You want the best possible kit for your canine clients, don’t you? But we know that can get pretty expensive. High-end, top-quality products are pricey. And the costs can add up quickly – especially on consumables like shampoos or conditioners. So, how can you find deals on products for your dog grooming kit?
Lucky for you, we’re going to dive into that. So keep reading!
Check out free resources for groomers
We’ve written about this topic before, but in case you missed the memo: there are a ton of free resources for dog groomers! While most of the ones on our list are informational sites, plenty of pet groomer forums exist! These forums will certainly come in handy when trying to find insider details on sales, wholesalers, or even other groomers selling equipment! Three of our favorites are:
Other groomers – especially those that are well versed in the industry – will be able to give you great tips on finding discounts and building your dog grooming kit on a budget.
Keep an eye out for good-quality used items
Speaking of looking to other groomers… watch out for good quality used items! Obviously, don’t go buying half-used bottles of flea shampoo. But you might be able to find used equipment like grooming tables, harnesses, and even clippers that you can disinfect and put to good use!
You might be wondering, who would get rid of a perfectly good grooming table?! The answer is simple! Anyone who is downsizing their salon, retiring from grooming or even just upgrading to fancier equipment is going to want to get rid of their stuff! And if it’s still in good shape, why not try to sell it to a groomer in need?
It’s important to note that you should make sure you can actually go see and touch the item before buying it. That’s why sites like Kijiji or EBay’s Classified Ads can work well since you usually browse ads from people in your area.
Look into wholesalers in your area
Wholesalers are companies who sell products in high quantities at lower prices. They usually aim to serve retailers or other large-scale operations. Looking into grooming wholesalers, either online or in your area, can be a great resource to find products for your salon – like shampoos and conditioners – that you go through quickly. And if you think there is too much product for you to handle, join up with another groomer or two to share the cost and the quantity!
If you’re considering offering any special services in your salon, like selling treats, toys, brushes, and other dog-related goodies, wholesalers are definitely something you need to look into.
Here are a few online wholesalers to check out:
Buy in bulk
Though wholesalers are an option to buy in bulk, there are other ways to find grooming products in bulk! Buying in bulk saves you money on products you can stock up on and store for longer periods. But be sure to check if your preferred shampoo has an expiry date before buying 50 bottles of it!
So, who sells in bulk other than wholesalers?
- Buy directly from the company. Contact the company and see if they’d be willing to work out a price deal with you for buying a large quantity.
- Check on Amazon or other e-commerce websites!
Discounts through your grooming school
A benefit of getting certified through a dog grooming school is student discounts! QC Pet Studies offers students discounts to several brands! From shear brands to marketing tools for groomers, you could build a great kit using these offers.
Here’s a sneak peek at some discounts QC Pet Studies students get:
- 20% off Sharkfin Shears products
- 25% off BabelBark’s fitness monitor
- 50% off products on Epi-Pet’s website
- And more! See the rest here.
Discounts directly from your dog grooming school are something you need to take advantage of. The schools provide them to help you find the best products for your dog grooming kit so you can get the most out of your course and start your career off on the right foot!
Do you know any other places groomers can get discounts? Leave a comment and let your fellow dog groomers know!