In this article we’ll take a look at the best way to buy wholesale rhinestones and the equipment that puts them to best use.
Let’s first establish that we’re discussing Hotfix rhinestones. Hotfix rhinestones are flat on one side and have glue already applied. Once your Hotfix rhinestone transfer is complete it’s that glue that causes the stone to permanently adhere to the shirt (for example) when heat is applied. That’s why they’re called “hot”fix. Check out this website http://www.rhinestonecamsmachines.com/hotfix-era to get even more information about wholesale rhinestones and business ideas after you read this article.
Buying Wholesale Rhinestones
When many customers here the word “wholesale” they immediately assume that you’re buying a product to resell rather than to include in the production of a t-shirt, for example. In the apparel decorating industry, “wholesale” typically means large volume pricing or just a commercial discount.
Most places that you can buy good quality wholesale rhinestones sell in larger quantities. You can typically get retail packages in 2 gross (288 stones) up to 50 gross (7200 stones), but bags usually start at about 100 gross and up. Since you’re buying wholesale, distributors expect you to use more Hotfix rhinestones and be able to buy in bulk.
Buying in bulk is a great way to save. Rhinestones will last a LONG time if you store them in a temperature controlled environment, like an air conditioned or heated home, so stock up!
If you haven’t done business with a supply company yet and have just bought a commercial rhinestone machine, you may have to fill out an application for wholesale pricing.
Don’t Buy Cheap Hotfix Rhinestones at Wholesale
Not all Hotfix rhinestones are created equally. A great wholesale price on a substandard rhinestone is not a good deal! Cheaper, lower quality stones don’t adhere to garments as well, so may come off in the first wash, or colors might be occluded, sizes slightly different.. there are lots of ways to tell if you have a cheap rhinestone.
Just make sure your buy a good quality stone. Normally these will be glass rhinestones, molded or machine cut, that are made in Korea. You can get good pricing on Swarovski rhinestones, but those will still be much too expensive for making the typical rhinestone transfer.
If you keep all these things in mind you should have a great experience buying wholesale rhinestones!