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Liquidation Product Consistency
Introduction to the Consistency of Liquidation Goods
When purchasing liquidation goods and depending on your business needs, it is important to take into account the consistency or regularity of the goods you are purchasing.
The information in this section is general and may or may not apply to you specifically. Each customer is unique and may have his own specific needs, pricing policies, etc.
The availability of particular types of merchandise should affect the types of goods you purchase and the way you choose to process, sell and price the goods.
Goods available in the liquidation industry can typically be broken down into 3 categories:
Consistent, Ongoing, Regular Goods
Many of our pallets, loads and truckloads are items that we sell on an ongoing basis- meaning we either have them in stock all the time, or we receive new stock very shortly after we sell out.We have over a dozen listings like these that we have been offering for years and will continue to offer for as long as they are available.
Consistent ongoing goods are important to note because:
EXAMPLE:say you purchase "X" product for $10. Better buy and sell 100 units for $20 (and make $1,000 gross profit), than to hold out for $25 and only buy and sell 50 units (and make a gross profit of $750).
If items can be easily re-purchased, your aim would be to price the items in order to maximize your gross profit.
NOTE: It is important to note that while certain loads can be available very regularly, there may also be inconsistencies in actual products and conditions of products received in each load.
Non-Consistent, Sporadic Goods
Several loads and truckloads available in the industry are only available on an inconsistent basis and have relatively low and sporadic supply (ex: designer handbags).
Non-Consistent ongoing goods are important to note because:
One-Off, Opportunistic Deals
Occasionally, there will be one-off deals which, once sold, will no longer be available again (such as discontinued models, goods from insurance companies, store/warehouse closures etc).
Typically, once these goods are sold, similar deals will most likely not be available again.
Such deals can be very profitable and are considered to be opportunistic. Buyers should always aim to maximize their selling price and profit on such purchases as stock is limited and typically there will be little competition and supply of similar items.
Furthermore, similar goods cannot be re-purchased so as long as your price is competitive and you can sell the items in due time, there is no need to price them too cheaply.
If it is consistent, regular merchandise that you can order every week, you can make it your bread-and-butter and sell it for cheap and quickly.
If the merchandise is more elusive or will not be in stock again after we sell out, you can purchase a larger quantity in one go, or sell it at a higher profit margin to maximize your returns. You can also let your customers know that it is a limited-time-offer product, raising its value and appeal.
What are Seasonal Overstocks
By definition as we described on our Liquidation Product Conditions page, new overstocks are typically new goods that have never been purchased by a customer, but that are considered excess inventory from stores for a variety of reasons. The following will explain how purchasing seasonal overstocks can present a great opportunity for eBayers, online vendors and retailers who have some storage space available.
Seasonal Overstocks refers to merchandise that is typically sold during a specific season of the year. Outdoor furniture, air conditioners, heaters, winter clothing, summer clothing and holiday decorations are all examples of seasonal overstocks.
Via Trading carries seasonal overstocks at prices significantly below wholesale. You can purchase these products in bulk by the case, pallet, load or truckload.
We have found that seasonal overstock merchandise can offer a unique opportunity that no other type of overstock merchandise can. It can be a very good short term investment to purchase these items during their off-season while they are cheaper and more readily available than when they are in season and in high demand.
With a small storage space and some up-front capital, you can purchase a load or container load of seasonal overstock product and hold it for a season. You can then resell it when it comes back into season for a higher profit margin.
As such, seasonal overstocks can be a sound short term investment by putting your money into a real tangible asset that will increase in value when the season comes back around.