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In Canada, the organization responsible for overseeing the disposal of all Canadian military assets is the Department of Directorate Disposal, Sales, Artefacts and Loans, commonly refereed to as, simply, the DDSAL. The DDSAL is charged with the responsibility of offloading, through a number of means, all surplus items and most all other Canadian military assets that have fallen into some state of disuse.
This doesn’t just mean that the DDSAL only handles surplus items via Canadian military sales. In fact, they do much more. If the Canadian military holds any sort of tangible asset or item that they wish to get rid of, it is the DDSAL which oversees the entire process. The DDSAL will assess the particular item (or items) which have been marked for disposal, calculate the best mode of disposal for those items, and oversee the process of their disposal. Depending on the particular items in question, this may mean destruction of the items, donations of the items to various individuals, entities or organizations, or sales of items through private or public means.
The DDSAL works on behalf of the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, otherwise known as the DND/CAF and is charged with the responsibility of managing the disposal of military goods and items, creating the policy which directs such actions, and creating the official documentation which governs those actions and processes.
When surplus Canadian military vehicles fall into a state where the DND/CAF decides that they are no longer of use in the service of the Canadian military, the DDSAL will asses the vehicles and determine the best course of action for their disposal. Depending on a number of specifics, this might mean the destruction of such military vehicles, their donation, or, quite often, they will be put up for sale, usually via a surplus auction open to the general public.
When Canadian military vehicles, and other surplus military items, are marked to be put up for public surplus auction, the DDSAL will use the services of the Government of Canada Surplus service — commonly known as GCSurplus. This is the Canadian governmental organization that is charged with conducting the sales of most surplus crown assets.
GCSurplus currently maintains a total of ten offices and eight warehouses which are located throughout Canada. Most of the sales open to the public, which GCSurplus conducts, are now being executed through the GCSUrplus website located at GCSurplus.Ca. Members of the general public are able to bid on items made available through that website — items which include surplus Canadian military vehicles for sale — but pre-registration is required before a person may enter a bid. There is no cost to register with GCSurplus in order to bid on surplus items that become available, but a registrant will be required to have a valid credit card on file with GCSurplus before their registration will be approved.
At the time of this writing, the GCsurplus website is currently listing a total of 105 government surplus vehicles up for auction. Only a small portion of these, however, are actually Canadian military surplus vehicle auctions. The bulk of government surplus vehicle auctions handled through the GCSurplus website are crown asset surplus vehicles sourced through a variety of non-military governmental agencies. So, if using that service to search for Canadian military vehicles for sale, some searching through the listings will be required.
If you’re searching for surplus Canadian military vehicles for sale, you might also want to consult our live surplus vehicle auction listings located at this link, as surplus Canadian military vehicles do appear there from time to time.
It’s a bit of a fad (for lack of a better term) in the popular culture right now — people are gearing up for the end of the world. The television reality series “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic channel is currently enjoying a period of fairly immense popularity. There’s no doubt that a good number of people appear to be quite sure that the proverbial doo-doo is about to hit the fan — and they’re getting ready for it. The interesting thing is that this trend is translating into hot markets in the military surplus industry.
Recently I ran into an old friend who had an interesting story to tell. He had recently happened upon a notice for an upcoming military surplus auction that would be taking place in the next state over from his own — the exact location of which happened to be less than a two hour drive from his house. He decided to spend the day checking out that auction. While there, he bid on, and won, an entire pallet full of military surplus ALICE packs (ALICE – All-purpose, Lightweight, Individual, Carrying Equipment) He managed to achieve the high bid with an offering of just $180.00. Turns out, there was just over 160 ALICE packs boxed up on that pallet. That’s a per unit cost of less than a buck and a quarter. Not bad!
So, he loads his purchase onto his truck, hauls it home and starts looking to move it as a complete lot. He was hoping that he might be able to move the entire lot for somewhere around four times what he paid. He figured that if he could unload the whole pallet for around $700.00, he wouldn’t have any complaints at all. And, at that price, a buyer would still be getting each pack for a little more than $4.25 — which should have been quite attractive for any buyer looking to again resell the packs individually to individual buyers. However, at first, he experienced some difficulty in trying to locate a buyer for the whole she-bang.
Originally, he tried offering the lot of ALICE packs around for a price of $900.00, with the intention of being willing to haggle down to his goal price of $700.00. But, he couldn’t find anyone that was interested. So, he dropped his offer price to $800.00 and intended to accept a counter offer as low as $600.00. But, again, no takers. He dropped his price again to $650.00 and resigned himself to being willing to accept $300.00 if it was offered (less than twice what he paid.) Still, he could find nobody who was interested in purchasing the lot — even at that price.
