May 27, 2013
Pete Smith looks through merchandise at Discount Corner, located in the back of Ace Hardware in Walla Walla.
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Discount Corner sells overstock, returns and dented-box items from Amazon.com
WALLA WALLA — If you’ve watched “Storage Wars” or “Auction Hunters,” you have a sense of the roll-of-the-die gamble a person might make in buying a locker or truckload full of items — sight unseen — to resell. Scott Holgate, operator of the new Discount Corner in the back of Ace Hardware in Eastgate, has cast that die. The store department is populated in large part by the fruits of a 26-pallet truckload of overstock, returns and dented-box items Holgate bought from Amazon.com. “Amazon.com does $10 million every 90 minutes in sales. They have entire warehouses all over the county in returned items. They don’t put them back on the shelf and don’t resell them. We hook up with them and strike a deal with them to buy it at a percentage of retail,” he said.