A wholesaler is a person or business that sells items to retail stores that will then sell them to individual customers for a higher price.

You could also call a wholesaler a distributer. Anyone who sells goods to other businesses, rather than directly to customers, is a wholesaler. The bookshop in your town and the big box store in a strip mall are both retailers, buying goods from wholesalers, who sell them large quantities of books or patio furniture that they in turn sell to individual shoppers.

Definitions of wholesaler

n someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers

jobber, middleman
Gustavus Franklin Swift
United States meat-packer who began the use of refrigerated railroad cars (1839-1903)
meat packer, packer
a wholesaler in the meat-packing business
Type of:
distributer, distributor
someone who markets merchandise

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