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Are Non-Manifested truckloads the right loads for me?

Distraction is the nemesis of focus! It’s easy to get distracted when trying to determine the proper load type for your business. Some say “Manifested loads are the only way to go.” While others contend non-manifested loads make more sense. The key word here is “focus” – you must focus on your demographic, on your store location, the type of business model you are using, etc.  Non-manifested truckloads make a lot of sense to those customers who are servicing clientele that are solely concerned with getting the best price. A non-manifested truckload will typically cost less as far as a price-per-piece is concerned, while manifested truckloads may cost a bit more. The advantage to a manifested load is clear though – you get to see what you are buying before the load ships. 

What we have found over the years is that most of our customers buy a little bit of both. A mixed category general merchandise truckload that is non-manifested can yield a lot of bang for the buck! Normally, the percentage of damage or throwaway on a load like this is between 15% and 25%.

What type of truckload would work best for you? Focus on the involvement you will have once your load arrives in your warehouse. Manifests certainly do make processing easier! Most salvage buyers notice a lack of consistency in the area of pricing when they are processing a non-manifested load. Granted, you will pay more for a manifested load, but you will be able process the load quickly while maintaining consistency with your pricing structure.

Don’t get distracted by what everybody else is telling you about your product purchases. Focus on your customer base, on your location, on your business model – and then make the best decision you can for your business!

Multi-Category MANIFESTED GM Truckloads – Better Than Ever!

If you are in the market for a truckload of mixed general merchandise, we may have found the perfect truckload! We are currently getting manifested truckloads from a major retail chain that are among the best loads we have ever seen! Loads typically contain a mix of shelf-pulls, clearance as well as returns. The customer cost on these is currently set at 11¢ on the retail dollar. Truckloads ship out of Fort Wayne Indiana and are ready to ship now! Freight incentives are also available on these truckloads! Getting a manifest is as simple as requesting one. You can do that here.

Sporting Goods Liquidation Agreement Signed by AML

       AML is happy to announce the signing of a new agreement for sporting goods liquidation. This agreement is with one of America’s premiere online retailers of sporting goods and outdoor hunting and fishing equipment. Another major supplier to AML recently acquired this company. For more than 10 years AML has been the exclusive liquidator for the parent company. Due to the success we’ve experience in maintaining their liquidation program, it was obvious to them that AML should be in charge of the sporting goods liquidation program. Soon AML will be offering the new product line to our customers by the truckload and by the pallet. This opportunity will consist of hot resell items at a percentage of the wholesale value.

       AML will open this offer to select partners and customers. This will be an ideal product mix for independent sellers and marketers of discounted merchandise. Sellers such as discount stores and flea market vendors are encouraged to contact us about access to this opportunity.  


Sporting Goods Liquidation American Merchandise Liquidators, IncThe offerings could include items such as:


Ammo and Shooting:

Scopes, Gun Safes, Holsters, Night Vision, Self Defense and Security, Binoculars, Etc.


Accessories, Blinds, Archery, Boots, Knives, Food Processing, Hunting Dog Supplies, Outer wear, Night Vision, Rangefinders, Etc.    

Military Surplus:

Emergency Supplies, Military Jackets and Coats, Backpacks and Bags, Tactical Gear, Accessories, etc.


Rods, Reels, Lures, Tackle, Trolling Motors, Downriggers, Fish Finders, Marine Electronics, Etc.


Boat Seats, Life Jackets, Trailer Accessories, Covers, Fuel Tanks, Etc.


Water Sports:

Canoes and Kayaks, Float Tubes, Ropes, Paddles, Knee Boards, Wake Boards, Etc.


Tents, Sleeping Bags, Camp Kitchens Accessories, Flashlights, Lanterns, Cots and Air Beds, Camp Furniture, Etc.

Outdoor Recreation:

RV Accessories, ATV Accessories, Motorcycle Accessories, Snowmobile Accessories, Universal Truck Accessories, Etc.


To inquire about the availability of this product line please call our office or send an email. 



Live Dealer Auction for Wholesale Liquidation Merchandise

Gearing Up for Live Dealer Auctions

       For years many of our wholesale customers have asked why AML is not having live dealer auctions. It seems that they were traveling to far away areas to attend various dealer auctions in search of wholesale liquidation merchandise. Many believed the Gulf Coast area could use a quality dealer auction.  

