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    • terobi
    • By terobi 16th Apr 18, 2:00 PM
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    Wholesale shopping as an individual?
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    • 16th Apr 18, 2:00 PM
    Wholesale shopping as an individual? 16th Apr 18 at 2:00 PM
    Hi all,

    So I'm looking at the weather and it's starting to get sunnier - and that means BBQ season is coming up.

    I like throwing BBQ gatherings, and I'm wondering if I can save a fair bit of money by buying meat, charcoal and vegetables from a wholesaler rather than Aldi/Lidl and the various Asian cash and carry places nearby.

    But I've never bought anything wholesale as a private individual before - and the online ones I've used for various retail businesses tended to require proof that you were a business rather than a private individual. I'm not entirely sure of The Rules in that sense.

    I've heard of various non-business groups of people who club together and shop wholesale, but I'm not entirely sure how to go about that, what is required, and where might be a good place to look (near Manchester).

    Any advice from anyone who's done this kind of thing before?
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 16th Apr 18, 3:04 PM
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    It's worth seeing if you can get a Costco card - the individual membership requirements are here and there are warehouses in Trafford and Oldham.

    They have a really good reputation for quality meat, which is always a good start for a BBQ.
    • Mummy2cheekymonkeys
    • By Mummy2cheekymonkeys 16th Apr 18, 8:19 PM
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    I work for bookers and I know we only allow businesses to have a membership card but a lot if customers seem to give their cards to friends and family to borrow. I think makro and Costco are easier to shop at if you don't have a business but I could be wrong.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 16th Apr 18, 8:25 PM
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    I work for bookers and I know we only allow businesses to have a membership card but a lot if customers seem to give their cards to friends and family to borrow. I think makro and Costco are easier to shop at if you don't have a business but I could be wrong.
    Originally posted by Mummy2cheekymonkeys

    Makro is business only

    But

    I just faked a letter head, used a B&Q receipt for the boiler we had just bought , applied and got a card

    Well DH is self employed and does have business cards
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 16th Apr 18, 9:00 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 9:00 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 9:00 PM
    I am a member of Costco and like the meat as I have always found it to be good quality but it is not particularly cheap. You also have to buy a yearly membership which is around 30.
    • dlusman
    • By dlusman 17th Apr 18, 10:21 AM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 10:21 AM

    I like throwing BBQ gatherings, and I'm wondering if I can save a fair bit of money by buying meat, charcoal and vegetables from a wholesaler rather than Aldi/Lidl and the various Asian cash and carry places nearby.
    Originally posted by terobi
    Depending on how much you are wanting to buy - may be worth asking the Aldi/Lidl manager if they will do you a deal
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 17th Apr 18, 12:09 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 12:09 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 12:09 PM
    Check out great British meat, they sometimes have deals on meat as for example the original buyer didn't buy the meat.

    There's also muscle food.
    • Mummy2cheekymonkeys
    • By Mummy2cheekymonkeys 17th Apr 18, 1:11 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 1:11 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 1:11 PM
    I would also point out that even getting a staff discount I still do the majority of my shopping at Aldi and Lidl. I think people think the wholesalers are a lot cheaper then they actually are. Yes something's are cheaper but not always.
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