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Regent Products www.regentproducts.com is a general merchandise and dollar store supplier located in River Grove, Illinois. They have multiple showrooms located in Miami, Detroit and Philadelphia as well as attending the major trade shows. Being in so many locations makes it easier for you to review the entire line of 3,000 general merchandise products that they carry. They have a diverse product line that covers 20 categories which also includes a great selection of seasonal products. The have been in business since 1985 and are a direct importer and buyer of branded closeouts.

They have a basic site that allows you to order as well as request catalogs. The ordering process is secure, however, the navigation can be a bit confusing so take your time and look around and go back to the category pages to find additional products if you get lost. You should also note the closeout products section towards the bottom of the site as they currently are running a .25 cent special.

Again if you are looking for seasonal merchandise, they have you covered and you can order the catalogs showing on the home page very easily. They currently are showing the catalogs for the following holidays: Halloween merchandise, Christmas merchandise as well as spring/summer products.

Company Information:

Order Minimum: $1,000

Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex, Money Orders, Cashiers Checks, Open Account approved credit

Regent Products Corporate Office and Showroom
8999 Palmer, River Grove, Illinois 60171-1926
Phone 708.583.1000 Fax 708.583.1400

Detroit Showroom
23840 W. 8 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48034

Miami Showroom
5390 N.W. 161st Street
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Philadelphia Showroom
300 E Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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If you are currently a Specialty Retailer or looking at getting into Specialty Retailing this is the show you should attend. It is billed as the largest specialty retailing show in the U.S. that helps you find and network with service providers, property managers, wholesalers and suppliers. The SPREE trade show is specifically targeted to the $12 billion cart and kiosk industry. Carts and kiosks are located in Shopping Malls, Fairs, Festivals, Airports and any other location where large groups of people are located for events. Make sure you also check out the seminars which range from how to select a location and product to more advanced information on how to staff and grow your existing business.

With over 100+ exhibitors you are sure to find top selling product trends and information on what type of locations are the hottest.

Show Details:

Registration: http://www.spreeshow.com/register.php

Cost: Free – if your register prior to the event

Date: April 15th-17th, 2008

Location: Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

Hours: April 15th & 16th: 1 p.m – 6 p.m. April 17th: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 5:47 am

Four Seasons – 4sgm.com – General Merchandise

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Four Season Approved

At 600,000 square feet of warehouse space, Four Seasons General Merchandise is one of the largest General Merchandise wholesalers on Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles, California and for that matter on the West Coast. When Bruce and John started the company back in 1984 they had an idea that a quality general merchandise wholesaler and distributor was needed. Based on the success and growth of the company since its start, they were right on the mark with the idea. They have built the business based on a core philosophy of: Have the best quality merchandise, cover all the major categories and above all provide Great Customer Service!

If you looking to start or have any of the following type of store formats, Four Seasons General Merchandise is a great source of quality and licensed products: Dollar stores, 99 cent stores, discount stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, supermarkets, drug stores, distributors, dollar item suppliers, wholesale dollar stores, international importers. 4sgm.com is also a great source of products for charities looking for fund raisers or charitable donations for any type of product drive.

Site is easy to use and requires registration to order. As with most wholesale supplier sites the registration will ask you for basic business information with additional question to customize your experience with them. They have a strict Privacy Policy and will not share your information. They also actively update the site with seasonal product needs as well as have a designated area of the site for licensed products. Categories are easy to navigate and have an area broken down by price point for dollar store buyers. One of the strongest and best selling categories they have is Baby Products, they have such a deep assortment of wholesale baby products you will be able to stock all the items you need from one source.

The Licensed Products they have are from some of the best retailing brands available: Disney, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Crayola, Betty Boop, Spiderman, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob, Playboy and too many others to list.

Once you have become a customer they also have a printed catalog and flyer that they send out with specially priced products. I do suggest checking out the site and see the great assortment of products that they carry.

Company Information:

Showroom & Warehouse Location: 2801 E. Vernon Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90058

Telephone: 323-582-4444 Fax: 323-582-9630

email: Sales@4sgm.com

Monday-Friday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm PST

Site Payment Methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Cashier’s and Traveler’s Check, Wire Transfer and Money Orders.

