It is a fact that wholesale fresh water pearls are cheaper than the retail ones.
If you go into the jewelers in the Mall you will have to pay for pearls with a markup of perhaps 3 or 400 percent minimum. The pearl farm have their costs and profit margin to maintain. Also the wholesaler and the retailer also have their mark up to include, which all adds up to a tidy sum at the end of the day.
Buying pearls wholesale is a different matter. It is possible to buy pearls but, by definition a wholesaler sells to those who resell the product on, so if you are a consumer then strictly speaking you are not buying pearls wholesale.
In order to improve their sales, dealers call themselves wholesalers in order to attract more customers so it is important to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff here. Is the dealer really a wholesaler? Or just saying so in order to attract more customers.
One way to ensure you are buying pearls from a Wholesaler is by going to a Pearl Farm yourself or a dealer who does sell pearls wholesale, having bought them direct from the farm. You can find these on the net of course and you will need to do some due diligence to ensure that they are in fact a wholesaler and not just a retailer in disguise trying to sell more pearls.
There are a number of ways you can check this.
Do you have to have an account with the dealer to buy pearls from them? Most wholesalers expect you to have an account with them. This is a little more than signing up on a website and having a user name and password. You would be expected to provide more details about yourself and your business. They might even ask about how many pearls you would expect to sell in a given period.
Is there a minimum quantity you can buy? If you are buying wholesale, yes there is likely a minimum number of pearls you would buy at once.
How do the prices compare to a known retailer? Of course they should be less. If they are not, beware, it is likely to be a retailer in disguise! It pays therefore to check out the prices asked by both normal dealers and ‘wholesalers’.
As a buyer of wholesale pearls one should have some understanding and knowledge about pearls. This website will have just about all the information you will need but it is wise to accumulate as much information as you p[possibly can. The more you know the better bargains you will find.
It is as well to keep in mind that there is really no such thing as ‘wholesale pearls’ unless you are also a trader. Most of the traders are aware of each other and deal with each other.
Having said that, there ARE wholesale traders who will also sell to the customer. One does need to ferret them out.
Lastly, wholesale fresh water pearls are out there, you just have to find them.