Shoe Vendor List
All you need is a sellers permit, and most of the trade shows are free to attend. But, majority of your vendors will be overseas. Why? Because it’s much cheaper. When you buy wholesale through the US, you’re not going to get the best prices. In fact, the best prices will be overseas. Either that, or buying directly from the manufacturer. Keep in mind, buying overseas can be a little stressful especially when it comes to shipping and how long it may take to receive.
Communication can be an issue, because if your vendor is in China..a lot of them don’t communicate well and if something goes wrong with your order; you need to make sure your vendor knows what he/she is doing. The minimum quantity order is usually higher, especially because it is in a factory. Quality control is MAJOR, especially since you’ll be dealing with a vendor overseas, you must be able to handle quality control over the product. But of course, indeed it’s a huge investment to get your products overseas. The upfront investment is definitely worth it If I may add.
Once you build a great relationship with your vendor(s), you can start competitively price your products. Majority of the times, you can start customizing your own products through the vendor, especially if you already trust them and you’re always buying through them. Which means you’ll be able to start selling your own goods that no one else because you’re specifically getting it designed by your very own manufacturer.