- On the website of GCSurplus, the government of Canada auctions off hundreds of seized and surplus items at discounted prices.
- Here are just some of the gems currently for sale in Quebec.
- The best part of browsing this website is imagining the circumstances through which the government came across these bizarre items.
Through a service called GCSurplus, the government of Canada auctions off hundreds of excess items and supplies stored in warehouses around the country. Among the items for sale are "surplus federal government assets such as furniture, cars, trucks, boats, [and] farm equipment" as well as "forfeited goods from federal and provincial law enforcement agencies such as jewelry, collectors’ items, [and] appliances." Residents of Canada need only register and login to the GCSurplus website to "bid on a variety of items such as office equipment, hand tools, cars, [and] airplanes."
Starting bids for many of the items are just a fraction of their market value.
For example, in Quebec, where there are currently over 100 goods up for auction, buyers could snag up a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan for as little as $2,500.
There are other gems among the long list of used office and warehouse supplies, too, including clothes, residential furniture, an exercise bike, and even a coveted cat-shaped clock.
Below are just some of the items for sale right now across Quebec. Note that all of them have a bid deadline, after which "the successful bidder will receive an acceptance of offer by email, along with an invoice, payment, and pick up instructions."
But maybe the best part of browsing GCSurplus is imagining the unusual circumstances through which government agencies came into possession of some of these bizarre treasures.
2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
Minimum bid: $2,500
KEISER Exercise bike
Minimum bid: $75
Olivetti ET-115 Typewriter
Minimum bid: $15
Minimum bid: $40
2013 Chevrolet Silverado
Minimum bid: $9,000
Bedroom Furniture Sets
Location: Rigaud, QC
Minimum bid: $100
Projection Screen, Chairs & Shelving Unit
Minimum bid: $20
Assorted Televisions & Display Units
Minimum bid: $50
Assorted Long Dresses & Scarves
Minimum bid: $200
2009 Subaru Legacy Wagon
Minimum bid: $2,000
Clothing For Women – X-Small
Minimum bid: $300
Sign up for GCSurplus and browse items for sale here.