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Anyone Can Buy Undelivered Amazon Packages

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It may come as a surprise to many people, but it is actually possible to purchase lost or misplaced packages from Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and other delivery services. In scenarios where a package does not reach its intended destination, which may be due to an address or shipping issue, these unclaimed packages sometimes go on sale at an auction. It’s an intriguing idea, but don’t get excited just yet.

But first, a little personal story: a few months ago, I ordered sneakers on the Nike website. As they still haven’t shown up a few weeks later, I contacted Nike and was told there had been a shipping error involving FedEx. My sneakers were lost in transit. FedEx, I’m told, had the package in a warehouse but couldn’t deliver it for some reason I still don’t fully understand. Nike finally sent me a new pair of sneakers. The original packaging, as I came to find out, may have finally been bought by someone else.

How to buy unclaimed Amazon packages

Buying an unclaimed or undelivered package is a lot like the Storage Wars show. In some cases, you are not quite sure what to buy until you open it. Clearance is a website where you can explore various auctions.

Some ads just show a palette of boxes and have a simple description that reads “Assorted Tool Palette & More”. Of course, purchasing the item is something of a risk. You might find a treasure trove of tools or you might find that you overpaid.

The good news is that you can search the available inventory by product type. For example, you can search for boxes containing consumer electronics or boxes containing clothing.

Recently, a viral TikTok video highlighted an “unclaimed mail” store full of undelivered packages from top brands. When a writer of Initiated, however, went to check it out, she found it to be more hype than substance.

How to Recover Undelivered USPS Items

There is also a way to acquire undelivered USPS items. The GovDeals website promotes itself as a marketplace for liquidity services and you can search a myriad of product categories.

The reality of undelivered packages

After browsing the above websites and a few more, my advice is to avoid these so called amazing deals. While there are undoubtedly some offers out there, the potential for wasting money is very real.

The best bet is to browse more websites and apps with better product selections. Some examples include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and OfferUp.