I buy almost all of my jewelry making components online, and I've researched a lot of suppliers to help find a balance between using good quality raw materials, keeping business expenses low, and maintaining the flexibility to place smaller, more frequent orders (which is hard to do with wholesale companies that require minimum purchases and can have high shipping fees).
I'd like to share with you some of my favorite sources for cheap beading supplies online.
Typically, beading supplies are more expensive at your local bead store (LBS), so if you buy craft beads at your local bead store, it's likely your business expenses will be higher than necessary.
When your business expenses are higher than necessary, it can become very difficult to price your crafts in a way that is in line with your customers' expectations and also allows you to make a profit.
Getting a good price on your supplies is important to the success of your craft business. Here are a few places where you can get quality supplies, good prices and good sales terms:
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One seller I have used quite often for buying beading supplies on Amazon is Beadaholique. They offer a great selection and prices that are competitive with (and sometimes better than) the major jewelry supply wholesalers I have used, without the minimum purchase requirements of buying supplies through a wholesaler.
ArtBeads is another online retail jewelry supply store I use. The prices are competitive, and the selection is excellent.
Is fun online jewelry making supply shop. They have fabulous inspiration projects on their site. If you're stuck for ideas, this shop is a great place to start.
In addition to finding cheap beading supplies online, here are a few other sources where you might be able to buy craft beads that are inexpensive: