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President Obama Orders Review of Military Surplus Program

Militirization of Police in America - 1033 Obama Orders Review

As we previously discussed in a recent article here on SurplusBusiness.Com, titled “How Local Police Recieve Military Surplus — The 1033 Program“,  the subject of law enforcement agencies receiving military surplus items and equipment via the 1033 program has, as of late, and due to fairly recent events which have made national news, become somewhat of a hot-button issue.

The internet has been awash with public questioning, and, in many cases, outright condemnation of the program. Why, people are asking, do small-town sheriff’s departments — ones which might preside over a town populated by no more than a few thousand people, perhaps — need to acquire fully armored military vehicles, and other such types of combat-style gear and equipment — from the United States Armed Forces? Understandably, with the increasing commonality of such acquisitions recently brought to light, and into the awareness of the public at large, people have been asking if such a program truly does serve the public’s best interests — or, instead, might it be working much more effectively to promote and facilitate the development of an uncomfortably oppressive state of law enforcement?

Well, now, it appears that the President has ordered a review of the programs through which the acquisition of military surplus items — such as weapons and other types of military equipment — by various law enforcement agencies is made possible.

A senior official in the Obama administration has stated that the President has ordered the review in order to assess:

“whether state and local law enforcement are provided with the necessary training and guidance; and whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding.”

The official also added that the upcoming review would seek out, and include, the participation and input of agencies such as The National Security Council, The Domestic Policy Council, The Office of Management and Budget, along with the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, The Department of Homeland Security, and the Treasury Department.

For quite some time now many people have been raising concerns regarding what appears to be the ever increasing militarization of local law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. And, of course, the recent events which took place in Ferguson. Mo., have brought these concerns squarely into the view of many citizens who may not have paid them much attention in the past.

During the public protests taking place in Ferguson, following the fatal shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, citizens involved in the civil unrest were met by law enforcement equipped with armored combat vehicles, military-grade combat body-armor, and some military issue weaponry — all of which was obtained under the 1033 program, of which Obama appears to have now ordered a review.

The decision on the part of the Office of the President to bring forth such a review, of course, should really come as no surprise — seeing as how, as previously mentioned, the subject has drawn such critical attention from the public, and from some public service agencies and watch-dog groups. Back in June of this year, for instance, the ACLU published a report sternly warning of what it perceived to be an excessive and increasingly prevalent move toward the militarization of law enforcement agencies occurring throughout the country.

Online video sharing sites, such as Youtube, are now overwhelmingly replete with citizen captured videos of local police agencies executing over-the-top military style actions and tactics in the serving out of what used to be commonly considered as rather mundane tasks. One doesn’t need to dig very far to view multiple incidents of SWAT divisions from local law enforcement agencies, decked in full combat gear, executing violent no-knock entries for what is, in many cases, somewhat petty infractions.

Surplus Business Online Resource Round-Up

Government surplus auction best internet resources information.

In today’s article we’re going to feature a quick round-up of some what we believe to be some of the most valuable resources on the internet for anyone looking to take part in the surplus business trade. The resources consist of, in our opinion, many of the best products, services and educational and training information available to individuals. Some are free information resources, and some are paid products and services. But, all, we feel, will be highly valuable to most readers of SurplusBusiness.Com.

So, please, peruse the following surplus business resource list at your lesiure. We’re sure you’ll find something within the listing that you find to be of value.

Government Auctions School — A very handy and information-packed guide for taking advantage of government auctions is available from this resource. However, it mostly focuses on how to obtain vehicles — cars, truck and SUVs at government auctions. But, some information contained within the guide is sure to be of value to those seeking to obtain other types of merchandise at government auctions.

Government Auction Tracking and Listing Service — This site offers an exceedingly valuable service to those looking to take part in government auctions. Of course, knowing just when, and exactly where, government auctions are taking place near you is absolutely key in being able to grab the best deals on government surplus merchandise. This locating and tracking system maintains an exhaustive and constantly up to date list of all of the latest announced upcoming government auctions. The auctions are searchable by area, and the resource maintains a reminder service, so you can be constantly kept abreast of any new government surplus auctions that are scheduled to take place near you — or, in any area you choose.

Auction-Resource.Org — Claims to be the internet’s #1 source for government and police seized, surplus and unclaimed property auction listings. Maintains a database of more than 4,000 live, active and upcoming public auction listings — entirely searchable by area. Along with its extensive government auction listing service, Auction-Resource.Org also offers an extensive collection of training and instructional materials.

The Auto Auction Center — Provides a live, interactive search function enabling users to perform searches for specific vehicles currently up for auction from various government sources, including local, state and federal police agencies, military, and other federal, state and local governmental departments. Also provides access to browsable and searchable lists of all such vehicle auctions.

