Welcome to SaleHoo!
Our recommendation is to try contacting the suppliers first to negotiate on pricing. Suppliers are in constant competition with each other and seldom will you see the wholesale pricing published on the sites. Most of the times, the best prices are never listed on the wholesalers’ website. Most suppliers will also often tailor their prices to your order quantity and there are also suppliers who will negotiate better prices with sellers that they have a good relationship with.
Then this important fact - eBay has become an extremely competitive marketplace and it is not uncommon to find products selling at prices the same as or lower than wholesaler.
How can this be? Because lots of wholesalers sell on eBay directly to the public!
What can you do about it?
* Order in bulk quantities to drive the wholesale price down
* Sell on another auction site other than eBay – there are heaps to choose from and profit margins are usually better. Craigslist is also a good place to sell if you live in the USA. (Let us know if you need more suggestions for places to sell online)
* Buy liquidation – this lets you get product for pennies on the dollar. (I’ll let you in on a secret, this is how lots of powersellers make money on eBay these days)
* Find a niche market with few competitors – collectibles and one-off items have amazing profit margins, even on eBay.
Hope this helps. :) Let us know if you need us to gather a list of suppliers. :)