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Wholesale Tanning Beds - Factors To Consider

Christine O'Kelly
Sep 13, 2008
As the beauty and health industry's momentum continues to surge, millions of people visit tanning and beauty salons several times each month. They do so in order to achieve the beautiful chestnut skin tone that has become associated with health, vibrancy and even affluence. Aspiring salon owners can take advantage of the popularity of tanning by building a long-lasting business that caters to the desires of a returning clientele. But, a tanning salon needs beds, each of which can often cost over $1,000. Below, we'll describe the pros and cons of renting versus buying tanning beds. Plus, we'll provide a few tips for buying wholesale tanning beds.

Rent Versus Buying

Most salon owners have a limited budget with which to open and operate their businesses. Some choose to rent a fleet of new tanning beds because the initial investment is lower. Unfortunately, renting leaves new salon owners with an additional monthly expense. Not only does this impact your cash flow, but it also eats into your salon's profit margins. Salon owners who choose to purchase new beds won't need to cope with the ongoing monthly expense. However, buying several new beds can require a significant upfront investment. By purchasing wholesale tanning beds, a new salon owner can conserve her cash flow and avoid the monthly costs of renting.

Wholesale Tanning Beds Through A Manufacturer

Often, manufacturers will be willing to sell their beds to new salon owners for a discount from the retail price. There are a few reasons why they're open to doing this. First, many manufacturers have separate channels through which they sell their equipment. They offer beds to consumers for retail prices while offering wholesale tanning beds to retailers and salon owners. Because the latter typically buys beds in bulk, a manufacturer's costs of moving the inventory are substantially lower.

Second, manufacturers are often willing to sell their tanning beds at a discount if there's an opportunity to promote their brand. For example, if your new salon opens in a popular section of a large city, a manufacturer may be eager to put their beds in your salon. To win your business, they may offer wholesale prices to you.

Searching Online

One of the best ways to find wholesale tanning beds and tanning bed supplies is to search for manufacturers online. Unlike retailers who operate a physical storefront, online manufacturers can avoid the high overheads that are associated with traditional stores. Their lower costs are often passed directly to their customers in reduced prices. The equipment has the same, if not higher, quality as that of conventional manufacturers. Plus, access to customer support is just as flexible. The main difference is in the lower prices of the equipment.

Used Versus Wholesale Tanning Beds

You can occasionally find used tanning beds for sale at prices far below retail. Reasons may include salon owners who are closing their businesses or retiring old beds to make room for newer models. If you're considering used beds for your salon, be wary. Make sure they're still compliant with current regulations, the parts can be replaced easily, and the beds are still under warranty.

When you approach on online manufacturer, you won't need to worry about these factors. They can offer dependable wholesale tanning beds that are compliant, can be serviced easily, and are under warranty. Plus, many manufacturers also provide a wide inventory of tanning bed supplies for the beds' proper care and maintenance. If you're going to open a new tanning salon, buy new, buy in bulk, and save money in the process.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is a writer for ESB Tanning Systems, an industry leader in wholesale tanning beds and tanning bed supplies. They provide an assortment of high-quality solutions that offer convenience, style, and effectiveness for every budget.
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