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Things to be aware of when uploading product photos without inventory from wholesale jewelry suppliers

Things to be aware of when uploading product photos without inventory from wholesale jewelry suppliers

These days, many sellers upload only product photos on their websites without actually stocking the items from wholesale jewelry suppliers. In such cases, there are a few things to be cautious about.

Accessory sellers

There are two main methods: one is consignment sales, and the other is purchasing products from Jewelry Market, taking photos, and then selling without holding inventory.

Firstly, with consignment sales, sellers upload product photos onto their websites after taking them from wholesale or supply sites. Customers can then place orders, and sellers, who don’t have inventory, order the products from suppliers upon receiving orders.

Operating without inventory reduces the burden on sellers, but the downside is that suppliers may sometimes be out of stock when orders come in.

Another method is when sellers purchase products directly from wholesale jewelry Market, take photos, and then sell them in their online stores. After selling out the initially purchased products, they don’t restock until new orders come in. In such cases, they purchase products from wholesale jewelry suppliers only when orders are received.

Now, let me share some points to note about the structure of wholesale markets.

wholesale jewelry suppliers

Most fashion and jewelry wholesale businesses in wholesale jewelry suppliers generally carry the products. While some are ready for immediate sale as finished products, most are in semi-finished stages, such as items before plating or as components.

Therefore, when sellers (retailers or online sellers) go to wholesale suppliers after receiving orders, it’s fortunate if the suppliers have the stock, but it’s not uncommon for them to be out of stock.

While it may seem unreasonable for wholesale markets not to have stock since they’re wholesale markets, it’s practically impossible to always have stock of all products.

Wholesale suppliers primarily keep products in semi-finished states to save on production costs. There’s no need to tie up money in production costs for products whose sales timing is uncertain. Also, pre-made products can deteriorate or lose quality over time.

accessory components

Similarly, products assembled from components aren’t usually kept as finished products either. This is because pre-assembled products would tie up labor costs as production costs in advance. Additionally, components are often used across multiple designs, so there’s no reason to pre-make specific designs. Therefore, wholesale accessory market suppliers may not have stock or may not produce certain products when ordered.

When orders are placed with wholesale jewelry suppliers, if they need to send products to plating factories or start assembling from components, there may be delays of 2-4 days. This can cause disruptions if sellers want to ship products to customers on the same or following day after receiving orders.

Moreover, there are cases where wholesale suppliers have to produce products due to lack of stock. To produce a design, a minimum of 200-300 pairs is usually required. In the case of assembled products, various components are needed, and sometimes suppliers may not have them in stock when ordered.

However, wholesale suppliers usually don’t want to stock additional inventory just to supply 2-3 retail stores. Even if they re-order at wholesale Market and there’s no stock, they may not be able to produce more due to differences in production environments. In such cases, they simply inform that there’s no stock.

In summary, sellers, whether online or retail, should be aware that there’s a high probability of stockouts when placing orders with wholesale suppliers after receiving customer orders. If there’s no stock at wholesale jewelry suppliers, it could lead to unnecessary tasks like contacting customers for refunds or suggesting alternative products.

Ideally, it’s best for sellers to always have 2-3 units of inventory for the products they’re selling.

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