Sometimes it pays to take the path less traveled. In this case, our FOX13 buy team has found a place where $200 laptops and $50 designer boots live alongside half-price diapers and toys.
It's a bargain mecca that has doubled its shopping space in the less than four months it's been open. Randal Chambers says, "We bought over 10,000 laptops. Laptops under $200, under $300, under $400. Gateway, Dell, HP, Toshiba...." If that doesn't get you interested, how about Marc Jacob boots worth over $400 for $49.99.
These are just some of the deals we found on a recent visit to the Summer Avenue location of Essex Bargain Hunt. One year ago we introduced you to this mega-discount dealer in Jackson, Tennessee. "We used to live in Jackson, TN and found Essex. It's where we get all of our baby items. I have 3 kids. They've got the best price on pampers, diapers, toys and everything else you might need," says Nicole Hindman.
Essex Bargain Hunt is now open in Cordova. The store opened in July followed by the Summer Avenue store a month later. Now, news that a 70,000 square foot superstore is opening in Southaven early next year.
Essex is a Tennessee-based company where you can find a steady supply of brand name electronics. "We buy new, factory-sealed, open box, some refurbished. We have a 30-day guarantee," says Chambers. They have toys, baby goods, and household items at huge discounts. "We buy from major department stores like Macy's, big truckloads...."
A local shopper, Adam Biffle says, "Anytime I need something I come here first. I try and find random things. The savings is roughly 50-60%."
Baby items are always in stock, even boutique brands like Britex car seats.
There's plenty of holiday stuff to decorate your home, including Martha Stewart Living Christmas trees pre-lit. I used my Red Lazer app to find out what they cost elsewhere: the 7 1/2 pre-lit tree is $250 at another store. It's $124 at Essex, a savings of $125.
To truly appreciate bargain hunting, you have to take your time and check the date on the price tag. That's where the bargain "hunt" comes in. Chambers says, "Once it's been in our store 30 days it starts markdown system 10% and it goes an additional 10% every ten days up to 90% off.
But don't count on finding the hottest items on the shelves that long. Essex recently got a big shipment of Ferrarri bikes made by the car company. At $150 for the youth bikes, they won't last long. The adult Ferrari seems pricey at $599 until you check the Internet. It retails for between $1500 and $2000.
There are thousands of deals, like a Junio Les Paul electric guitar for $89 and a Vtech Reader for $16.
Essex Bargain Hunt has truckloads of boxed furniture and for this weekend only they are offering it to FOX13 viewers for half off their price.
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Summer Ave. Location: 5124 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN, 901-682-7167
Cordova Location: 590 North Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN, 901-756-0056
New Southaven, MS store opening in January, 2013 at Stateline Road and I-55