When was the last time you walked past a dump bin display in a store? It was probably recently, as these bins seem to be everywhere. The term “dump bin” refers to the disorderly fashion that items are dumped into these containers, often because the shop owners have reduced those items to clearance prices to make way for new merchandise. As a retailer, you may think of dump bins as a place to get rid of stuff to make way for new merchandise you’re eager to sell, but for customers, a dump bin can be more like a treasure trove. Savvy shoppers across the Internet have published videos, blogs, and forum posts to prove it. Here are just a few examples of the treasures customers have found displayed in retail dump bin displays.
The Hottest Hot Wheels
To most of us, these are just little toy cars. To a collector, though, a dump bin full of Hot Wheels is more like a discovered treasure chest than a retail graveyard. A skilled toy collector will understand which models of this toy car collection are going to be scarce and hard-to-find due to their nature as a limited-time edition. Some collectors have gone as far as to share their finds on YouTube with other enthusiasts, proudly sharing a “score” of a sought-after Hot Wheels found in a store’s clearance bin.