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Post# 1037947   7/11/2019 at 22:02 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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I mean where does one get dozens of bottles of laundry or other products cheaply enough to sell on fleaPay that makes things worth bothering?

Have my suspicions that much of it "fell off a truck" or is otherwise pilfered.

Case in point:

Post# 1037953 , Reply# 1   7/12/2019 at 02:44 by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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Oh, I dunno.

I have seen the Persil Power Perls going for about $60 a bottle on eBay. Stuff that used to cost about $10 or less, as I recall. It's good stuff but I refuse to pay those exorbitant prices for... soap...

I suspect some folks get word that a product like that is about to be discontinued, and they buy up lot from distributors who just want to get it out of their inventory. Not quite falling off a truck, but then that is sort of a NYC tradition...

Post# 1037954 , Reply# 2   7/12/2019 at 03:08 by Sudsomatic (Indiana)        

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Whenever I see eBay auctions like that it always brings to mind that TLC reality show from several years ago called Extreme Couponing. The people they profiled would somehow get a local grocery store to give them thousands of dollars worth of merchandise for 13 bucks or so because they had a stack of 200 plus coupons.


Later they would show them with their "goods" at home and have so much crap that they had whole rooms dedicated just to their stock. They would have shelf after shelf of the same item, such as bottles of detergent, and more of it than they could ever possibly use themselves.


I always suspected they were reselling a lot of it. At original cost, despite most of it being free or nearly so.

Post# 1037960 , Reply# 3   7/12/2019 at 06:09 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

We went through a spell here of ghetto types boosting liquid Tide from stores because it could be readily liquidated, you should pardon the expression,  in the hood and anything they received for it was profit. After the products were put behind security doors, where you had to take a ticket and redeem it after the checkout,  like razor blades. I guess that hot money-making venture died out. It seems that for a while infant formula was the subject of a similar crime spree.


Decades ago, friends had a man show up at their door selling a White Sewing Machine, new in the box, Cheap. They joked how he kept looking over his shoulder while holding the box in front of himself during the sales pitch. It must have been something to listen to. What could he know about the product or its features. 


I'm waiting for the day when someone shows up with a MIB Revereware deepwell kettle, last made in the early mid 50s, or a Hotpoint combo, although, it might be the angel of death. I guess I would at least be able to say I had seen one, although if heaven is where dreams come true, you would think all of this would be there, maybe in the appliance & housewares annex.  There has to be a department for that because we have all had so many appliance dreams come true.

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Post# 1037977 , Reply# 4   7/12/2019 at 10:13 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Yep, before my company closed,

we were busting shop lifters for stealing detergents, baby formula, cold medicines, as well as the usual booze. Some of those items are used to make crystal meth. This was in a far north east suburb also, but they get out there.

Post# 1037984 , Reply# 5   7/12/2019 at 11:22 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I even see a similar thing on my local Facebook market place too. FB market place is another entity all together, but I still see similar things on FB market place from time to time.

Post# 1038013 , Reply# 6   7/12/2019 at 19:41 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Thing is when purchasing liquid detergent or other products online you are paying to ship water. That $5/bottle price while a bit cheaper than what one sees Persil for at Rite Aid or other stores in area, becomes almost $20 after $14 shipping.

You can certainly find Persil locally here and one assumes elsewhere cheaper than $20/bottle.

There is also a very good chance that caps will come loose and or product contents will spill during shipping. Amazon is full of complaints from those who ordered liquid detergents or other products only to receive packages where things spilled out.

Post# 1038014 , Reply# 7   7/12/2019 at 20:03 by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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Thing is I'm talking about the DRY version of Persil, the "Perls", not the liquid version.

I can find the liquid Persil locally, no problem. But nowhere locally can one find the Perls version.


Post# 1038015 , Reply# 8   7/12/2019 at 20:23 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Was speaking about liquid detergents generally, not at anyone person or situation.

Persil perls (powder) from what one saw didn't seem to have a wide distribution. Cannot recall ever seeing it anywhere here locally. For that matter the sensitive liquid seemed elusive as well.

In any rate have a huge stash of mega-perls (color, normal and lavender) so wasn't really looking for more Persil perls. But had one come across them and especially if on offer likely would have purchased instead of the horde of Persil 2in1 liquids.

IMHO powder laundry products have a longer shelf life than liquids, and thus more suited to my, well hoarding habits. *LOL*

Post# 1038016 , Reply# 9   7/12/2019 at 20:44 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Odd thing

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You can find the American Henkel mega perls on Amazon and Walmart for insane prices.

But OTOH there is plenty of the German Persil perls (both color and universal) going for less, much less. Usually around $27 or so, so cannot see why people are clamoring over the American stuff that costs more on Amazon at least. Walmart seems to have sold out or whatever and lists product as out of stock.

Am willing to bet Big Lots and or other liquidation stores like Nationwide Warehouse probably have or had some Persil lying about spare.

Miss the Nationwide Warehouse we had on Broadway here in Manhattan. Could find all sorts of detergents/laundry products that were NLA or just not sold generally in USA. Plenty of Canadian offerings like lemon scented Sun detergent.

Post# 1038027 , Reply# 10   7/13/2019 at 03:52 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Maybe the load came into the DC, and some pallets were damaged. Several local stores sell items that were salvaged like that.

Post# 1038038 , Reply# 11   7/13/2019 at 08:54 by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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We have several of the damaged goods outlet stores here as well, one of the largest is run by Werner Trucking Co.  A few years back, I stopped in to have a look and in conversation with the employee on duty, learned that if a pallet of goods is damaged in transit at any point in their care, the whole pallet is "zeroed out" as a loss and insurance covers the value.  If the goods are non-perishable, they can be resold non-retail for recovery of costs, etc.  It's quite a profitable enterprise for the transport company and can yield some great bargains for those willing to put the time into checking store inventory daily.    "Cargolargo" is a similar seller on ebay located in Kansas City that I follow and have bought from several times.   A friend of mine follows their new listings almost daily.  


Being in the transport business, shipping costs for larger items can be pretty reasonable.  Mailing a bottle of detergent?  No.   If you were local and could run out a pick up several cases to share with others, it could be a great deal.  

Post# 1038282 , Reply# 12   7/14/2019 at 23:35 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Most of this to me smacks of promoting sales/distribution of hot items, or unnecessary capitalizing of scarcity, charging a mint, even if the item is something instantly consumable like detergent...

-- Dave

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