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Why should I sell Dowling Magnets?

Dowling Magnets has been in the magnetic products market for nearly 75 years. We’re the only magnet manufacturing expert in the American education market, and our products are at the forefront of educational standards. We lead the industry in safety compliance, and we continue to produce innovations in magnetics every year. And maybe more importantly, we’re good people. Dowling is a family owned company with a long history of quality products and ethical business practices, and we’re committed not just to doing good business, but also to doing good.

How do I become a Dowling dealer?

Give us a call at 800-MAGNET-1 (800-624-6381) or 630-359-9500 or email us at and we’ll get you started. You can also download our credit application, requiring 3 trade references and current banking information, here.

How do I place an order?

If you plan to order more than $1000 per year, orders totaling $250 or more ($150 for reorders) can be submitted directly to us via email at or via phone at 800-MAGNET-1 (800-624-6381). Orders totaling less than $250 or $1000 per year can be processed and fulfilled by Educators Resource at 800-868-2368. Educators Resource carries the entire Dowling line and is able to process and fill larger Dowling orders (at the same wholesale prices as Dowling) as well as orders for multiple manufacturers.

Is there a minimum for opening orders?

Yes, opening orders must total $250 per shipping location.

Is there a minimum for reorders?

Yes. Reorders must total $150 per shipping location.

Do you break case packs?

No. In order to protect your items during shipping, we ship our products in their original case packs.

Do you accept back orders?

Yes, but backorders totaling less than $25 will be cancelled. Also, special freight offers to not apply to backorders.

What are your terms?

Standard terms are NET 30 from invoice date, upon approved credit application. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Do you accept returns or exchanges?

Yes, if they are processed within 90 days of receipt of the original shipment and have been assigned a return authorization. Please contact us at for a return authorization number.

Do you charge sales tax?

Sales tax exemption certificate required if billing or shipping to one of these states: CA, IL, KY, NC, NJ, NY and ND.

How do you ship?

All in-stock items will ship within 72 hours from Elmhurst, IL, unless otherwise noted. Shipments are sent via UPS Ground or FedEx Ground, prepaid (shipping costs will be added to your invoice amount) unless previously arranged.

You may arrange to ship with the carrier of your choice, collect payment.

Do you drop ship?

Dowling Magnets does not provide drop ship services, but Educators Resource does (800-868-2368).

How can I get your catalog?

Contact us to request a hard copy, or download a PDF version here. (Warning: it’s 8MB. Lots of product!)

Are there any promotions going on?

We typically offer a different promotion every quarter. Please contact us at for more information.

Do you manufacture custom or private label products?

Yes, we have built private label products, including magnetic toys, games, educational products and more, for some of the country’s largest companies, including Kaplan and Discovery Channel Store. And we have a wide assortment of magnetic products that can be customized with logos and other marketing messages. Visit link for more information.

What tradeshows will Dowling attend this year?

Look for us at ECRM School Supplies and WeConnect

Many of my customers have concerns about the safety of magnets and magnetic products. What can I tell them?

Dowling is committed to the safety of our products. Our retail products are carefully tested to ensure safe, fun play. All of our children’s p comply with industry safety regulations, and are regularly inspected to check that our suppliers and our manufacturing process meet Dowling’s high level of quality standards. Packaging designs are reviewed to clearly indicate appropriate warnings and ages.

You can download Product Safety Data Sheets for each of our tested products at