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Types of merchandise
Baby & Toys
Items you may find in Baby & Toys truckloads and pallets
Clothing & Footwear
We offer wholesale basis quantities of brand name and store brand apparel. Our apparel originates from some of the best known names in the clothing retail sector. We purchase in volume and sell in smaller quantities, by the lot, by the pallet and also by the truckload.
Prices can start as low as $1.25 per item pending the condition and availability.
Items available by category
- Spring /Summer
- Fall / Winter
- Boys and Girls
- Outer wear
- Plus size
- Customer returns
- Factory overruns
- Unclaimed Cargo
- Out of season merchandise
- Discontinued products
Items you may find in Electronics truckloads and pallets
Customer returns electronics may or may not be working properly, therefore we recommend this merchandise only to those with experience in making repairs. Please read our descriptions carefully when purchasing this line of product. We sell this merchandise based upon a small percentage of the wholesale value (retail value where applicable).
Loads usually have a mixture of National Brand names and Private Labels (brands owned by the specific vendor). Pallets generally start at around $200 up to truckload pricing of $8,000 – $14,000. We have several fob points (shipping locations), making it more affordable to ship product to your location.
In the liquidation industry, we refer to mixed assortments as General Merchandise. A truckload or pallet of assorted general merchandise can contain any of the items you could see in the department store.
Items you may find in General Merchandise truckloads and pallets
Condition (also know as the representation)
- Customer returns
- Factory overruns
- Unclaimed cargo
- Out of season merchandise
- Discontinued products
- Refurbished merchandise
- Distressed merchandise
This is sold by ‘representation’ which is the condition of the merchandise and the product categories included in a shipment. When you receive your shipment you should expect the product to be delivered as represented. We work hard to accurately represent each shipment through manifest details and images when available.
This is assorted General Merchandise customer returns from a store made up of 24 pallets of mostly hard items, with no food items, no perishables and no clothing. Generally, with these types of truckloads, there is a waste factor of 20 – 25%. The price is based on 22% of the wholesale price of $50,000.
Grocery, Health & Beauty
Large pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS are very common and seen on the busiest street corners in towns across the country. Not only do they fill prescriptions and sell OTC meds, they now offer wide varieties of general shelf merchandise. As with all companies that retail, they too have a need to pull older items from their shelves to make way for newer incoming stock. It doesn’t matter that many of the products being pulled are in perfect condition.
This is your opportunity to get some of the hottest selling items now available for your store or business. AML has pallets and truckloads of these assorted merchandise from stores similar to these giant pharmacy chains. Often there are manifests for each pallet available for your review prior to purchasing.
There are varieties from most product categories and brand products from major companies like Kimberly-Clark, Proctor and Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever and Dial. You could also see some of the items and brands as listed in the categories below:
Beauty and spa
Top Brand Beauty Aids like Clairol, Ultra Sheen, Vaseline, Q-tips, Irish Spring, Gillette, Suave, Freeman Beauty and Pantene, cosmetics, bags & organizers, beauty accessories, cosmetic primers & removers, cosmetic sets, cosmetic tools & brushes, eyes, face, lips, nails, fragrances, fragrance sets, men’s fragrances, women’s fragrances, hair care, hair accessories, hair appliances, hair brushes & combs, hair color, shampoo & conditioner, styling products, health care
Eye Drops, Soothe, Blink, Bausch and Lomb, Eye Drops for Contact Lenses, Tears Lubricating Eye Drops, Reading Glasses ,
Contact Lens cases, Clear Eyes, Visine, Naphcon, etc..
Bath and body
Bubble Baths, Body Wash, Soft Sponge, Massage Oil, Moisturizers, Gift Sets, etc.
Books and media
Movies: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fitness, Kids’ & Family, TV shows
Books: biography & autobiography, cooking, food & wine, fiction, health & fitness, kids’ books, mystery & crime, parenting & families, religion, romance, self-improvement, science fiction & fantasy, science & nature, teens’ books, test prep & study guides, Best Sellers, comics & graphic novels, crafts & hobbies, drama, law & law enforcement, literary criticism, pets, philosophy, poetry, psychology, social science, sports & recreation, technology: travel & transportation
Music: Classical, Country, Children’s, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rap & Hip Hop, Rock, Soundtrack & Score
This is a list of small electrical items, some of these may be included at random, digital cameras & camcorders, Clocks, accessories, camcorders, compact system cameras, digital memory, digital photo frames, lenses, digital SLR cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, cell phones, accessories, phone cards, e Readers, ink & toner, iPads & tablet PCs, laptops, netbooks, home phones, corded phones, cordless phones, iPods & audio, boom boxes & CD players, cables & chargers, cases & skins, headphones, iPods & MP3 players, radios, shelf systems, speakers & docks, TVs & home theater, accessories, DVD & Blu-ray players ,home theater audio, portable vide, streaming media players, TVs, video games, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC games, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, pre-paid game cards, Xbox 360, etc.
