What to keep in mind when buying wholesale

by preeti razdan



The wholesaler is the middleman between manufacturers and retailers, but what does it take to be a good wholesaler? How can you make sure you're getting the best deals possible for your business and your customers? In this article, we'll discuss how to become an amazing wholesale buyer.


The first thing to consider is what your business needs are. You want to buy enough to make a profit, but not so much that you're stuck with products no one wants. You also need enough to meet demand and have variety in your product line. Finally, if you can't sell it all, you'll need another way of getting rid of what's left over—so buying wisely is important!


While low-quality goods may be tempting, you'll want to make sure that you're buying the best quality you can afford. This will help ensure that your customers keep coming back, and it also ensures that the product will last. The more durable a product is, the more likely they are to buy again and again.

When shopping for wholesale items, it's important to find out what kinds of warranties come with them—and how much they cost if one breaks or becomes unusable in any way during its lifespan.


This "buy the right product" mantra is essential to a successful wholesale business, and there are four questions to ask yourself when making a buying decision:

  • Does this product have a demand? Know your customer base. You don't want to buy products that no one wants or needs.
  • Is it easy to sell? This includes items that are easily displayed in stores as well as items that can be shipped easily and safely (e.g., no breakable glass). It also means you should avoid products with high shipping costs relative to their price point, or those that take up large amounts of physical space during storage or display in retail stores (so as not to crowd out other products).
  • Is it easy to ship? If you're going through an online marketplace like eBay, it's important that your product arrives on time with minimal damage so customers aren't turned off by poor quality control on your part—especially since many people won't bother leaving negative reviews if they're dealing with someone small like yourself!


When negotiating on price, you must be willing to walk away. You don’t have to make a deal if it doesn’t work for your business. If you are not willing to walk away, then you are giving the seller control over what happens and how much control they have over the transaction will show in their pricing. The first thing they do is set an initial price that is higher than what they want or expect someone will pay for their product or service (see our post on how to negotiate with a husband). If a customer would only be willing to pay $5 for something that costs $5 and up, then there is no point in discussing an offer lower than $5 because the customer will never agree!


Being a great wholesale buyer means knowing your customers, your competition and your suppliers. You must know the market for the products that you are purchasing and be able to determine what price will allow you to make a profit with minimal risk. In order to do this, it is important that you have an intimate understanding of all aspects of buying wholesale goods.

When buying wholesale goods it's important not only to know yourself (your strengths and weaknesses), but also how others perceive you. This includes having a clear idea of what kind of person your customers think they're dealing with when they buy from you; whether they see themselves as being able to trust you or if there's any doubt about an issue such as reliability or honesty in dealing with them.


If you want to be a great wholesale buyer, then do your homework before you start buying. Make sure that the products you buy are quality, and try to negotiate on price with the supplier so that you can bring the best value for money for your customers.

Past Life Lessons

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Patterns of behavior caused due to past lifetimes bruises and lessons: Analysis by Nupur Gupta

1. Relationship issues : People keep compromising themselves in relationships to maintain peace and harmony, wherein they are either getting exploited or are being belittled. People find themselves in abusive relationship pattern and encounter failures in relationship. There is a lack of respect and love, instead the relationship is more about give and take. There is a repeating pattern of attracting abuse/disrespect/disregard and engagement in short term relationships. These relationship can be with yourself, parents, family members, spouses, boyfriend/girlfriend or bosses. Read more blogs on our sister site YogChakra

Yoga, a fascinating practice

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Yoga, a Fascinating Practice . Picture from Unsplash

Yoga is a fascinating practice

Back When we had 24 Hour Fitness, I went to a yoga class on Thursday mornings. On Thursday our instructor showed us the method of opening Chakras. She said it was okay if anyone there didn’t want to open their Chakras but I didn’t notice anyone not doing it. We closed one nostril and took a deep breath through the other nostril, back and forth, while staying relaxed.

The following Friday night, my husband and I were coming home from San Francisco and having a silly fight. As we drove into the carport I saw a woman I had never seen before. My first thought was “is she a new neighbor?”. She was wearing a pretty dress, white with a colorful floral pattern. I wondered if she owned a vintage clothing store. I was still holding my end of the silly argument until suddenly she looked right at me, looking very surprised, and disappeared feet first!

Read about the benefits of yoga and many other holistic practices in our yoga and Holistic Health Directory

Christmas is here. Get Decorating!!

