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5 things to know about Sports Authority’s closing sale

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By Mike Timmermann, Clark Howard

Sports Authority has started its liquidation sale, according to Fortune, but don’t expect the best deals right away.

Amid bankruptcy, the chain will close its 463 stores, court documents said. In the meantime, three liquidators will carve up the chain’s inventory and sell everything for as much as they can.

What to know before you shop a liquidation sale

Bargain hunters, be patient

Even though the going-out-of-business sale begins this week, Sports Authority is not expected to close its doors for good until late August.

So, at least as the liquidation gets underway, true deals will be hard to find.

How liquidation sales generally work

The three liquidators are there with the goal to make money, and they generally stock the stores with what Clark calls “fake merchandise.”

In other words, you might find items that were never sold in the store before.

Liquidators use this tactic to increase their revenue, but they also want the store to look fully stocked, so people return in the weeks that follow.

This is a common practice and not specific to Sports Authority’s closing.

Comparison shop

All sales are final, so you want to make sure that you’re getting a real deal. Luckily, we have our smartphones to do a quick Google search while in the store.

Clark warns that this can be trickier for clothing, but do your best to research before you buy.

Check with surviving competitors

When the deals start to get better, surviving competitors – like Dick’s Sporting Goods – are going to have to compete with Sports Authority’s lower prices.

Look for retailers who sell sporting goods to offer deep discounts all summer long.

Know when to make your move

While there’s probably no good reason to rush to Sports Authority this weekend, Consumerist says it might be worth a trip sometime in July.

The steepest discounts, of course, will be in the final 10 days.

UPDATE: According to its website, Sports Authority will honor gift cards until June 28, in-store and online. However, gift cards will no longer be sold.

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Washington Sports Authority Locations:

Auburn

1101 SuperMall Way, Ste 1333

The Outlet Collection – Seattle

Auburn , WA 98001

Phone: (253) 735-7447

 

Bellevue West

44 Bellevue Way NE

Lakeside Holdings

Bellevue , WA 98004

Phone: (425) 456-0600

 

Bellevue East

15600 NE 8th St, Ste S

Crossroads Mall

Bellevue , WA 98008

Phone: (425) 747-6112

 

Bellingham

20 Bellis Fair Pkwy

Bellingham , WA 98226

Phone: (360) 734-3151

 

Everett

505 SE Everett Mall Way, Ste1

Greentree Plaza

Everett , WA 98208

Phone: (425) 347-8988

 

Issaquah

1185 NW Gilman Blvd

Town & Country

Issaquah , WA 98027

Phone: (425) 961-2020

 

Kennewick

908C N Colorado St

Kennewick , WA 99336

Phone: (509) 783-7801

 

Kent

13026 SE Kent Kangley Road

Kent , WA 98030

Phone: (253) 630-1033

Lacey

1220 Marvin Rd NE

Lacey , WA 98516

Phone: (360) 252-1420

 

Lake Stevens

519 Highway 9

Frontier Village Shopping Center

Lake Stevens , WA 98258

Phone: (425) 334-3148

 

Lynnwood

19800 44th Ave W

Lynnwood Square

Lynnwood , WA 98036

Phone: (425) 712-0900

 

Olympia

1200 Cooper Point Rd Sw Ste 500

Olympia , WA 98502

Phone: (360) 943-0970

 

Puyallup

4423 S Meridian

Meridian Place

Puyallup , WA 98373

Phone: (253) 841-1510

 

Northgate

328 NE Northgate Way

Northgate North Shopping Center

Seattle , WA 98125

Phone: (206) 838-7783

 

Spokane Northpointe

9620 N Newport Hwy

Northpointe Plaza

Spokane , WA 99218

Phone: (509) 466-2100

 

Spokane Valley

15118 E Indiana Ave

Hanson Center

Spokane , WA 99216

Phone: (509) 891-1500

 

Tacoma

1905 S 72nd St Ste B

Tacoma , WA 98408

Phone: (253) 572-9900

 

Tukwila

17450 Southcenter Pkwy

Parkway Supercenter

Tukwila , WA 98188

Phone: (206) 575-2100

 

Hazel Dell

8002 NE 6th Ave

Vancouver , WA 98665

Phone: (360) 571-2439

 

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