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How can you purchase wholesale items online?

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Purchase wholesale items online by visiting whole specialty sites such as WholesaleCentral.com, DollarDays.com or Alibaba.com, as well as auction sites such as eBay.com, as of 2015. Each site offers a variety of products available for bulk purchases, typically carrying a discount on the per unit price of the item, though some include links to other retailers as well.

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WholesaleCentral.com is a wholesale directory that allows businesses to find distributors of products across numerous categories, ranging form clothing and electronic to home goods and jewelry. Users are able to click on a product category to see a list of related product types, each of which links to a page that contains registered wholesalers that supply those items. The wholesalers on this site only sell to businesses in bulk orders and do not accept purchases from regular consumers.

DollarDays.com requires users to create a free account with the site in order to view the prices on many of its items, which cover numerous common retail categories. After creating an account, users are able to make orders for different combinations of items, some of which may carry a minimum order to ship.

Alibaba.com is a marketplace for manufacturers that includes a separate wholesale section. Users need to choose a product category in order to see the available inventory from different suppliers and make orders according to quantity needs.

Auction site eBay.com often contains wholesale lot listings from sellers, though availability and selection may vary over time and between products.

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