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Inside a warehouse that can save you money

January 30, 2013 3:13:44 PM PST
People want the hottest, most in-demand items, but may not want to pay top dollar for them.

iPads, flat screens and coffee makers can all be found inside a 150-thousand square foot warehouse.

"We have seen everything from canoes to hot tubs to even the lobster tanks you see in grocery stores," said Rob Caskey of liquidation.com

Think of this as the nerve center of what seems like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

There are sweet deals around every corner. The warehouse belongs to liquidity services, which sells items that are 20 to 60 percent off what you would pay in stores.

Decked out in safety gear, Rob Caskey gave Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson a rare peek inside the operation and explained how it works.

"We take their customer-returned goods, overstock goods, and we help them move off their shelves and sell them," said Caskey.

'They' are 7 of the top 10 retailers in the U.S. ? all of the items in the warehouse once sat on their shelves. The items are eventually trucked to the location, everything is sorted, and electronics are tested and evaluated.

"If it has a minor scratch on it, we'll tell you that," added Caskey.

All of the items are photographed, and posted online. That is when customers get in on the action. On liquidation.com, you bid on groups of like items. For example, there is a group of items that are left over from the holidays. In the group, there were 3 iPad Minis, which ended up going for $1100 or $366 a piece, compared to $429 in store.

At Secondipity.com, you will also find bargains. For a 40-inch flat screen, you save roughly $150.

Everything on the site, including a bathtub, will eventually sell. It may take some time, but surprisingly things only are listed for about 30 days.

The busiest time of year for sales is now ? between January and March.

Liquidation.com is geared towards small business owners who then may resell the items on websites like EBay, or in local brick and mortar stores. Secondipity, on the other hand targets individual consumers.



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