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Decorating for Christmas shouldn't be boring. Of course it all starts with a Christmas Tree. Don't go out and just buy a bunch of random ornaments. Curate a meaningful holiday Tree that reflects your personality. You’ll definitely want to start with some great, colorful or white lights. It will make your tree feel really festive, especially at night. Then think about adding some garland of beads or something glittery. Star on Top is a timeless classic. Find some ornaments that really speak to your personality and that you feel good about. If creativity strikes and time allows make your own ornaments. You can find tutorials online to make easy personalized ornaments that are you in every way. And don't just stop there. Bring holiday cheer home by decorating your living spaces. You can add some extremely comfortable tosses to your couch or some extraordinary toss pads.

Add stuff to your shelf, yet consider including a lot of metal deer or a snow globe, something that isn't so traditional yet progressively a festival of winter.
Add a wreath to your front entryway, however don't do the conventional evergreen. Consider utilizing an eucalyptus wreath or an olive-branch wreath—something that will look unique and all your own!. I know you will rock it!

Good Luck!

Free Shipping when order exceeds certain dollar value

by preeti razdan

How To: Offer Free Shipping When Order Total Exceeds Certain Value

  1. In the Administration panel, go to Administration → Shipping & taxes → Shipping methods.
  2. Create a new shipping method with manual rate calculation or click on the name of an existing one.
  3. The shipping method editing page will open. Switch to the Shipping time and rates tab.
  4. Select the rate area for which you’d like to offer free shipping. If you don’t see the rate area selection, it means that you haven’t created any rate areas and have only one of them.
  5. Configure the Cost dependencies section as follows:
    Products costRate valueType
    More than $0.0025Absolute ($)
    More than $200.000Absolute ($)
  6. Click the Save button (or Create, if you’re creating a new shipping method).
    The shipping method will be free only for the rate area for which you configure it this way, and only if you don’t have any rates specified in the Weight dependencies or Items dependencies section.

Shipping Methods on Yapree

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Seller Handbook

Shipping Methods

Vendors have to specify shipping methods and charges for each location separately.

A location is a combination of parameters that represent a geographical area. Locations are used to calculate shipping rates and tax charges.

If a customer’s address doesn’t match any existing location (or if no shipping methods have rates for the customer’s location), then the customer won’t be able to select a shipping method at checkout and place an order.

The Administration → Shipping & taxes → Shipping methods page contains an editable list of shipping methods present in the store.A shipping method is a set of rules and parameters to calculate the cost of shipping orders to buyers.


A vendor can use pre configured Shipping method or create a new one .

How To: Set up a Manual Shipping Method

To set up a manual shipping method with pre-determined rates depending on a location:

  1. Go to admin Panel
  2. Go to Administration → Shipping & taxes → Shipping methods.
  3. Add a new shipping method by clicking the + button in the upper right part of the page, or choose an existing one by clicking on its name.
  4. Set Rate calculation to Manual.Creating a shipping method with pre-determined rates in CS-Cart.
  5. Switch to the Shipping charges tab.
  6. Select the location for which you’d like to specify rates in the the Show rates for location section.
  7. Specify the rates for the shipping method. The rates are separated into 3 sections and can depend on:
    • Order total
    • Weight of the items in the order
    • Quantity of the items in the order
    The rates within each section are not summed up. Let’s use Cost dependencies as an example: if you specify the Rate value of 20 for the More than $0 condition, and you want a rate of 30 for orders with the total greater than $50, then the More than $50 condition should have the Rate value of 30, and not 10.
  8. Select other locations and set the desired shipping rates for them.
  9. Click the Save button (or Create, if you’re adding a new shipping method).Configuring shipping charges in CS-Cart and Multi-Vendor.

The customers love free shipping. We highly recommend free shipping by including your estimated shipping cost in the listed price.

