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Question added to topic MarketingAugust 8, 2007

How do I determine a wholesale price for my product?

While selling my hand-crafted knives at an art show, we were asked by galleries for a wholesale price. Are there general rules we should use to determine a wholesale price?
Every industry has an accepted discount structure.  The discount structure will vary from 331/3 with an additional 25% off to 40 and  25%.  The key factor for the wholesale price is really your gross profit percentage.  Since you are making knives, I would venture a guess that the industry discount structure is 40 and 25% off the suggested list price.  I would also guess that your gross profit percentage should be no less than 25% - preferably higher.

If a salesperson is involved, a wholesale transaction receives a lower sales commission than a normal user, dealer, or retail store sale.

Ray Silverstein

Ray Silverstein is the president of PRO: President's Resource Organization , a network of peer advisory boards for small business owners. He is author of two books: The Best Secrets of Great Small Businesses and the new Small Business Survival Guide: How to Survive (and Thrive) in Tough Times . He can be reached at 1-800-818-0150 or ray@propres.com .

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