       The management at AML began to think maybe it’s not a bad idea.  The diverse inventory that AML stocks in the Foley, AL warehouse, could offer an attractive variety to auction goers. AML decided to proceed with the idea. Inventory was shifted and room was made inside the warehouse to accommodate the crowd.     

       The market test began. Three live auctions were held in November and December of 2015. They were very successful sell outs. More than 300 pallets and lots were sold.

AML decided to move forward in 2016 with one live auction per month. It was decided that the dates would fall on the second Thursday of each month. Each auction will feature a minimum of 100 pallet / lots of assorted categories. Everything to be sold in bulk.

       AML has contracts with Tool & Equipment suppliers, as well as suppliers of General Merchandise. Huge volumes.  AML has already sold THOUSANDS of truckloads of assorted merchandise. AML stocks an average of 50 truckloads in Foley, AL. We also sell truckload volumes shipped direct to the customer.  

       If you are in the business of buying and reselling, if you have a store or sell online or at flea markets, you should visit one of these auctions. Bring your trucks and trailers. Enjoy the area while you are here. There are many attractions along the gulf coast. 

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Rising Popularity of Liquidation Stores

      All companies that retail merchandise will generate unwanted inventory from time to time. This inventory is considered distressed and must be removed to make way for the newer incoming stock. American Merchandise Liquidators, Inc. is a liquidation company that buys this product for the purpose of reselling it into other markets. This surplus product is available to privately owned discount shops and warehouse stores at pennies on the dollar. This contributes to the rising popularity of liquidation stores.  

Pallet of General Merchandise Liquidation         In every town there is at least one storefront, offering merchandise at discounted prices. Much of the merchandise originated through a liquidator. Through the process of liquidation, store patrons are offered  lower prices on many of the items they need everyday. In this economy families have a need to find the lowest prices. Owners of liquidation stores are meeting this need with items from the following categories; Clothing, Shoes, Furniture, Housewares, Kitchenware, Tools, Toys, Camping Supplies, Auto Accessories, Gifts, Baby Items, Window treatments, Domestics, Food, etc.  

     Look for and visit these stores. You will likely be surprised at the value that waits inside.  If you are interested in starting your own store, we will be happy to assist you. We have worked with store owners for more than 20 years. We will gladly pass along some of our experiences to you. It may surprise you that a store can be started with a small inventory investment of $5,000. Ask us how!  Your success is our success. 



How to Choose The Right Truckload of Customer Returns

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Why Do Customer Returns Fly Off The Shelf?

       It seems that customer returns are flying off the shelf. Savvy shoppers

can’t get enough. Why would someone buy items that were once

returned? Where is the value?


      To qualify as a return, the item must first be sold.

If it was once sold, someone once had a desire for the item.

If there was once a desire, chances are the item will sell again,

if it’s in good condition.Fly Off Shelf


      To further make the item attractive to buyers it can be discounted.

The average cost of customer returns to the reseller is approximately

20-25% of the original cost.


      At this rate there is room for a healthy profit while offering
value to retail shoppers.


      Assorted mixed returns are attractive to resell investors and to discount minded shoppers.

Returned items were once prized purchases of highly experienced buyers within large retail

corporations. Their jobs were dependant upon making wise purchasing decisions. 




Customer Returns, How to estimate profits before Buying a Truckload

The first question asked by individuals entering the liquidated merchandise business is often, “How much will I make on a load?” While we would love to give you a concrete answer, there are simply too many variables to consider when determining profits. Location can play a huge role in profits and losses. For instance, a load of tools and equipment may sell extremely well in rural areas, but may sell poorly in the cities where the demand is lacking.  However, the final results will be determined by the methods used in marketing the individual items. AML account specialists will help you find the load that is right for you. 


While we can’t give you a hard and fast rule for the profits you’ll make on a given pallet or truckload, there are some general guidelines you can use when considering a purchase. When dealing with liquidated, distressed merchandise, there will always be an estimated amount of the load that must be repaired or thrown out, which we refer to as the “Waste Factor.”

The Waste Factor is determined by information provided by previous buyers of similar loads and through our own inspections. Some products may be broken, missing parts, torn or soiled – all of these circumstances play a role in determining the waste factor. A waste factor of 20 percent means that you can expect to discard 20 percent of the total load, retaining 80 percent for resale. This percentage varies with load types.


