We were reading one of the business article online on how to deal with the excess inventory after the christmas sales, especially for retailers.
One of the options suggested was to auction it off online. Companies tend to store higher level of inventory during Christmas season, to meet the demand from customers. Demand from customers are often hard to be projected. Neither historical trend, nor forecast can precisely predict the inventory required. Hence, instead of losing sales resulted from insufficient inventory,Companies tend to store higher level of inventory to meet the demand from customers.
After Christmas sales, Companies are required to reduce the relatively high level (if any) of inventory, considering that the warehouse costs/ inventory holding costs/ liquidity costs could be substantial.
One of the options suggested was to auction the inventories off online. Though the pricing might not be attractive, but auctioning off the inventories allow the Companies to reduce all type of costs mentioned above.
Companies could sell the stocks in all sorts of website, including: e-bay.