If you want to buy goods at or below cost, look no further than the U.S. government. Federal and state agencies sell nearly anything you can think of: cars, boats, jewelry, antiques, artwork, aircraft, real estate, houses, clothing, electronics, tools, furniture and medical equipment. The government sells surplus merchandise it no longer needs and items it obtains when it seizes property from criminals or forecloses on homes.
Go to a centralized U.S. government online auction site that allows you to find listings for thousands of auctions that are updated daily. You can find one by using a search engine. Most auctions run for seven days. Once on a site, you can browse between categories, or you can search for specific items. When you see an item that interests you, select it. You will be taken to the seller’s page for more information about the item.
Browse different government departments' websites. The federal government offers different auction sites based on department. The U.S. Department of Justice offers property seized from criminals. The U.S. Department of the Treasury offers property seized from people who didn’t pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. The Department of Defense sells surplus and scrap assets such as aircraft parts, electronic test equipment, medical equipment, uniforms and vehicles.
Attend live auctions where you can inspect goods that interest you in person. Some auction sites advertise where and when the live auctions take place throughout the country.