PC components Trade Warehouses - how can i find them?

I am looking for Trade warehouses, who supply all pc components. I have been Google-ing around a lot, but just cant find any, all i end up with are some resellers who advertise themselves as "wholesellers", but in fact are very pricey.

So mybe someone here has any idea where can find them.
 
So there aint any big warehouses from who smaller companyes buy from?
 
Okay, thanks, ill try and get in touch with manufacturers then.
 

delta_42

Novice Member
WorldUK, there are trade distributors, problem is that unless you're buying in decent volume they often don't work out any cheaper than buying from somewhere like Scan. Some names include Avnet, Ingram Micro, Enta, Hammer, Westcoast, Boston, Micro-P. It depends what you're after and in what sort of quantity where you're best going. Big manufacturers aren't going to be too interested unless you're talking about taking huge quantities of products and they'll just point you at a distributor, if you can even get through to someone willing to talk to you.

Feel free to drop me a PM if you'd like to chat about distributors, I deal with some of the ones I've named. Some specialise quite tightly on what they sell, others are far more general. Sometimes it's cheaper to buy from abroad. I use a German distributor for some things as its cheaper to get those particular products shipped in from Germany than buy in UK channels.
 

SUMMONER

Well-known Member
What delta_42 said, I can quite often get components easier/cheaper off Amazon/BT Business Sales (aka Dabs) than off the distributors.

The only times I bother with the big distributors is when I need 10+ of a kind or special items ie: an HP Designjet plotter off Westcoast.
 
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I do mean like bigger orders (more than 10pcs). Not just 1-2 for my own use.
 

SUMMONER

Well-known Member
I would suggest you apply for accounts with Northamber, Micro-P and Cables Direct to start with, that will cover all the needs of a retail shop. I would also suggest getting yourself an Amazon Prime account subscription, it's well worth the money for those one off orders.
 
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Yes, but i cant do that yet , as i havnt registered as company or sole trader. Im looking for information only at the moment , to process everything and see if i can turn my ideas into business or not, but unfortunately for this i need some priceing info. Well i will keep searching, might stumble upon something or someone who can help me out with this.
 

SUMMONER

Well-known Member
What are you trying to do?

Sell parts at a computer fair?
Open your own shop?
Rent a counter/shelf space at a shop?
Built computers for customers from your home/office space and sell them on eBay?
 
The idea is to open a new style online store, like ocuk, scan, aria. But i do have ideas to make it more different then they are.
 

SUMMONER

Well-known Member
Have you worked for one of those in the past?

Give Ingram Micro and Computer 2000 a call. Tell them that you are in the process of establishing a new business and would like to discuss a drop shipping agreement with them. I don't think that C2K will be very cooperative until you have at least registered the business and show some cash in the company bank accounts, but Ingram Micro will likely be willing to discuss the ins and outs.
 
WorldUK said:
The idea is to open a new style online store, like ocuk, scan, aria. But i do have ideas to make it more different then they are.
Don't open or run your business like overclockersUK lol
 

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