You can find just about anything on Amazon. Whether it be in home goods, electronics, clothing or even food, Amazon has dominated online shopping in its variety of products you can find on its site. However, not everyone ends up liking the products they bought from Amazon. Sometimes, the products they received were broken or not what the consumer was expecting. This is unfortunate for the shopper, but could be to your benefit. Plenty of liquidation websites on the internet allow you to buy Amazon returns for a cheap price. You know that they say, one man’s Amazon return is in another’s online shopping cart.
On these liquidation sites, you’ll be able to find boxes of returns people made to companies such as Amazon. Some of these liquidation and overstock sites even carry returns from heavy-hitters like Walmart and Target. All you need to do on these sites is create an account and bid on a box.
So what does it mean to bid on a box?
Well, this means that as the consumer, you’ll need to bid a price that you think the box you’re interested in is worth. A lot of these sites contain a list of the kinds of products that are in these returns, as your bid is for the whole box and not just one item inside of it. However, this long list will give you an idea of what you’d be willing to pay for it. Then, if you’re interested, make a bid. Monitor the auction so that you can ensure you’re making the highest bid. And if your bid is the highest, then you get the box.
So what kind of items will you find in these boxes?
It varies. These boxes can contain anything from clothing to health/home care items to electric powered technologies. Basically, whatever someone can order from and return to an organization such as Amazon could pop up in your box. There are a few things that cannot be returned to Amazon, and thus won’t be in one of these boxes. Perishable items won’t be in these boxes, of course, but this list also includes custom or handmade objects, digital music, flowers, giftcards, hazardous materials, pet food, live plants, prepaid game or phone cards, software downloads, theme park tickets, videos and wine.
When will I get my box?
It’ll mostly depend on the size of your box and quantity of your total order. Some of these boxes are small enough to be sent through FedEx or UPS and others are so large that they needed to be transported by freight shipping. Likewise, if you ordered multiple Amazon return boxes, you may be waiting longer for your entire order because they likely won’t all be sent at the same time using the same mode of transportation.
Can I finance a box?
Yes, if you’re a business! You can finance a box if the price is too high to pay outright. If you are not a business owner, you may want to look at buying the box on credit and paying that off over time. This could affect your credit, so be sure to really consider this option before taking it. Making wise financial moves is important.
Is there the potential for any surprise items?
With any return box, it’s possible that items in the box were either unlisted or not well-described in the dossier. These surprise items will never be anything listed on the “no returns” list. However, there’s the potential that you be getting something you weren’t expecting. It’s also important to keep in mind that some of the enclosed items may be broken and were returned for a reason.
Buying an Amazon return box may seem frivolous or unnecessary, but it could also provide you the opportunity to buy in bulk the items you may need for a lower total price. Ultimately, you’ll need to do your research on each box before making a bid. Being a smart shopper is key here, so that you end up walking away with a steal.