Editor's Note: This article was written in response to a question submitted through Open Source. A reader noticed workers in the former Value City building on Lexington Avenue and asked what was going on.
MANSFIELD -- Inside the new Fast Track It warehouse, you’ll find rows and rows and boxes -- some taped, some retaped, some partially opened. The former Value City building at 1280 Lexington Avenue is now a different type of retailer -- one where all purchases are made online and buyers compete for the items they want.
Operating with the slogan “Name Your Price on Just About Anything,” Fast Track It offers online-only regional auctions on items from big box retailers including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Dollar General and Wayfair.
According to Donnie Larck, manager of the Mansfield warehouse, online shoppers can save up to 70 percent off retail price. Items for sale range from new to open-box condition. Some are cancelled orders, others rerouted or lost parcels and some are returned items.
The building is open to the public Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. During that time, visitors can roam the aisles and see if there are any items that strike their fancy -- but bids can only be placed online. Successful bidders can also preview items during pickup hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
Larck said that unlike many auction sites, Fast Track It is free to register and there is no bidding fee. There is, however, a 17-percent buyer’s premium for winners.
The Cincinnati-based company operates nearly 30 warehouses in various states, including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Larck encouraged local shoppers to make sure they are looking at Mansfield auction items before placing a bid.