Becoming an official distributor for a slow cooker brand, HELP NEEDED.

by spannerfilms. Posted on Sep 14, 2020    4    3


tl;dr, there are no slow cookers in my home country, I want to contact a brand that I love to see if I can sell them 'officially' here, and what kind of deal can we work out.

I'm from South America, and the last time I was in the US I got myself a slow cooker after the internet hype. Damn it, was it worth it.

A few weeks ago it finally broke after five years of heavy usage. I bought the only slow cooker in my local market, a chinesium/plastic abomination that is showing signs of deterioration after a few weeks. Not to mention I'm much more hesitant to leave it plugged in and working when I'm not home.

I found the new model of my old slow cooker and the shipping plus import fees are exorbitant when buying one unit on Amazon and having it shipped, not to mention that warranties or any kind of after-sale support is non existent, if say the product arrives damaged or DOA.

Many friends have shown interest in my slow cooker (old one) and having some business experience, my own business, and occasionally importing things in small volumes to sell to colleagues or friends, I was thinking about contacting the brand and seeing if there is any way to become a vendor for them, either by negotiating a distributor pricing, getting a few units to set up my business before making a big purchase, or something like that.

I've never done anything like this, and I would like to know the correct way to do this. If I ran a big company and some weirdo from the other side of the globe sent me an email saying he wants to sell my product -and what can i do for them- it'd go directly to trash.


Comments

SafetyMan35 1

First, I am not sure where you are I. South America, but selling electric products comes with a lot of regulatory hurdles in many countries. That can mean tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures before you sell a single unit (this is likely why the manufacturer hasn’t pierced that market yet).

Second, many manufacturers require a physical commercial location before they will engage with you. They may require minimum number of units/dollars for your first order. This could be thousands of units, so ask about that as well.

BongBiz 1

Their website may have a “wholesale” section where you could apply to become a vendor.

From my experience, they’ll require a few documents (business licenses and what not) to set up a wholesale acct. Not sure if this applies to out of country vendors as the licensing requirements may be different in your area.

MickChicken2 3

> If I ran a big company and some weirdo from the other side of the globe sent me an email saying he wants to sell my product -and what can i do for them- it'd go directly to trash.

Why? I think what you are suggesting is a good idea. I'd try and reach out to them on their website or something, it shouldn't be too hard to get in front of a salesmen and tell them you wanna become a vendor. It would probably be worth looking around their website and seeing if there is good info on how to do it.