Procurement & supply chain

How to get inventory when you're low on cash

March 27, 2009: 11:11 AM ET

For retailers that don't want the overhead of stockpiling merchandise, drop shipping can be a cost-saving option.

Mike, Queens, NY
I started a home-based wholesaling business six months ago and got four credit cards totaling $18,000. I was scammed out of $10,000 and invested another $4,000 into a Web site and advertising. Now my cards are almost maxed out, and I need the cash or credit to purchase merchandise. Business people tell me it takes a few years before turning a profit, but I've worked like the devil these past six months to finally get the contacts and deals I've been searching for, only now I don't have the cash or the credit. Is there anything I can do?

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