Epic Salvage Store Haul
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Hey there, fellow /toy/ soldiers. I just wanted to share with you my epic salvage store haul that I lucked in on today.
“What is a salvage store?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s a store where all the returned, damaged, and un-sellable items from retail stores end up. Quite a bit of it is toys. Some items are just unsold overstock, like all of those Kung-Zhu hamster toys. Others are perfectly fine items, but with damaged boxes. The box may be crushed or the card backing ripped off. And some other stuff may have an item missing, like an action figure without his gun. Last are the items that are returned because they are legitimately broken. Such as a figure with a snapped off arm.
So where do all these un-sellable retail items go after you take them back to the customer service desk? First, they’re placed in a large box with other similar items. Toys, housewares, seasonal, etc. Then they’re shipped halfway across the country on a railroad to a distribution center. The salvage store owner bids at auction or buys outright the box of stuff to sell at his store to you for outrageously low prices.
I have quite a few salvage stores near me. I like going to them because it’s a treasure hunt to see if I can find any cool toys for dirt cheap. I hit the jackpot today and spent $34, tax included, for this pile of loot in the picture. Let’s take a look at what we got!