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Los Angeles , city, seat of Los Angeles county, southern California, U.S. It is the second most populous city and metropolitan area (after New York City) in the United States. The city sprawls across a broad coastal plain situated between mountains and the Pacific Ocean; the much larger Los Angeles county, which encompasses the city, contains some 90 other incorporated cities, including Beverly Hills, Pasadena, and Long Beach.

The county also encompasses two of the Channel Islands, Santa Catalina and San Clemente; Mount San Antonio, familiarly known as Mount Baldy or Old Baldy, 10,046 feet (3,062 metres) high; more than 900 square miles (2,330 square km) of desert; and 75 miles (120 km) of seacoast. Since the city and the county are interwoven geographically, culturally, and economically, any consideration of Los Angeles must, to some degree, involve both entities.

Population density around the metropolitan area varies greatly—as low as one person per square mile in mountainous areas and as high as 50,000 per square mile near downtown Los Angeles. Area city, 466 square miles (1,207 square km); county, 4,070 square miles (10,540 square km). Pop. (2000) 3,694,820; Los Angeles–Long Beach–Glendale Metro Division, 9,519,338; Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana Metro Area, 12,365,627; (2010) 3,792,621; Los Angeles–Long Beach–Glendale Metro Division, 9,818,605; Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana Metro Area,12,828,837.

Los Angeles and vicinity.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Character of the city Los Angeles, the heart of southern California, became a world-class city very recently. At the start of the 20th century it was considered merely “a large village.” This ascendancy is all the more remarkable considering that the city originally lacked some of the essential building blocks associated with cityhood, such as a natural harbour.

Yet it overcame natural deficiencies and established itself as an important centre of commerce, agriculture, tourism, and industry. For more than a century it has been indelibly associated with a benign climate, extensive leisure, and outdoor recreation, as well as the special aura of celebrity associated with Hollywood. The lifestyle of Los Angeles residents (who are called Angelenos) relies on the automobile, idealizes the single-family dwelling, and favours informality.

With notable exceptions, the skyline is primarily horizontal rather than vertical. Los Angeles is a place of extraordinary ethnic and racial diversity, owing largely to immigration, and, like other world cities, it reflects a growing gap between rich and poor. Skyline of Los Angeles, California.© iStockphoto/Thinkstock Los Angeles has endured the barbs of many detractors. Critics refer to it either as a laid-back “la-la land” or, conversely, as a place reeling from earthquakes, fire, smog, gang warfare, and riots.

The city’s defenders admire its mild climate and geographic variety. They claim that its major social problems are similar to those of all big cities and are perhaps even less severe there than elsewhere. In fact, some observers regard it as the most modern and quintessential American city. Landscape City site Los Angeles county is a vast and varied geographic entity. It includes a group of inland valleys, a coastal plain separated by low mountains that are interspersed with steep passes, an arc of still higher mountains, and a long seacoast.

Nearly half of the county is taken up by mountain chains—most of them running east-west—that have a dynamic history of earthquakes, firestorms, and mud slides. To the north and northeast are the massive and sprawling San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains. Stretching in front of them—and more or less in parallel lines from west to east—are the Santa Monica Mountains, Puente Hills, Repetto Hills, and San Jose Hills.

These chains delineate the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and San Bernardino valleys. Farther south—running roughly between Orange and Riverside counties—are the Santa Ana Mountains. A magnificent natural feature of Los Angeles county is the coastline’s distinctive beaches, which attract millions of sun worshippers annually. Downtown Los Angeles cityscape.© Digital Vision/Getty Images Three waterways cross the county: the westward-flowing Santa Clara River in the north; the Los Angeles River in the south, extending from the San Fernando Valley east and south to the Pacific Ocean; and the San Gabriel River, which rises from the San Gabriel Mountains in the north and flows south to the ocean.

Huge floods have periodically inundated large parts of Los Angeles, and much human effort has gone into confining the waterways within concrete channels. In historic times (1825) a deluge permanently shifted the direction of the Los Angeles River channel from its westward outflow into Santa Monica Bay to a south-flowing outlet emptying into San Pedro Bay. In the winter of 1861–62, a flood left the western part of the Los Angeles basin looking like a chain of lakes dotted with islands.

