whole·​sal·​er | \ ˈhōl-ˌsā-lər How to pronounce wholesaler (audio) \

Definition of wholesaler

: a merchant middleman who sells chiefly to retailers, other merchants, or industrial, institutional, and commercial users mainly for resale or business use

Examples of wholesaler in a Sentence

a leading wholesaler in the book business

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Companies’ early efforts have focused on deregulated power markets such as in Texas, where customers can shop among numerous retail electricity companies, who in turn buy power from wholesalers. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Google, Amazon Seek Foothold in Electricity as Home Automation Grows," 27 Jan. 2019 While the Mibelas birth control was distributed nationwide to pharmacies, clinics and wholesalers, no unwanted pregnancies have been reported yet. Lyndsey Matthews, Marie Claire, "On the Pill? This Brand Was Just Recalled Because of a Packaging Error," 9 June 2017 Grout's farm was also one of the first agricultural wholesalers to sell apples to Cuba when Clinton relaxed the trade embargo in 1999. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Applejack Whiskey," 24 Nov. 2016 Ivanka partnered with a diamond wholesaler for the company and licensed her name. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "The Rise and Fall of Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Line," 24 July 2018 The Ivanka Trump company claimed that sales were up, and even tried to cut wholesalers out. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 This clean-up event kicked-off the first of many environmental cleanups done by Anheuser-Busch and their wholesaler partners across the country between Earth Day and World Environment Day in 2018. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Silver Eagle Distributors and Anheuser-Busch help restore Buffalo Bayou Park Meadow damaged by Hurricane Harvey," 27 Apr. 2018 No doubt some of the crunch is driven by consolidation among the wholesalers who buy drugs, and low reimbursement rates from government. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "More Lawsuits = Higher Drug Prices," 18 Dec. 2018 Beginning in 1992, Fred Trump’s real estate business began purchasing boilers, refrigerators, cleaning supplies, and other equipment from a company called All County Building Supply & Maintenance instead of a wholesaler. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Donald Trump’s family avoided taxes, but did they evade them? We asked an expert why the difference matters.," 3 Oct. 2018

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circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wholesaler

: a person or company that sells things to businesses and not to individuals

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