• Laura Monk

Is buying Amazon return pallets a good idea for my business?

The growing trend of free returns policies is having a knock-on effect in the practise of buying and selling Amazon return pallets.



More and more online retailers are offering free returns to customers, which has naturally led to an increase in the number of products sent back. For many big companies, the cost of reopening, repackaging and restocking those items is prohibitive, and a more effective method is to sell them on in large numbers via Amazon return pallets.


What that does in turn is create an opportunity for smaller businesses to buy new stock at cut prices, and it’s an option that is becoming increasingly more straight forward to consider. Laura Monk, Senior Case Handler at Thompson and Holt, goes through some of the key details you will need to know if you think this is an option worth considering for your online business.


Where can I by Amazon return pallets?


Laura Monk, Thompson and Holt: “There are more and more avenues to purchase Amazon return pallets as this business continues to grow. There are now advanced reselling platforms and auctions online, and a quick google search of B2B liquidation marketplaces will uncover both where those are based, and people’s experience of using them. There are also books now available on the practise that are worth looking into. The more information you have before you move into this area the better. Your first step is to register your business and obtain a resale certificate.”


Do your research


Laura : “This is really important. Again there is a wealth of information online about other users’ experiences of buying Amazon return pallets from various locations. Using their insights will be invaluable to you, so make sure you have tapped into that before making your first move. As with any line of business, some sellers will be more reliable than others - locating the best fit for your business, with the strongest reputation, will stand you in good stead. And as mentioned, there are now books and instructional videos available online that can help supplement your knowledge.”


Check the shipping cost


Laura : “There are some great bargains to be had among Amazon return pallets - but you’ve still got to get them to you once you’ve settled on your purchase. It’s not uncommon for the shipping cost to be more than the actual pallet, so make sure you understand that and have an idea of what your shipping cost will be before deciding on what you want to buy, it has to be factored into the cost and into your budgets.”


Choose your product



Laura: “Do you want to specialise in one particular inventory or have a wide range of products available? Have you collated all the information you can about the products you are thinking about buying, who your competitors are and how much they are selling goods for? All of these are crucial questions that you need to establish the answer for before you make your first pallet purchase. Buying Amazon return pallets online is a legitimate business opportunity - one that allows you to purchase merchandise at lower than wholesale prices, maximising your profit. But having as much information as possible at your disposal first will be the key to your success.”


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Thompson and Holt are also offering a free month’s trial of their Monitor and Protect service to help sellers prevent a suspension of ASINs or an their account during the COVID pandemic, more information on how to protect your Amazon seller account from a suspension can be found here.

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