If you haven’t heard of unclaimed Amazon packages, oh man — you’re in for something good. These unclaimed packages are just what you think they are, undelivered orders. This usually happens when Amazon gets an incorrect address or a customer refuses to accept a package.
So what happens to these packages? Amazon will often try to resell the items at a discounted price. And I’m talking at up to 70% to 80% off the original selling price. Not only does this prevent waste, but this program also helps sellers not totally lose out on a sale.
1. You can find unclaimed Amazon packages on online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace or eBay. You can also find them at swap meets or brick-and-mortar liquidation stores.
Amazon typically sells unclaimed packages in bulk through third-party liquidation auction sites like Direct Liquidation, QuikLotz, and B-Stock. That means a buyer’s out-of-pocket expense would be higher than if you could buy one box at a time, but if you’re someone who resells for a living, it can be very appealing.
To purchase, you just need to register on these sites, browse the available lots, and start bidding. It’s like an online Storage Wars. And because these are bigger bulk orders, they’re going to cost a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars.
But if you just want to buy a small number of these unclaimed packages for fun, online marketplaces are your best bet. You can find resellers that buy these packages in bulk and then sell the packages individually on sites like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or Poshmark.
You may also find supposed unclaimed Amazon packages at local swap meets. But we don’t recommend shelling out a bunch of money to buy packages this way because you have little recourse to get your money back if you get ripped off.
Lastly, check if you have a liquidation store or discount retail store near you. These stores may be a gold mine for buying unclaimed Amazon packages. TikTok user @trimmellauren found her happy place at Black Friday The Store in Mooresville, Indiana. Her haul included a webcam and random tools.
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2. You never know what you’re getting with an unclaimed Amazon package.
Amazon unclaimed packages include returns that were never processed or packages that were simply never picked up at Amazon Lockers or Amazon Hubs. When these packages go unclaimed, Amazon sells them at a discounted price instead of returning them to their inventory.
These packages remain unopened until they reach the customer that purchased them, so you really never know what you’re getting with each package. I’ve watched TikToks where shoppers open a box to find baby toys or random home decor. It’s a grab-bag kind of situation.
As always with resellers, proceed with caution. You’re already taking a risk buying unknown merchandise, and you don’t want to get scammed. Here are a few tips that you should follow when purchasing unclaimed packages from resellers:
- Always verify the seller’s reputation and review their listings carefully before purchasing.
- Make sure the Facebook Marketplace listings you shop for are covered by Purchase Protection.
- When shopping on eBay, look for resellers that display the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
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3. Some unclaimed Amazon packages are totally worth it. But other times, you can end up overpaying for what you get.
Are these mystery boxes worth it? It depends on your shopping goals and willingness to take a risk. Getting unclaimed Amazon packages up to 70% to 80% off means you can score some incredible deals on items like kitchen supplies, pet toys, tech, and more. And yes, the surprise factor can be fun.
But it also means you may end up with stuff you overpaid for, don’t need, or have zero interest in. Not to mention, sorting through these packages and selling or donating unwanted items can be time-consuming. Be prepared to invest the effort.