Equipment to Profit: Strategies for Retiring Electricians & Plumbers

Trade industry popularity and retirement

As a result of the recent rise in popularity and increased recognition of the trade industry, it is finally being recognized as a valuable and essential career path in recent years. As an electrician or plumber, owning a trading company is one of the most revered and respected professions in the United States.

The Auction Masters team would like to express our gratitude to all the tradespeople and owners of trade businesses in America who dedicate themselves to ensuring the country runs smoothly. Undoubtedly, the work performed in the electrical and plumbing industries is an integral part of our nation's infrastructure. In the absence of electricians and plumbers, our modern world would be at a standstill as a result of their expertise.

Nevertheless, many trade business owners face the bittersweet reality of closing their lifelong businesses as retirement approaches. They are aware that their businesses have placed a tremendous amount of value on the community. Still, they may need help to pass their legacy on to the next generation or find suitable family successors to carry it out. Therefore, when exiting the trade industry, decisions need to be made regarding the future of their equipment and how to maximize profits.

Tips for Online Liquidation Auctions

If you're looking to efficiently sell your plumbing or electrical equipment post-retirement, engaging in an online liquidation auction can be an excellent strategy. To fully leverage the advantages of such auctions, consider the following recommendations:

Choose the Optimal Auction Platform: The selection of the right online liquidation auction platform is pivotal due to the diverse options available. Evaluate factors such as the platform's alignment with your equipment's nature, the fee structure, and the caliber of customer support provided.

Strategize Pricing: While extracting the best value from your equipment is vital, it's equally essential not to set prices unrealistically high. Conduct thorough research across various online liquidation auction sites to gauge the prevailing rates for similar equipment. This approach ensures competitive yet reasonable pricing.

Capture Clear Visuals: Enhance potential buyers' understanding of your offerings by presenting them with well-composed, well-lit images. Incorporate close-up shots to highlight any signs of damage or wear, enabling a comprehensive assessment of the item's condition.

Provide Comprehensive Descriptions: Furnish detailed descriptions that encompass essential information such as the item's brand, model, serial number, and its current state. Inclusive descriptions empower buyers to make informed decisions.

Boost Visibility Through Promotion: Amplify your auction's visibility by leveraging social media platforms, industry publications, and word-of-mouth networks. This proactive promotion increases the likelihood of attracting interested parties.

Offer Responsive Communication: Anticipate and address potential queries from prospective buyers. Promptly and comprehensively address any questions that may arise, contributing to a seamless experience for potential buyers.

Expedite Shipping Processes: Upon auction closure and successful payment, prioritize the swift shipment of the sold equipment. This proactive approach not only ensures buyer satisfaction but also elevates the potential for repeat business by fostering positive interactions.

By adhering to these recommendations, you can optimize your engagement with online liquidation auctions, effectively selling your equipment while establishing a reputation for reliability and professionalism.


Exploring Sales Avenues:

To sell your electrical and plumbing equipment, you have several options that you can choose from. Even though each option has its merits, there may be better options for maximizing profits or attracting the right buyers for trade-specific equipment to maximize your bottom line.

1.     DIY Sales:

The do-it-yourself approach to selling your equipment may seem appealing, but it has some challenges. There is a great deal of time, effort, and resources required for DIY sales. Developing detailed inventories, cataloging your equipment, setting reasonable prices, advertising through traditional and digital media, running promotions, negotiating prices with potential buyers, and handling equipment removal are all necessary steps. Furthermore, marketing and sales expertise are needed to generate interest and reach a wide audience.

For example, doing an online classified listing or hosting a garage sale for electrical equipment may not produce optimal results since the audience might not be interested in trade equipment, resulting in lower bids.


2.     Internet Channels (e.g., Facebook and eBay):

The sale of various items has become increasingly popular through social media platforms such as Facebook and eBay. Although they can be useful for selling a few items, they may only be suitable for liquidating part of the business. A lack of targeted audiences makes these channels ineffective in attracting buyers specifically interested in trade equipment, and a lack of screening results in lower prices for tools and equipment.

For example, Suppose you decide to sell your plumbing equipment on eBay or Facebook. In that case, you will likely experience diminished audience engagement and potential buyers unaware of the equipment's value and functionality specific to your trade.


3.     Used Equipment Dealers:

A used equipment dealer can help you sell your equipment. Despite this, it is imperative to remember that most equipment dealers specialize in a particular product type and may need help to provide you with everything your trade business needs. Their price points might be less competitive with those of retail stores when compared to brand-new items.

For example, locating used equipment dealers who specialize in trade equipment can be challenging, limiting your options for reaching potential buyers. Depending on the offer you receive, the true value of your equipment might not be reflected, potentially resulting in lower profits.