SherrifAuctions.Org — Includes online listings of country-wide Sheriff’s department auctions for items such as seized and repossessed cars, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs, vans, RVs, and boats. Provides listings of live, ongoing, Sheriff auctions currently taking place online in real-time, as well as listings for Sheriff auctions coming up in your specific, local area.

Ultimate Surplus & Wholesale Guide — For anyone looking to get into the game of making money by snatching up bargains at surplus auctions, or purchasing items at or below wholesale prices from various surplus, wholesale and liquidation sources, this is the ultimate guide which will detail absolutely everything you need to know in order to do it. The guide details exactly where and how to find and purchase surplus, liquidation and wholesale products at prices up to, and sometimes more than, 90% off the product’s regular retail price  — and then, turn around and sell those items at a substantial profit.

Wholesale Sources Online — The #1 source on the internet for searching and finding active sources, providers and distributors of wholesale, close-out and liquidation items such as jewelry, watches, designer handbags and fashion accessories, clothing items, and more. Name brands listed include labels like Gucci, Prada, Chanel. Versace, and more — all available at wholesale, or below wholesale prices.

The Canadian Government Surplus Auction Website

Canadian government surplus auction website

In case you didn’t know, the Canadian government maintains one, single online central hub from which it offers, takes bids on, and distributes most Canadian government surplus merchandise. This central hub is thee Canadian government surplus auction website.

Perhaps you’re thinking about possibly purchasing, at a rock bottom, surplus-level prices, a slightly used, but still well functioning and well maintained vehicle that used to occupy a spot in the fleet of RCMP automobiles? Or, maybe your interests lie more in acquiring entire pallets of high-quality computer printers? Heck, maybe you’re made out of money and you’ve even got your eye on purchasing a fully outfitted private jet? Well, where, exactly, can someone find such items, and many, many more, all up for auction at incredibly low government surplus prices? Why, at the central Canadian government surplus auction website, of course!

People who are deeply experienced in the surplus business game are sure to remember the days when possibly the most aggravating and time consuming task which made up a surplus trader’s daily grind was hunting down and trying desperately to keep abreast of all of the various government (and other) surplus auctions that were always sporadically held. Well, with the ushering in of the electronic age, the game has changed quite a bit. These days one need only know about the central Canadian government surplus auction website that the federal government maintains. And, regular visits, via your favorite web browser, right from the comfort of your own home, is now all that is needed for anyone and everyone to constantly stay informed regarding all of the incredible surplus goods that the federal Canadian government is offering to the public at any given time.

New items are placed up for auction every day, and, at any given time, you’ll find this central Canadian government surplus auction website absolutely jam-packed with unique and valuable items ready for you to bid on. All you need is a valid credit card, and to sign up for a completely free account on the website. Once you’ve done that you may begin browsing the items currently up for auction, or searching for specific items, and placing bids on the surplus merchandise you’re interested in. If you’ve placed the high bid at the ending of the surplus auction for the particular item you’ve bid on, you’ll win the item and can then go and pick it up from government warehouse at which the item resides. Or, for some select items, even have it shipped to you.

Government surplus Canadian auctionsSo, where is this central Canadian government surplus auction website located? The website resides at Http://www,GCSurplus.Ca

The Canadian government surplus auction website is operated and maintained by Public Works and Government Services Canada, which is the particular Canadian government agency charged with handling the sales and distribution of federal government surplus goods in Canada. And, the GCSurplus website which they operate is the central Canadian government surplus auction website from where they conduct on-line surplus auctions for all such goods available from more than 100 different federal government departments, organizations and agencies.

Anyone can simply visit the GCsurplus.Ca Canadian government surplus auction website, register for an entirely free account, and begin browsing and bidding on the myriad of items that are up for grabs at any given time.

So, if you’re just looking to perhaps grab a few killer deals on some Canadian government surplus items, you should definitely be sure to make frequent and regular visits to the GCSurplus website. And, if you’re either already in, or have an interest in starting, your own business buying and selling surplus items, then the GCSurplus Canadian government surplus auction website will surely prove an invaluable asset to you. And, if you are looking to start a highly lucrative full or part-time business in the buying and selling of surplus goods and merchandise, you should make absolutely sure that you pick up a copy of The Ultimate Wholesale & Surplus Buyer’s Guide!

Whether you’re thinking of either starting a business, or growing your existing business, in the trade of surplus goods and merchandise, or you’re just looking to pocket extra cash part-time, then you really do need the guide. It will lay absolutely everything you need to know out for you. So, don’t even think about trying your hand at making money in the buying and selling of surplus goods unless you’ve already got the guide in your hand and have read through it thoroughly! You simply can’t afford to be without the amazing advantages it offers.

