Slack periods can see significant amounts of excess stock piling up in the stockrooms of major retailers, who are less-than-happy to see obsolete goods cluttering their backrooms. Historically such retailers would have sold this excess stock for a pre-negotiated (most likely low) price, to one or two liquidators. However a shift has taken place in recent years: eliminating the liquidator from the equation, and directly selling the inventory to business buyers through a B2B overstock auction platform. This format simplifies the process of acquiring stock, and eliminates many problems caused by liquidator involvement.

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