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How to find bargains by buying near-expiry products

How to find bargains by buying near-expiry products

2024-06-10

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.

Consumer
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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即期品再掀風潮! 怎麼買最划算業者曝光"這個區域"折扣最多

2024-06-10

通膨導致荷包縮水,讓不少人專攻即期品聰明省錢,除了大賣場、超商生鮮商品,收店前會有折扣優惠,也有進口食品業者,以大量進貨優勢,和上游廠商議價,賞味期只剩1到1個半月的零食、泡麵便宜售出。到底怎麼挑,才省錢又吃得安全?一起來了解。

調味料、飲料只賣5元銅板價,不過三天後到期,原本大包裝的商品,拆開來,單包散賣,就能以銅板價吸引嚐鮮客。

[[消費者]]
“我大部分都是用一個禮拜會用完,所以是不會擔心日期(過期)。”

小資族被價格吸引,但防止爭議,除了即期品旁,要特別標示,結帳時,店員也會再次口頭提醒。想挖到最多好康,還能透過LINE群組,掌握進貨時間,隔天前往,選擇最多。

[[萬華進口零食大盤商店長 魏劭丞]]
“那你可以在LINE上面問說,你們最近有什麼新的東西?過完年後大家通膨很嚴重,所以其實買氣也降很多,那你上游廠商,你買氣降很多沒有人買,那他也只能把價格壓低,所以我們就去找貨源,然後跟廠商談。”

但便宜商品,究竟從哪來?像這家大盤商,飛到國外大量採購,手握多家貨源,保持議價空間,另外其他即期品專賣店,不外乎是向原廠、製造商取貨,通常品質最好。但如果貨源是退回的瑕疵、即期商品,雖然價格也漂亮,但要挑選得更留意。

[[行銷專家 唐源駿]]
“外部通路裡面退回來的貨,那這種貨其實就要看,當初在外部通路裡面的保存狀態,是不是這麼好,有可能失溫,有可能毀損,甚至有可能是壓扁的。包裝一旦有破損,甚至是膨包的這個角度,是絕對不可以買的。如果你已經看到,那個巧克力已經變形了,那請大家也不要買,也不要食用。”

業者薄利多銷,也讓識貨的消費者,省錢大作戰。

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