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    Hello, I wanted to ask what is cheaper to order beads online or buy it from a wholesale store. Maybe someone could suggest some online stores aswell? Thank you!
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    http://www.the-beadshop.co.uk/
    i have alot of links stored up for online bead shops, but i always seem to come back to these guys, the prices are good and they also do bigger packs of swarovski's.
    They have a wide range of items so i rarely need to go elsewhere for supplies.
    if i need something fast i do use a local supplier but i will admit they are a bit pricier.
    My shop
    http://www.folksy.com/shops/Ciren
    The rescue I try to raise money for
    http://www.freewebs.com/manytearsrescue/

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    • #3
      I think you really have to shop around to find the best place for the different things you want.

      Also, price won't always be the only factor - customer service and things like postage charges will influence my spending decisions as much as just the price of the items for sale.
      Emma
      www.ejrbeads.co.uk - unique art beads & more
      www.ejrbeads.co.uk/shop - beads, polymer clay, glitters and inks oh my
      www.facebook.com/EJRBeads - Like me at Facebook!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ejralph View Post
        I think you really have to shop around to find the best place for the different things you want.

        Also, price won't always be the only factor - customer service and things like postage charges will influence my spending decisions as much as just the price of the items for sale.
        Ditto to this. I have customers coming in from bad advice they get on TV, even other shops or people who tried to make it without any help. We then try to educate them and build up a relationship with the customer. In the end, I believe a local bead shop will have the experience and know their products to help you optimally. This is 'built' into their prices whereas a cheap price might also be a reflection of a lack of service or other factors (e.g. quality). Look at the comments on Google, in the forum, and even posted on the business website and/or speak to other customers if you can. This will help you make an informed decision that is price and the other important service factors. BTW - welcome to the forum
        Mike, The Bead Company
        www.thebead.co.uk
        7 Keith Street
        Glasgow G11 6QQ
        Find us on www.facebook.com/thebeadcompanyglasgow

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        • #5
          I use totally beads quite alot they are reasonable prices & really quick postage, occasionally you get the odd dodgy looking bead but for the price you pay for them is understandable. I also recently found mad cow beads but they are limited selection of beads.
          I occassionally buy beads from ebay but tend to be dissapointed with the quality of them.
          Karen

          http://www.etsy.com/shop/karensBeadCreations
          https://www.facebook.com/KarensbeadCreations

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          • #6
            I buy from a number of different places, as each shop carries slightly different stock. There are a couple of shops within a half-hour drive, a number in London (Covent Garden) which I used to visit when I worked in London until recently, and a lot of online suppliers (some on this forum who I have used). I find that they all offer a different selection of items. I have found they all had very quick delivery and have never yet had a problem with poor customer service.

            If your main interest is low prices then try ebay, but the quality may not always be what you expect, and postage costs may be very high. Also be aware that if you buy from outside the EU you may also have to pay VAT/import duty.

            Welcome to the forum by the way.
            Annie

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            • #7
              If I had the choice I would personally much rather buy from a local bead shop, the colour isn't always reflected properly in a picture and obviously quality can be an issue if you buy cheap. Unfortunately I don't have that option so I get most of mine online, I have a few sites that I use depending what type of beads I'm looking for and I haven't had any quality issues so far.

              I'd suggest having a look around and when you find someone you want to order from place a small order first so you can see what the delivery times are like and get an idea of the quality, rather than spending a large amount and being disappointed.
              Karly
              http://www.thesilvershack.co.uk
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              • #8
                And, don't forget, that if you are not pleased with something you've bought online, you have the right to return it for a refund within 7 days.
                Celia
                I can't be creative and tidy too
                www.jencel.co.uk for beads, findings and threads
                The Occasional Sheffield Bead Shop
                Jencel on Facebook

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ejralph View Post
                  I think you really have to shop around to find the best place for the different things you want.

                  Also, price won't always be the only factor - customer service and things like postage charges will influence my spending decisions as much as just the price of the items for sale.
                  I so agree Emma it is so annoying to order and not get your goodies the next day - I am held up from getting ready for my next event because another supplier hasn't sent me something yet - hats off to suppliers like your and Jencel who get it right all the time x
                  Chris xx
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                  • #10
                    Just Bumping this old thread. There seems to be a number of sellers on ebay who also have an online store or Shop.
                    People typically expect ebay to be cheaper, but this is not always the case.
                    The Bead Workshop new shop opens 20th October.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for recommending us Ciren! We're new to this forum so unfortunately can't post links yet so this was very kind of you. [MOD EDIT] The Bead Shop. x
                      Last edited by nattynetty; 23-01-2012, 06:03 PM.

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                      • #12
                        I use Beads Direct for lots of things, especially if you need beads or findings in a hurry they despatch very quickly and are very friendly as well.
                        Too many beads not enough time!!

                        www.tamarjewelleryandbeads.co.uk

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