Posts Tagged with ‘Surplus’

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Surplus Scrap Metal

scrap brassEveryone has a different job. From doctors to mechanics to waiters to even scrap metal salesmen. Each can be a lucrative industry depending on your input and commitment to the craft. For last one we mentioned, scrap metal salesmen, there is a whole stock of scrap metal out there for the taking. You might not know it, but scrap metal can be a really money maker if sold to the right people. You might be wondering how you can get this glorious metal. Well, one great way to purchase a huge supply of this metal is through government surplus auction.

A surplus government auction works as such. If one government entity (local, state, or federal) has an over-surplus or overstock of one or more items, it will put the lot up for auction. These auctions are either live or online and they are 100% open to the public. Simply attend an auction at the live spot or find one happening online and be the highest bidder when the auctioneer states that the time is expired. After that, it’s up to you what you want to do with the scrap metal winnings.

One route is to immediately get on the horn and find local buyers that are interested in your goods. You can make an instant flip and come away with a huge heap of cash. If you cannot find a single buyer for your newly acquired metal, you can also break it up into smaller groups and sell it online at a website like eBay or Craigslist. The latter might be of more effort, but it will surely be worth it when you are collecting all the money. If you want to see some great scrap metal listings you can just check out this link.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Surplus Car Auctions

Wouldn’t it be nice to plop down in the driver’s seat of a car, and drive to work instead of waiting in the rain for the bus?  It would also be nice if it were a sunny day and you didn’t mind waiting for the bus, but the reality is that we don’t control the weather, so we have to find better options.  That is where surplus car auctions arrive on the scene.  Surplus car auctions are where you can buy yourself a car for much less than it would cost you on a used-car lot.  The government has thousands of surplus cars and has no need to watch them rot in some surplus lot in the desert.  They want you to have their surplus cars, and to make sure that you can get them they have an auction for these surplus cars.

These surplus cars come from a variety of places: Military, federal government agencies, state governments, and local governments.  That means you can end up bidding on a surplus military vehicle (military hardware removed…obviously), a used secret-service vehicle, a pick-up truck from your local government, or a hybrid car that your state government used.  And unlike buying these cars on a used-car lot where there is a markup in price, you will end up with a deal.  Used-car dealers regularly attend these surplus car auctions to add cars to their inventory – they allow them to make a steady profit on cars without investing too much time or energy.  You too can end up with a great deal on a surplus car.

Before attending any surplus car auctions, it would be a wise idea to do some detective work.  Look at the cars available for auction.  Are there any that you are even interested in?  Find the car that you want, and check it out.  Most surplus car auctions have previews where you can look over the car, and get yourself a vehicle history report.  Knowing the car’s history is perhaps, the most important part of any auto auction, so be sure that you know the history – even if you cannot attend a preview.  You may also want to investigate the price of insurance on the car, so you can be sure that you can drive your car right away, without having to wait for insurance quotes.  Once you have done your research, you are ready for the auction.  Just remember to bring identification and enough money with you to auction.

Of course, this information is all worthless unless you know where to find auctions.  You can look in your local newspapers for surplus car auctions, or perhaps search for seized car auctions, but chances are you will be left with a lot of useless information.  You could also nag your local government, but that just may not fall on the right side of good ideas.  Your best bet would be to go to where you can activate your FREE three-day trial.  Once there, you can search for auctions across the country, and find the car of your dreams.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Government Military Surplus Auctions

The military has no need for “outdated” equipment.  With new technologies, and the ever-evolving landscape of war, vehicles, weapons, and other items become obsolete on the battlefield, and are then sent out to pasture at a government military surplus auction.  This is where you can find yourself a great deal on surplus military equipment.

Government military surplus auctions come about for a variety of reasons.  More often than not, it is a result of the military updating its hardware.  For example, the military regularly ships items overseas.  Included with these items are things such as sheds, tents, and trailers.  All of which are eventually replaced after a certain amount of time.  The result of their replacement is that these sheds, tents, and trailers will end up on the auction block.  Say you were planning on adding a shed in your backyard for your tools, or to use as a workshop.  Well, just yesterday the government listed a storage container that could easily be converted into a shed.  They also listed 14 cots – you know, for the in-laws.  If you are into farming, military surplus auctions also have tractors, plows and other agricultural equipment.  If you like to have fun at sea, military surplus auctions are a great place to find maintenance equipment, boats, and other sea-worthy items.  What about flying?  Granted, the chance of finding an airplane at a government military surplus auction may be limited, but you can still find hundreds of parts, and maintenance equipment and pilot helmets ready to be put to use.  And if you are regular Joe, there are hundreds of items available for use – think computers, bicycles, cars, and clothing.

The sheer amount of items available for auction when the military holds a surplus auction is hard to imagine.  Just think of it this way.  The military has a presence in the air, sea and land.  For each of those places, they need support.  Included in that support is communications, supplies, medicine, and general hardware.  That makes for hundreds of items available at a government military surplus auction.

Now you asking yourself, how you can get in on the action?  We all want military surplus, and we definitely don’t want to overpay the army-navy surplus store in the mall.  It is actually rather simple and does not involve you staying up late watching TV – waiting for the infomercial to come on.  You can easily look through your local newspaper, or the local newspaper of an army base as most of them will be able to tell you when the next military surplus auction occurs.  You may also want to check and make sure that you can attend and bid for the items at a military surplus auction.  The best way to do that is by speaking with the people who are running the auction – they should be able to guide you towards the path of a great deal.  You still have to find the government military surplus auction, and the best way to do that is by clicking on, and activating your FREE three-day trial.  All you need to do is type in what you want, and will find it for you.  Then you can do your bidding, and walk away with your just like new humvee.

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