Online Liquidation Auctions: The Best Option to Sell Equipment after Retirement

Retired plumbers and electricians can maximize their equipment sales after retirement by leveraging online liquidation auctions. In addition to offering convenient selling options, these auctions also provide access to a wide audience and competitive bidding. A smooth transition into retirement can be achieved with the help of expert assistance and streamlined processes provided by online auctions.


Why Auction Masters Stands Out:

When it comes to various available sales avenues, partnering with Auction Masters provides unique advantages that can significantly increase the profitability of the equipment sales you are trying to make. With Auction Masters, you will find the best online liquidation auctions in Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Over the past four decades, the company has facilitated commercial and industrial auctions, helping countless buyers and sellers buy and sell used items. 

Over the past 16 years, Auction Masters has conducted online auctions in Minnesota, liquidating commercial and industrial businesses with the same hands-on owners who have operated these businesses for over 30 years. We are respected for our professional service and results at our online auctions in Minneapolis. The sale of industrial equipment can be a successful and efficient process if sellers seek online auctions in Minnesota and are willing to put their trust in our expert and efficient service.

Among the benefits of selling items with Auction Masters are:

Convert assets into cash quickly.
Marketing to potential buyers in a strategic manner
The auction planning process (photos, item descriptions, etc.)
Auction experts' guidance on detail-oriented auctions


Auction Masters excels in several key areas differentiating them from other means of selling electrical and plumbing equipment.

1)         Extensive Network and Targeted Audience:

The Auction Masters network consists of a wide range of buyers who are actively seeking trade equipment. Taking advantage of their established connections with industry professionals, contractors, and enthusiasts, they showcase your equipment to the right audience, which maximizes competition and bidding.

For example, by selling electrical equipment through Auction Masters, you gain access to a network of electrical contractors who know the value of trade-specific equipment and are willing to pay a premium for it.


2)         Marketing Expertise and Strategy:

Auction Masters' experienced team has extensive knowledge of effective trade equipment marketing strategies. They aim to generate buzz and heightened interest among potential buyers by utilizing the latest and most effective marketing techniques. As a result of this targeted approach, your equipment receives the attention it deserves, resulting in higher selling prices and competitive bidding.

For example, Auction Masters generates excitement and awareness for your equipment sale through professionally crafted online campaigns and direct mailers. This helps provide qualified buyers who are genuinely interested in trade equipment with information about your equipment sale.


3)         Auction Atmosphere and Competitive Bidding:

Auction Masters creates a dynamic environment with its auction format that stimulates competitive bidding. Buyers place higher bids during an auction event due to the excitement and urgency generated during the event. This competitive environment often yields better financial results than other sales methods.

For example, Auction Masters' auction events foster an atmosphere of excitement and exclusivity among buyers, encouraging competition for trade equipment. As a result, there is an increase in competition and a greater return on investment for sellers.

Partnering with Auction Masters

A Full-Service Operation:

When selling your trade equipment, Auction Masters offers a comprehensive, full-service approach. Our expertise encompasses all aspects of the auction process, from cataloging and marketing to coordinating the event and assisting with equipment removal. In this way, sellers are assured a stress-free and seamless experience, allowing them to concentrate on other aspects of their retirement transition.

For example, using Auction Masters, trade business owners can confidently handle the sales process by handing it over to an experienced sales team. Ultimately, Auction Masters' team will deliver a clear facility and profitable sales results by efficiently handling all the necessary tasks.

Trusted Partnership:

Trust and long-lasting relationships with their clients are important to Auction Masters. They prioritize transparency, professionalism, and open communication throughout the sales process. When you choose Auction Masters as your trusted partner, you can be assured that your best interests are always in mind.

For example, Auction Masters provides trade business owners with personalized attention, support, and guidance. To ensure your retirement plans are aligned with their services, their dedicated team will work closely with you to identify your retirement goals.


A liquidation auction offers unparalleled convenience, wide reach, competitive bidding, and fair market value for retired plumbers and electricians. This approach streamlines sales and attracts a targeted audience so that retirement plans receive higher returns. With the help of online platforms and auction professionals, plumbers and electricians can successfully sell their equipment, enabling them to transition into retirement without losing their financial security.

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What our clients say

"I have worked with Greg and Sharon and their staff at Auction Masters for many years and it has always been a positive experience. Everything from selling whole restaurant equipment packages to selling the odd item at their consignment auctions. They are talented professionals that operate with integrity for both the buyer and the seller. I recommend using Auction Masters, whether buying or selling without reservation. I believe they are among the best at what they do!" 

- Jon, CEO

— Jon, CEO