The San Gabriel River also overflowed its banks and at one point merged with the Los Angeles River via a new channel called the Rio Hondo. Los Angeles River: droughtA section of the Los Angeles River affected by drought.Joshua Rainey—iStock Editorial/Thinkstock The huge, sprawling, and tortuously shaped city of Los Angeles occupies a sizable portion of the southern part of the county. It too has a varied topography, climbing from sea level at the beach community of Venice to Mount Lukens, which rises above 5,100 feet (1,550 metres).

The city started in 1781 as a tiny village of 28 square miles (73 square km) but expanded greatly through a series of annexations when it first established an ironclad legal monopoly over the Los Angeles River watershed and then brought in a new water supply from the Owens River (which rises from the Sierra Nevada, 230 miles [370 km] northeast of the city). To share in this scarce water resource—and to receive much-needed police and fire protection—neighbouring communities elected to join the city.

The annexations of Wilmington and San Pedro and a connecting narrow “shoestring” of land (1909–10) resulted when Los Angeles created a harbour and linked it to the city proper. By 1917 Los Angeles had tripled in size by adding the entire San Fernando Valley and the district of Palms. Between 1922 and 1928, 34 unincorporated areas and five cities merged with Los Angeles. As it grew, Los Angeles encircled five independent cities—Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood, Universal City, and San Fernando.

Original city districts and annexed communities—Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Hollywood, San Pedro, Encino, and Watts, for example—still retain their community names and identities. On the other hand, the city never recognized neighbourhoods as such, so these smaller units have only vague and informal boundaries. Climate The Los Angeles climate is typically classified as semiarid or Mediterranean.

It results from a harmonious interplay of at least three natural conditions: the region’s latitude is far enough south to dissipate the most severe North Pacific winter storms, a cooling layer of marine air moderates the summer sun, and the tall mountain ranges shield the region from potentially intense blasts of desert heat and cold. However, the warm climate and the bowl-like alignment of the ranges also provide the ideal conditions for another well-known Los Angeles phenomenon: photochemical smog, which has remained a part of the landscape since the 1940s.

Tough antipollution laws enacted by state and local authorities have helped reduce the motor-vehicle emissions contributing to smog formation, but air quality has continued to be a serious issue in Los Angeles, as well as in many other cities in the state. Of the region’s two seasons, one is a dry and moderately warm spell lasting roughly from April to November; the second is a wet, moderately cool, but rarely frigid period extending from November to April.

The city’s mean temperature is about 64 °F (18 °C). Temperatures can differ widely depending on location. The San Fernando Valley can be 10 °F (5.5 °C) warmer than Santa Monica in the summer and 10 °F cooler in the winter. Fog, wind speed, and elevation also determine temperature. Beach areas tend to be 10 to 15 °F (5.5 to 8 °C) cooler than downtown Los Angeles. The hottest month, August, averages 85 °F (29 °C) downtown and 68 °F (20 °C) at the ocean, only 15 miles (24 km) away.

Areas near the mountains in the San Gabriel Valley can reach 100 °F (38 °C) during the day and fall to the low 40s or 50s F (low to upper 20s C) at night. The coldest month overall is January, when icy roads can close the passes. Temperatures on the plains, however, rarely drop below 40 °F (4 °C). The annual precipitation in Los Angeles averages about 15 inches (380 mm). The central Pacific weather pattern known as El Niño has sometimes (but not always) produced more than twice the average precipitation in a given rainy season.

Prolonged rains or shorter intense downpours can trigger mud slides (more properly debris slides), especially after fires have stripped hillsides of their vegetation. The many days of sun and comparative lack of rain add to a sense of physical well-being. Blasts of Santa Ana winds, usually hot and dry, streak through the mountain passes in the fall and winter. Mystery writer Raymond Chandler wrote that during these “red winds,” “Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks.

” Natural environment Despite the great allure of the region’s natural environment, its other, less desirable elements—prolonged droughts, torrential rains, pounding surf, mud slides, wind-fanned fires, and especially earthquakes—pose serious challenges to human occupation. Earthquakes have been observed throughout the area’s recorded history. Juan Crespi, a Franciscan friar and colleague of missionary Junípero Serra’s, chronicled the expedition led by Gaspar de Portolá in 1769 and noted that a temblor lasting “as long as half an Ave Maria” toppled a soldier from his horse as they crossed the Santa Ana River.

