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

Arrange Payment

The payment process is carefully specified. See How to Purchase Surplus Property for more information.

Watch this informational video for an overview of GSA Auctions

Note: This video is hosted by a nongovernment commercial site.

Last Reviewed 2016-10-02