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wholesale audio club q&a
if you are new to the electronics industry:
i have compiled this new question and answer outline, so the new dealers can brush up on the terms used in our industry.
ready to get started.
a: a manufacturer is the maker of the brand. most manufacturers of mobile
electronics reside in china & korea. (although some of the better brands do
manufacture here in the usa)
a: a distributor is a privately owned mass supplier to the dealers. the distributor has massive buying power and stocks each electronics item in large quantities.
most wholesale electronics distributors here in the usa sell at the same "dealer price" that the actual manufacturer does. the distributors function is to supply the electronics goods at a closer proximity without a price increase to the licensed dealer. keep in mind, using "will-call" is a way to save $$. simply search for the distributors in your state after completion of your membership. you will save tons on shipping - by picking up the orders yourself. ( will-call )
there are over 145 massive 50,000 sq foot wholesale electronics warehouses
across the united states. chances are there are many near you. remember,
these companies only sell to licensed retailers / dealers / internet sellers
a: a drop shipper is a wholesale distributor that is willing to ship to more than 1 location for you. a drop ship distributor will ship anything to anyone, any state.
you pay for the product, they ship it directly to your customer. you never touch the product. this saves on shipping costs, therefore increasing your profit potential.
a: all real wholesalers require a valid tax i.d. and or business license from all applicants. real wholesale distributors will clearly mark their sites and catalogs with
"wholesale sales only to dealers" a real wholesale distributor will never sell to the general public. your wholesale sources remain confidential.
a: a factory rep is the guy who calls on the dealers for the manufacturers. he sells and trains the dealers. all manufacturers have "reps"
we list all 12 volt reps here in the united states within the main wholesale audio club logged in section. you will only need to deal with the factory rep when you buy direct and not through a wholesale distributor.
q: what are trade shows?
a: a trade show is the place where all of the manufacturers show their new
products to the dealers and the wholesale distributors. each year there are
several confidential trade shows for the consumer electronics industry. you
must be a licensed dealer at least,.. to attend these shows. we of course
list all of the best trade shows for the consumer electronics industry
within the logged in section of the main club site. you will have access
within a few hours of activation. call and reserve your hotel room for the
winter consumer electronics show! see ya there!
a: trade schools are schools / colleges / that provide education on specific
trades. of course we list all of the trade schools for mobile electronics
here in the usa - within the logged in section of the main club site. there
are many schools providing classes on mobile electronics / car audio
installation and sales.
a: a retailer is a dealer / outlet that sells to anyone. examples include:
circuit city, best buy, the good guys, audio express etc.....
a: see " what is a retailer" above.
a: a master distributor is also known as a "parallel distributor" these companies carry double quantities as well as have the "harder to locate brands"
master distributor can also be simply a "large scale" distributor. they buy
in massive 60
ft. container lots and
offer amazingly low wholesale prices. wholesale audio club uncovers the real
master-wholesalers of car and some home audio here in the united states. we
make it easy for the small dealer to plug in to where the big boys buy their
goods. get ready to take your business to the next level and beyond.
a: e-bay is an auction house. small dealers and private sellers list their
goods for sale to the highest bidder. our members have much more success
selling through custom web sites, although if done right, you can make
thousands on e-bay. its all about finding nitch products. it can be
done,....however, we suggest selling through small shops, and custom web
sites made for selling audio. the flea market, local high schools..... are
also great places to sell audio & electronics.
a: billions are spent each year on consumer electronics. do you know anyone
who doesn�t own a stereo? why not sell things people need and use. everyone
uses audio & electronics items! plus, you love electronics too right? go
ahead and put some of those profits in your pocket.
a: net-30 is where you buy products on credit throughout the month and the
distributor sends you a bill for the entire months purchases. n-30 = net 30
a: cod means cash on delivery. ups offers cod services for mail order
dealers who will ship the oder to the customer and have them pay ups upon
delivery of the item. then ups sends you the check or money order.
a: see ( net-30 ) above. an open account is where you buy on credit from the
distributor. you will be invoiced monthly for your purchases. you must apply
for any and all net-30 or open terms.
a: pre-paid shipping means that you have reached the desired volume or
dollar amount to qualify for the order to be shipped "pre-paid freight" the
distributor is paying for the shipping. usually this happens at the $2,500
a: a container is a "railway container" these are the big shipping containers you see on the railroad lines. large volume distributors and retailers order in this way.
there are 40 foot and 60 foot rail containers.
a: a skid is a pallet of merchandise found in a wholesale warehouse. usually a skid will be shrink wrapped and ready for transport. if you can, its best to buy "a skid" at a time from the larger wholesalers. you will receive discounts based on volume orders. every wholesaler will offer additional discounts based on larger volume quantities.
it is not necessary to buy "skids"
a: volume means quantity. the larger the volume, the larger the quantity.
a: an importer is a large warehouse that brings in its merchandise from
outside of the united states.
a: a (parallel) distributor is a wholesale distributor known for carrying
brands that can only be purchased parallel through other mass
merchants. in other words, they are not direct with the manufacturer. often
the warranty from such distributors is �repair only�
a: purchase order means to place an order for purchase. the �buyer� of the
electronics store usually generates store purchase orders to be filled by
the various wholesale distributors.
a: see �purchase order� above
a: a purchase order number is the number assigned to the purchase order for
record keeping by the stereo shop and the supplier.
a: rma = return merchandise authorization it is customary to receive a rma
reference number from your supplier prior to sending any merchandise back
for repair or re-stock.
a: most all wholesalers / distributors & manufacturers require a rma prior
to acceptance of your return. if you send something back without a rma, its
likely it won�t be processed.
a: a tax id is a number that is assigned to you by the federal government.
this number gives you the right to buy at wholesale with no sales tax.
a: a business license is a license issued to you by your state. this gives
you the legal ability to buy & re-sell items as a � business �
a: for information about business licensing, contact
your state capital. they can best assist you. or click
here for help.
what is an ein?
a: a ein = employer identification number and is issued by the irs.
a: wholesale audio club provides wholesale audio and electronics products (
drop-shipping ) as well as business related wholesale services that connect
your company with over 145 of the largest real B2B drop shipping consumer electronics
wholesale master distributors. we maintain the most informative confidential
wholesale car & home audio data-base in the usa.
we provide a broadcast fax service for you as well to all of the other
distributors so you will have catalogs and dealer price sheets from many of
the top us wholesale electronics warehouses.
click here for more information on wholesale
audio club, and how to get signed up.
a: most all of the top brands of car audio, and many great home audio names like alpine, kenwood, sony, kicker, rockford fosgate, jbl, audiosource, mtx, clarion, phoenix gold,
monster cable, jvc, and many many more�.. way to many to list here. (500
a: profit margin is the difference between what you paid for it and what you sold it for.
average profit margin on car audio amplifiers = 68% ( retail )
a: billions of dollars each year are spent on consumer electronics. all you
need is a little slice of that pie!
a: online through a custom web site, through e-bay, through the flea markets, through high schools and friends, through your garage, through a small or large store, through mail order.