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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, n. Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail. [1913 Webster] By wholesale, in the mass; in large quantities; without distinction or discrimination. [1913 Webster] Some, from vanity or envy, despise a valuable book, and throw contempt upon it by wholesale. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]
Wholesale \Whole"sale`\, a.
Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price. [1913 Webster]
Extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter. "A time for wholesale trust." --Mrs. Humphry Ward. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wholesale adj
1 selling or related to selling goods in large quantities for resale to the consumer; "wholesale prices"; "a wholesale produce market" [ant: retail]
2 ignoring distinctions; "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction" [syn: sweeping] n : the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers [ant: retail] adv
1 at a wholesale price; "I can sell it to you wholesale" [ant: retail]
2 on a large scale without careful discrimination; "I buy food wholesale" [syn: in large quantities] v : sell in large quantities [ant: retail]

Moby Thesaurus

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  1. The sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants


sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants


  1. of, or relating to sale in large quantities, for resale
  2. extensive, indiscriminate, all-encompassing or blanket
    • The bombing resulted in wholesale destruction


*Russian: оптовый (optóvyj)


  1. in bulk or large quantity
  2. indiscriminately


*Russian: оптом (óptom)
Wholesaling is the sale of goods or merchandise to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users, or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services.
According to the United Nations Statistics Division, "wholesale" is the resale (sale without transformation) of new and used goods to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional or professional users, or to other wholesalers, or involves acting as an agent or broker in buying merchandise for, or selling merchandise to, such persons or companies. Wholesalers frequently physically assemble, sort and grade goods in large lots, break bulk, repack and redistribute in smaller lots.
Many online auction websites such as eBay are now providing wholesalers through a wholesale list, generally, the lists that require a fee to view, may not be updated frequently, the data may be old, and the companies listed may no longer be in business. While this may also be the case with a free list, since there is no investment, nothing has been risked, or lost as the retailer searches for new trading partners.
wholesale in Czech: Velkoobchod
wholesale in German: Großhandel
wholesale in Spanish: Mayorista
wholesale in Esperanto: Pogranda komerco
wholesale in French: Commerce de gros
wholesale in Italian: Commercio all'ingrosso
wholesale in Hebrew: סיטונאות
wholesale in Lithuanian: Didmeninė prekyba
wholesale in Dutch: Groothandel
wholesale in Japanese: 卸売
wholesale in Norwegian: Grossist
wholesale in Polish: Hurt
wholesale in Portuguese: Atacado
wholesale in Finnish: Tukkukauppa
wholesale in Swedish: Partihandel
wholesale in Vietnamese: Bán buôn
wholesale in Ukrainian: Гуртова торгівля
wholesale in Chinese: 批發
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