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What Happened To Surplus.net

One of the net’s oldest industry related websites, Surplus.net, has vanished. Last month this directory of Surplus merchandise dealers disappeared without a notice or warning. Faithful site visitors tried to log on to the site close to the end of September, but were greeted with an unfamiliar page filled with generic links?

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What Happened To Surplus.net

10 comments to What Happened To Surplus.net

  • renie mitchell

    I was on a list from Surplus.net of suppliers – I have purchased from a couple of them – their sites can no longer be accessed. I just recently purchased several wallets from a company through surplus.net – they are nyc designer outlet. They never sent any merchandise – they answer their phone (sometimes) – I cannot get any answers – has anyone dealt with these people – what else can I do??

  • Rob

    Hello Renie.

    Sorry to hear of your bad experience with NYC Designer Outlet. I have never heard of them. How much was your purchase total?

  • renie mitchell


  • Admin

    Hi Renie,

    $1500 is no small chunk of change! Having said that I can tell you that I myself have lost probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000 – $30,000 in deals “Gone Bad”.

    I always stress investigating before you buy, but unfortunately we do get stung sometimes.

    Thank you for sharing and do not give up as there are plenty of reputable sellers to buy from!

  • renie mitchell

    I would like to know how to let others know – and get this company’s name out there – so others will not not have the same bad experience. Did find sites from Surplus.Net – under IMASD.com

  • I have been on Surplus.net now called IMASD for 7 years.
    In my opinion, it has always been a “buyer beware” situation or in my case, “seller beware.”
    My company trade’s exclusively in Building Materials and associated products.

    I have been burned by other surplus building materials brokers outside of IMASD AND I was once burned by a member within IMASD, not to be mentioned here.

    My biggest concern at this time is TRAFFIC.
    I am not getting the calls that I was getting prior to the Surplus.net domain theft. Usually, when I post something, I would get at least 50 phone calls and 20-30 emails. That has now drop’d significantly.

    I am wondering how long it will take to get “THEIMASD” back in the high traffic zone. I will be working on my own on the internet to make that happen but its labor that I currently did not need.
    If anyone has suggestions to improve the traffic or redirect from the stolen site, please advise.

    Sincerely, Paul

  • Admin


    Surplus.net / IMASD lost a lot of traffic when they started devaluing the memberships by offering membership splits. This started happening back 5-6 years ago. All of the sudden members had extra memberships to sell. Too many to sell. There were a lot of deals made well below the minimum $3500 spend.

  • Christian

    From my point of view, the domain was secretly sold. Now parked with revenue ads, just sitting there. The domain alone is worth good money, I wouldn’t mind having it my portfolio. Ok, well they made a new site, great, now what? Alexa stats are no good, traffic is slowly growing…..the new name sucks and is irrelevant, much less catchy. Does it matter? No. What matters is what imasd is going to do to get their new site back up to their previous traffic levels. Their subscriber base is all they have that is worth anything. What we need to hear is what current members are saying about the leads they are generating now.

  • Well, I am late to this party – but it looks like Surplus.cc is gone as well.

    The old forum is no more. I wonder what Shane is up to these days? Have not talked to him in what seems like forever….

    Here’s to hoping that all of you involved in selling surplus or wholesale products are doing well and surviving in this economy….

    Personally – I have never seen it this slow two and a half years “in” since the financial crash…

    Anyway, on hale it up people……….lol…..

    Robert C – The Wholesale Guy

  • Mike H.

    Hello, I stumbled on this site searching the net for Surplus.net which was recommended to me as THE best source for wholesale deals. Can anyone here tell me if a company listed on there “RS Trading Company” is legit please? Thanks, regards, Mike.

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