Good luck, and here’s hoping you score some mind-blowing surplus deals very soon!

How to Supply Your Home Business with Government Surplus

How to supply your small or home business with cheap government surplus

So, you’ve started your own home business or small business — or, at least, you’ve finally made the decision to do so — and now you find yourself in need of all the required supplies. Of course, if you’re just starting out, your budget is quite likely to be somewhat on the lean side, and the cost of acquiring the necessary supplies to get your new small business off on the right foot can be somewhat costly. Luckily, there are methods for obtaining very good quality business supplies for much less than you’d regularly expect to pay — and, I do mean MUCH less! Acquiring such supplies via government surplus is one of the top options available to you.

Acquiring much needed business supplies from government surplus sources has long been a well established means of outfitting a small or home business with exceptional quality items while still managing to save a significant amount of money and, thus, going a long way in helping to keep your business’s budget from creeping into the red.

Practically anything your business might need in order to operate efficiently is regularly sold off by the government through surplus channels — if your business needs it, chances are that some government surplus outlet has it up for sale right now, or soon will. And, practically all of it is sold at or below cost, or below wholesale – sometimes significantly so. Sometimes they even practically give it away.

Whenever some government agency, either at the municipal, state, or federal level finds itself with extra items, supplies or equipment that they no longer require these items will sometimes be destroyed in some fairly rare circumstances, shipped to another government agency that may have use for the items, or, very often, sold off to non-government individuals or entities through public or private sales, or through public or private auctions.

The particular government agency offering surplus goods for sale will utilize different means and methods for selling off these goods. They may hold a public auction which members of the public may attend and place bids on the various items for sale. But, today, more and more, many government branches and departments are turning to on-line, electronic means for conducting such sales — even when their wish is to auction such items to the highest bidder. Some governmental organizations have even been known to use eBay in order to sell their wares. However, most now regularly utilize dedicated, government run services and electronic, on-line, central sales outlets.

How to supply your small or home business with cheap government surplus supplies.The majority of state governments now employ the use of some sort of central auction and/or sales website that members of the public may visit, browse the items currently up for grabsm and place bids on the items they’re interested in. Many municipal governments are now doing the same sort of thing as well. However, with federal government, there is still no such entirely comprehensive, all-in-one, central on-line service maintained by any one central branch. Instead, there are a number of governmental departments responsible for the selling off of surplus goods and items from various areas of government.

The General Services Administration, or GSA, is tasked with getting rid of the bulk of items and property that a number of areas of government find themselves no longer in need of. But, the Defense Department takes care of their own surplus sales and does not use the services of the GSA in most cases. Along with that, various federal level law enforcement agencies also run their own surplus auctions, sales and property disposal.

The following information is already readily available on SurplusBusiness.Com, but we’ll include it here briefly again for easy access. Here’s a quick run-down of some government surplus related Internet sites that you’ll most certainly find exceedingly useful in helping you to save money while procuring the supplies your business requires to operate effectively and efficiently:

Govsales.Gov – This is the official on-line Federal Asset Sales Portal for the United States Federal Government. Operated by the General Services Administration, it contains a comprehensive, searchable and browseable, listing of most surplus items currently available for sale, or at auction, from a vast array of different federal government departments and sources. At any given time you’re likely to find just about anything from soup to nuts being offered up for sale from the federal government on this site — from fully functional helicopters, to pens and pencils. From high-tech medical equipment, to coffee-makers and work boots.

Gov-Auctions.Org – An exhaustive, all-in-one on-line resource comprising the largest single source of all state-level, and federal, US government surplus auctions including government surplus pre-owned and seized cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, real-estate and a wide array of personal property items — all at up to 95% off book-value on many of the individual items being offered.

DispositionServices.Dla.Mil – Home page for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services. This website makes available surplus items, goods and property obtained from the various branches of the U.S. military. Don’t skip over this valuable resource if you’re not interested in strictly military-style items, however. The military uses a great deal of items that aren’t immediately associated with being strictly military items, and any excess goods that have been owned by any branch of the military and is now available for surplus sale is offered on this site. It is not at all uncommon to find incredible deals on things like office supplies, kitchen supplies, furniture, and much else on this site — along, of course, with all of the standard military surplus fare.

