Whether you are looking for stones, crystals, beads, wire or other supplies and tools, you can find everything you are looking for online – at really great prices! You can order the supplies directly, or request a catalog from hundreds of different suppliers.
If at all possible avoid sites that ask for payment to receive the catalog or sites that require you to pay for membership. You might be required to place a minimum order with some companies. And others require verification of your tax identification number too. (That's a topic for another day.)
Before entering into a contractual relationship with a company or buying bulk remember it's important to check the refund and exchange policies. Another cautionary measure is to check the legitimacy of an online business with the BBB online. If there have been any complaints, the BBB will have a record of it, and that information is available to the public at no charge.
If shopping online makes you really uncomfortable, there are other ways to find jewelry wholesale supplies. Search for wholesalers online and then call them directly to place your order. You can find the contact information for most companies on their website where it says ‘contact us’ or ‘about us.’ You can also purchase your supplies through discount stores in your area. However, you should be aware that you will not be paying wholesale prices. You will be paying discounted retail prices. Wholesale prices are much cheaper – especially when you make purchases in bulk quantities.
So if you plan to grow your business and you want to offer competitive prices you might consider buying in bulk at wholesale prices. There a many great companies and artists out there who offer reasonable prices and great deals on jewelry making supplies.