Dare I say it? I’ve really dropped the ball in terms of responding to my emails. I’m not too worried because everyone who comes to our site knows I’m committed to helping each and every one of you- sometimes with a delay though – lol! Here we go, let’s dive into a sea of questions:
Question from Tri – “Great info for such great price. Thanks, Rob. Do you know of any good liquidator like Via Trading in Northern California area? Thanks, Tri”
Answer: Hello Tri, thanks for emailing! Off-hand, no I do not have any contacts for Northern California, but I have two suggestions for you: (1) Genco has a shipping point close to Northern California based out of Reno, Nevada. Go to Gencomarketplace.com and search by location. Select GMP-RENO-10133 to see what is currently available; and (2) when looking for liquidators in a particular area, go to a Google search and type in a city in question, followed by:
“city name” + “liquidator”
“city name” + “wholesale closeouts”
“city name” + “wholesale liquidation”
“city name” + “wholesale” + “customer returns”
Get the idea? Keep interchanging keywords and different cities until you come up with valuable results. A lot of wholesale liquidators do not advertise online, so this type of Google search will pull listing from Yellow Pages, Yelp, and other directories. Good luck!
Question from Noraly – Hi, I’m buying from B-Stock Solutions, but I am interested in more liquidation contacts. According to your Guide, you have other resources and contacts. Will your guide provide me with better contacts? (versus B-Stock and Walmart Liquidation) Thank you, Noraly
Answer: Hello Noraly! Yes, our guide has dozens of other contacts. But, I never advocate buying our guide strictly for contact information. I believe the full value of our guide comes from my experiences buying and reselling secondary market goods. That’s not to say our suppliers contacts are not worth the money, but I would rather someone make the purchase to learn about the industry before jumping to our Little Black Book, so to speak. Make sense?
Question from Mike – I purchased your guide today and I absolutely love it. thank you very much. I have a question for you. I notice some eBay sellers like namebrandoutlet4320 and hughie8465 sell a lot of Saks Fifth Ave merchandise. Do you know how I can get my hands on Saks merchandise? Thank you, Mike M.
Answer: Hey Mike, I’m glad you love our guide…we do too! Sorry to say, I do not have a contact for Saks 5th Ave shelf pulls and customer returns. I’ll poke around and ask a few colleagues, but I think this one is going to be difficult. I would pose the question to our audience, but I would truly wonder about the person that would give up this supplier source, if you know what I mean. Please keep in contact Mike. Renee and I wish you the best of luck with your business pursuits.
Question from David – First off let me say that I really enjoyed the Liquidator’s Guide which I purchased last week and read over the weekend. The information and sources you included in the guide are a great resource which I’m already beginning to take advantage of. I’d really like to purchase your other guide (How to Broker Liquidation Merchandise) which I only discovered after reading the Liquidator’s Guide. Do you offer a discount to those who have already purchased the liquidator’s guide? I see it’s included free in the Broker Guide bundle. David S.
Answer:Yes, David we do offer a discount! And, thank you for the kind words. I’ve sent an email your way explaining how to get the discount for our Broker’s Guide.
Question #1 from Bobby – “My questions really center around apparel liquidation, especially from Department stores like Macy & Dillard’s. In your experiences, typically around what % of the MSRP were you paying for Shelf pulls and customer returns when you were purchasing from Brokers? If you don’t mind me asking.“
Answer: There is nothing typical about Broker pricing. My suggestion would be to register as a Macy’s liquidation buyer and review direct source pricing for each category of merchandise. Pricing percent will range based upon what type of merchandise you’re interested in. Once you have Macy’s pricing, you can ascertain what kind of mark up each Broker is applying. Make sense?
Question #2 from Bobby – “I have another question regarding Brand Protection. For example, “Charter Club” is an exclusive brand of Macy’s. Would I be able to use the words “Charter Club” in my eBay listing Headline? For example” Red Medium Charter Club Sweater”? Or is that not allowed by Macy’s? In addition, would putting a large “X” on the label with a black marker be sufficient enough in the eyes of Macys?“
Answer: Advertising Charter Club should be fine, but don’t do it in conjunction with the Macy’s name. Keep “Macy’s” out of auction titles, as well as item descriptions. The black X is a great a great way to further protect the Macy’s liquidation relationship. Be sure to let your eBay buyer know about the X within the item description.
Question #3 from Bobby – “Finally, I’m not sure you have this information, but do you have any ideas on how much shipping one pallet would typically run if you are shipping from the Midwest or East Coast down to Southern California? I really appreciate your time and would be very thankful if you can provide some of your expert advice. Best Regards, Bobby“
Answer: To save money, try your best to ship multiple pallets across the country versus a single pallet purchase. Having said that, a single pallet shipment will range between $275 – $350. Remember, freight costs increase your bottom line, so be sure to maximize each dollar by purchasing in bulk quantities. A single pallet shipment might be $300, but two pallets might come in at $525. See what I’m talking about? …of course you do!
Thanks Bobby, Mike, David, Tri, and Noraly for the questions and your willingness to hang out with the coolest Liquidation Guru ever! Liquidation Guru? ….Wait till Renee reads this post…I’ll never hear the end of it!
Our 2017 Liquidators Guide chronicles 12 years of wholesale product sourcing experience and includes my personal black book of direct source contacts! As an industry expert, I'll share the success I've enjoyed along with the mistakes I've made buying and reselling liquidation merchandise.
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