Navigating the Different Buying Channels of B-Stock
As a new buyer, navigating through B-Stock’s different sites including Sourcing, B-Stock Supply, and our Private Marketplaces to find what you need may be a little confusing. Are you looking to purchase smaller sized auction lots to resell on places like eBay or Poshmark? Perhaps you need to buy bigger bulk lots to stock the shelves of your warehouse, discount shop, or virtual storefront. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered. B-Stock can accommodate the many needs of our buyers, you just need to know where to look!
In this post, we are going to break down the basics of B-Stock’s three main buying channels: Sourcing, B-Stock Supply, and our Private Retailer Marketplaces.
Sourcing is where we recommend you begin your buying journey. Think of Sourcing has an internal search engine to help you find and view the type of merchandise you’re seeking. Our Sourcing page allows you to search across our vast network of retailer liquidation marketplaces by category, region, retailer, or even specific products. At any given time there are 1500 auctions open for bidding via Sourcing. Once you find an auction lot you are interested in, Sourcing will automatically redirect you to that private retailer marketplace (where you must register and be approved) to view the lot in more detail and place your bid.
Through Sourcing, you can also view our very own B-Stock Supply marketplace.
B-Stock Supply is a multi-seller marketplace where approved buyers can purchase returned, excess, and refurbished inventory from hundreds of different sellers all in one place (like eBay but for business-to-business transactions). These auctions are hosted on our B-Stock Supply platform with the merchandise being listed and sold by the seller (our Supply sellers range from Fortune 500 companies to small or medium-sized businesses). Lot sizes are usually smaller than on the private retailer marketplaces, making it the perfect place to source from if you’re just beginning your buying and reselling business. Many of our B-Stock Supply buyers resell the merchandise on sites like eBay, Poshmark, or Amazon. Keep in mind, as with all of the inventory up for auction on B-Stock, this merchandise is liquidation so that can range from damaged customer returns to new shelf-pulls or overstock inventory.
B-Stock currently operates more than 40 private marketplaces for today’s largest retailers and manufacturers including Home Depot, Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, Costco, Lowe’s, Walgreens, Wayfair, and more. A private marketplace is where a single retailer (like Walmart) lists and sells its returned, excess, and other liquidation inventory directly to you, the buyer. B-Stock creates and customizes these private marketplaces as the retailer’s own liquidation auction site, catering to the retailer’s specific needs. Buyers must get individual approval from each private marketplace before being able to bid and buy. Each retailer has its own specific set of terms and conditions for buyers and it is ultimately up to them who can purchase their liquidation inventory.
Through these private marketplaces, buyers have access to large quantities of bulk inventory ranging from pallets to truckloads across all conditions. Buyers can find a wide variety of inventory from retailers in different categories including apparel, appliances, toys, mobile, furniture, grocery, health and beauty, and more. In these private marketplaces, you’re transacting directly with the retailer. There is no middleman and the inventory hasn’t been handled by anyone but the retailer, it comes straight from the retailer’s return center or store shelves.
We hope this post helps you better navigate our sites and become a more comfortable B-Stock buyer. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact us directly!