Secure Site Protected By: Hacker Safe and VeriSign Secured

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Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Via Trading – Overstocks & Customer Returns

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Via Trading

Via Trading is a large volume purchaser of major department store and big box retailers overstocks and customer returned merchandise. www.viatrading.com has developed relationships over the years that allows them to obtain truckloads of merchandise that they are able to sell for as little as 5% of retail, pricing the product they sell well below wholesale pricing. They receive new product on a daily basis and have a fast turn of inventory so you need to check the site often as well as call them to see what is new. The good thing about buying from them is it allows you to get major brand name products at amazing prices.

Making money off of returned store merchandise can be hard work. However, if you are willing to put in the effort you can make good money. If you have a retail store, swap meet, flea market or sell on line with eBay or even have your or online store this can be a great source of wholesale merchandise. Keep in mind that most of the time, the products you are buying are in pallets and assorted without manifests and that an x% factor of product you will not be able to sell do to damage. You will never get the same mix of product unless you are buying a specific overstock item. This can make it a bit confusing as you will need to spend the time sorting and digging through the product to make sure you maximize your profits.

The website is easy to use and has products broken down by the following categories: Hard Goods, Soft Goods, Fashion, Fashion Accessories, Footwear, Tools, Cosmetics, Perfumes, HBA. They list product by pricing categories and even have an area of the site that shows merchandise that is appropriate for eBay. They also have live online help that can assist you directly from the website.

They welcome you to stop by the warehouse without an appointment and are open 68 hours a week. If you can’t see them at the warehouse or not able to buy online, you can visit them at one of the trade shows they attend. I just saw them at the ASD/AMD show and the booth was packed. That is always a good sign that you have something people can sell.

Contact Information:

Toll Free: 1-877-202-3616
Fax: 1-877-677-5975
Int’l Phone:+323 232 1616
Int’l Fax:+323 232 1717

Via Trading Corporation
2750 S Alameda St,
Vernon, CA, 90058

Open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Email: sales@ViaTrading.com

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Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 5:40 am

Cssincusa.com – Closeout Supplier

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CSS Inc. is a good closeout source for branded closeout products, they buy a wide assortment of closeouts from top manufacturers across the country. As with most of the larger closeout suppliers the website is not always current with the updated product they have recently received. After seeing them at the ASD/AMD show it is clear that not all products and categories make it to the site as timely as one would like, however, the web site www.cssincusa.com it is a good place to go to see what type of products they selling.

The have a nice assortment of closeout small home appliances that includes; Toasters, Toaster Ovens, Vacuums, Irons, Coffee Makers and Blenders that are closeouts from Faberware, Cuisinart, and Toastmaster. The also have many other closeout and overstock product categories. So if you are looking for wholesale Apparel, closeout appliances, overtstock movies, housewares and closeout HBA and general merchandise you need to check them out.

The site is a good representation of what products they carry, however, you are not able to see price and will need to contact them directly to find out what they have left in inventory as well as the selling price. Once you have become a customer they have a login to the site. Use the contact information below to contact them and see what deals you can find for your store or business today.

CSS, Inc. 440 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ – 07068

Phone: (973) 364-1118
Fax: (973) 364-1166

Hint: When buying from closeout sources you need to keep on top of them and create a good relationship with your salesman or the owner so they will think of you and your business when they receive new product. You want them to think of you give you call as soon as a hot new product is received. The product turn is so fast with the bigger closeout sources you can miss the deals if you have not created a strong relationship.

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Rhinomart.com is one of the larger closeout and overstock vendors online today. You can buy by the case, pallet or even manifested truckload quantities of branded merchandise. They carry both overstocks and customer returns from the large chain stores. If you are looking for overstock or store return electronics this is a good site to keep checking out. One of good things about the larger closeout sources is that they have a wide assortment of merchandise that changes daily. At Rhinomart.com they have products from many different product categories that include: Womens Apparel, Mens Apparel, Children’s Apparel, Electronics, Small Appliances, Automotive, Housewares, Office Supplies, Shoes, Seasonal products. They also have a very low minimum order of just $100.00 which should be easy to hit as they have a good assortment of product.

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During standard business hours they have live online support as well as a toll free number to call for additional information. The site is protected by Hackersafe and they have been in business for over 15 years.