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How to set up Free shipping on Yapree Marketplace

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How To: Set Up a Free Shipping Method

The quickest way to set up free shipping in your store is to do so in Product detail page

1. Add all product details in product pagelick save and product Editing page will appear


2. Click Shipping Properties and check Free Shipping Check Box. Free Shipping has been enabled for this item


Free Shipping label will appear next to this item in the store front

There is another way to set up free shipping:

  1. In the Administration panel, go to Administration → Shipping & Taxes → Shipping methods.
  2. Create a new shipping method or click on the name of an existing one.
    Set the Rate calculation of this method to Manual.
  3. The shipping method editing page will open. Switch to the Shipping time and rates tab.
  4. Select the rate area for which you’d like to offer free shipping. If you don’t see the choice of rate areas, it means that you only have one.
  5. Configure the Cost dependencies section as follows:
    Products costRate valueType
    More than $0.000Absolute ($)
    More than $0.010Absolute ($)
    Make sure that there are no charges defined in the Weight dependencies and Items dependencies sections for this shipping method.
  6. Click the Save button (or Create, if you’re creating a new shipping method).

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Understanding Product Properties ( Fields and Settings)

by preeti razdan

On Your vendor Panel Click Products>Products

The list of products in your store will be displayed. You can click on existing product to edit/update it. Click on + on top right to add a new product.


When you create or edit a product, you should specify a number of product properties. For convenience, properties are grouped by tabs on the product editing pageproduct-properties-1.JPG?1565128458678

These are the tabs for specifying Product Properties:

  1. General
  2. SEO
  3. Options
  4. Shipping Properties
  5. Quantity Discounts
  6. Subscribers
  7. Add-ons
  8. Tags
  9. Attachments
  10. Reward Points
  11. Required Products

1. General:


  • Name—the name of the product as it appears on the storefront and in the Administration panel.
  • Categories—the categories that the product will be assigned to. When a product has multiple categories, the radio button determines which of those categories is main for that product.
  • Price—base product price in your store’s primary currency.
  • Full description—the product description that will appear on the product details page of the storefront. The description can be either a plain text or a formatted HTML text. If you’re not familiar with HTML code, you can rely on the visual editor: you simply edit product description like a document, and the visual editor adds the HTML code automatically.
  • Images—a large product image and its icon (thumbnail). Supported formats are JPEG, GIF, and PNG. The maximum size of an uploaded image depends on your server configuration. As a rule, it should not exceed 2 MB
  • Status—the status of the product:
    • Active—the product is available on the storefront and appears in the product list.
    • Disabled—the product is not available on the storefront.
    • Hidden—product does not appear in the product list on the storefront. Customers can reach a hidden product via a direct link

    Options Settings

    • Options type—select how the options and variants of this product appear and work on the storefront:
      • Simultaneous—customers can choose the variant for each option independently and in any order.
      • Sequential—options and variants are chosen one after another: first the variant of the first option, then the variant of the second option, and so on.
    Exceptions type—select a type of the product option exceptions:
    • Forbidden—you’ll be able to specify Forbidden combinations on the Options tab. Customers won’t be able to purchase a product when they choose a forbidden combination of option variants.
    • Allowed—you’ll be able to specify Allowed combinations on the Options tab. Customers will only be able to select these combinations of option variants

    Pricing / Inventory

    • CODE—the identifier of the product that you use in your store (a stock keeping unit or SKU); it is used to distinguish products from each other during import, so that the data would be saved to the right product.
    • List price—if this price is higher that product’s Price, then a discount label will be displayed for the product.
    • In stock—the number of products in the stock. Products that are out of stock can’t be bought, unless you enable the Allow negative amount in inventory setting under Settings → General → Catalog.
    • Zero price action—determines what can be done on the storefront when the product’s price is 0:
      • Do not allow customers to add the product to cart
      • Allow customers to add the product to cart
      • Ask customers to enter the price — customers will see an input field and will be able to enter the price that they’re willing to pay. That’s useful for charity events or donations.
    • Inventory—the way of tracking the inventory of the current product:
      • Track with options
      • Track without options
      • Do not track
  • Minimum order quantity—the minimum number of items that a customer can buy at a time. This number will appear on the product page on the storefront, right after the product price.
  • Maximum order quantity—the maximum number of items that a customer can buy at a time. 0 means no limit.
  • Quantity step—determines the step by which a customer can increase or decrease the number of products in cart.
  • List quantity count—the maximum number of choices in the Quantity drop-down list. It comes useful when you set a quantity step and when there are a lot of items in stock.
  • Taxes—select the taxes that will be applied to the product. If you don't see your tax category please contact us and we can create it for you. It is usually easiest when you add and include taxes in your product price . Buyers like to know the total cost upfront.
  • User groups—the user groups that can access the product’s page.
  • Creation date—the date when the product was added to the catalog. It is used for sorting products by date.
  • Avail since—the date when the product becomes available for purchase. It is useful when the you want to start selling at a specific date, or when the product isn’t available yet.
  • Out-of-stock actions—select if customers should be able to buy the product in advance before it is not yet available for sale, or sign up to receive an email notification when the product is available.


