HOUSTON – Customer returns, discontinued items and overstock, big retailers clear these items off store shelves to make room for new products. Consumer expert Amy Davis discovered a Houston warehouse that sells them for up to half off.
We are not talking about scratch and dent or used items, about 75 percent of what is sold at Treasurez for Less at 303 Wells Fargo Drive Suite B11, near I-45 and 1960, is brand new in the box with the original manufacturer's warranty, but you get the items for way less than what you'd pay at a regular store.
"You got trolling motors and boat things, guitars," said Treasurez for Less owner Brian Pawlowski. "You've got drum sets over here. You've got printers."
Pawlowski opened the warehouse 18 months ago. He buys new inventory by the tractor-trailer load daily from big retailers that don't restock returns or discontinued items.
"It's more economical for them to liquidate this stuff than to put it back on the shelf," he said.
Pawlowski sells it all for about 40 percent; some items are half off. He has several Dyson V6 Motorhead Extra vacuums. On Amazon, you can get them for $280 -- off from the regular price of $349.99. At Treasurez for Less, they are $180.
A high end Weber grill was $699 in store, now marked down to $350. There are small appliances, lighting, flat screen TVs, camping gear, strollers, car seats and even tires.
"Even if you only have two (tires for sale at Treasurez for Less) and you pay full price and go to Walmart for the other two, you're still saving a couple hundred dollars," Pawlowski said.