HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – Many people have heard the commercials — great deals on high-end electronics. But it’s buyer beware at this liquidation sale.
Some of the shoppers at the highly publicized event have left disappointed, and some say just a peak in the window was enough to send them home.
CBS4 Consumer Investigator Jodi Brooks checked out the sale in Highlands Ranch. One viewer told her there were about 300 people lined up Friday morning waiting for the doors to open.
The ad on the radio is a hard sell. Find Android Tablets for just $149, unlocked 3G touch phones for $69, Bluetooths for $9, and MP3 players for $9. CBS4 took an undercover camera in to see what was there.
There were big screen TVs, but brands most might not be familiar with. And then lots of other stuff, like DVD players, but without the cords, and CD players and coffee makers in damaged boxes.
“There’s a small amount of it that’s damaged. Most of it is damaged box,” a salesperson told Brooks. “We guarantee it all. It’s all been tested. If there is any problem we are here for 5 weeks and you can bring it back.”
Kevin Butler went to the store looking for a deal.
“I bought an antenna, a game for my kids, and then a wallet,” Butler said.
But there’s a catch — customers have to pay $5 to get in — and that’s not advertised.
“I didn’t pay to go in. I just looked inside really, and it just looks like crap, really,” customer Russell Vastine said.
“It looked a little bit more like a flea market than what I was expecting,” customer Casey Marricle said.
So Marricle won’t come back, but John Kramer and his wife will.
“I still saved money,” Kramer said.
New trucks arrive daily with more merchandise. The $5 is a membership fee. It gives customers access for the 5 weeks the sale is going on and customers can come as often as they like. Children under 12 get in free.