  • Short description—a short product description; it appears on the product list on the storefront. If you leave this field blank, the short description will be automatically taken from the full product description (first 300 characters).
  • Popularity—integer conveying the product popularity, which is calculated automatically. This rating depends on the number of product views as well as the number of times the product was added to the cart and purchased. Products can be sorted by popularity on the storefront.
  • Search words—the list of words by which the product should be easily found by the built-in search.
  • Promo text—an additional block with information that appears on the top right side of the product page

2. SEO


  • SEO name—the value to which the standard URL will be changed.
  • Page title—the content of the container: the title of the product page on the storefront, which is displayed in the web browser when somebody is viewing the page. If you don’t specify a value manually, it will be generated automatically.
  • META description—the content of the description meta-tag: a brief description of the product.
  • META keywords—the content of the keyword meta-tag: a list of search keywords that appear on the product page.


This tab allows you to manage product options and option variants, as well as control the option combinations and add forbidden/allowed combinations.


Product options appear on the product details page on the storefront. Depending on the type of an option, customers either select one of the option variants or provide their own variant. Options can have the following properties:

  • Name—the name of the product option as it appears on the storefront.
  • Position—the position of the product option relatively to the position of the other options in the list.
  • Inventory—if you tick this checkbox, this option can become a part of an option combination. The stock is tracked separately for each option combination.
  • Store—the storefront to which the option belongs.
  • Type—the type of the product option: Select box, Radio group, Check box, Text, Text area, or File.
  • Description—the description of the product option. It will appear on the storefront under the question sign (?) next to the option name.
  • Comment—the comment displayed below the option on the product page on the storefront.
  • Required—if you tick this checkbox, customers won’t be able to purchase the product without selecting this option (for example, without ticking the checkbox, choosing a variant, entering a text or uploading a file).
  • Missing variants handling—the behavior of the store when a forbidden or missing option combinations is selected:
    • Display message—the option will be marked as “Not available”; if the option is required, customers won’t be able to add the product to the cart.
    • Hide option completely—the option will be hidden; if the option is required, customers will be able to add the product to the cart.

Some option types (select box, radio group, check box) have variants that customers can choose on the product page. Option variants have the following properties:

  • Position—the position of the variant relatively to the positions of the other variants in the list.
  • Name—the name of the variant. For example, if the option is titled Size, the variants of the option can be small, medium, large, etc.
  • Modifier/Type—a positive or negative value that is added to or subtracted from the product price when a customer chooses this variant. The modifier can be either a fixed value or a percentage.
  • Weight modifier/Type—a positive or negative value that that is added to or subtracted from the product’s weight when a customer chooses this variant. The modifier can be either a fixed value or a percentage.
  • Status—the status of the option variant (Active or Disabled).
  • Icon—an icon (thumbnail) that represents the option variant; it will appear on the storefront.
  • Earned point modifier/Type—a positive or negative value that is added to or subtracted from the number of reward points that customers receive when they buy this variant of the product. The modifier can be either a fixed value or a percentage.

4. Shipping Properties:

This tab contains a number of product properties that are important for automatic shipping cost calculation.

  • Weight—the weight of a single item in the store’s default weight measurement unit. The default weight measurement unit can be specified under Settings → General.
  • Free shipping—if you tick this checkbox, the product will be excluded from the shipping cost calculation, as long as the shipping method has the Use for free shipping checkbox ticked.
  • Shipping freight—the handling fee (insurance, packaging, etc.) added to the shipping cost.
  • Items in a box—the minimum and maximum number of product items to be shipped in a separate box.
  • Box length—the length of a separate box.
  • Box width—the width of a separate box.
  • Box height—the height of a separate box.

5. Quantity Discounts

This tab contains the list of wholesale prices for the product. Customers will see those discounts on the product page on the storefront. Prices apply depending on the number of items of this product in cart.

A quantity discount on the product page in CS-Cart..
  • Quantity—the minimum number of product items to qualify for the product wholesale price.
  • Value—the value of the discount (per item).
  • Type—the type of the discount:
    • Absolute—the cost of 1 discounted item.
    • Percent—the percent discount off the base product item price.
  • User group—the user group which can take advantage of the wholesale price.

