Wholesale exists specifically because of the mass production of goods. Mass production means basically that if you add more machines indefinitely making the stuff, you can theoretically meet just about any demand, and that if you're selling a whole lot of something you're making a whole lot of money even if each item only makes you a tiny profit.
Essentially I think that places like Etsy, and markets, and anywhere that connects the buyer with the maker/seller, are eliminating the whole process that made "wholesale" vs. "retail" exist (Which is a good thing, in my books). I know I've annoyed some people saying this, on the Etsy forums, but I think it's true. We are not a retail venue, or a wholesale venue, we are something completely outside of that system (or, I am, anyway). I don't mark my items up to twice what I want to make off of them to match what retail would cost.. I feel as though that would be strange and not altogether ethical. Also, they're made by me. I can only make so many of them, so the price I want is the price I want.. if you buy a lot, I don't have any more to sell at the normal price, and I can't MAKE anymore (cuz there's only so many hours in a day) so by giving wholesale discounts I'm effectively making less money for the same amount of work.
I've got 15 bears and no time to make more, why would I ask less money for those bears? So I don't do it.
I think I would have to agree with you Tiph... I wouldn't be able to make enough product to make it worth my while, and it wouldn't be any cheaper to sell wholesale... so if they want wholesale stuff... they would have to buy at the prices listed. I can't afford to give it away.