Hi Sara, I've had a follow up from Richelle with the below clarification for you.
"The article says that we should not pay membership fees to buy in bulk. Now bigbuys charges additional fees to buy individual units at distributor price, without a requiring MOQ, so the fees in effect are there to shoulder the NO MOQ requirement.
So they are not what the warning in #2 is written for.
For further clarification, check out this link Link hidden: Login to view
Click on the second question on that page: Why does BigBuy charge a registration or monthy fee in certain packs?
Richelle has actually now added a note to that article for a more defined clarification as well, as per below;
Note: Some suppliers may require you to pay one-time off fees to purchase one item at a time at wholesale prices. These fees help the suppliers provide their members/customers (you) avail of better services and wholesale prices even without buying in bulk — therefore still giving you a competitive edge over other online sellers.