The major fault line slicing through the area is that of the San Andreas Fault, located at its closest point just 33 miles (53 km) from downtown Los Angeles. The greatest temblors have been those centred in Long Beach in 1933 (magnitude 6.4), Sylmar in 1971 (6.6), and Northridge in 1994 (6.7). The huge Pacific Plate (containing the portion of California west of the fault) is grinding northwestward past the North American landmass at a rate of about 2 inches (5 cm) per year; in theory, at least, in tens of millions of years southern California and Los Angeles will slide past San Francisco.

Ranching, farming, and urbanization have destroyed much of the area’s original flora and fauna, yet native trees such as oaks, maples, sycamores, and willows are still abundant. The California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) blooms profusely in the spring near Lancaster, some 80 miles (130 km) north of the city, and the native chaparral blankets the mountains. Meanwhile, hundreds of exotic flowers, shrubs, and trees have been introduced.

Because nearly every kind of plant can grow in the area, the flora is exceptionally varied. Most of the familiar palm trees are exotics, as are the eucalyptus and pepper trees. Animal species that were common in the 1850s, such as the grizzly and black bears and pronghorn antelope, are long gone, but deer, raccoons, and coyotes still roam in some areas. Even a few nocturnal mountain lions, a protected species, live in the hilly parts of Beverly Hills, Tarzana, and Chatsworth.

The endangered El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is native to the county. City layout The city of Los Angeles is composed of a series of widely dispersed settlements loosely connected to downtown. It certainly does not conform to the popular Chicago school of urban theory of the 1920s and later, which held that a downtown was the main focus of community life, with its influence unfolding in a series of concentric circles out into the hinterlands.

Apart from those who work there, the vast majority of Angelenos have little connection with downtown in their daily lives and are content to work, shop, and pursue recreation in the suburbs that stretch out in all directions. Among the outlying districts that lie within the city limits are Hollywood, located northwest of downtown; Encino, Van Nuys, and North Hollywood in the San Fernando Valley; Century City, Westwood, and Venice on the West Side; San Pedro and Wilmington in the harbour area; and Boyle Heights just east of the river.

Some of the newer outlying communities, such as Warner Center, have the appearance of self-contained mini-cities. The main links connecting downtown and the suburbs are the famed Los Angeles freeways, which spread throughout the region in a vast network of concrete ribbons. A drive in any direction presents a variety of landscapes. Some roads cross the Los Angeles River, which appears in the guise of a huge, cement-lined flood-control channel.

The mountains and their steep-walled canyons are lined with shrubbery, grass, and occasional houses. Motorists glimpse some dramatic vistas; for example, a nighttime view of the San Fernando Valley from the Mulholland summit of the San Diego Freeway. In general, however, there is little to distinguish one community from another as viewed from the freeways. Cars and trucks move in solid masses, streaming steadily along at rooftop level through single-story residential areas, shopping strips, and malls.

Los Angeles: highwayCloverleaf interchange on a highway, Los Angeles.© iofoto/Fotolia There is no single manufacturing area in Los Angeles. The typical industrial establishment occupies a single-story building next to a large parking lot and can be found alongside a railroad line or near a major road or freeway that is accessed by giant trucks. All of this tends to illustrate why writer Dorothy Parker is said to have once described Los Angeles as “seventy-two suburbs in search of a city.

” Anyone familiar with a city like Chicago and its grid-based street pattern may justifiably believe that Los Angeles was never planned. The English architectural writer Reyner Banham called planning in Los Angeles “a self-canceling concept.” Yet the Spanish colonists had established the original pueblo in 1781 according to a plan laid out in the 16th-century Laws of the Indies, and the county later maintained a general grid for outlying tracts, roads, and highways.

An imaginative and extensive regional planning proposal to preserve open space, completed in 1924 by the planning firm headed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., failed to gather enough support to slow the powerful tendencies toward urban sprawl and the preference for automobiles. Still, the original designs of smaller planned communities in outlying areas such as Westwood and Palos Verdes Estates have achieved acclaim.