Adhesive Tape , Alcohol Prep Pads, Cold Packs, Elastic Bandages, First Aid Instructions, first Aid/Burn Cream Packets, Forceps, Gauze Bandage, Gauze Pads, Large Wound Pad, Latex Exam Gloves, Plastic Strips, Scissors, Sting Relief Wipes, Triangular Bandage, Woven Fingertip Bandages, Woven Knuckle Bandages, Woven XL Strips, Non-Aspirin Tablets, etc.
Hallmark Cards, Seasonal candies and party favors, birthday, anniversary, Special Occasions, , party supplies & holiday, baby, birthday, Christmas, Halloween, invitations & stationary, party supplies, wedding & anniversary ,
Household Products like Kleenex, Lysol, Comet, Easy-Off, Sure-Tuff, GoodSense, Suavitel, Mistolin, Easy-On and Duracell Brand products from major companies like Kimberly-Clark, Proctor and Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever and Dial
Top Brands like Vicks, Tylenol, Bayer, Prilosec and Scope, Reach, bath & body, bar soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, bath & body sets, body mist, body wash ,brushes & sponges, bubble bath & soaks, more bath & body, diet & nutrition, first aid, health care uniforms, home medical equipment, medicine cabinet, sexual health, vitamins & supplements, home living aids, bath & toilet, hearing, mobility, vision, oral care, dental floss, dental guards, denture care, electric toothbrushes, mouthwash, tooth whiteners, toothbrush sanitizers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, water jets, personal care, deodorant, eye care, feminine products, foot care, incontinence, shaving & grooming, skin care, acne & blemish care, cleansers, exfoliate & masks, facial moisturizers, hair removal, lip care, lotions & creams, sun care, toners, spa & massage, accessories, aromatherapy & relaxation, facial systems, foot & hand spas, light & sound therapy, massage tables & chairs, massagers
dog apparel, dog beds, dog bowls & dishes, dog clean up, dog collars & leashes, dog crates, & kennels, dog food & treats, dog gates & doors, dog grooming & bathing, dog health &, safety, dog houses, dog toys, dog training, dog travel, cat beds & carriers, cat bowls & dishes, cat collars & leashes, cat food & treats, cat furniture, cat health & grooming, cat litterbox & cleanup, cat toys
Vigisil, Trojan, Ultra Sensitive, AZO, Durex, Pleasure, KY, Extenze, etc..
Lotions, creams, Olay, L’Oreal, body mist, body wash ,brushes & sponges, bubble bath & soaks ,
Vitamins for Adults, Children, Wellesse Vitamin D3 Liquid- Berry, Johnson’s Baby Oil Aloe Vera and Vitamin E , Vitamin C Chewable , Vitamin C Tablets 500 mg – 100 Count , Origin Vitamin C 1,000mg , Chewable Tablet , Advanced Diabetic Formula – 60 Tablets, Vitamin D Advanced Triple Strength Caplets 80-ct., Vitamin D Maximum Strength Tablets – 100 , Calcium & Vitamin D3 Plus Magnesium Liquid, Dietary Supplement Liquid Softgels 100-ct.
We work with major wholesalers, suppliers and retailers who offer countless varieties of assorted home accents and décor.
Items you could find in Home Furnishings truckloads
We offer pallets and truckloads of mail order returns from many fine home decor companies.
Available by the truckload. This is an unmanifested bulk purchase originated by the leader in home improvement. Each load is different and packed with a variety of items that you could find in a big box home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depo. Loads range in price from $3,500 and up.
These truckloads are perfect if you have a variety store business, auction house or sell at a flea market.
Items you may find in Home Improvement truckloads
Condition and delivery
Due to the nature of the contents, this assortment is not available by the pallet. There will be some broken items in there but the load is priced accordingly and you should find enough value to make it worth your investment.
When your truck arrives it’s handy to have lots of help to unload.
Office Furniture & Supplies
These truckloads are manifested and typically have $100,000 – $150,00 in retail value. Pallet counts vary but are usually between 18-24 pallets. Selling price is usually less than 10% of retail.
Items you may find in Office Furniture & Supplies truckloads and pallets
Condition and delivery
- Customer returns
- Warehouse scratch and dent
See our article on the benefits of buying scratch and dent merchandise
Sports & Outdoors
This product line is sold as customer returns and shelf pulls. A truck could contain any item found inside of a big box sporting goods store. Sporting goods truckloads can offer great profits so long as costs are kept down and the quality of the merchandise is good. For this reason, we recommend direct shipped loads (shipped directly from the retail chain stores distribution center).
Items you may find in Spors & Outdoors truckloads and pallets
Tools & Equipment
We source our Tool and Equipment truckloads from 4 different vendors that we’ve had an exclusive relationship with over the years. This enables us to cater for multiple truckloads per week of this category with a wide range as our vendors all offer offer a unique product line that includes many well known national brands.
Items you may find in a Tools & Equipment truckload
These loads are typically either sold as Customer Returns or Catalog / Dotcom Returns. Catalog / dotcom returns are usually much cleaner with less damage and throwaway which sell for a slightly higher percentage of the wholesale price. The customer returns loads are less expensive to buy, but normally have an attrition rate of between 15% and 25%. Both types of loads have been well received by our customer base over the years, with excellent profits being realized.
