Electronics buyers have a wide variety of suppliers to choose from. You can research and buy a laptop in a store or online with similar results. If you need to supply laptops to an entire office, school, or other organization, you may want to buy in bulk. The biggest risk in buying in bulk is falling for a scam and losing your money or financial information. Make sure to make the purchase based on the price as well as the security of the transaction. Learn how to buy laptops in bulk.
Step 1. Decide if you want to buy used or new laptops
Many businesses specialize in one or the other. If you buy refurbished laptops, it will probably be cheaper, but they will also be older computers with no warranty.
Step 2. Beware of scams
They are widespread in wholesaling because most of the electronics market has moved to the internet. Beware of the following scams when buying computers in bulk:
- Don't use any website that charges monthly or annual membership fees to buy electronics in bulk. If there are setup fees, or other superfluous fees, the company is probably trying to get your financial information. You shouldn't have to pay for them unless you're buying directly. Take this as a red flag if the wholesale center asks you for a deposit for looking for laptops, which would later be used as part of payment. If you send a check or a payment by Paypal you will make sure not to give your bank details.
- Beware of broker scams. In practice, you think that you are communicating with a wholesaler, when in reality you are speaking with an intermediary who uses you to get customers and arrange payment directly with them. Many people are duped into work-from-home opportunities that actually make them pay service fees for nothing.
- Sites that claim to have independent reviews are very rarely seriously independent. Businesses pay these sites to raise their product ratings, so the highest rated ones are actually usually the ones that pay a higher commission. Do not base your purchase on these sites.
Step 3. Look for certified wholesalers
To avoid rebinding and middlemen, you can investigate whether the wholesaler has any independent verification. This way you can choose a wholesaler who buys directly from the manufacturer.
Sites like WorldWideBrands.com allow you to search for certified wholesalers. If you find a wholesale laptop supplier, ask for their certification and check it on the official site to see if they are honest
Step 4. Go to compexchange
com to get used laptops.
This business is certified by the Better Business Bureau and they offer phone, online and instant messaging support.
Step 5. Purchase Refurbished Laptops from Dell's Auction Site
Many used laptops are auctioned on Dellauction.com. They are reconditioned to Dell specifications, and offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all purchases.
Step 6. Go to Alibaba
com to search for laptops through national and international providers.
Wholesalers and brokers have accounts on this site, where they offer wholesale products, and where they handle trust transactions.
- In a trust transaction, the money or bond remains in the hands of a third party until the transaction has been successfully completed. Banks or loan agencies are the ones that usually save the money or the bond for the wholesaler.
- DHGate is another wholesaler that has connections to laptop suppliers around the world. Although they do not have escrow transactions, some products have a 7-day money-back guarantee. Look for this guarantee before buying in bulk.
Step 7. Call a computer manufacturer directly to inquire about their wholesale prices
If you've already chosen a specific model, you can probably get a discount of at least 10 percent if you buy more than 10 computers. Prices vary by manufacturer.
Step 8. Buy laptops on eBay
This auction site usually sells lots of 4-10 laptops to the highest bidder. Try to offer what you think the laptops are worth, to make a good deal.
eBay transacts through PayPal, which can hold some purchases for up to 2 weeks while you wait for shipment. If you have a problem with the order, you can send a complaint to PayPal so they can decide on the return of the product or money
Step 9. Search Liquidation
com and OnSale.com.
These Better Business Bureau-accredited merchants can supply wholesale computers from different manufacturers. Make sure you know their return policy and any security checks they have to make sure they are from reputable sellers.