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Inside the booming business of reselling returned merchandise

Jan 27, 2023
Everyone from publicly traded companies to individuals working out of their garages are buying and reselling liquidated items.
American Liquidations buys up to 60 truckloads of overstock and returns merchandise every month from retailers like Target, Macy's and Sam's Club.
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Inside the hectic post-holiday "returns season" at a Costco warehouse

Jan 26, 2023
A good portion never make it back to store shelves.
Costco is famous for its return policy: unlimited returns despite condition or purchase date, with some exceptions.
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As holiday merchandise gets held up, discount retailers get ready

Sep 24, 2021
Backlogs of holiday goods on ships and in warehouses mean liquidators could be in for a good season.
Current shipping backlogs could mean delays in holiday merchandise — and the gift of overstock for discount retailers.
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As restaurants liquidate, auctioneers and buyers line up

Sep 9, 2020
Umbrellas and patio furniture are fetching top dollar, and there's a strong marked for used ovens and grills.
A Fuddruckers restaurant in Hialeah, Florida, on March 3, 2018. Luby's Inc. plans to sell its 30 company-owned Fuddruckers.
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Sears' bankruptcy and the business behind closing a business

Nov 2, 2018
One retail chain's restructuring is another store's opportunity.
The Sears at University Mall in Tampa, Florida, where everything must go.
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Where everything goes when 'Everything Must Go'

Sep 14, 2012
The East Coast discount retailer Daffy's is going out of business, giving us a look at the ecosystem that sprouts up when a company has to sell everything from shoes to shelves.