Anyone In BC want to buy some Seized/Used Government Goods?

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Anyone In BC want to buy some Seized/Used Government Goods?

Postby NinjaNikki » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:30 pm

B.C. government offers online auctions


Last Updated: Monday, August 13, 2007 | 4:12 PM PT
The Canadian Press

Want to buy a bridge? How about an ambulance? You say you might be interested in a spectrophotometer?

The B.C. government might have one for sale. And shopping is as easy as clicking a mouse.

Since 2004, the provincial government has operated B.C. Auction, its own version of online auction giant eBay. The website is used to sell off surplus goods from the province, lower levels of government, Canada Customs, police departments and health authorities.

As of Monday, 189 items were listed for sale.

The top bid for an 11-metre speedboat was $57,000, while 1,296 urinal pucks had fetched a high bid of $61. A set of five slightly used pickup truck tires had a top bid of $160.99.

Thirty separate pieces of jewellery were also available, likely offered up by customs or police.

"It's a way for governments to recover money, because they have no way of getting value out of things like surplus office furniture. And some of it was going to landfills," said Gordon Williams, communications director for the Ministry of Labour, which operates the site.

Williams said B.C. Auction had nearly 13,000 registered users as of last week. Most bidders are individuals, though some likely operate a small business, purchasing items for cheap and re-selling them, perhaps on eBay, he said.

Since 2004, the site has sold $6.4 million worth of goods. Before the advent of the online marketplace, government surplus was sold at live auctions and cash-and-carry sales.

On the other side of the ledger, the province also operates B.C. Bid, which lists government tenders. That site went up in 2003 and is used by the same group of government branches that uses the auction service.

As of May 2007, there were 2,657 subscribers to B.C. Bids value-added services, the bulk of them registered for electronic bid matching. A supplier can register whatever good or service it offers and receive notification when a matching tender is posted.
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Re: Anyone In BC want to buy some Seized/Used Government Goods?

Postby Z# » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:44 am

A bridge? :ponder:
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Postby AuxHorseman » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:48 pm

I see farmers and ranchers sell/trade smaller bridges every once in a while, actually. Usually just before or during flood season.

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Postby Z# » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:04 am

I was thinking they meant something like the kind of bridge you'd use to traverse a river... but I guess that would be an unreasonable assumption. Carry on.
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Re: Anyone In BC want to buy some Seized/Used Government Goods?

Postby Respond Wayne » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:00 pm

On a related Bridge note... I heard that there was some sort of super duper never done before Bridge swap out in Ottawa recently... It's suppose to only take 15 hours to swap Bridges... Something that the MTO observed down in Florida last year, now they are doing it here... It's suppose to be a better bridge, it will last 75 years instead of the usual 50 years, they build it close to the site then use really BIG trucks to move it into place. 8)

Oh, this just handed to me... Here's the full story...

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/features/bridge/index.html
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