, because if it were on the level, I wouldn't mind ordering from them a little way down the track when I have a bit more capital.