How to Choose the Right Distributor for Your Smoke Shop

How to Choose the Right Distributor for Your Smoke Shop

Published by Desiree Rawls on Jan 15th 2020

The Importance of Purchasing from a Distributor You Trust

Whether you are searching for a dependable supplier after finally opening your first brick and mortar or wanting to expand your options for your current shop, it is important you select the best distributor for you and your store.

Let’s be honest, this is a growing industry, and many are starting to shift their focus towards how lucrative the smoke business just may be. When you think about it, this country based its first market around a tobacco plant. While we are all excited for this eager advancement into the smoke scene, we must be mindful that there are newbies who are just now digging their one-hitters into the sand. Not everyone has the experience to ethically market the products they’re selling or to even provide the most desirable service, let alone prices. So, what do you look for?

Transparency and Honesty

It is possible for distribution companies to – knowingly or unknowingly – advertise false information about their products. Remember, there will be a lot of newcomers that are still learning, and there is still the possibility that some will be working in their own best interest.

For instance, people have been turning to Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the main ingredients in cannabis, to cope with certain ailments ranging from arthritis to epilepsy. The FDA still does not have enough information on the component to properly regulate it. The only FDA approved CBD product is Epidiolex which is used to treat epilepsy.According to their website, it is illegal to market CBD as a dietary supplement, however that does not prevent suppliers from improperly marketing their CBD infused products as treatment for illnesses or even mislabeling the percentage of its contents.

You want to be sure that you supplier is not only informed on the laws surrounding this industry but follow them and provide accurate information on whatever product you will be displaying to your customers. You do not want to be responsible for the mistakes of your distributor.

How are you treated as a prospective buyer?

You’ve done your research and a few wholesale companies have caught your eye. You decide it is time to make a few calls. Maybe you have gotten into contact with a Sales Representative or someone from the marketing team, like Desiree from Windship. How did you feel during and after the conversation? Were they well-informed? Did you leave with all your questions answered? Did you form a connection or were you speaking to a human-bot who was eager to get you purchasing?

While you will be forming a business relationship, you don’t want to be treated as another dollar for the vendor. You want to know that you are working with a team who is educating in their industry and tries to understand what is best for you and your business.

Fair Deals

As mentioned before, at the rate at which the industry is accelerating there will be a lot of competition. We know how business works. You want to make sure you select a vendor who is fair in their rates and not taking advantage of you. You also want to make sure you are paying for quality!

How will you know which supplier meets all these qualities?

Research! Get to the web, get to social media and search for your wholesale suppliers, then your journey begins!Do your digging on the vendor, make your calls and select the candidates that fit you and your business. Good Luck!