Valley store turns returned items into retail

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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TEMPE, Ariz -- It's the season of the return and that means stores are adding back to their stock. Some stores, however, can't put what you didn't want back on the shelf. That's where one Valley businessman is turning your return into retail.

Inside The Curb, a retail return center, consumers can find products for 30 to 70 percent off. The president of the company, Scott Fitzgerald, says there's no better way to serve the public than offering discounted merchandise and recycling properly.

"First of the year, you need to do it right. Whatever you do the first of the year, which is saving money, you'll do all year long," said bargain shopper Sharon Orange. "Actually, we were driving by about a month ago and I saw the sign outside, and I told my husband, 'Oh my God, I have to stop.'"

The unassuming hand-painted placard advertising deep discounts on West Southern Avenue caught her eye, and her curiosity has brought her back every week ever since.

"As a coupon-er, I'm always looking for good deals and it's a good deal in here," she said.

The company's president spearheaded the retail return resale idea about four months ago.

Fitzgerald says his company will buy truck loads of returned items that can't be restocked from major retailers like Costco, The Home Depot and Wal-Mart. The merchandise is processed and either sold by the pallet or individually.

He says not one item in the retail warehouse goes without careful inspection.

"We actually take each item and test it. Rodger here is testing vacuums today. So basically a load of vacuums, they'll come in, they'll take each vacuum, test it, make sure that it works properly before it hits our actual sales floor," Fitzgerald said.

He says there is a 30-day full return policy, and consumers can purchase discounted items through the store's website as well.