Downtown Los Angeles brings hundreds of thousands of Angelenos to its government and commercial offices and its cultural facilities. It has distinctive subareas—Civic Center, Music Center, Spring Street, Broadway, Chinatown, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, Library Square, and the Staples Center. Although these areas are crowded during workdays, most are nearly deserted in the evenings. Bunker Hill has by and large the tallest, newest, and most-imposing buildings in the city.

Downtown has never housed many factories and lost most of its major department stores, theatres, restaurants, and residences when the freeways were constructed; it also has relatively few residents. The wholesale marts for garments, jewelry, toys, furniture, flowers, and produce, however, are among the busiest enterprises anywhere in southern California. Since the 1980s, the city has taken significant steps to redevelop downtown by increasing housing stock, accommodating new recreational and cultural activities, and inviting pedestrian activity.

Loft conversions have created new condominium living spaces. The river is seen as a major recreational asset. Downtown’s greatest deficiencies are its large Skid Row area (sometimes called Central City East) and its lack of housing for middle- and lower-income families and the shops and amenities that make life agreeable at street level. People The relative positions of ethnic and racial groups in Los Angeles have shifted significantly with time.

When the city began under Spanish rule in 1781, whites (i.e., people of European ancestry) were in the minority. Twenty-six of the 44 original settlers were of African, Native American, or mixed ancestry. From the late 19th to the early 20th century, whites became dominant; so many white Midwesterners arrived in Los Angeles during that time that it was nicknamed “the seacoast of Iowa.” With the exception of some eastern European Jews who arrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, southern California drew relatively few of the immigrant groups from eastern and southern Europe that populated the cities of the eastern United States.

With the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910 and the subsequent influx of Mexican agricultural workers in California, the nonwhite population began to increase. In the 1970s Los Angeles attracted many other ethnic groups, and in the course of the subsequent decades it became one of the most diverse metropolises in the country, if not in the world. In the early years of the 21st century, California reached the status of a “minority-majority state”—one in which the combined population of minorities exceeds the majority population.

Los Angeles county has the largest Hispanic (the term Latino is also used in southern California), Asian, and Native American populations of any county in the United States. African Americans make up about one-tenth of the total population; in the early 21st century their numbers declined somewhat as middle-class families abandoned the traditionally African American neighbourhoods for newer suburbs as far away as San Bernardino county.

Compton and Inglewood, which once had African American majorities, have become predominantly Latino. Women performing a traditional Mexican dance at a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Los Angeles, 2002.Kevork Djansezian/AP The shifts among the major ethnic groups have been the result of both natural increase (higher birth rates than death rates) and immigration. Since the mid-1960s, federal immigration practices have ceased giving preference to Europeans and have favoured immigrants with family already in the country and those having higher education and skills.

Meanwhile, illegal immigration has increased dramatically from rural areas of Mexico and Central America, where the birth rate has been relatively high. Both legal and illegal immigration have contributed to the county’s having the largest concentration of Mexicans outside Mexico. People from more than 140 countries now reside in Los Angeles county. Los Angeles has more Koreans, Filipinos, Iranians, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Cambodians living outside their native countries than anywhere else in the world and a greater concentration of Native Americans—most of whom were born in states other than California—than any other county in the United States.

The overall population of the city and county may have become more diverse, but, for low-income Latinos, African Americans, and Asians in the central city, housing has remained largely segregated. Families of all groups who could afford to do so usually have moved to the suburbs to find better homes and to escape crime-ridden neighbourhoods. More than 90 languages other than English are spoken in homes around Los Angeles, most notably Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cantonese, Tagalog, Korean, Armenian, Russian, Farsi, Cambodian, and Hebrew.

In a given week, radio listeners can hear perhaps a dozen or more different foreign languages on the air, and newspaper readers may choose from more than 50 foreign-language newspapers published in the county. The religious culture of southern California is equally diverse. Long an almost exclusively Roman Catholic town, Los Angeles began receiving many Protestants and some Jews in the late 19th century.

Small sects proliferated in the 1920s. While most were short-lived and had narrow appeal, at least one gained vast influence. William J. Seymour, an African American preacher, created the Azusa Street revival in 1906 and sparked the Pentecostal religious movement that, for the next century, would spread like wildfire throughout the Western Hemisphere and other parts of the world. In 1921 the prominent California newspaperman and poet John Steven McGroarty wrote, “Los Angeles is the most celebrated of all incubators of new creeds, codes of ethics, philosophies—no day passes without the birth of something of this nature never heard of before.

