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6 Tips for First-Time BULQ Buyers

Getting ready to make your first BULQ® purchase? We’re here to help! Check out these 6 tips to make the most of your first BULQ buy.

1. Start Small 

While it can be tempting to make a large purchase, veteran BULQ buyers suggest starting small with the purchase of a single case to familiarize yourself with the inventory and buying process. BULQ cases measure approximately 24”x20”x23”, weigh less than 60lbs, and ship UPS ground for a flat rate of $30  (included in the listed price). Cases can be delivered to most residences in the U.S.

Photo of a BULQ Case shared by @gailbirdie

2. Condition Matters

Lots on BULQ come in 5 different conditions: Brand New, Like New, Uninspected Returns, Scratch and Dent, and Salvage. It’s important to educate yourself on these conditions before making your first purchase so you know what to expect. For instance, Uninspected Returns lots include items that range in condition from Brand New to Salvage, while Brand New lots will include items have never been opened and are fully functional.

3. Stick to Your Comfort Zone

With an average of 3,000 lots listed on BULQ at a given time, it can feel overwhelming to find the lot that’s right for you. The easiest, and likely most successful, option is to start by sourcing from a category and condition you’re familiar with. If you’re new to reselling, we recommend starting with a case of Brand New items in a category you know well.

You can filter by condition and category using the navigation at the top of or in the BULQ App. You can also set inventory preferences to get alerts when new lots are listed in the category and condition you prefer.

4. Read the Manifest

Once you’ve found lots that appeal to you, review the manifest to take a deeper look at what’s inside.  Every lot on BULQ is fully manifested, which means you can see information on every item in the box. This includes brand names, product names/descriptions, categories, stock images, ASINs (when available), UPCs, and quantities.  Knowing this information ahead of time can be hugely valuable in making an estimate of potential profits.

Manifests can be found under the “Lot Details” section when you click into each lot on both and the BULQ App. Here is a helpful video for navigating the BULQ manifest.

5. Know Where You Can Sell

As you look through the manifests, think about each lot holistically. Consider all of the channels you could potentially sell the inventory on. If you sell on Amazon, familiarize yourself with what categories you’re un-gated in. It’s also worth thinking about which channels you could potentially cross-list items on, to get more visibility on your listings.

Learn more about selling on eBay, Amazon and alternative marketplaces by checking out our Reseller Basics Video Guide

6. The BULQ Promise and Customer Care are Here to Help! 

First-time buyers are often unaware of BULQ’s dedicated Customer Care Team and 98% Manifest Guarantee. If something in your order is missing or not in the promised condition, contact to file a claim. Keep in mind, claims must be filed within 7 days of delivery. We also recommend reviewing the terms of purchase on BULQ to ensure you have clear expectations about our claims process.

Pro Tip: A great way to prepare for your first order is to watch one of the thousands of BULQ Unboxing Videos on YouTube! Watch some of our favorites here!

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6 Responses to 6 Tips for First-Time BULQ Buyers

  1. kim nielsen January 28, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

    im a first time buyer & i just purchased a lot .why didnt i get free shipping?ty kim

    • Colleen Falvey January 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

      Hi Kim – We’re truly sorry for any confusion in this matter. This article was posted in September 2018, during our free shipping for first time buyers campaign. This campaign only ran for a few weeks, as noted in the Terms and Conditions listed, and is no longer available. We’ve updated this article to remove the mention of this promotion.

  2. Whitney February 11, 2019 at 10:18 pm #

    I’m a first time buyer why did my purchase get cancelled and my payment returned?
    Ty whitney

    • BULQ February 12, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

      Hi Whitney – We’re sorry to hear that your order was cancelled. An order may be cancelled if our system retroactively detects any information that indicates you were not the intended purchaser. To avoid these types of cancellations, we recommend making sure your payment information used matches the information you have on file with your bank. You may also want to consider checking out using PayPal or PayPal Credit. We hope this info helps – Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any other questions or if there is anything else we can help with.

  3. sergio arrez June 10, 2019 at 6:05 am #

    I intent to buy a pallet, can that be deliver to my Home?

    • Courtney Herb June 13, 2019 at 9:40 am #

      Hi Sergio- Yes! We do deliver pallets to residences.

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