Winding down a business is a straightforward process. The company notifies its employees, its vendors, its creditors and its customers that it is closing up shop. It pays its taxes and fulfills its contractual obligations. It liquidates its inventory and other assets by selling them off quickly, often for less money than the company originally paid for the items.
A business has several options from which to choose when it liquidates its inventory. It can use the distribution channels it has always used to sell its products, with prices slashed so low that customers can't resist them. The company may get more money for its inventory this way, but it may take longer to sell the products and receive payment. As an alternative, it can sell its entire inventory to a liquidator, who will pay a lower price for the products but will take possession of them and pay for them immediately.
From a buyer's point of view, an inventory liquidation sale can provide a valuable opportunity to purchase goods at rock-bottom prices. However, liquidators can be picky about the merchandise they buy. They often avoid purchases of perishable or trendy goods that must be resold right away. They also stay away from products that are expensive to ship and to store. Instead, liquidators prefer to buy easy-to-move products with a long shelf life, such as power tools, books, toys and building materials.
According to the Small Business Administration, preparing the assets for sale is the first step toward liquidation. A business should donate or discard items that are past their prime and sell only items that are in good, clean, serviceable condition. Owners should gather warranties and service records for vehicles, appliances, fixtures and make them available for prospective buyers to review. A written inventory listing each item, including a photograph, a written description and an asking price provides a business record of the sale for legal and tax purposes.
A business owner may split items among several liquidators to maximize revenue from the liquidation of each item. For example, the SBA reports that restaurant equipment that is sold out of a restaurant brings 40 percent more than the same equipment that has been removed from the restaurant and offered for sale in a a liquidation center. A restaurant owner liquidating her assets may make more money if she liquidates vehicles and tools through a consignment sale and holds a liquidation sale at the restaurant for cooking supplies and equipment.
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by Marilyn Lindblad, Demand Media