Can Crafters Buy Vinyl Wholesale?

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I spend a lot of time researching reputable wholesale suppliers for Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business crafters. But, everyone always wants to know where they can buy vinyl wholesale! Let’s talk about that today.

To understand how to buy vinyl wholesale, we have to look at the flow of the vinyl before it gets in your hands. First, a manufacturer makes the vinyl. This takes place in large factories with large equipment. Some well known manufacturers of vinyl are Siser, Chemica, 3M, Orafol, Avery, and more. Next, the manufacturer sells vinyl to distributors. These distributors buy large rolls of vinyl and cut them down to size. Distributors also often have large warehouses. (Note: Some manufacturers have their own distribution centers.) Now, the vinyl is sold to retailers who sell the vinyl to end consumers either online or in a brick and mortar store.

How to Buy Vinyl Wholesale

  1. Make sure that you are a registered business in your state or county. Vinyl manufacturers will not sell to hobbyists.
  2. Be sure that you do not have any conflicts of interest. This means that you will only sell vinyl, not sell products made with vinyl. Unfortunately, this is a deal breaker for most crafters. Most vinyl distributors will not allow you to buy wholesale vinyl and sell handmade projects directly to consumers.
  3. Have a written plan that you can share with the manufacturer detailing how and where you will sell the vinyl.
  4. Reach out to the manufacturer of the vinyl you would like to buy wholesale. You’ll be expected to purchase several thousands of dollars of vinyl for your first order and, in most cases, meet monthly minimums. Some specifics for popular manufacturers: Orafol – the opening order is around $100,000. Siser – the opening order is around $10,000 with monthly minimums of around $5,000.

Let’s Recap

If you want to continue selling handmade products – you’ll need to continue buying vinyl from your favorite distributor. If you would like to abandon¬†selling handmade products and become a vinyl retailer – make sure your paperwork is in order and contact your favorite vinyl manufacturer.

Links to Distributors

Which business do you prefer: making and selling handmade products or selling vinyl to other crafters? Let me know in the comments.

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