For Citizens Seeking Surplus Property
Personal Property refers to tangible items ranging from common products – such as office equipment and furniture – to specialized apparatus – including scientific devices and heavy machinery. If this personal property is not acquired by a state or public organization, the general public can buy it from GSA through GSA Auctions® and GSA Surplus Personal Property Sales.
Remember, there are:
- No Giveaways: Stories about $100 yachts or exotic cars sold for little or nothing are pure fiction. GSA expects to receive a fair market price. GSA has a responsibility to the taxpayers to receive the best possible return on the tax dollar when they are sold.
- No Guarantees: GSA does not guarantee the condition of sale items. Customers are encouraged to inspect personal property prior to sale. GSA will inform a customer of any deficiencies prior to sale. GSA is not responsible for any problems identified after the sale.
Citizens must follow these steps to acquire used federal personal property:
- Locate Items of Interest: There are several ways to learn about GSA sales of used federal personal property:
- Decide How to Buy: GSA operates a variety of sales venues for citizens and public organizations.
- Arrange Payment: The payment process is carefully specified. See How to Purchase Surplus Property for more information.
For an overview of GSA Auctions, watch this informational video
Note: This video is hosted by a nongovernment commercial site.