6. Subscribers

When a product is out of stock, you may allow customers to subscribe for an email notification. It will be sent automatically to inform the customers that the product is available again.

Each product has its own list of email addresses, available on the Subscribers tab. When a product is in stock again, the notification is sent to all subscribers, and then their emails are removed from the subscriber list of the product.

As you can see, the process is entirely automated. However, you can add subscribers manually, if necessary.

7. Add-ons

This tab contains product properties that depend on the active add-ons

RMA: Return Management Add-on allows you to specify the return policy of that particular product.

This is a part of the RMA add-on.

  • Returnable—if you tick this checkbox, the product will be labeled as available for the return.
  • Return period—the time period (in days) during which the product can be returned. The period begins on the day of purchase.

8. Tags

This feature will be enabled soon

9. Attachments

This tab contains files associated with the product. The files that appear here are available for non-downloadable products as well. Each attachment has the following properties:

  • Name—the name of the product attachment.
  • Position—the position of the attachment relatively to the position of the other product attachments.
  • File—the file that is used as the product attachment.
  • User groups—the user groups, for which the attachment is available.

10. Reward Points

Use this tab to set up the product price in reward points and specify the number of reward points to be earned for purchasing the product.

  • Allow payment by points—if you tick this checkbox, customers will be able to pay for the product product with reward points.
  • Override global PER—if this checkbox is ticked, the product will have a fixed price in points, that is independent of the point-to-money exchange rate.
  • Price in points—a fixed product price in points.
  • Override global/category point value for this product—if you tick this checkbox, the values below override the global reward points specified in Marketing → Reward points.
  • User group—the user groups, members of which will get reward points for buying the product.
  • Amount—the number of reward points to be granted to the user group member who bought the product.
  • Amount type—the absolute number of points or percentage-based value calculated in the following manner: the product cost is divided into 100, and the result is multiplied by the value in the field.

11. Required Products

This tab contains a list of required products, which will be added to cart along with this product. To add a new required product, click the Add product button.

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Categories in Vendor Store

by preeti razdan

The two key concepts to describe the cataloging in vendor store are product and category (a group of products). The system of categories enables you to build the catalog in the way of a tree with multiple branches, making it easier for customers to find the products they want.

Every product that you have in your catalog must be assigned to at least one category.

Each category can include an unlimited number of child categories which, in turn, can include their own child categories. Child categories are often referred to as sub-categories. Categories without a parent are called root categories.

How To: Display Same Product under Several Categories of existing products:

  1. In the Administration panel, go to Products → Products.
  2. Click the name of the product which needs to be added to another category.
  3. The product editing page will open. Click the Menu Icon button in category search field
  4. A pop-up window will open. Tick the checkboxes next to the necessary categories and click the Add categories and close button.
  5. Click the Save and close button.


Don't see the Category for your product? Please contact us at Service@Yapree.com

Introduction to Vendor Admin Panel

by preeti razdan

Introduction to the Administration Panel

The Administration Panel (or the admin panel for short) is the primary tool for you to work with your online store. Here you can manage products and orders, interact with your customers and much more

The admin panel is responsive: it adapts to the screen size of the device you view it from. That way, you can manage your store from mobile devices.

Connect to Your Admin Panel

Once you are approved to become a vendor on Yapree , you will have access to your own Admin Panel. This is what your Admin Panel will look like:


The Dashboard

The first thing you’ll notice is the Dashboard, where you can check sales statistics, view recent orders and product changes. The Dashboard also provides information from the database, such as the number of active products and registered customer
  • The home icon takes you to the Dashboard
  • Orders—view sales reports and manage your orders and shipments
  • Products—edit products and their categories, features, filters, and options
  • Customers—manage the store’s administrators and registered customers
  • Website --Here you can write blog and make pages
  • Vendors --Here you manage your vendor account and financial data
  • Administration-- Here you set up your shipping methods and taxes, if applicable.The marketplace comes with some preconfigured shipping methods. You can create your own too.
  • Profile icon: You can see and update your by clicking on profile icon.

Click the link below to watch a Video

Watch YouTube Video Understand Your Admin Panel

Please note that some features shown are not available to all vendor at this time.

In next blog we will discuss how to set up look and feel of your store.


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