” Roman Catholics still constitute the most numerous mainline religious group in Los Angeles, with about 100 parishes. Various Protestant sects, including Evangelicals, have come to outnumber members of mainline denominations. There is also a significant number of Mormons. The African Methodist Episcopal church remains a stalwart of the African American community. Some 600,000 Jews live in Los Angeles, and Eastern Orthodox congregations are active in the growing Greek, Russian, and Armenian communities.

Islam’s many adherents in Los Angeles include immigrants from Africa and Indonesia. Buddhists and Hindus number in the tens of thousands in Los Angeles county. Smaller non-Judeo-Christian religions, such as the Bahaʾi faith, have also proliferated.

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For anybody whos thinking of moving into the enterprise of promoting wholesale products at retail price ranges, the very first thing that arrives to brain is, in which do I obtain the wholesale solutions from? The next consideration will likely be, which wholesalers or fall shippers am i able to rely on?



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We are still working on this page. Let us know what you think. Finding Inventory at Wholesale Prices You need inventory, for your swap meet business, retail store, or seasonal sales business, but when you troll the internet for terms like “wholesale” and “warehouse” you end up with what amounts to retail outlets for people who want to save money.   These stores have figured out that by using these terms, they will get a lot of customers.

Wholesale Prices for everyone: nobody pays Retail Off Topic A good sales promotion will frame the sale such that you are buying at a discount to the regular retail price.  Customers feel like dummies if they pay the regular retail price.  It’s a big game.  You have noticed that many stores have perpetual stores, and sometimes the sales clerks will be so nice as to tell you to come back on the weekend for the sale.

 In other words, the only reason the shirt you want costs $45 is so that it can have a sale price of $29.99; and people will feel like they have saved money be buying it on sale.   The terms wholesale and warehouse are just like the term sale.   If you were being honest, “sale price” usually means “regular price,” wholesale means “you have to buy it in large quantity, but if you calculate the cost that you actually use, it might more than the grocery store,” and the term warehouse means “really big store–we have a cement floor not very good lighting.

” When you talk to suppliers, it’s the same game.  They will let you know the retail price that your customers will pay.  If you are selling at a flea market, you are dealing with the most thrifty people around.  There is no way they will pay the retail price marked on the box. Hot Products The point is that you need to have some clue what stuff is selling for before you invest in inventory.

 Know your competition’s actual sales price.  These places will tell you that these are hot items that all the kids are buying, and that your are buying it for x% of retail and in some cases x% less than wholesale.  But once you have paid too much, that’s your problem.  And a lot of these guys may just try to dump stuff on you today because they figure you are new and will not come back anyway.

You don’t want to be the guy with the garage full of knock-off Hanna Montana you bought believing all the kids will really want these things.  Another problem with finding these places is that they long term relationships with there customers, and people get to know them because they are in the know.  Hence, they do not waste money on advertising or paying web designers to put up a site. Be prepared for your trip to the Wholesale District You may need to drive to the wholesale district and walk around.

 Talk to the merchants.  … But the wholesale district and the toy district is not conveniently located for OC residents, and it is not located in the part of town highlighted by the visitor’s bureau.  It’s near the freeways, railways from the Port of La where rent is cheep.  This is near the area known as skid row.  You can expect to see a lot of people who are down on their luck. So don’t overdress, and don’t bring a fancy car.

    Don’t where open towed shoes some of the people who are for lack of a better term, down on their luck, relieve themselves on the street.   A good place for your jewelry and designer handbag is at home.   Don’t give Change–You’re not Helping.  If you give change to one person, other people will request change from you.  You could be mobbed.  And if you give change once, they will demand it the next time they see you.

 The best thing you can do is say “I cannot help you.  Even though you feel sorry for these folks, giving them money is the worst thing you can do for them.  They need to stay off drugs and keep on their treatment program. And although this might sound sexist, some women may feel uncomfortable going to this are by themselves. But we have read reviews from people saved the trip and just got the stuff shipped to them.

