Consumer alert issued on liquidation sale in Greensboro


Melissa Painter took a hidden camera into a liquidation sale on Holden Road in Greensboro. (WGHP)

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The Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina has issued a consumer alert about an emergency liquidation sale advertising $5 electronics, power tools and other normally expensive items.

After receiving several calls of complaints, FOX8 On Your Side’s Melissa Painter went to the sale on Holden Road in Greensboro on Friday.

With the aid of a hidden camera, Melissa said the only items for $5 were items you’d normally see at a dollar store.

“What they’re showing you for five dollars is, like, crap. You wouldn’t even buy it for your kids,” said one store customer.

Some of the items were even higher-priced than what customers would find at regular stores. There was a used digital camera at the sale for $150, and Melissa found a new one $30 cheaper at Walmart.

“There may be a bait-and-switch and a little bit of false advertising there, because people are expecting great prices in there, and the prices aren’t that great,” said Joan Stanley with the BBB.

Still, store manager Brenda Dye said things sell quickly.

“Sadly, we don’t have an endless supply of anything. We only have a certain amount. It depends on what they send us,” Dye said.

Melissa paid a $5 admission fee just to get in. The company doesn’t mention the admission fee in their advertising.

Stanley said the admission fee is a red flag that the sale isn’t worth customers’ time and money. Stanley also advised consumers to think twice before pulling out your wallet this holiday season, and comparison shop.

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