It is not difficult to find discount scratch and dent appliances in Tampa, Florida. If you know where to look, there are scores of scratch and dent locations: Sears alone has almost a dozen locations and Famous Tate has nine in the Tampa Bay area, which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Host of the 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa has been rated the best city for 20-somethings, the best outdoor city and a “Gamma” world city (mainly based on economic factors), along with Kansas City, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
The town was settled in the early 19th century, but grew slowly. In the 1880s, the discovery of phosphate, combined with rail development and the new cigar industry spurred Tampa’s development. Today the four million or so residents of the Greater Tampa area are largely affluent, but there are still many who seek out bargains at scratch and dent appliance outlets.
List of Scratch and Dent Store Locations in Tampa, Florida
These outlets run from small businesses like Ricks Scratch & Dent at 3408 E 7th Ave, (stop by to check out their inventory or call 813-248-9002) to the Sears network. All Sears stores in the area have a selection of scratch and dent merchandise, but the three outlets at 5251 110th Ave N., Clearwater (telephone: 727-573-5811), 4600 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park (telephone: 727-541-1332), and 4600 Park St. N., Saint Petersburg (telephone: 727-544-4308) have a substantial inventory of scratch and dent appliances.
As with all stores carrying this type of merchandise, inventory changes daily and it is a gamble. You may be lucky and find just what you need, or you may have to return several times before the item you seek is in stock. Before making the trip, visit searsoutlet.com for information on hours, locations and current inventories. Most stores are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Half-way between mom-and-pop and big box is Famous Tate, where you can save up to 40% on factory-authorized scratch and dent appliances, including side by side refrigerators, French-door refrigerators, wall ovens, ranges, cooktops, hoods, microwaves and dishwashers. They have been serving the area since 1954, and carry millions of dollars in inventory.
The largest selection can be found at their North Tampa clearance center. Other locations in Tampa are 8317 North Armenia Ave. (phone: 813-935-3151), 3347 Henderson Blvd. (phone: 813-253-2421), and the Wesley Chapel / New Tampa location at 5419 Village Market, Wesley Chapel (phone: 813-907-919). Others stores in the area are located in Brandon, Winter Haven, Spring Hill, Lakeland, Port Richey and Oldsmar. Find details at famoustate.com.
The Appliance Center of 14012 N Florida Ave. (telephone: 813-968-2878; website: appliancecenter.com) prides itself on the personal services offered by Tyler, Evan, Donnie, Joe and Dianne. It usually opens Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00. This customer-friendly business has been in the Tampa Bay area since 1979. They stock new appliances by Whirlpool, Speed Queen, Marvel and Sharp, as well as many brands and types of scratch and dent appliances.
ABC Used Appliances & Appliance Repair Services boasts that it offers the lowest prices in the Tampa area on all used major appliances. This includes scratch and dent items. ABC is located at 9318 N. Nebraska Avenue. The business is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can contact then by phone at (813) 990-0300 or at appliancesandservice.com. Repair services also available.
Metro Appliances has three locations in Tampa: 8330 N. Florida Ave, 8102 Armenia Ave and 11612 N. Nebraska Ave. Their website is usedappliancestampafl.com. Their showroom features new and pre-owned items as well as closeout and scratch-and-dent appliances.
Although the Appliance Close Out Center does not actually carry scratch and dent items, their close-out items are priced in the same way. A big plus is that all their products come with full warranties and are as good as new. The Ohio-based company has an outlet at 12260 Race Track Rd. Call (813) 855-9950 to check on their frequently changing inventory.