thoughts about buying on Amazon

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  1. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Isn't Amazon Warehouse a clearing center for the resale of customer returns? I've bought tons of stuff from them and had very good luck, particularly with SSDs.
     
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    I think so.
     
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    Yes, but you know they are returns. The OP is concerned with purchasing NEW items where Amazon has snuck in Returned Items as NEW Retail Items, which Amazon doesn't do.

    Amazon sells Returns labeled as Returns through completely different distribution channels, so you know as an Amazon Retail customer that you aren't going to get a returned item sold to you as NEW.

    Amazon Warehouse | Great deals on quality used products

    Outlet - Amazon.com

    80% off or more: Amazon Warehouse Just Arrived - Amazon.com

    And, then there are the 3rd party returns pallet sales:
    How to Buy Pallets of Returned Merchandise from Amazon

    Amazon clears out returns in bulk at about 10% of cost as well. You can watch those "pallet flippers" open their boxes of returns on Youtube, it's a new form of surprise entertainment as they explore their box openings and dig through the crap returned to Amazon - and other large retailers.

    Even they trash the unsellable personal products rather than resell them. He does say he washes or cleans or donate some of it as well, like used toddler toys, clothes, and such. It can be pretty gross to watch, so be forewarned.

    Here's a semi random search return from "amazon pallet" unboxing - a youtuber I have watched before:

    I bought a $2,206 Amazon Customer Returns ELECTRONICS Pallet / Mystery Boxes
    Franchise Kicks
    1,433,765 views
    Published on Sep 29, 2018


    I bought 200 Pounds of Grocery Amazon Customer Returns & Watch the EPIC Pallet Unboxing
    Franchise Kicks
    Published on Aug 17, 2019
     
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  4. Fishon

    Fishon I Will Close You

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    Over 45 minutes of video from a guy pulling miscellaneous items out of a Amazon mystery box. Over 175k subscribers. Who watches this stuff? o_O
     
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    Children. Mostly...
     
  6. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The Electronics Pallet videos are even more popular, the one I posted has 1,433,761 views. There are likely even people watching for non-practical reasons, who knows? As long as they are enjoying their time spent watching the videos why question their choice for enjoyment?

    These pallet flipping videos are so popular they are often trending on Youtube, and as an example these pallet flipping video's clearly show how Amazon redistributes their product returns, overstock, and liquidation items - not by reselling them as new to retail buyers.

    Mostly adults watch them for very practical reasons, going by the comments - did you read any? Children might watch it - to show their parents so they know where they can get inexpensive treats - food - toys - etc for 10% (more or less) of the original price.

    There are lots of people looking for ways to earn extra income from any good source they can find. If they can use the large quantities of food from these 90% discounted pallets to feed their family - extended family - collect food for their Church or Club or provide food for other organizations looking to feed the hungry.

    The people that post these videos are sharing their successes and failures with various pallet outlets so that others can see where / when to buy and not to buy. Over time the seasonal changes herald new ideal times to purchase to get certain items cheaply.

    Watching the video's show the trends in what is available where, and the tips they get from the video maker while they review what they find gives viewers insights as to how to do pallet flipping efficiently and profitably.

    Buyers of the discounted products they resell through their own websites, ebay, storefront, watch to get a heads up on new products - the flippers split the boxes and viewers can purchase individual items cheaply. This particular guy also has a storefront where he sells locally.

    You could have watched the videos and read the comments and avoided not knowing:

    The Cardboard Maker Studio 4 days ago
    "I'm hungry for more food palets personally I think they are really enjoyable!"

    Tabitha Beeman 23 hours ago
    "please donate it to the shelters for cats and dogs that would be awesome! God bless you all ;) "

    Linda Doggett4 days ago
    "I can imagine kids on Halloween being all thrilled by the PopTarts you are handing out!"