Example 1: For Illustration only: We will use a manifested load with $80,000 retail. The purchase price is 10% of this amount, ($8,000). The Waste Factor is 20%.  

Cost Of Goods

Load Value           $80,000 Retail

(For Manifested Loads there is an estimated Retail Value or Wholesale cost value. The purchase percentage will vary with load types.)

Purchase Price    $ 8,000

Freight               $ 2,000

(Freight varies pending FOB point and your location).

The Initial Investment  $10,000

Income Projections

(pending the success of individual marketing methods)

Retail Value                        $ 80,000

Less Waste Factor (20%)    –    $ 16,000

Suitable for Resale              $ 64,000

Average Sale 50% Off Retail $ 32,000

(You sell all the items at an average of 50% off the retail price.)

Less Initial Investment        $ 10,000

(cost of goods)

Gross Profit                             $ 22,000

(less expenses, to determine net profit)

Note:  If the waste factor happens to be less in the end, the profits will be greater.

This information is provided for the use of those who are new to the industry. This information is for illustration purposes only. Remember there are many load types with varying cost percentages and waste factors. Your account specialist at AML will provide the information you need to assist in your decision making process.  





Not Just a Truckload but, “The Right Truckload for You!

         American Merchandise Liquidators, Inc. (AML) specializes in mixed Truckload assortments of quality customer returns from national retail and DotCom companies. AML account specialists are trained to ask the right questions to match customers with “The Right Truckload.” AML offers exclusive loads that you can only buy from AML however,  AML also offers loads that you can buy elsewhere.  AML is a full service liquidation company offering wide varieties of merchandise by the truckload and pallet. AML is partnered with all of the major returns processors nationwide. AML is a Fast Track Buyer of multiple truckloads of quality customer returns. AML is customer service driven with emphasis on providing The Right Truckload” to the reseller.   

AML offers competitive pricing as a result of  innovations in purchasing.  We all know that it’s only a good deal when the load is “actually shipped, it arrives on time and there is a return on the investment.”   

Buyers have choices. The question is, Who do buyers trust?

AML is reaching out to buyers of all sizes,  offering:

   On Time Freight.  If your load doesn’t ship as we agree at the point of sale, You have the option for an immediate refund. 

   Accurate  Descriptions of the Product

   Service After the Sale

From New York to Boston,  If the trucks were lined in single file and comfortably spaced, AML has sold an estimated 200 miles of Truckloads. AML has the experience to deliver your load,  On Time!  (251) 970.1100


AML Announces New Xpress Buyers Group

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Strength in Numbers


AML has a new partnership with access to what we feel are the cleanest customer returns loads available.


As with all of the product lines we offer, we test the loads in our facility for value and consistency. We also make frequent visits to the floor where the pallets are being created. We found these mixed general merchandise assortments to contain the higher value items that seem to be missing in similar returns loads today. This is important information for profit-minded resellers.

After our first visit to see and learn about this new program, we purchased 9 truckloads to test, (within the first two days). We have sold many truckloads since then with high reviews and repeat purchases.  

Higher Profits:

High Value loads mean better shelf goods that build traffic flow to your store. Greater traffic translates into higher profits. The success of our buying partners and customers is very important to the success of AML and to the professional individuals who work here.


With that said,  we feel that it will be wise for us to contract to buy as many of these high value loads as we can feasibly consume. We are reaching out to all resellers who have had past successes with AML in our 22 year history.


If you are interested in making a commitment to purchase a defined volume of this product per month, we want to commit to bring the best pricing and value to you. Commitments range from Multiple Truckloads to a ½ Load per month (6 Loads per year). The larger the volume of your commitment, the larger your discount will be for the merchandise.


We will take your commitment along with others to negotiate the best purchase pricing and more importantly the access to the top priority of the merchandise. We will bring this value to you at the lowest possible fair price. Our Goal is to control 300 Loads per month. The current price with no commitment is approx $7,500, not including freight. Every load is different. Each load is represented to contain from $60,000 to $70,000 in last retail value. Pallet quantities vary pending the sizes of the products onboard. The waste factor is represented to be 20%. In reality, we are finding a lower percentage of waste.   

Your commitment will secure Top Priority with AML, for access to this high value product line. The market price will be determined by our negotiations.

