The experienced ecommerce merchants appreciate this feature better
If you are selling on multiple marketplaces like eBay, Amazon, Walmart etc., you know how important it is to protect your rating. Order cancellations is something to avoid at all costs. But distributor stock is not in your control. They sell to thousands off merchants and the stock they displayed yesterday may be sold out today. But you just got an order for 3 units and now you have to cancel the order.
This minimum quantity threshold helps you protect yourself a little bit better. For example, you may say, do not import product data if the distributor stock is less than 10.
Because the lower your cost, the more competitive your prices. Translates to greater sales and greater profits.
Markup prices at cost + % or cost + $ or both. You can markup prices differently for different distributors. You have total control over your selling price.
All products don't ship equally. You can apply shipping markups in addition to price markups to come up with a selling price that takes all costs into account.
If you don't want to sell a product or a product category, you can simply block it and it won't get downloaded to your database.