How to find bargains by buying near-expiry products

How to find bargains by buying near-expiry products


Inflation has led many of us to feel the pinch in recent months. Buying cut-price goods near their expiry date is one way to snag a bargain. It’s a thriving market that supports several retail chains. But how can you find the best near-expiry products? And if you’re looking to make savings this way, what are the pitfalls to watch out for? We spoke to a number of insiders to find out more about the market for near-expiry goods.

Packets of seasoning and bottled drinks are on sale for just NT$5 each, but they’re expiring within three days. This store opens up big packs and sells their contents in individual units for small change, attracting customers willing to try something new.

I use most things within a week, so I don’t worry about the expiry date.

Customers on a modest income are attracted by these low prices, but to avoid any disputes, these items are marked by a big sign and then pointed out again by the cashier when you pay. If you’re looking for the best bargains, you can join a Line group to get updates on exactly when the store gets a delivery. The bargains are most bountiful the day after a delivery.

Wei Shao-cheng
Imported snacks retail store manager
You can ask on Line, “What new products have you got?” After the Lunar New Year, inflation was very severe, so sales fell a lot. The suppliers have no choice but to lower prices. So we go and look for the stock and talk to the manufacturers.

But where do all these cheap products come from? This retailer imports large volumes from abroad. It maintains lots of suppliers and therefore has a lot of negotiating power. Other stores that specially sell products near expiry get their stock straight from the manufacturers, and often get the best quality goods. But even if the price is very appealing, you do need to be careful about quality when buying near-expiry goods, or goods returned because of defects.

Tang Yuan-chun
Marketing expert
With products that have been returned from other retailers, you need to check how they were stored by that other retailer. Are they still good? Have they been damaged, have they been exposed to cold temperatures? Or indeed have they been squashed? Once the packaging is damaged, or the bag has burst, it is unsellable. If you see, for example, some chocolate that is deformed, please don’t buy it, and don’t eat it.

This retail system relies on tiny margins for huge volumes of goods, and is a venue for a canny shopper to potentially make huge savings.

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