Thursday, September 13, 2007

What to Look for in a Wholesale Electronic Supply Distributor

When it comes to wholesale electronic supply distributors, there are hundreds out there. You should screen them all to find the perfect match for your company.

Begin by ensuring that the prospective wholesale electronic supply company has a solid datafeed. Most companies will not let you see the datafeed until you are approved for an account. You can handle this in a couple of ways. You can sign up for the account and then check out the datafeed to see how quality it is. Or, you can simply email the wholesale electronic supply company and ask about their datafeed.

If the company you are interested in does not have a datafeed, I would cut my losses and move on to the next one. Why? A datafeed and an FTP program can save you much work in the form of copying and pasting information.

Of course, you are going to want to price shop. Most wholesale electronic supply distributors have very similar pricing varying from item group to item group. But, you will run into that price gouger that will attempt to gain your business and then way over charge you for goods severely limiting your profits. I've run into many of these. Just move on. I wouldn't even try to negociate.

Find out if the potential wholesale electronic supply distributor has images for all of their products. You don't want to be searching all over the Internet for images. That is a pain not worth enduring. Why? Well, once you find the image, you will have to get written permission from the owner to use it to avoid copyright infringement. That isn't any fun at all and could require a full time staff to accomplish.

Even better, ensure that your wholesale electronic supply company has images available for FTP download. That makes it very quick and painless.