We stumbled across the REI Scratch and Dent sale a year ago. It's their regular purge of all their returned products, complete with reason for return written on each item. Many items are incorrect sizes, have a broken piece or were "worn twice, but couldn't break-in"; but there are always items that have a surprising story behind the return.
Last year's favorite? A cycling jersey covered with snags -- snags everywhere...reason for return: washed with velcro.
This year's Best Of was on a well-worn pair of hiking boots -- reason for return: wore for six years, GoreTex quit working.
I scored a great pair of hiking/backpacking boots that retail for $180, leather, waterproof, Vibram soles, mine for $30 $30! -- reason for return: wore three times, too small. They were returned without the insoles, which was the reason for the so-low price tag. I can live with that.
- The Bag loves a deal