We have needed a new fridge for a really long time. The one we have is 14 years old and came with the house when we bought it. The ice maker has never worked and the seals are starting to lose their grip. It was time to get a new one.
If you have gone appliance shopping you know that fridges are really expensive if you want to get a nice one. Heck most of them cost more than my first car and they even have one that connects to your smartphone and will add stuff to your grocery list for you. I’m not sure who needs that but if you want it you can get it for the low cost of $6,299 plus delivery and taxes.
Now most fridge/freezer combos run between $800 and $2,500 depending on style, features, design, size, and material. There are also store returns or fridges with slight issues like a dent in the door that you can get for a discounted price. There is also going on Facebook, Craigslist, or Offer Up and finding one but when you do that you never know who you are dealing with and you have to trust that the person on the other end is being honest.
There is another option and one I just found and it is how I ended up with a “free” fridge. There is this not so little secret world of inventory liquidation that occurs through auction sites like liquidation.com. I had been doing some research and came across an auction online for two refrigerators that were new store returns with a MSRP of $3,500. So after setting up an account I bid on the auction and ended up winning the two refrigerators for $600 after fees and taxes. Now I know what you are going to say how did I get a free refrigerator if it cost me $600.
I sold one of the refrigerators for $700.
For most people this may not be a viable option because of shipping and time. I was fortunate that the warehouse where the fridges were stored was only 45 minutes away so my shipping cost was the price of a rented UHaul.
I believe that the internet has been such a game changer for society that there is no excuse not to make it. If you hustle, have good ideas, treat people well, and work hard anyone can be a success or get a killer deal on something they might need.