Generalists Versus Specialist Wholesale Bead Suppliers
There are several very large suppliers who sell
every kind of bead or finding you could ever imagine.
Rather than listing them under each and every category, we have
created a "General Wholesale Bead Suppliers" grouping. These
are companies you probably already know about.
Other suppliers are specialists, focusing on just
one or two types of beads. These suppliers are listed
under "Wholesale Bead Specialists."
Specialist Wholesale Bead Suppliers
A supplier can be a specialist for many reasons.
Many specialists simply love a particular
kind of bead and wish to focus on it.
Other specialists are actually manufacturers
of the bead in question and have a great pricing advantage
over their competitors. It is our impression that
the best prices are usually offered by specialist sites.
Similarly, some specialists are professional
bead artisans who make their handcrafted creations available
through both retail and wholesale channels.
If you need a lot of many different kinds of
things, a general supplier may fit the bill, but don't
underestimate the "little guys" (and gals) who focus
on one product category. These sources often have the largest
selection of that particular kind of bead, the lowest
prices, and best quality in their area of
Most important, specialists usually have great
expertise within their domain. If all they do is
produce lampwork beads of silver beads or resin beads, they
probably know their craft better than most generalists ever