Charlotte’s best kept secret for savvy shoppers is Vista Auction. Ever wonder what happens to the overstocks and returns at Amazon, Target, Home Depot, Kohl’s, and other big retailers?
Are you looking for an Amazon overstock store in Charlotte, NC? Vista Auction is better than you imagined, because you can shop from home! No digging through bins and fighting with crowds.
This local, family-owned company buys the items and then offers them in online auctions. The items are seemingly endless. (Warning: you might find yourself spending hours browsing the auctions!) You’ll find air fryers, car seats, 3D printers, coffee makers, and much more.
Items are either overstocks, new with damaged packaging, or returns. Make sure to read the description before bidding, so that you know which it is. Sales are final.
Every single auction starts at $1, with no reserve.
Items often end up going for way under retail prices.
Vista Auction regularly shares the finds and final prices on Instagram and it’s a pretty addictive watch!
Here are a few recent auction results:
- Airfryer, New, Retail: $64, Won For: $12
- NESCO Vacuum Sealer, New, Retail: $67.99, Won for: $5
- Makita Circular Saw, New, Retail: $369, Won For: $257.77
- Radio Flyer Busy Buggy, New, Retail: $36.99, Won for $14
- Acer Laptop, Like new, Retail: $358.49, Won For $170.01
- 30lb Curl Bar, New, Retail:$92.95, Won For : $45
- Dog Crate, New, Retail:$30.99, Won For: $1
- Lego Building Kit, New, Retail: $199.99, Won For: $85
The “won” prices do not include taxes or fees. There’s a $2 lot fee per item and 15% Buyers Premium. When you look at the auction item, the fee will be listed, so there will be no surprises.
Vista Auction sells around 20,000 items every week. Auctions are usually posted at least a day in advance, and there are generally two or three auctions a day (with many items in each auction.) There are a lot of duplicates, so if you miss out on an item, keep looking. It may pop up again.
Items are overstocks from big retailers, or returns. Someone from Vista Auction inspects each item, and the condition is noted in the auction, so make sure to read carefully.
How to Shop with Vista Auction
Register: Register here to get started. The registration link is on the top of VistaAuction.com. You’ll receive an email with a verification link, which you need to click on.
Check out the auctions: On Vista Auction’s home page you’ll see all the auctions. The ones on top are ending soon.
Select an auction: Choose the auction you’re interested in by clicking on “View all lots.” You can also search for specific items, or browse categories of items.
Bid on an item: Click on the “Quick bid” button for the item you’re interested in. Make sure to read the description. You can also use proxy bidding, where you set a maximum amount, and Vista Auction will automatically enter bids, at the lowest increments, up to your maximum amount.
You’ve won!: Once you win, an invoice will be mailed to you. Pick your item up at the warehouse, at 11001 Carpet Street, Charlotte, within five days. Pickup hours are Tuesday & Thursday 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday & Friday by appointment. By-appointment pickups are a great option to skip the lines. They are convenient (you pick a time slot that works for you) and there is less wait time
Bring ID and the invoice. You MUST pick it up within five days, or it will be recycled or resold and you will not get a refund. The location is in southwest Charlotte, convenient to I-485 and I-77. It’s 11 miles from the center of Charlotte.
Check your items carefully during pick-up.
Customer service: Vista Auction does inspect the items and notes their condition. But if you win an auction and find that there was mistake in how it was described (for instance, it said it was new, but it was used) please contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will take care of you.
Hints and Tips
- For the best chance of winning, bid in the last minute of the auction ending.
- You can “watch” an item without bidding on it.
- If you want to make sure you don’t miss an item, and you know what your maximum amount is, using proxy bidding.
- If you want to find a potentially great deal, sort an auction (especially one ending soon) by bids, from lowest to highest. You might find items that have been overlooked by other bidders!
Check out VistaAuction.com!