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Buy Bali Silver Beads Wholesale When You're in Business, For Goodness' Sake

When you start a jewelry business, there's a certain point when you realize you're no longer just doing this for a hobby. You're in it for the long term and you're serious about wanting to make money off of your craft.  If you use Bali silver beads, either spacer beads, caps, or focal beads, you're going to want to get them wholesale rather than run down to the nearest crafting store and pay retail.

It's hard to avoid buying jewelry making tools and supplies retail, unless you have a large business.  But beads are a different matter, and sterling silver is expensive.  You want to purchase high cost supplies like sterling silver wire, precious metal chain, and Bali silver beads wholesale, in bulk.

The problem is finding the places who offer not just retail prices on precious metal supplies, but true bulk wholesale prices.  Years ago, I bought my beads in bulk at Zeelver.com and The Jewelweaver.  Luckily, wholesale silver jewelry wire, sheet blanks, and bead prices require that you buy in quantity, but still not an unreasonable quantity for the small business owner.

When looking for suppliers who offer Bali silver beads wholesale to the general public - that is, without requiring you to show evidence of a business license - look for those who allow you to mix and match, ideally. If they don't explicitly say they allow you to combine styles to reach your quantity quota, then look for a cash minimum.  For example, you might need to spend $100 (or another amount) to get wholesale prices on your order.

When the wholesale prices for beads and findings are based on buying several of one particular design - like all Bali bead caps -  then pick a Bali bead, clasp, eyepin, and other finding design that's likely to be a staple in your jewelry making, such as sterling silver spacer beads, sterling silver clasps, or sterling silver bead caps.
 
Get the other stuff at other vendors, as there's a good chance you may not need bulk Balinese focal beads.

 
Buy from jewelry supply stores that adjust their prices to the current market prices for silver, unless you can find a wholesaler with old stock that bases its Bali silver bead wholesale prices on their cost when silver was running lower - I know The Jewelweaver did this in the past.  I don't know if they're still doing this.

Don't be fooled by jewelry supply stores that offer wholesale prices, yet with prices that are actually comparable to those you can find elsewhere, retail. Shop around. And don't just choose one suppliers. Choose the best Bali silver bead supplies or jewelry supplies store or stores for each product type.

Lastly, don't buy more than you're likely to need in the next year or two. Especially if you're buying a new Bali bead style or a new gauge of jewelry wire that you've never used before - because unloading silver jewelry supplies is not as easy as finding them in bulk.

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