 What looked like a good in the internet photo turned out to be too cheep to sell when it arrived.  So you need to actually see the products before you buy. apparel candy 3022 S. Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90007.  (not on map) They offer a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, perfume accessories…  They have prices on their website, but you don’t want to buy blind. AllIltronics 1281 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021  They have a lot of small electronic items, i pod stuff pens…  No prices given on their website unless you log in.

Clothing Showroom 585 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA 90013.  You need to buy at least 6 of each item to get the wholesale price.  If you are buying a lot, you might get bigger discounts.  They do clothing jewelry and perfumes. Close Out Store net 1111 E, 16 St., Los Angeles, CA 90021  This place has a 70,000 sq ft building and sells stuff by the pallet.  They have monthly auctions. MJ Toys (not on map)  They sell nicer quality model cars, trains and toys for boys of every  age.

 Basically, they serve the hobby store industry.  Might not be ideal if you are selling to ultra-thrifty swapmeet customers.  They don’t want to deal with retail customers; and they have a minimum order. Nina Rossi Jeans 1044 Wall Street Los Angeles CA 90015 You need to buy 12 jeans in each style.  If you see the styles you want, you can e-mail them from their website to find out the wholesale price.

 It’s implied that you get better pricing if you buy more.  Or you can head down to their store. Prime Time Clothing 581 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA 90013  They have everything you need to start a clothing store.  They even have a Made in USA section! Wholesale Fashion Sq 2707 S Alameda st.  Los Angeles, CA 90058.  They have a wide variety of popular import fashions. 1 Fashion Clothing 1330 East 16th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021  This is in the Garment scene of LA.  Seems to be for younger women and girls–they buy a lot of clothes after all. 4 Seasons Wholesale 2801 E. Vernon. Los Angeles, CA 90058 USA They have a huge showroom just south of the wholesale district.   They basically have everything for a store or swap meet vendor.  We are not sure of the pricing. Wholesale Mall 807 E. 12th St.

, Los Angeles, CA 90021  http://www.itrevshop.com/VTI_sitemap.asp do more research The Counterfeit Police only go after the BIG Guys, Right? Well that’s wrong.  Local police departments team up with Federal Agents from Homeland Security and ICE to go after small time sellers.  It’s a crime to knowingly sell counterfeit goods, and if you are caught you have to prove that you did not know they were counterfeit   Unless you are buying direct from the manufacturer, that’s hard to prove.

 Every so often there will be a massive raid on many locations so that merchants will not be tipped off.  And even if you are a “Mom and Pop small time vendor” don’t your status is a good defense    (OC Register Vido of Raids–Note a kiosk on HB Main Street being raided along with several homes.)   As a street vendor points out in this OC Register article “You guys [Federal Police Agents] should be going after the big guys.

”  It seem like he has a good point in that it would be better for the Feds to go after the importers and suppliers.  The stuff looks so real it’s easy for a vendor to be fooled by a whole seller.  But be careful police are going after the small vendors and retailers.  First time offenders might end up with probation, but this will hurt your chances of getting a job, joining the military, or getting into college.

 Even though you don’t do jail time, it’s a big deal, and the next time you are convicted for anything a criminal record could result in time in the slammer. Warning: Be careful when shopping in LA. [embedded content] If you are buying a name brand product, it might be a fake.  And you might be supporting street gangs. These consist of large warehouses near transportation hubs.   You may need a resale license just to get access, and you need to buy in volume.

VIA Trading company that outreached to the small guy is Wholesale Closeouts & Overstock ProductsVia Trading offers wholesale closeouts, clearance, surplus overstocks, liquidations and customer returns to Wholesalers, Retailers & all vendors large and small from the nation’s leading department stores and retailers.  The 3rd Thursday of every month they have a “pallet event” where they blow out their inventory.

520 Industry Way, Lynwood, CA 90262.  (Off the 105 between the 110 and 710.)  They sell stuff that has been returned to major retailers.  A lot of which is returned because people decide they just don’t like it when they get it home, and the big stores have liberal return policies.  They even made a commercial: [embedded content] ——————– Bargain Wholesale in the City of Commerce.

