How often have you been to a store and seen products at great prices and wondered how they managed to buy these items cheaply enough to make a profit selling at those prices? This is most commonly seen at small family run stores or bargain outlet chains. They are able to do this because they know how to buy liquidation inventory in the secondary market.
If you are a small business owner running a bargain outlet or clearance store, you too can purchase liquidation items from large retailers. It is just imperative that you be very careful to do so in a way that minimizes your financial risk. It can be very profitable if you have a good sales channel direct to consumers (your store, ebay, Amazon, etc.).
Many stores have their own suppliers for certain items that they keep in stock at all times, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, for some items that you may not sell all the time, purchasing liquidation inventory on an opportunistic basis can work great. In fact, many brick and mortar store operators also offer this type of merchandise through an eBay stores or on Amazon.
Large retailers always have excess, liquidation inventory to get rid of, but they are not always willing to deal with small buyers. Some forward thinking retailers are opening their liquidation sales to a much broader audience and that is what the average small business person has to look for. Access is the key. I recommend you check out the B-Stock Sourcing Network to see one great way to get this sort of access for your business.