I step into my local mall, and into a leading top brand clothes store. I see a jumper I like and while feeling soft material casually lift up price tag - and I almost feint with disbelief. How much??? That's more than I make in 2 days! I quickly stop caressing fabric and head toward Big Als Unbranded Clothes Discount Centre for a sweater within my budget range (which unfortunately will no doubt look as if it were knitted by my 5 year old Niece.)
Sounds familiar? Well it really need not be this way. It actually amazes me how many people do not use wholesalers and government auctions to save money on just about anything they could ever wish to purchase. It's possible to get regular discounts of 50% and more on top brand items just by knowing WHERE to shop.
Let us begin by looking at Government Auctions. While this article will focus on USA and UK it's worth noting that government auctions are held in many other countries too. A government auction is held to auction off various items (often at rock bottom prices) that government has legal ownership of. The type of items auctioned by various government agencies include vehicles, electronics, real estate, computers, jewellery and a lot more.
In UK, types of government agencies that will offer up bargain goods and properties include police and C&E - there are also private liquidation's due to corporate bankruptcies. Many hundreds of auctions are held yearly and there are scores of bargains to be had in most of them. It's not unusual to pickup a brand new widescreen TV at £30 or top spec PCs and laptops from a mere £200. It's possible to learn more here:
In USA there are also similar bargains to be had, and government agencies often auction off cheap land and properties in addition to usual range of electronics, vehicles and household goods. Just some of bargains in recent times include assorted jewellery $600 in value being sold for just $20 and an actual house being sold at 50% below its market value. More information on government auctions in USA is available here: