Appliances, Appliances, Everywhere!
The secondary market for appliances has never been better for resellers. Just 7 years ago, Sears was the largest appliance retailer in the country. They not only sold their branded products, but they sold primary and secondary stock from other major manufacturers. They were the channel of choice for manufacturers wanting to flush excess inventory out of their warehouses and 5+ years ago would basically get their pick of any excess inventory their suppliers had.
Today, things are different. As you certainly know, Sears has been struggling. They have been closing stores steadily for many years. In addition, their secondary market purchasing of appliances has dropped substantially. This has created a huge opportunity for resellers to step in and fill that gap. One nice side effect for resellers is that, with Sears out of the market, the supply and demand dynamics have changed substantially. This has resulted in prices dropping across the market. Liquidation appliances are available now at better prices than at any time in the past 5-7 years.
If you have the space and equipment to handle the inventory, I strongly recommend you take a look at this market. Consumers are still upgrading old appliances and are still motivated to trade down to 'like-new' dent and scratch models to save money. So consumer prices are holding up well. The difference is just that now you can buy this inventory at a lower price.
Here are several marketplaces that you can use to research and source major brand, secondary market appliances. Brands include Samsung, LG, Frigidaire, Kenmore, Whirlpool and others:
- Lowes: https://lowes.bstock.com/category-name
- Best Buy: https://bestbuy.bstock.com/
- Frigidaire: https://frigidaire.bstock.com/
- Almo: https://almo.bstock.com/appliances
- Home Depot: https://homedepot.bstock.com/appliances
- Pirch: https://pirch.bstock.com/
- Walmart: https://liquidations.walmart.com/appliances
You can also see all listings across the B-Stock Network aggregated in one place by going to http://sourcing.bstock.com. Use the category filter for appliances to limit the results to this category. Good luck!