Level A    10 Truckloads per Month                             Level D      6 Truckloads per Year  

Level B      5 Truckloads per Month                             

Level C      1-3  Truckloads per Month


Deposits:  As in most cases, distressed merchandise purchases plus the freight, are payable prior to shipping the load. AML pays in advance as well. A commitment for any level listed above, may require a deposit equal to the cost of one load plus freight.  


We welcome your input at all Levels. We have found, through the years, that verbal commitments with honorable business people, outweigh written contracts. AML has bought and sold $Millions in distressed merchandise through simple verbal arrangements.  Call us Today!     251.970.1100

Priority will be given in order to your response to this offer.  Test Loads are available if you would like to order now, prior to discounting.

We appreciate your business!

AML                                                                     Home of Old Fashioned Customer Service.

American Merchandise Liquidators, Inc.                       

In business, you make money when you spend it!

Is it possible to make money when you spend it?  Purchasing decisions are tough! They always have been and they always will be. But somebody has to make those decisions. Somebody has to take the time to evaluate an offer to see if it holds the sort of profitability that will sustain and advance the company.


There is an old saying, “You don’t make money when you sell merchandise, you make money when you buy it.” If the purchased merchandise was bought at a price point that is too high, you will either sit on it forever, or you will have to lower your price to a level that will make somebody want to buy it. Sometimes this means selling merchandise at cost or even below.


It stands to reason that you want to make sure you buy merchandise at the best possible price up front! One of the sure fire ways to do this is to find a good liquidation company that has a diverse mix of products that are being sold well below the wholesale value. It’s really quite interesting the way this works actually. Customer returns general merchandise, for example, is not sold based on a percentage “off” of wholesale it is sold based on a percentage “of” wholesale. Conceivably, you could purchase quality general merchandise returns for 15% – 20% of the wholesale value (15-20 cents on the wholesale dollar)! Contrast this with a purchase made from typical general merchandise wholesale company where the price point paid is 4-5 times higher!


Like I said, you make your money when you buy, not when you sell the products. If you buy the merchandise at the lowest possible price point, the profit margins grow exponentially!


Here’s a good question to ask when you are talking to a liquidator, “Do you have a manifest for the load you are telling me about?” A manifest is going to give you a complete itemized list of the items you are getting on your load. There is a margin of error with all manifests, but it definitely improves your chances of maximizing your profits! Bulk truckloads, loads sold without a manifest, are also a good way to make money, but manifested truckloads by far are the best way to go! Most legitimate liquidation companies can send a manifest to you via email as a pdf file or excel file.

Understanding The “Off-Season” Aspect of the “Off-Price” World

christmas-treeThe idea of buying and selling salvage and liquidated products through an Off-Price store has been around for quite a number of years now. Over the last decade, literally hundreds of small “mom and pop” as well as larger chain stores have cropped up, specializing in overstocks, shelf-pulls, customer returns and clearance products. Liquidation has become a multi-billion dollar business.   What’s interesting is that as large as this Industry has become, there are still a lot of things that people do not understand, that if they did, they could vastly increase their bottom line!

One area that is often overlooked is the opportunities that come up multiple times each year to purchase what is known as “off-season” merchandise. Here’s a perfect example of “off-season” merchandise. Every year in January, there are tons and tons of items available that are specific to the Christmas Season. For example, every January artificial Christmas Trees are available by the truckload for a very small percentage of their original retail price. Many Off-Price stores put their nose up at these loads because it is after all January! What they don’t seem to understand is the tremendous value that these loads hold for those that are forward thinking enough to recognize it.

Retailers are extremely motivated to get rid of this kind of inventory, so much so that they are willing to part with it for much less than they would normally sell it for as salvage. The way to capitalize on this is to purchase a load and then hold on to it until the last quarter of the year comes around. If the Off-Price dealer is able to do this, they will make an extremely nice profit at the end of the year. Sometimes buying salvage goods comes down to seeing each acquisition as an opportunity buy!

If the Off-Price dealer is able to buy outdoor furniture loads during the Fall and Winter months, the same scenario could unfold. When the Summer months roll around again, you will be sitting on a gold mine!

So, the next time you are offered a load of Christmas Trees in the middle of July, don’t be too quick turn your nose up at it. Think about the delayed gratification aspect of forging ahead with a purchase. A lot of money saved now will mean a lot of money earned later!