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This Site Shows You Where Big Brands Source Their Products

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David Applegate runs a site called WrestlingMart. It’s an ecommerce store dedicated to, well, wrestling. In his five years in business, he always wanted to know where his suppliers were getting the gear he sold, including singlets, shoes, and mat tape.

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Instead of hunting through hundreds of records by hand, however, he figured out a better way. He built something called ImportYeti. The site searches through bills of lading, the documents that suppliers attach to shipments to their customers, to tell you where a retailer is getting its goods.

The biggest problem in building a product is sourcing. Many big brands source from the same company, and if you’re a smaller company or startup trying to break into a crowded market—yoga mats, for example—knowing where your competitors source their products from can be game-changing. If you can buy the same products in bulk for the same cheap prices, you have a chance to be competitive and break into the market.

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Most brands don’t manufacture their own products, and they often outsource mass production to companies in Asia. The information ImportYeti compiles lets competitors know where to look if they want to purchase similar products in bulk.

“I focus on answering a singular question: ‘How do I find the right supplier to create my product overseas?,’” Applegate said. “I approach this two ways. I allow you to find the suppliers that are used by reputable companies and I allow you to vet suppliers by understanding whether or not they actually move volume in the product you’re interested in.”

The data pages are a wealth of interesting information. From the aforementioned yoga mat suppliers we learn that Manduka, as advertised in its marketing, imports from Germany, among other places, while Gaiam sources primarily from Asia. Meanwhile, a search for Apple shows us the tech behemoth imports from Hon Hai, Quanta, and companies associated with Foxconn.

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One odd thing is that ImportYeti seems to think that Apple is importing Heineken and Estrella beer. I asked Applegate about the mixup, and he suspects the naming conventions used in the bills of lading are confusing the system.

“We are attempting to clean up the data a little bit. For example Apple is under Apple, Apple, Inc, Apple Computer, Apple Computer Inc, Apple Computer C O OHL, etc.,” he said. “There is a chance there is another company named ASA Apple that imported to the same freight forwarding house in New Jersey.”

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We reached out to Apple for comment but haven’t heard back.

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Applegate, for his part, loves this data. He’s a self-described techie and built the site himself.

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“I eat, breathe, and sleep ecommerce,” he said. “I use this data myself to find vendors. I’m fairly technical and due to the covd-19’s brutal effect on my store, I have some extra time on my hands.”

He said there are few sites that offer the same data for a price, and he hopes to keep the whole thing free for as long as he can.

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“The system searches over 70 million bills of lading to understand which suppliers to choose based on data rather than than empty claims and seemingly endless options,” he said—even if it sometimes gets things wrong.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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