    Teya Keiter 2 days ago
    "How do u find these pallets on Amazon really curious on how to get one"

    Sherri James 5 days ago
    "Yes yes YES!! More food pallets please... We love all your video's but really into the food pallets right now as we are looking to buy locally here in Arizona. Keep doing what you're doing...WE LOVE YOU GUYS"

    He's got another new video out today - maybe you will enjoy it. :)

    I bought a $1,612 Amazon Customer Returns TOYS & LEGO & EXPENSIVE COLLECTIBLES Pallet
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    Published on Aug 22, 2019


    Robert Martin 53 minutes ago
    "I got 6 of that exact same baby bottle warmer in my last "toy" pallet. We are buying from the same place in Indy. All 6 of those warmers sold on eBay in one day."

    Whitney Murray 15 seconds ago
    "Your prices are really reasonable. I'd charge more for a couple things. :)"

    Sheldon Latimer 2 hours ago
    "You are a waste of my time, when I’m seventy years old I don’t need toys , I’m looking at records from your pallets"

    The Cardboard Maker Studio 1 hour ago
    "Stop being mean with your comments!"

    Vonnie Burt 21 minutes ago
    "You are a real crab Shelton!"

    Hey, skimming through the video there's a nice Bandai Samurai Captain America, if you are into that sort of thing... :)
    Bandai Samurai Captain America.jpg
     
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  7. Fishon

    Fishon I Will Close You

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    I didn't read the comments but did skim through the video. No sane person would watch all the way through and that's my point. He could, and should have cut that video down to ten or fifteen minutes or so, and you'd get the same out of it without the torturous waste of time.
     
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    Hoarder porn.
     
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    A career, 100% job replacement, part-time extra money, think outside the "normal" or traditional box, and explore alternatives to working a 9 to 5, what with the loss of manufacturing - even with strong pressure to bring those jobs back on shore - the consumption product chain needs people to redistribute returns and reap the profits there in.

    Redirecting product that hasn't sold at brick and mortar stores - mostly because putting the product in front of people - letting them know you have what they need - is so cost prohibitive compared to simple online searches - now you can provide Earth wide access to products you bought for pennies on the dollar (or much less) and flip it for close to full price, saving the buyer money and making the flipper a good profit from commodities in demand.

    Growing expert knowledge in specific product areas could profit even more - knowing what to buy and how to distribute it. If you like teaching others, and helping others, you could leverage your expertise there as well. Not to mention the income from ad sales on youtube and websites.

    Here's a couple of examples that suggest that the pallet, wholesale, return resale flippers may be making a lot more $ than we imagine:

    Meet the Couple Making Six Figures by Reselling | WSJ
    Wall Street Journal
    Published on Aug 16, 2019
    Ryan and Allison Roots are full-time resellers -- they take new and used items, mark them up, and sell them online for a profit. Through reselling, mentoring aspiring resellers, and growing a YouTube following, the couple says they’re bringing in six figures.


    I Bought a Full Semi Truck Load of Lowes Liquidation Pallets
    Resale Rabbit
    Published on Sep 1, 2019


    raindogred 1 week ago
    "Renovating my house...doing my bathroom wall tiling today..sling me the grout and some led lighting Rabbit :) All that stuff cost decent money, especially plumbing stuff..i'm in Australia so probably won't be buying from your ebay. you really seem to be expanding..I remember when you used to drive all over the country thrifting..well done"

    george symons 2 days ago
    "Reach out to local landscapers and maintenance companies on the irrigation supplies...you will make more $$$$"

    Darlene Langley 1 week ago
    "You need to make contacts with local companies that do construction and renovations. Especially remodeling. They would buy that stuff all day long. I represent a bunch of those type of companies and they would think they'd died and gone to heaven to grab that stuff for less than contractor price at Lowes"

    Elizabeth Hamilton 2 days ago (edited)
    "Fascinating video! The world of resale is really interesting."
     
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    Extreme risk, high failure rate, garage/basement/living room full of junk that often won't even sell at a yard sale.

    Not a viable or reliable income stream or business model for the many. Biggest obstacle alone? Storage.
     
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