The 10 Best Liquidation Auction Sites of 2018

Where to find the online liquidation auction for products of all kinds

No auctioneer is needed for online liquidation auctions

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Liquid auctions sites are can be advantageous resources if you have a retail store, an e-commerce business or you buy in large quantities (think lots, pallets or truckloads) and want to save money.

Wholesale liquidation companies handle merchandise for companies going out of business. By “liquidating” or selling off those companies’ assets, they can provide cash to pay off creditors.

In addition, many liquidation websites auction off items that have been returned by customers and cannot be resold in stores. This can be due to damaged packaging or other issues, so bidders should be aware they might not be receiving like new or excellent condition products.

Best Popular Brick and Mortar Merch: B-Stock

B Stock Liquidation Auction

B-Stock calls itself a sourcing network, which connects buyers directly with inventory from numerous well-known retailers. The majority of the merchandise auctioned at B-Stock are overstocked items and customer returns. However, they do state that there are other types of liquidated products in several different categories, locations, and conditions.

What We Like:

  • Top retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Macy's work with B-Stock.
  • The platform has an abundance of items up for auction (145,290 in 2017 alone).
  • Auction lots tend to be narrowed down to a specific type of item, such as a truckload of fans and heaters or a pallet of memory foam mattresses, rather than a mishmash of random products.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Wire transfers are the only form of payment accepted.
  • The condition of items is detailed only by a grade for the lot and all sales are as-is.

Best for Online Resellers: BlueLots

Blue Lots Liquidation Auctions

The focus of this online liquidation auction is to provide inventory to resellers by selling lots of liquidated or overstocked items. The fees BlueLots charges retailers allows buyers to purchase products with large margins.

What We Like:

  • All items are guaranteed to be authentic.
  • Flat rate shipping applies to all auction items.
  • Accepted forms of payment include all major credit and debit cards, PayPal, PayPal Credit, and Behalf.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Shipping can be slow.
  • No returns or exchanges are offered.

Best Mixed Lots: Bulq

Bulq Auctions

While some sellers prefer a large quantity of a single item, others would rather have a varied assortment of products to sell. Bulq sells cases, pallets and truckloads of miscellaneous inventory within a category.

What We Like:

  • Bulq offers apps for Android and iOS.
  • Most major credit cards, PayPal and PayPal Credit are accepted.
  • Manifests are guaranteed to be at least 98 percent or Bulq will refund the difference. 

What We Don’t Like:

  • Many items are listed as non-inspected returns.
  • No returns or exchanges are offered.

Best Large Items: Capital Online Auction

Capital Online Auctions

Capital Online Auction liquidates large equipment, such as restaurant equipment, party rental equipment, and office furniture. These hard-to-find items can be a steal for the right buyer.

What We Like:

  • Interesting assortment of items, such as an amusement ride and a tractor.
  • Extremely low starting bids.

What We Don’t Like:

  • A minimal amount of items up for auction, although the site does have a calendar for upcoming liquidations.
  • Shipping rates are unclear.
  • The company adds an additional 15 percent buyer's premium to all invoices

Best Pallet Assortments: Direct Liquidation

Direct Liquidation

Direct Liquidation offers surplus and returned consumer goods and electronics. The liquidation auction website works with retailers such as Walmart, Target and Lowe's.

What We Like:

  • Listings display up-to-date market prices.
  • All products are tested and, if necessary, refurbished prior to selling at auction.
  • The platform offers rich features, including tracking auctions, "Buy Now" and "Make Offer" options, and financing availability.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Unable to sort listings by current bid amounts.
  • Shipping can take up to two weeks.

Best Mix of Sizes: Liquidation.com

Liquidation.com

This online liquidation auction site sources directly from retailers such as Home Depot, Sony and Staples. They offer a variety of sizes, shipping options, and product conditions. Buyers can shop for packages, pallets or truckloads.

What We Like:

  • The auction site has warehouses across the country and allows buyers to pick up their items if they prefer.
  • Products are sold for up to 90 percent off retail prices.
  • PayPal, credit cards and wire transfers are accepted.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Shipping estimates are provided but are subject to change.
  • You must file a dispute if you wish to return any merchandise.

Best Closeouts and Overstocks: Pallet Bid

Pallet Bid Online Liquidation

American Merchandise Liquidators, Inc. is a brick-and-mortar company that has liquidated merchandise for nearly two decades. They created Pallet Bid to make their services and products available to more retailers and buyers.

What We Like:

  • Options such as "Ending Soon," "Recently Added," "Most Popular" and "Hot Deal Alerts" can help buyers find the best deals. 
  • Some listings are suitable for individual consumers.

What We Don’t Like:

  • All merchandise is considered salvage and "as-is."
  • Freight costs can be prohibitive for smaller listings.

Best Restaurant Supply Auction: RestaurantEquipmentBid.com

Restaurant Equipment Liquidation Auctions

Making it the restaurant business is challenging. When one eatery shutters its doors, another might benefit from purchasing its equipment at a discount. This liquidation auction site helps the two connect.

What We Like:

  • Bids start at $1.
  • No reserves on listings.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Buyers must arrange shipping.
  • Since the items sold must be obtained from closing restaurants, shipping arrangements must be made within days.

Best for Tech: Tech Liquidators

Tech Liquidators

This auction website is the largest online bulk liquidation marketplace for tech products. Tech Liquidators is the primary platform for Best Buy liquidation sales. Auctions feature everything from appliances and home theater products to computers and game consoles.

What We Like:

  • Extensive category list allows shoppers to find bulk lots of specific items.
  • Search options such as size and condition can help bidders select auctions that suit their needs.
  • Bidders can search by location to reduce shipping costs.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Many items are considered "end of life" or non-functioning.
  • All products are sold "as-is" and neither cosmetic nor operational condition is guaranteed.

Best General Merchandise: Walmart Liquidation Auctions

Walmart Liquidation Auctions

While you might not be able to open your own Walmart franchise, you can sell Walmart merchandise at your store or online. At the official Walmart liquidation auctions marketplace, you can bid on truckloads and less-than-truckloads of assorted items. Products available include store returns, online returns and salvage.

What We Like:

  • Rich search features, such as shipment type, location, current bid amount and condition.
  • A wide variety of item types, including apparel, furniture, and home entertainment.

What We Don’t Like:

  • All items are as-is and claims for damaged merchandise are not accepted.
  • Most listings only include a stock image and not photos of the actual items.