He wasn’t giving up yet, however. He kept trying to locate a buyer for the lot. But, in the meantime, he put one of the ALICE packs up for sale on Craigslist with an asking price of $10.00 for the single pack. Within about an hour of the ad being published he received an email from someone who was interested in taking a look at the pack. They made arrangements for the interested person to go by my friend’s house on his way home from work. The guy showed up, took a look at the pack and immediately pulled out a $10.00 bill and handed it to my friend.
“You got any other military stuff you’re looking to get rid of?” The guy said as he handed my friend the money.
“Just more ALICE packs the same as this one.” My friend replied, “I’m sitting on a whole pallet full of them that I’ve been trying to move.”
“Really?” The buyer answered back, “I’ll take four more, then.”
And, with that, he pulled out two twenty dollar bills and handed them to my friend.
A pretty good deal. He’d just sold five ALICE packs for $50.00 and his cost for those five packs was about $5.50 — he sold them for close to ten times what he paid for them. He quickly went back inside and put another add on Craigslist, this time listing one of the ALICE packs at $15.00 instead of $10.00. Again, within a very short time, someone interested in buying one contact him. That guy showed up and ended up buying two packs. My friend had just made another quick sale, acquiring $30.00 for what cost him a total of about $2.25 — a mark-up of more than 1300%
My friend told me that, after that, he kept putting up ads, and people kept buying the packs. He experimented with different prices, but ended up finding that they seemed to sell best at $15.00 per pack. He sold out of his entire lot in just under four weeks — pulling in a total of more than $2,000.00 in gross sales on his initial purchase of just $180.00.
My friend reported that, over and over again, when conversing with the people who were buying the packs off of him, the people would mention something about the show Doomsday Preppers, or something about being prepared for catastrophe. It became apparent that a good number of people were interested in, and buying these military surplus ALICE packs as part of their own doomsday preparations. This current trend in the popular culture — perhaps because of the TV show, or perhaps along side of it — had created a hot market in the surplus industry.
My friend with the ALICE packs, ever since, has been sourcing other such military surplus gear that would also appeal to the same sort of buyer, and he’s been making a small fortune doing it.
In the surplus business game, as with in any industry, it’s important to have an eye for marketplace trends. Hot markets pop-up sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. If you can recognize them, your pocket-book can benefit greatly. My friend sort of happened to luck into this current trend that’s going on in military surplus equipment. But, if you can keep your eyes and ears open, you can learn to recognize trends like these as they’re happening. You don’t need luck — just a keen sense for emerging market trends.
After a whopping 75 years of doing business, the Tampa Army Navy Surplus Market that has occupied 1312 N. Tampa St. in downtown Tampa, Florida announced some time ago that it was finally shutting its doors and closing up shop for good. The current owner, Nick Potamitis has said that it was finally time for him to close up the place and retire while he still had some healthy years ahead of him to enjoy his days catching fish.
Upon the announcement of the impending closure of the 75 year old Tampa surplus store, management let it be known that a “going out of business” sale would commence immediately. The problem is that, six months later, that “going out business sale” is still going on, and the Tampa surplus store is still not out of business. And, it turns out, that’s against the law.
Florida regulations actually require business owners to obtain a permit in order to even hold a “going out of business sale” — although, that is, it seems, something that business owners rarely apply for, and the regulation is rarely enforced. Along with the need to obtain a permit, there is also a Florida law which limits the maximum duration of any such going out of business sale to running for a span of no greater than a maximum of sixty days. The Tampa Army Navy Surplus Market, however, was still going strong almost six months after their first going out of business sale signs went up.
The store’s owner has said that he can not close the store until he sells off his remaining inventory, and almost six months in, that just hasn’t happened yet. Florida regulations also prohibit a store from acquiring new stock once a going out of business sale has been announced. However, since the beginning of the sale, the shelves at the Tampa surplus store do not appear to be becoming any more sparsely stocked. Mr. Potamitis, the store’s owner, has said that he has not taken any new shipments or acquired any new merchandise since the beginning of the sale — he’s simply re-stocking from excess stock which has been stored on-site in the back room.
It’s clear that the Tampa Army Navy Surplus Market is in violation of at least the Florida regulation that limits the maximum amount of time that a business may run a going out business sale, but it’s unclear as to whether or not the owner will face any actual punitive legal action. Officials have said that such actions tend to not generate very many complaints from the public and, as such, they are not strictly enforced, as it’s believed that resources can be better applied to other problems that people do seem to care about.
Nevertheless, this story highlights the importance of business owners being diligent in making sure their business practices fully comply with any and all legal regulations they may be subject to. It’s safe to assume that most business owners would likely be quite unaware that the regulations which the Tampa based surplus store has found itself up against even exist. If those regulations had have been regulations that are strictly enforced, or if officials had decided to enforce them in this case, the owners of the 75 year old Tampa Army Navy Surplus Market could have found themselves in some hot water.
