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:

Decide How to Buy

Pay for Your Purchase

We outline the payment process. See How to Purchase Surplus Property for more information.

Watch this video about GSA Auctions

Note: This video is hosted by a nongovernment site.

Last Reviewed: 2021-01-19