This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more hereX

Home > Discussion Forum

Discussion Forum

Mr.T Mr.T is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 60
Contacting suppliers


I've been reading the forum for a while now, but this is my first post.

I’m planning to open a shop selling designer watches and sunglasses, i've been saving for quite a while now and have now got the funds to start the business, however I am really struggling to get the suppliers i need
I have contacted the designers/manufactures that I want to stock however i'm getting pretty much the same response from all off them. Basically they say that I need to have a premises/business before they will even talk to me about suppling me, they won't even give me a rough idea of how much the stock will cost me. The problem is I can't really get premises first and then contact suppliers to see how much all the stock will cost. So I’m pretty much stuck

Any ideas on how I can get the suppliers to talk to me without committing £1000's on getting premises before I even found out if I can make a profit??

Many Thanks
Reply With Quote
BEN's Avatar BEN BEN is offline
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 486

I know how you feel!!

I had a call from Oakley on Friday about a project I'm working on, you ahve to have a shop....which has to be vetted by an Oaklet rep!

On top of that, I had to buy a 6k starter pack from them which included most of their range.

I know this good for them, branding, image etc....but no good for the web punter like me :-(

They dont even sell to wholesalers.

Drop me a line if you get lucky, as I'm buying from wholesalers.

Welcome BTW!
> - U.K. Motocross & Dirtbike Directory
> - For MotoGP Addicts!
> - Sniffing out the best Dog insurance deals!

Email/PM me for link exchanges on the above sites
Reply With Quote
1stforfurniture's Avatar 1stforfurniture 1stforfurniture is offline
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 122
perhaps you should consider the trade exhbitions? Its a good way to actually meet with rep's and barter for order values etc.

Unfortunately, you really do need to have a company formed and have trading premises before most ''big" suppliers will deal with you, fortuantely i had the contacts before starting up, which helps big time.

One the next trade fairs is trade expo, in earls court 12-14 june
Living, Dining and Bedroom Furniture of Quality and Distinction.

As seen on Channel Four's Trouble Online Programme

T: 0845 2000 369


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Copyright Shell LiveWIRE 2005-2009