Each year the City goes through its inventory of materials, equipment and supplies to determine what should be kept for another year, what should be recycled, and what should be sold at auction. It’s that time of year so loosen up your bidding arm.
For the last couple of years the City went from the traditional auction format, including the fast talking MC, to an on-line version and the results have been excellent.
The convenience of the on-line auction, the information available on the items on-line, and the exposure of the items to customers anywhere that they have access to a computer has been great for increasing the bidding activity.
The on-line auction site is very similar to eBay and is customer friendly. Here’s a sample of the items on the web site this year:
We’re not trying to solve our budget problems from selling surplus property but these days every bit of revenue matters and anything we can do to let competition drive up the prices the better it is for all of us.
Many of the auction items are things that were part of some legal action that the Police might have been involved in which resulted in confiscation of personal items. The City won’t keep personal items so they get added to the auction list. You’d be surprised by the quality of some of those items that can be picked up at a great price.
If you are local, you can still touch and inspect the items on August 15th and the bidding for the first lot starts as early as August 16th.
For the deails on the various items, here’s the web link to the City’s auction: http://asset-auctions.assetnation.com/index.cfm/general/AuctionDetail/AuctionID/4305
Let the bidding begin!