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How To Approach A New Wholesale Vendor Or Supplier When You Have No Store, No Site And No Sales

In this post, you will learn how to approach a new wholesale vendor or supplier whether you’re dropshipping, selling wholesale, or private label.

You’ve put together a list of potential vendors that you want to work with either from a tradeshow or from a manufacturer’s distributor list.

You’ve never purchased in bulk before. You don’t have a website or a domain and you are extremely apprehensive about contacting your vendors for the very first time.

A voice inside your head tells you…Maybe I should put up a website first. Maybe I should start a corporation or an LLC. Maybe I need business cards:)

But in reality, you should be figuring out what you want to sell and nailing down your product sourcing strategy as soon as you can.

Recently, I received this email from one of my readers who was a bit apprehensive about contacting their first vendor.

Hi, Just want to say thanks for the extensive information you provide on your site. I have found it quite valuable and encouraging.

I’m just starting out with my new venture and was hoping you could help? I have decided on the kind of product I would like to work with but I’ve come to a grinding halt at the thought of contacting my supplier. The kind of things that run through my mind are:

1. How do I approach my supplier e.g. what kind opening letter/email should I write? 2. Should I have e and have my website up and running before I make contact with my supplier? 3. How do I deal with the question – How long have you been in business for?

So, I was hoping you could shed some light on the above and whether you have any samples of letters/emails you may have used in the begging when first making contact with your potential new supplier?

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