Truckload prices range from $5,000 to $24,000 and the selling price is calculated based upon a small percentage of the wholesale value. Truckloads usually contain 24-32 pallets, some being double-stacked.
Catalog and store returns
In order for a product to be considered a return, it must have been sold initially.
As a consumer, you’re well aware of the nature of returns. Sometimes a customer makes a return for a simple reason such as they have a duplicate of an item, they changed their mind or at the end of the day, they simply couldn’t justify the cost of the item. Other times, customers return items because the products were missing pieces directly from the manufacturer or because the item didn’t work as advertised.
Some of our customers may view catalog returns and customer returns as a double-edge sword. But, since American Merchandise Liquidators, Inc. doesn’t retail products, we put that worry to rest! Some liquidators wholesale and retail products, leaving their wholesale customers lots that have been cherry-picked and, many times, with a shipment that is barely saleable, driving their costs up and their profits down. When you purchase catalog and customer returns from American Merchandise Liquidators, Inc., you can be certain that your truckload, pallet, or block won’t have the “good” items removed, leaving you with product that has to be repaired prior to sale or is unsellable altogether. We are in business to help your business grow and increase its profits!
Dotcom (online) returns
In the liquidation industry, there are two types of returns: retail returns and online returns (“dotcom returns”). While it’s true, both sets of merchandise have been in the possession of another person, dotcom returns tend to be goods close in quality to closeouts and shelf pulls, but at a lower cost than the higher quality items.
Most dotcom returns don’t require repackaging or repairing and most returns are due to buyer’s remorse from ordering the wrong color, or ordering the wrong size, generally nothing related to the product’s quality. Therefore, most items that are returned from a online merchant are higher quality than average, particularly returns from a brick and mortar store and, better yet, most of the new products that are dotcom returns come in their original packaging. And, higher quality merchandise allows resellers the ability to price items at a higher price, netting more profit for your business!
Some may be a bit hesitant to purchase dotcom returns and that’s understandable. After all, dotcom returns are still products that have been returned. However, if you decide to delve into the dotcom return world, don’t judge the whole dotcom return landscape by just one pallet.
Manifested pallets and truckloads
While you never know exactly what you’ll receive in a dotcom return pallet, there are ways to minimize your risks. Most of our dotcom return pallets have manifests to browse prior to purchasing which can reveal a lot of information to you such as the original product price. This helps you to get a good feel of what your profit margin may be for particular items. For the dotcom pallets that don’t have manifests, they are generally offered at a lower overall price.
Although there’s no guarantees with any business model, dotcom returns can add a lot of value to your bottom line and allow you to build a reputable, long-term business. With products in categories ranging from lawn and garden, automotive, clothing, and general merchandise, you’re sure to find something great for your resale business!
Overstocks and closeouts
Overstocks and closeouts is were a company will order too much inventory than they sell within a specific period of time, leaving them with excess product. Generally, overstocks and closeout products are brand new items, in first-quality condition but may be a little shelf worn.
Typically these overstock items tend to be less varied in their assortment, and come from one manufacturer and each pallet, truckload or lot tends to be from one main category.
We negotiate with manufactures and retail companies to secure these overstocks and closeouts at a fraction of the cost and always below industry norms. Because of the outstanding condition of most of overstocks and closeouts, your business can quickly inventory the products and have them ready for sale immediately, eliminating the need for additional employees’ time resources, which means immediate profit for your business!
Salvage items generally refer to items that were in high demand at a particular point in time and have slowly changed in demand to be no longer popular. Sometimes that means companies will accumulate a storehouse of items somewhere in their warehouse.
While the term ‘salvage’ may conjure up images of broken, heaps of junk, these items can be one of the most profitable items to stock your brick and mortar or virtual store with. Salvage simply means that the company has lost track of the real value of the goods and, in some cases, may have even lost track of what the goods actually are.
We negotiate the prices of these salvage items down to below industry norms and pass these incredible savings to our customers, you.
Shelf pulls are overstocks and surplus inventories from various companies, online retailers and big-box retail stores who’ve decided to clear their shelves and make room for more merchandise. Since most companies and big-box retailers clear their shelves all at once, shelf pulls tend to be sold in large lots.
A few things to keep in mind when purchasing a shelf-pull lot:
- Remember why they’re called shelf-pulls: The merchandise has been sitting in their inventory and on their shelves for an unspecified period of time. That could mean a couple of different things, perhaps there was no real market for the items or perhaps the company or big box retailer over-estimated the quantity they would sell in a specific period of time. If the products didn’t sell for a reason, you may never know that fact or even why until you receive the merchandise.
- If a company or big box retailer had a problem selling the products, as a reseller you may too. However, if the company simply thought they would sell more products within a specific time and they ran out of time- you may just hit the jackpot! Either way, it’s best to know the risks before buying truckloads of shelf pull inventory.
- Some shelf pulls may have been handled a bit more than other categories of liquidation and, therefore, may need a bit more care in preparation. Typically, shelf pulls have been marked down multiple times and may need more price tags removed to be suitable and ready for resale. Also, since most of the items were sent back from a retailer to a centralized warehouse, they can show signs of heavy handling. Packaging on shelf pulls may be scratched, damaged or even destroyed.