California surplus items up for bid on eBay
- By Jill Rosen
- Apr 25, 2000
Mixed in with discarded engagement rings and baseball cards, eBay shoppers
can now find surplus items from the state of California.
The state's Department of General Services is selling items including golf
clubs, cameras, watches and bicycles, many of which were seized by the California
Highway Patrol. Oregon also recently offered items on the popular online
Ken Hunt, the department's spokesman, said items have been up for about
a month and so far things are going for more money than they would have
had people bought them from one of the state's two surplus warehouses.
And there's been another benefit.
"It's generated a lot of interest, especially in the media, any time you
mention eBay," Hunt said.
The state is limiting the eBay merchandise to smaller, specialty items.
Traditional surplus fodder like desks and shelving would be too expensive
to ship, Hunt said. Although, if online auctions prove cost-effective in
the long run, other state agencies might try bigger items, he said The agency
that runs the state fair, for example, has expressed interest in trying
the online method to sell arcade games.
If California decides to stick with online auctions, someone would need
to be assigned the job of photographing and documenting the items, Hunt