 Mostly grocery story stuff.  But they also carry tools, candy, toys … You need to have a business to get access, they will have someone contact you.  They don’t seem to like to deal with the small guys.  Min initial order $5,000 and subsequent order min $500.  They ship to your store.  Maybe not ideal source for swapmeeters. California Bazar  They are located in Vernon.  They sell a wide variety of stuff.

 It is hard to figure out there theme–maybe just good deals. LA Wholesale Distributors they have tons of sunglasses and reading glasses.  You need to purchase by the doz.  They only do internet sales.  Despite their name, the seem to be located in La Habra. Dollaritem 6250 Boyle Ave Vernon, California 90058 U.S.A.  As the name implies, this is were they sell stuff to those dollar stores.  The quality might not be the highest, but what the heck, it retails for about a buck.

Kole Imports 24600 Main Street, Carson, CA 90745.  They specialize in closeouts and imported goods.  (They say they are in Los Angeles, but they are actually located in Carson.) [embedded content] Q perfumes  They have a lot of perfume products.  They can even make private label perfumes. Massive Whole Seller Trade show — Vegas Baby ASD or Associated Surplus Dealers http://www.asdonline.

com/ a show every year in Vegas.  It’s like the CES, but for general retailers.  The name is a bit misleading.  It’s aimed at retailers, and has all the hip products not necessarily left over products as the word “surplus” suggests.  Check out this unofficial video  and their official Commercial .  This is a great place to make connections with suppliers; and if you bring cash you might score a bargain on what they don’t want to truck back to home.

 If you register on-line the show is free, and if you save your receipts it’s a legit business expense.  But the catch is you need to be a qualified retailer According to their website, all attendees are required to show business identification … you must be able to prove you are a retailer and be prepared to present a Retail Business License and Invoices showing purchases of finished goods in the last 6 months.

 So the way we read this, your California Resale Permit and receipts from existing whole sellers should make the cut–be sure to register on-line to make sure you can get in. Buying Below Wholesale — Import Directly The site Alibaba http://www.alibaba.com/ allows you to connect directly with factories all over the world–China, India and even the US.  This is the biggest and most well known site–it’s the Amazon.

com of import direct sites.  When you log onto this site, it feels like your first trip to a Wall Mart.  You cannot believe there is so much stuff, and you can’t believe prices are so low.  This is where wholesellers and major retail stores get their inventory. You will be amazed at how low the prices are. You can even customize the items with your logo.  Many factories have reps who quote prices so you can ask for multiple quotes.

And if you cannot find what you are looking for on this massive site, they have a post a request feature which will allow factory reps to get back to you in a couple days with bids. Another interesting site is Made in India  made-from-india.com (Slow Website) IndiaExport.com and IndiaMart.com  These are huge sites.  They cover just about everything from  made in India–including stuff made by small suppliers.

 They allow small manufacturers and crafters to get the word out about their products.   This site allows you to see photos of the products and gives you contact information for the suppliers.  Many suppliers have links to their websites; and if you are looking for hand crafted items many of these suppliers are small shops so you might not have to order a ton of inventory.  Although English is not the official language of India, English is the official language of people doing business in India  And India’s currency tends to go up and down more than the Chinese currency so when the Rupee is down you might find some amazing values.

Global Sources globalsources.com  As the name implies, this site brings together people from all over the globe but there is a lot of focus on China.  The main strength of Global Sources is that they vet the suppliers.  They sell Reports in which they do reports on companies selling a category of good.  It tells you what they are all about.  These cost $350 to download in pdf form; which seems like a lot.

 That is until your realize your biggest challenge is to find suppliers you can trust.  They visit each company three times a year and look into their financial health.  They also make sure they have the intellectual property rights for the stuff they are selling.  They rate each company on a scale of 1-6.  They do offer free e-magazines and e-mail alerts which provide information about new products and what the suppliers are pushing.

 And they offer product fairs in India, China and the US.  This site seems to be geared toward larger retail buyers, but you can use it to make contact with suppliers who may be willing to sell smaller quantities on a one-to-one basis. imexbb.com  Import Export Bulletin Board  This site allows exporters to post photos and a description of their products they have for sale on line.  Similar types of things to Alibaba.

