Thank you for your question. I have found quite a few places online
where you may obtain surplus assets directly from the source. However,
these mostly come in the form of Business to Business (B2B) portals
where retailers and the wholesalers such as the ones you have found in
your own searches come together and bid on loads.
With few exceptions (such as QVC), the only way other than the above
to get supplied directly with pallets of surpluses from major
retailers is to contact the individual stores directly. Unforunately,
they usually will have already contracted out their liquidation
inventories out to established wholesalers.
Rather than contacting each individual store, the most direct way to
obtain excess inventory is to take advantage of the the numerous B2B
portals that were created especially for your purpose. Major retailers
directly advertise their own excess inventory on these services.
Most large chains do not have their surplus inventory information
available online, for obvious marketing reasons. Although they are not
a retailer per se, QVC does offer a liquidation program that is more
public than most:
"QVC's proactive approach to business has proven pivotal in
establishing us as the world's leading electronic retailer. In keeping
with that tradition, QVC partners with established wholesalers,
retailers, and exporters to liquidate inventory that QVC no longer
features on air.
Since 1986, QVC has been supplying its liquidation buyers with
valuable merchandise. QVC sells numerous types of products for
liquidation: accessories, apparel, collectibles, dolls, electronics,
exercise equipment, home products, linens, and seasonal merchandise.
The large variety of product featured in our programming is reflected
in a wide range in price among QVC liquidated merchandise. To become
better acquainted with QVC's Liquidation Department, please read on,
or call us directly:
QVC Liquidation: 1-484-701-8117"
They have a FAQ available in the above link. As you know, it mentions
specifically "established wholesalers," and an application process is
-- B2B Surplus Portals --
RetailExchange.com is the foremost provider in Business to Business
surplus solutions that puts directly together retailers with excess
inventory with retailers who are looking to buy their inventory
through a marketplace format.
"RetailExchange is the leader in excess inventory solutions for
manufacturers and retailers seeking to buy or sell excess consumer
products. A subsidiary of Gordon Brothers Group, a global leader in
retail inventory liquidations, we leverage unparalleled retail
As is the base with most B2B portals, registration is required proving
that you are an applicable business.
Liquidation.com is another service very similar to RetailExchange.
They are an apparently very reputable company, as they are contracted
also with the operation of the liquidation website for the United
States Government. (see govliquidation.com near the end of this
"Liquidation.com offers the most comprehensive solution to convert
surplus assets into cash. Our active customer base and integrated
services ensure a fast, cost effective, and reliable way to buy or
-- Other Surplus Portals --
Other than RetailExchange.com, and to a lesser extent,
Liquidation.com, there are more B2B business portals. But there is no
guarantee that all of the sellers in these other portals are actually
retailers rather than just redistributors. I do know that there are
real retailers who make use of the below services, but there may be
redistributers active as well.
You wouldn't know it without a search, but Ebay is actually one of the
biggest exchanges for B2B transactions. The appropriate category which
suits your needs specifically would be Business/Large Lots, which
linked directly below:
CommoditySurplus is another great resource for fixed price lots
directly from the manufacturer or retailer.
"CommoditySurplus's mission is to find buyers and sellers of surplus
stock for our clients. When you post stock with us we will actively
seek a buyer or seller for you using our network of thousands of
surplus dealers worldwide. Our business is built on relationships,
trust and knowledge of our client's requirements and we provide all
the business-to-business facilities required for secure international
trade in surplus stock."
--Government Surplus Portals--
Finally, the United States government offers a variety of methods by
which you may directly obtain their surplus assets:
Government Liquidation (Operated by Liquidation.com)
Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
Related Google Directory:
Google Search Strategy:
pallets OR pallet wholesale OR liquidator OR surplus jcpenney OR
k-mart OR walmart
pallets retail wholesale OR liquidator OR surplus
closeouts search OR direct OR finder
liquidator OR liquidation retailer contacts
"department store" OR "manufacturer" OR "warehouse" "salvage loads" OR
"pallet" OR "pallets"
"department store" OR major retailer liquidate OR liquidation
direct source overstock OR surplus
I hope this helps!