Contact Information:

Address: Rhino Mart Inc. 15632 Dupont Ave. Chino, CA 91710

Hours: Mon – Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm (PST)

Contact: Ph: (909) 287-0911 Toll Free: (877) 447-4466 Fax: (909) 287-0811

Helpful Hint: The key to buying pallets and truckloads of returned goods to make sure you get a manifest and to understand that when you buy returns x% of the product you will not be able to sell because the merchandise is either broken or damaged beyond use. It is always wise when dealing in closeouts to read and understand shipping and return policies as well as to contact the supplier to get a % factor of non sellable merchandise.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 6:48 am

Lighter Leash – LighterLeash.com

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Ligher Leash

If you are an owner or buyer for a convenience store, liquor store, smoke shop, auto parts store or chain drug store and are looking for a good impulse seller at your point of sale, Lighter Leash® will be a good seller. Place the display container next to your lighters on your convenience counter and watch this unique item draw attention and sales. As a store owner you are always looking for new suppliers and wholesalers that have something special to create additional sales and this product should do the trick. Checkout this product and all the different designs at http://www.lighterleash.com

This unique product clips to your belt and holds a standard Bic® or similar style lighter.

They have several different Lighter Leash designs in 30 count and 60 count display units as well as with  header cards. For a quick impulse sale get this on the counter today and watch your average sale per customer grow. You can order directly from the website or by phone. If you order online make sure you register as a reseller to get the discount.

Contact Information:

Phone Orders: 800-256-6396

FOB: Largo, FL

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Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 6:02 am

Wholesale Products

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This is a new section we have just added to the site to alert our readers of fast selling and unique wholesale products we discover at trade shows or through our contacts with manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. Our goal of this section is to help you find top selling and margin building products that you can add to your existing assortment of merchandise that you retail or distribute.

Weather your a independent store owner, specialty store or chain store, this area of the site will be a good spot to check often as we bring you some great finds on our travels to the shows.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 8:55 pm

National Stationery Show – May 18-20, 2008

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The Stationery Show (www.nationalstationeryshow.com) only happens once a year at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This year, around 1,400 exhibitors will show their line of products to a wide selection of retail buyers. Buyers range from major department and chain stores to smaller independent retailers. This is one of best shows you can attend to find quality manufacturers and suppliers to help make your store different and drive profits to your bottom line. If you are a looking for merchandise for your specialty store, online business, boutique store, stationery store, mail order catalog, art gallery, gift shop, home furnishings store, party store or hospital gift store, you are sure to find many unique and new suppliers at this show.

All the majors manufacturers are present as well as many smaller unique suppliers. Around 10% of the companies exhibiting at the show this year are international companies. The exhibitors of this show carry a wide range of products that will allow you to find: picture frame suppliers, giftware manufacturers, stationery and invitation suppliers, Christmas decorations, fine writing pens, scrapbook suppliers, rubber stamp companies, greeting cards and so much more our head will spin.

Show Details:

Show Dates: May 18-21, 2008

Show Hours: Sunday – Tuesday – 9 am – 6 pm and Wednesday 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – 11th Avenue at 34th-39th Streets – New York, NY

Buyer Registration: E-Mail: customerrelations@glmshows.com or Call (800) 272-SHOW

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Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Off-Price Apparel Show – May 6-7, 2008

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Off Price Apparel Show

The tag line for this show is, “You have to Buy Right to Sell Right”… This tag line is music to my ears, in retail the money is always made on the buy side and this show is truly one that can help you increase your margins. The jobbers and wholesalers that exhibit at this show have apparel at 20%-70% off on original manufacturer’s wholesale price.

Attendees range from small mom & pop stores to larger chain stores all looking for wholesale and closeout apparel clothing deals. The following apparel categories are represented at the show: Mens Apparel, Womens Apparel, Boy and Girls Apparel, Infant Wear, Footwear, Accessories, Hosiery, Plus Size Clothing, Intimate, Maternity, Outerwear, Licensed and Branded apparel.

** Important note for eBay online apparel sellers regarding branded clothing. When at the show make sure that the jobber or wholesaler has a letter of release for any branded product. This will not solve all issues related to eBay VeRO program, however, it will at least ensure that you did your due diligence before buying and if you can produce the letter to eBay it can help you avoid possible suspension or removal of the auction from the site. I would make sure you get familiar with requirements of this program to avoid possible issues.

Date: May 6th and 7th, 2008

Location: South Point Casino – 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89183

Registration Link: https://secure.rhq.com/offprice/attreg/index.cgi

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