What is the difference between merchant wholesalers and non-merchant wholesalers?
A. Merchant wholesalers take title to the goods they sell and include wholesale merchants, distributors, jobbers, drop shippers, and import/export merchants. These businesses typically maintain their own warehouse, where they receive and handle goods for their customers. Non-merchant wholesalers arrange for the purchase or sale of goods owned by others and do not take title to the goods they sell. Examples of non-merchant wholesalers include manufacturers sales branches and offices, agents, brokers, commission agents, and electronic marketplaces.