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What Do Amazon, Costco, and Other Big Retailers Do With What You Return?

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Target

Minneapolis-based Target will often return saleable items back to the shelf. Other items are gathered in batches in an effort to liquidate returns. Target liquidation auctions can be anything from a few pallets of goods to a truckload. 


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Costco places returned products that are unused and undamaged, like home goods and electronics, back on the shelves (albeit at a discount). Used and slightly damaged returns are sent to a liquidator, and groceries are thrown away.


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The activewear company is currently testing a program called "Like New." The initiative allows customers to trade in their gently-used lululemon items. The company says that all traded-in items will be cleaned, and the items that don’t meet its quality standards will be recycled, although it's unclear what they mean by the term 'recycled.'