I believe that the most profitable part of my answer in the long run
will be the orientations to find surplus opportunities worldwide
through the internet. Now, I felt that the handsome fee you offered
deserved more than the leads to find the information yourself.
Therefore, I began to walk the first steps -so to speak- of the path
you'll probably want to go through in the long term, and which seems
to be endless. Thus, altogether the ways to find the data and the
first compilation of some of them will hopefully help you go your way
in surplus trading.
First, I Googled by the following criteria:
1.- "industrial surplus liquidation" =
2.- "industrial bargain" =
3.- "surplus bargain" =
>Search result #1 (for "industrial surplus liquidation") was a short
but effective list that brought up the following sources:
- Surplus Equipment Exchange = http://www.surplusequipment.com/_ppc2/Default.asp?
Their slogan is: "Bringing Surplus Buyers and Sellers Together!".
Under about forty industry categories you can find, currently, a total
of around 1,000 offers. Buyers can search listings and access seller's
contact information for free, pay no commission and there is no
middleperson involved. Sellers have three options to offer their
goods, one of them for free.
- Used Equipment Exchange = http://usedequipmentexchange.net/Home.asp?QP=
If you're not interested in used stuff, don't worry, because in their
"about" page (http://usedequipmentexchange.net/AboutUs.asp?QP= ) it
reads: "The Used Equipment Exchange is a favorite marketplace among
new and used equipment buyers and sellers. Our users include equipment
manufacturers, dealers, brokers and sellers locally and from all over
>>Search result #2 (for "industrial bargain") is too large to be fully
covered, but brought up a bunch of interest results:
- SemiSurplus.com = http://www.semisurplus.com/
"SemiSurplus is a leading provider of pre-owned equipment used in the
semiconductor, MEMS, and nanotechnology industries."
- Other results for this search criterion are mentioned at the end of
the answer as useful search tools for your purpose.
>>>Search result #3 (for "surplus bargain") is also too large, but
much more effective:
- Capovani Brothers, Inc. = http://www.capovani.com/index.htm
"...an online showroom of fully guaranteed used and surplus equipment,
serving the scientific and semiconductor communities since 1987."
- Forest City Surplus Canada = http://www.fcsurplus.com/index_2.htm
- Army Surplus for Less = http://www.armysurplusforless.com/
- RDD USA = http://www.rddusa.com/
"Army Surplus: Military Clothing & Boots, Military Tents & Field Gear"
- Lance Brown Import-Export (surplus opportunities) = http://www.lbie.com/sur.htm
- McCullough Corp. = http://www.mcsurplus.com/
"a premier surplus broker focusing on three areas (...) Foam (...)
Industrial surplus including pallet racking, conveyor, tools, and
machinery ... Consumer products (...) McCullough Corp. represents a
second generation in the surplus business."
- Bull Electrical (bargain pack page) =
"Whilst a lot of our products are available on the rest of this site
we have warehouses full of odd components etc that need to be cleared
at low prices."
Well, the keyword combination "surplus bargain" is extremely
profitable in terms of search results for surplus opportunities. And
"surplus items" is as much as rich, if not more --I'm talking about
hundreds of results that in time you can explore, and obviously exceed
the possibilities of this project.
Now, the crux here is to know and apply effective tips, and learn new
ones. What I'm giving you is just a start. Complementary tips to take
into account are:
- You don't necessarily need to look for surpluses to find surpluses:
regular industry portals can lead you to surplus opportunities;
- Sometimes a vendor's website has a page to offer surpluses, like
Central Vacuum Stores' "Bargain Basement":
- You'll want to be familiar with specific directories and search
tools, and to store them at hand in order to cover a broad scope of
product types and yet have a good digging capacity for each of them.
Some of said tools are:
SearchBug = http://www.searchbug.com/companyfinder/
KellySearch = http://www.kellysearch.co.uk/
Kompass = http://www.kompass.co.uk/
Alibaba.com = http://alibaba.com/
China Commodity Net = http://www.cbg.org.cn/cbg/index_en.html
I hope that the information provided in this answer will make a
satisfactory answer to your question about how to locate surplus
items. Any doubt you may have on this answer, please do not hesitate
to ask for clarification.