 Be careful, we did see some obvious counterfeit stuff being offered.  And we noticed some gray market goods–stuff that companies sell in lower prices in lower income countries being exported to higher income countries. tradepoint.org/index.action World Trade Point Federation (This site was not working when we checked)  This is one of the oldest international trade sites.  Their goal of this non-profit organization is/was to help smaller companies in less developed countries find exports opportunities.

 Before the internet, these small firms could not contact their end customer directly, so the “middle men” made huge markups.  This site was formed to give the little guy a bigger piece of the pie.  These companies may now just be using Alibababa.com, so we are not sure how relevant this site is now days.  But it’s worth a look when it’s working. But you have to pay for shipping to the port of LA, picking up from the port, and minimum quantities.

   The minimum order was at least 1,000 items for a lot of the stuff with good prices. And if you don’t get what you think you bargained for, that’s too bad. Imported Soap and Household Cleaning Products from Mexico.  We have a contact who can provide you with wholesale quantities/prices for the products your customers know from back home.  He represents a company that manufactures the number one brand of bleach, detergents and softeners in Mexico.

 The company is AlEn USA and its brands are Cloralex, Pinol, Pinalen, and Ensueño, should you have readers requesting this information. (Their Corporate website for North America: www.alenusa.com)  Contact Al Martinez at almartinez76@aol.com Deals are not available on their website, contact Al Directly to buy wholesale.    Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market Area This is where many most of the produce markets get there inventory.

 If you are selling at a swap meet, they may let you in to sell produce, and you can sell produce from the market at Farmers Markets as long as there are not CFM’s (Certified Farmers Markets).  But because of government incentives and regulations, virtually all farmers markets are certified farmers markets.  Se our section on Farmers market for more info. You need to get there early if you want to buy.

 That’s before 5:00am.  And remember this is the real LA not what you see on TV so the cautions above apply. The farmers market consists of several large distribution buildings near Downtown LA.  They are near the rail yards and they are in the not so nice area of LA. Most of these businesses do not have any info on the internet because (1) their inventory changes so fast, they cannot keep up with it and (2) they sell to customers that buy tons of stuff.

 You have to inspect it, know how much to pay, and take it.  These merchants are more comfortable doing deals person to person, than over the internet.  The internet cannot help much with that (3) they are not a substitute for your local grocery store.  They don’t want people milling about shopping for dinner.  Stuff is sold by the box.  Most of the independent grocery stores and produce stores have professional buyer.

 But money talks.  You might not get a price as low as the big guys, but you can still get a decent wholesale price. One of the bigger wholesalers is Bing Produce LA Nut House  As the name implies they sell large quantities of nuts, they also have dried fruits and some fresh products. Let us know if you know of any good wholesalers! Making your own Custom Skin Car and Hair Products You could be the next Vidal Sassoon.

  These products have a great mark-up.  Ever wonder how you could cash in?  Well the high priced brands don’t want to see their product at places like swap meets to preserve the brand’s image, but you can develop your own brand of shampoo, conditioner, or skin care stuff. GAR Labs of Riverside www.garlabs.com will manufacture what you want and you can put your label on it.  Another company in the same line is Powerline Packaging of Pennsylvania.

 powerlinepackaging.com/personal_manufacturing.php  They have many formulas on hand.  The minimum order size is 10,000 units.  Both companies are FDA Registered.  A third manufacturing or private label company is Sarati International out of South TX.  Their website is a little bit weird see: www.saratiprivatelabel.com/index.php?id=38&pid=30&page=Your_Brand_Skin_Care_Line or their brochure http://www.

saratiprivatelabel.com/brochure.pdf  They have a full line of personal care products, anti-aging products…  And they say no minimum runs.  They have a line of products waiting for your brand.  Prices are not available on line for any of these companies, you have to call. Licensed Sporting Good Products Okay, if you go to Downtown LA you might have noticed knock-off sporting good products.  So where do you get the real stuff?  Well, a lot of teams just do not want to have their stuff sold at swapmeets, and after you account for the licence fee, products are not at a price point where your price sensitive customers would come close to buying.

 You can just hear them saying, “$50 for a shirt–You Crazy”  We tried to find a local place to buy legit licensed NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA … products, but we couldn’t find one.  We ran across Merling Wholesale merlingwholesale.com  They seem to have licensed towels, blankets, toys, flags and the like. © 2011 OCBusinessStartUp.com Share this:

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