Month: November 2017

Black Friday survival guide: Store and mall hours, top deals, money-saving tips and more

Retailers began touting Black Friday bargains before the leaves began to fall, and while the pinnacle shoppers holiday has evolved into an enduring string of sales, the time-honored tradition of dashing for doorbusters on the final Friday of November is as customary as turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Speaking of turkey, most major retailers will once …

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Thankful for B-Stock

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? Any holiday that focuses primarily on family and feasting is good with us!  This year’s Turkey Day post is all about what our team is thankful for (don’t worry, the usual post about Black Friday/Cyber Monday remorse will post next week). We got some great responses from people located …

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What R2 Certification Means for the Mobile Secondary Market

The current mobile phone market is growing exponentially and the rules are quickly changing. This is especially true for the secondary market, which alone is worth $17 billion. Let this data soak in: there’s an estimated 4.6 billion cell phones in use throughout the world and when those devices are returned, they will need data …

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A Guide to Buying Customer Returns

Customer returns are at an all time high: it’s estimated that by the end of this year around $440 billion in merchandise will have been returned. The spike in ecommerce is playing a huge role (around 30% of online purchases are sent back), as are increasingly relaxed return policies. The point is, returns are running …

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Posted in: Buyer Resources

Just Say No to Fixed-term Contracts

We get that signing a fixed-term contract with a major liquidator or handful of buyers can provide a certain sense of relief: a signed contract virtually guarantees a predictable removal time for all of your excess stock. However, fixed-term contracts with a limited amount of buyers can create challenges, not to mention dependencies. By working …

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Underwear of Uncertain Origin

The bidding opens at 25 cents. High above our heads, two television screens light up with images of the next batch of goods up for sale: women’s underwear. There are frilly slips and glossy satin negligees, brightly colored panties of different sizes and, um, styles. “Lot number 26. Lote número veintiséis,” says the auctioneer, a thickly built …

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Online Retail Sales to Top One Trillion Dollars by 2027

Do the math on what that means for returns…. While the retail apocalypse rages on for brick and mortar stores, research shows that online sales are booming: volume is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% over the next decade and, based on this rate, U.S. online retail sales are …

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Holiday Retail Season Kick Off

Goodbye jack o’lanterns and Halloween candy; hello holiday shopping season! November 1 marked the official start of the holidays: that special time of year when retailers hope to incentivize shoppers to spend, spend, spend. Though Thanksgiving weekend is when the bulk of shopping is done, decisions about where consumers will shop and what they’ll buy …

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