Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Public Can Buy Surplus Property Via New Web Service Arrangement

KINGSVILLE - June 03, 2008

Contact: Jill Scoggins
jill.scoggins@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2146

A&M-Kingsville is only university in South Texas utilizing www.PublicSurplus.com

Surplus property no longer used by Texas A&M University-Kingsville is now made available for sale to the general public – worldwide – on the Internet via an arrangement between the university and the web site PublicSurplus.com.

Through PublicSurplus.com, anyone can bid on items in timed online auctions. PublicSurplus.com is an online auction site formed in 1999 by a school purchasing director in Utah. Shoppers can place bids on government surplus items from across the country, as well as from other governments, agencies and schools in Texas. Government agencies are charged a small percentage of the purchase price to list items.

Texas A&M-Kingsville is the only South Texas institution of higher education listing items on PublicSurplus.com, along with 10 other colleges and universities from other parts of the state.  Locally, the cities of Kingsville and Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi International Airport also list items for auction on the site.

Property at the university is considered “surplus” when the department purchasing it finds it no longer fulfills the need for which it was purchased. Surplus property is made available first to other departments on campus and if no other department can utilize it, it is then made available to the public.

Property Manager Rhonda Mejia said the service enables the university to make surplus property available anytime, better connecting the university’s need to discard items that are no longer used with the public’s need to purchase them.

“We hold public auctions here on campus, and we will continue to do so,” Mejia said. “PublicSurplus.com simply adds to our efforts to put our surplus property into the hands of people who want it, as it becomes available.”

Buyers must pick up their purchases at the university. Each item is listed with a photo and description of its condition, ranging from “excellent” to “unknown.” Funds generated by sales of surplus property are used for general operations of the university.

Currently, the university has fax machines, television sets and a treadmill listed for auction, among other items. Mejia said the selection of items can change rapidly, however, so buyers who are interested should check the web site often.

“It is a fast, easy way for people to potentially locate items they want at very inexpensive prices,” she said. “It also gives the university a way to broaden our surplus property auctions to a potential worldwide audience.”

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