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that If you know liquidation exists by now, you also probably know it can be a daunting task getting your hands on it- without a little research first, that is! With less than trustworthy sources out there, that’s an understandable concern. And historically, it hasn’t always been the easiest to obtain either. Don’t worry, in this blog, we will cover everything you should know about a liquidation auction, as well as how you can find them on B-Stock. Liquidation pallet auctions, whether you’re placing your first bid or hundredth, all follow the same basic structure. It’s important to understand what exactly to look out for before placing your auction bid to avoid any confusion down the line.
We’ve highlighted the important sections you should be familiar with so you can make an informed and successful purchase. You can also download a copy of The Anatomy of Liquidation Auctions for a visual breakdown. Keep reading for even more information on B-Stock lot sizes, shipping methods, and how you can get started on B-Stock Supply!
Yes – plenty of businesses use liquidation as a reliable and affordable source of inventory. Retailers liquidate as a way to make room for new inventory, give a second life to customer returns and overstock, and in order to recoup some of their losses. Since legitimate companies like Walmart, Target, Amazon, The Home Depot, and more all liquidate, that makes their inventory legit too!
On B-Stock, you can easily search over 65+ private marketplaces for the brands and inventory you’d like. You can filter by region, by product category, and by marketplaces. Here are categories you can start sourcing liquidation inventory in:
Everything from lot size, category, condition, retail value, and location of the auction will be included here. Keep in mind that Ext. retail reflects MSRP, not the current market value, so you should always do your own research about the value of the items in the lot.
There are three types of auction images on B-Stock – category images which will include generic stock images grouped together, product images that show stock photos of the items that will be included in the lot, and sample images that show the condition of inventory or how inventory is palletized for shipment. It’s important to note that these images are representative and will not show exact images of the inventory.
Includes all the bidding and pricing information for the auction. You must be registered and logged in to see some of this information.
International buyers should note that even though shipping estimates may appear, some inventory can’t be shipped internationally.
This is where you can find all the auction details or add the auction to your watchlist.
The watchlist feature is a nice benefit for interested buyers. If selected, you will find that auction saved on your “Watchlist” under your account for quick access. From there, you can monitor the current highest bid, see when the auction ends, plus add any of your own notes. Don’t want to participate in an auction right away? Add the auction to your watchlist!
Includes the brand, item description, retail value, extended retail, and item number. You can also download the full manifest for any auction details. We highly recommend that you download the auction manifest for each auction you are interested in bidding in. It’s imperative to read the manifest before you bid as it tells you everything you need to know about a lot and its contents. Since no two auctions are alike – neither will their manifests.
Find relevant information like quantity, item number/ UPC/ model, estimated MSRP, item description, and category. The UPC, or Universal Product Codes, are especially important so you can look up what the current retail price is. That way, you will have an idea in mind of how much profit you can make reselling on the secondary market.
This is the section where we’ll call out any important information about your auction. Make sure to check out the “Notice” and “Seller Notes” sections if they are included—these are auction-specific!
Links to resources to help with payment, shipping, merchandise condition, and marketplace terms and conditions.
B-Stock lot sizes range so that you can purchase the inventory amount that meets your business needs. You will see anywhere from 1-2 pallets up to 24 pallets! On B-Stock Supply, you will see cases or boxes, too. For smaller buyers or those looking to test selling liquidation merchandise for the first time, this can be a great starting point.
For a quick breakdown, remember:
Shipping is one of the most important sections to call out. There are a few different shipping methods buyers have on the B-Stock platform.
Retailers on the B-Stock platform typically learn towards binding shipping. Cost varies depending on a few different variables like zip code, weight, density, number of pallets, how many pallet spaces will be used during transport, among others.
You must read shipping details for each auction you’re interested in. Why? Because different marketplaces and sellers have different shipping practices. Be mindful that prices displayed on the auction page are estimates— the official quote is sent once you win an auction. Shipping quotes must be paid in order to start the shipping process.
If liquidation pallet auctions on private marketplaces sound like a big leap for you right now, don’t worry! That’s where B-Stock Supply can help. Supply is similar to eBay but for business-to-business transactions. While auctions live on Supply, sellers list merchandise themselves. Since sellers range from small or medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies, you’re sure to find the right auction. You can find any category on our private marketplaces on B-Stock Supply, all with the added benefit of smaller lot sizes, free shipping opportunities, lower prices, and seller ratings. So start trying different inventory types and enjoy the treasure hunt!
Learn more about B-Stock Supply in this blog. For wherever you choose to source liquidation pallets, B-Stock has your back. Start browsing auctions today and secure the inventory that is right for your business!