- the business of selling to retailers, especially in large quantities (distinguished from retailing).
Origin of wholesaling
- the sale of goods in quantity, as to retailers or jobbers, for resale (opposed to retail).
- of, relating to, or engaged in sale by wholesale.
- extensive; broadly indiscriminate: wholesale discharge of workers.
- in a wholesale way; on wholesale terms: I can get it for you wholesale.
- in large quantities; on a large scale, especially without discrimination: Wild horses were slaughtered wholesale.
- to sell by wholesale.
Origin of wholesale
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3. far-reaching, comprehensive, thorough, inclusive; undiscriminating, promiscuous.
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Each Forest is going to be a big and complicated business, like railroading or wholesaling.The Rules of the Game
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- the business of selling goods to retailers in larger quantities than they are sold to final consumers but in smaller quantities than they are purchased from manufacturersCompare retail (def. 1)
- at wholesale
- in large quantities
- at wholesale prices
- of, relating to, or engaged in such business
- made, done, etc, on a large scale or without discrimination
- on a large scale or without discrimination
- to sell (goods) at wholesale
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Word Origin and History for wholesaling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The sale of merchandise to retailers rather than directly to the public.
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