The Zippo flip-top, windproof lighter has changed little since its invention and is one of the iconic American products of the 20th century. The item is so iconic, in fact, that it has spawned nearly 20 different Zippo lighter collector organizations around the world. Founded by George G. Blaisdell in 1932, Zippo has sold more than 425 million of its famous lighters, but also produces writing instruments, bags and accessories. Zippo has a wide network of retailers throughout the United States and in more than 150 countries around the world.
Go to zipporetailer.com. This is the Zippo retailer resource and information website.
Click on “become a Zippo retailer”.
Fill in the preliminary retail inquiry form. On this form, you must include brief personal and business information. Alternately, you can make your retailer inquiry over the phone by calling the Zippo sales department at 814-368-2700.
Apply to be an authorized retailer. Once Zippo processes your preliminary inquiry, they will contact you with information on how to complete the application process. Expect to provide detailed information about your business location, size and sales.
Register with zipporetailer.com. This step is optional, but, by registering with zipporetailer.com, you can have your business added to the Zippo retailer locator and gain access to Zippo news and other retailer resources. You can access the registration form by clicking on “register” on the zipporetailer.com home page.
Richard Long is an English teacher in Toronto, Canada and has been writing for over five years. He has had work published in "Geist" and "Speak2Me" magazines and is currently completing a certificate in technical communication from George Brown College.