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 a state or public organization doesn't buy this personal property, the general public can buy it from GSA through GSA Auctions® and GSA Surplus Personal Property Sales.
Remember that these are auctions and sales:
- No Giveaways. Stories about $100 yachts or exotic cars sold for little or nothing are pure fiction. GSA expects—and gets— 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. We encourage you to inspect personal property before sale. GSA will inform a customer of any deficiencies prior to sale. We are not responsible for any problems identified after the sale.
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:
- Go to GSA Auctions®.
- See Surplus Personal Property Sales.
- Look at Contract Opportunities on SAM.gov.
Decide How to Buy
- Learn how to buy surplus property.
- GSA operates a variety of sales venues for citizens and public organizations.
- Visit GSA Auctions® for more information or to search and bid on available personal property.
- Visit GSA Surplus Personal Property Sales for other methods of sale including live auction, fixed price, drop-by, and scaled bid.
Pay for Your Purchase
We outline the payment process. See How to Purchase Surplus Property for more information.