GovernmentAuctions.Org – An incredible and valuable private government auctions listing service. This powerful resource keeps track of all upcoming federal, state an local government surplus auctions and keeps you informed, ahead of time, on all such events that will be taking place in your area, and elsewhere. If you’re thinking of making money by acquiring surplus goods and flipping them for a profit, this resource is absolutely indispensable for providing you with the upper edge you’ll need to maximize your chances of success — get a leg up on the competition by being kept informed of the most obscure of government sales in order to take advantage of the very lowest of surplus prices.

U.S. Marshals Service Assets Forfeiture Service – Home page for information regarding the sales of seized and forfeited property available through the U.S. Marshall’s Service. This Internet site contains listings of currently available seized and forfeited real estate, vehicles and other property that the U.S. Marshall’s Service has available for public auction.

Insider Wholesale & Surplus Products – Government agencies aren’t the only places available to you for acquiring goods, items and property at incredible, far-below wholesale surplus prices. There is a wealth of commercial retail and private sources that you should be informed regarding. This site contains all of the information you’ll need to learn about such avenues and take advantages of the incredible deals available through them.

United States Treasury Real Property Auctions –  This website is operated by the U.S. Treasury Department and lists auctions of seized Real Property currently for sale throughout the country. Listings regularly include all manner of both residential and commercial buildings, land and property — including single and multi-family dwellings, commercial warehouse buildings, commercial retail properties, even fully operating businesses that you can purchase and take over.

IRS Real and Personal Property Sales – This website, operated by the United States Internal Revenue Agency lists all items currently up for sale or auction to the public that have been seized due to tax defaults. Items regularly offered include just about anything you can think of — from clothing, to jewelry, to automobiles, office equipment, furniture, artwork, real estate, etc., etc., Anything that has value and has been seized by the IRS can be found offered for sale to the public on this website.

A Simple, Alternate Method for Finding and Acquiring Military Surplus

Quite a number of people who are looking into how to acquire military surplus equipment seem to either not realize, or tend to forget, that there is actually a number of methods for doing so. Everyone knows about visiting their local military surplus store. And, a lot of people seem to be searching for that ‘secret’ auction that’s taking place somewhere — the one that only certain ‘insiders’ know about, but where the really, really good deals for the highest quality equipment not available through regular means are located.

However, there’s a couple more methods one could investigate that quite often provide attractive results. One does not need to simply seek out those government organized military surplus auctions, and, failing to find any, give up hopes of acquiring the military surplus they’re interested in. If you’re in the market for great deals on military surplus items, there’s no need to make your military surplus supplier your last stop before abandoning your search.

Ever think about garage sales? That’s right — your simple, common, local weekend afternoon garage sales can quite often provide some pretty amazing results. And, if you’re in the business of buying military surplus items for resale, local garage sales and rummage sales can quite often be somewhat of a goldmine.

It’s not uncommon at all for ordinary people to be storing a wealth of old military equipment in their attics or basements that once belonged to relatives who have now passed on, or no longer have an interest in keeping it for some reason. And, it is very common to find people in possession of such items to be highly motivated sellers — meaning that they’re willing to let the stuff go at exceptionally low prices. It’s really just ‘junk’ to them that’s taking up space. They have no idea what the fair market value of such goods are, and they just want rid of it. For this reason, finding old military items at local garage sales will often produce the best deals available anywhere.

How to find military surplus gear itemsVery often, if you do locate such items for sale at such garage sales, you’ll be able to purchase the items at prices well under what you can reasonably expect to get them for even at auction. I once acquired an authentic German WWII soldier’s helmet in like-new condition at a garage sale for $2.00 — yes, $2.00! On another occasion I acquired an authentic WWII era British Army hand-grenade, known commonly as a ‘Mills Bomb‘ (previously made non-functional, of course) at a rummage sale, pretty much for free! I was thinking about buying a very old book the seller had available and was trying to talk the seller down on their $50.00 price tag. Earlier, I had expressed interest to the seller in the grenade as well. As we haggled over the price of the book (I originally offered to pay the seller half of what they were asking) we eventually came to an agreement — $35.00, and they’d throw in the grenade (no play on words intended) for free.

If you live anywhere close to a moderately populated city there’s usually a fair number of such garage sales going on over most weekends. Why not make a habit of taking a tour around all the ones advertised in your area? During the spring and summer months I’ll usually take at least one Saturday or Sunday out of every month to take a tour of a number of garage sales and rummage sales in my area that I see advertised. Rarely do I ever go a season without finding at least one really good bargain on some piece of interesting military gear. And, even if I don’t happen to find any military related items I’m interested in, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll stumble upon some sort of non-military related bargain in the process. I could, quite literally, fill pages upon pages telling you stories of all the items I’ve acquired at such sales over the years (military related and otherwise), then turned around and immediately re-sold those items at a profit.