You can view an ABC Action News report from a local ABC affiliate WFTS-TV regarding the issues surrounding the Tampa Army Navy Surplus Market’s extended going out of business sale in the video below:
When thinking of picking up some real bargains on items such as camping gear, items of furniture, various tools and construction materials, high-quality, well made clothing and many other types of goods, a lot of people tend to immediately think about visiting an army shop surplus outlet. And, for very good reason. Army shop outlets truly are one of the best options available to you if you’re looking to acquire very high-quality, well-made goods when you’re on a tight budget.
Of course, it very well might be that you’re experiencing some level of difficulty in trying to locate a good army shop outlet. When and if someone finally does locate one of the better army shop military surplus outlets that are out there, however, their first visit can be a true revelation. Many people, upon their first visit to such an army shop, are stunned to see the wide array of high quality merchandise available at such incredibly low prices. Practically anything that the army or military in general issues to its own personnel, at one time or another, eventually makes its way into an army shop outlet as surplus goods. Such items might include military issue clothing, military grade tools, gear and other hardware, military vehicles, and often even some military weapons.
Because these items have fallen into the category of being surplus to current military requirements, the cost that these quality goods become available for at such army shop outlets is usually quite low. It’s very possible to find such army surplus items at these shops at savings of anywhere from 10% to 80% less than items of similar quality available at regular retails outlets. Sometimes the savings can be even higher!
It’s also important to remember that much of the goods sold through army shop outlets isn’t actually used merchandise. This is a common misconception among members of the public. Many people, it seems, appear to believe that a lot of the military surplus products available through such army shop outlets are items which have been used extensively by the military and are being sold off to the public once they’ve become worn out or have otherwise lived-out their usefulness. This, very often, just isn’t the case.
Mostly, military surplus items find their way into the army shop outlets because they are over-stock items of some sort (the military ordered, or were delivered, more than they needed) Or, the items had been warehoused and waiting for use by the military, but the military upgraded to newer, updated equipment before the items were able to be put to use. In short, while you can find very high quality used gear at these army shop surplus stores, much of it is actually brand new — never used.
If you’re interested in possibly buying some of the larger sized surplus items from these army shop outlets — items like vehicles and weapons — then you’ll most likely not be able to locate these items easily through any traditional means that people normally use to locate more conventional products. Good luck, for instance, attempting to locate such items by browsing the classified sections in your local newspapers!
If you are truly interested in acquiring such items, one of your best bets is to make direct contact with the nearest military bases in your area and try to build a friendly relationship with the personnel on those sites. Once you become familiar and friendly with some of the military personnel, a quick phone call now and then can alert you to any equipment they have that may about to be designated as surplus items. Some military installations even run a service that you can sign-up for where they’ll e-mail or mail out notices if they’re having upcoming surplus item sales or auctions.
Very often, the larger military surplus items are not available through army shop outlets. Instead, these types of items are often made available through specially held public surplus auctions only. And, you’ll need a method for determining exactly when and where these auctions are to be held. You can, of course, inquire at a nearby military base and see if they run any sort of notification service for upcoming auctions. But, not all military bases do.
There are other, easier methods, however, for getting ahead of the game, locating such bargains, and finding out exactly where and when these public surplus auctions are going to be held — methods that don’t require you to go to the trouble and put forth the prolonged efforts involved in attempting to build personal relationships with military personnel. There are government and military surplus auction locating services that, quite frankly, are worth their weight in gold. These services, such as the one located at this link, or the service available here, provide a highly valuable service that will give you the upper edge in locating these types of auctions and sales, while taking all of the troublesome footwork out of the equation for you.
With regards to purchasing the more traditional, smaller kinds of military surplus items, a good army shop outlet is really your best choice. And, most areas usually have at least one or two such decent army shop outlet surplus stores. A quick check of your local yellow pages, or an on-line search should be able to inform you of the location of these shops. Along with that, of course, there are now on-line army shop outlets on the internet that will allow you to browse or search for the items you’re interested in and ship those items nationwide or even worldwide. A great live, up-the-minute, listing of surplus vehicles available at auction, for instance, is maintained on this very website — you can view it by clicking here. We also have the same listings for general military surplus — available here. And, non-military, no-reserve surplus items — available here.
But, there’s little doubt that actually visiting a quality army shop outlet for military surplus goods in your area is likely to provide you with your best experience. Online shopping is great and very convenient at times, but, when it comes to such military surplus items, you’re likely to want to, and find great advantage in, actually being able to handle the merchandise and see and inspect it with your own eyes before making a purchase. When in the market for things like surplus camping equipment, military clothing and various types of military furniture, it’s always a good idea to inspect the items before purchase — something that you can’t really do if you buy via the online route.