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Zack
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I need to get a wholesale account with a magic supplier. Anybody know one that will take you without a lot of ridiculous rules? I don't mind a high minimum order.
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It is very easy to get a tax ID number, which is generally what they require for you to buy wholesale. All yo need to do is to fill out the proper paper work and you can obtain one for yourself. Then once you have it you will be able to buy a multitude of things wholesale that you can use in you act. It's not always just a high minimum, sometimes you need to buy a dozen or so of each piece to get them. But, if you are truly interested you should look up where to get a tax ID number locally to you and you will be set.
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There are heaps of them

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Assuming that you live in the United States, you need to Google your way to your state's Division of Taxation, and apply for a Sales Tax Certificate and an ID number. These will allow you to purchase merchandise at wholesale without paying sales tax (which you will collect and remit when you sell the items at retail). You will then be required to file monthly or quarterly sales tax returns with the State (also may be done electronically in many cases).

In many states, you can accomplish this online and receive a temporary Certificate while a permanent paper one is created and mailed to you. Most wholesalers will require that you fax a copy of the certificate to them before they will do business with you.

Because many wholesalers have large minimum order requirements, you will need to review their stock and make sure you can obtain everything you need from one or two of them. I have found FUN, Inc. (Royal Magic) at http://www.funinc.com to be very friendly and helpful, and their service is really speedy. You can view their website, but will need to apply for a password in order to view the wholesale prices. Another good source is D. Robbins at http://www.ezmagicrobbins.com. Magic City carries lots of stuff, but has higher minimum order requirements. Again, who you use will depend largely on what you need. SETH
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Anyone knows this wholesale http://www.finalstop.com/magicwholesale/wholesale/

I would like to contact them, If you have any information about phone number, it would be great.

Thanks..


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I just made my first purchase from D. Robbins. They weren't the most personable on the phone, but they took my order and I received my merchandise quickly. I would recommend doing business with them based on this transaction.
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Re finalstop.com - I wouldn't send 'em money until I had heard some positive feedback from someone who has already used them - they can't spell and they don't put on a very professional face.

Yeah, Robbins is grumpy - that's the breaks. They've been around forever.

Considered Morris Costumes (and, I think, magic?) - they're grumpy, too, but their range of stock (especially costume ityems/novelties) is amazing.
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Murphies Magic Supplies are good! Only problem is they don't do british Gaffed coins! Anyone know of a wholesaler that does British Gaffs? Much appreciated (IN Advance)

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On 2005-10-10 02:41, Zack wrote:
I need to get a wholesale account with a magic supplier. Anybody know one that will take you without a lot of ridiculous rules? I don't mind a high minimum order.


Those ridiculous rules you are talking about help keep magic shops open. Other wise people would get a wholesale acoount just to supply their own wants and the wants of their friends.
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I wouldn't use Finalstop for the reason their wholesale prices aren't. I also wouldn't do business with someone who can't even bother to offer contact information (any kind of contact information) on their website. I did find the name they called their business but they are so new I can't find a listing for it in bigbook.com even though I know their Business Name and location (Wichita, KS). Red flags all over the place. Now I'm not saying you can't do business with them because they're new, just don't do it because they are trying to be anonymous.

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Ross and Tony -- I recently ordered from Robbins for the first time, and found them fine to deal with. I had a few questions, which were promptly answered by email. When I later telephoned to place the order, the woman was pleasant and efficient. I had no problems whatsoever.

I wonder if you are comparing buying at retail with buying wholesale, which is strictly a business-to-business proposition. While I expect everyone that I do business with to be pleasant, a wholesaler does not have the time to "chew the fat" with every caller -- that just raises costs for everyone.

In any event, I had no problems buying from Robbins, would do so again, and expect to do so again. SETH
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Loftus, Robbins, Fun Inc, Magic City, and Murphy's are all good to work with, though if you are thinking of reselling, keep in mind that the markup on magic items (especially all the new books, tricks and DVDs) is pretty low.

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Richard did you say the markup on magic is pretty low....????
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I think 1.4 is the standard Wolf, maybe someone else will know better. It does appear to vary from country to country however.
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