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New Life for Unwanted Gifts — It’s High Season for Firms That Resell Returned Items

Each holiday season, we relegate our unwanted gifts to the return bins of retailers across the country and never think of them again. But these items have a second life. “We help [stores] rapidly convert those excess items into cash sales,” said Bill Angrick, chief executive of Liquidity Services, a District company that works with many big-box stores. With Liquidity Services, retailers ship their unwanted merchandise to one of the company’s six distribution centers across the country as frequently as once a week. The company then inspects and sorts the goods before holding a private online auction for interested buyers, typically small businesses.


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