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What is a Police Auction?
When one hears the term Police Auction, all kinds of things come to mind, but I assure you the police haven’t suddenly decided they are going to auction off their equipment and vehicles etc. Referred to by some as cheaper and better than Ebay for finding affordable and high quality goods, police auction websites and public auctions offer some surprisingly unique and sought after goods, vehicles and even a wide range of collectables for collectors out there. It’s even possible to buy real estate property from a police auction!
Okay, so we know the police are auctioning off some great items all over the net and in public police auctions, but where are they getting these items?
Seized goods, Vehicles and even Property can be bought at Police Auctions
Government and police auctions basically auction off all the goods that have been taken and confiscated from felons and have then over time, become the property of the state. This might include, among other things:
- Personal Possessions
If after these things have been seized by the police and kept during investigations for use as evidence, they are not claimed by the defendant, they are eventually considered ‘abandoned property’ and are therefore put up for auction.
Where can you Find Government and Police Auctions?
If you are looking to purchase cars for auction, property for auction or a public police auction you may struggle to find one in your area if you aren’t familiar with how they work. Police auctions are held both offline and online and in fact, if you are simply looking for something like a T.V. or jewelry, you can even order online!
If you are looking for:
- A police property auction
- A Police vehicle auction
- General Government and police auctions
The best place to start is probably your local police agency. They will give you the dates, times and places of all their upcoming auctions and probably their website too where you can see what’s up for auction and purchase items there and then from the website, much like Ebay or Amazon.
You can also search the net, by simply using your favorite search engine to do a search using keywords like “police property auction”, “police vehicle auction”, “government and police auctions” and you will no doubt be presented with a whole host of options and in many cases you will even be able to purchase the goods then and there on the website.
An obvious place to find police auctions is your local paper, in the classified section. Typically, police auction ads are hard to find and are often placed in obscure locations, however this does give the added advantage of ‘less competition’ so you can get what you need without spending too much.
However, by far, the easiest method for finding police auctions is by visiting the website of a public auction listing service. There are services set-up, that you can easily take advantage of, which specialize in locating and informing you of police auctions that are available to you. Such services, such as the one that can be found here, specialize in scouring the country for police auctions that you will be able to take part in, and alerting you when such police auctions will be coming up. Such services are extremely valuable, and provide a decide advantage, as their positioning, contacts, and experience in the field allow them to find police auctions which may not be otherwise well publicized.
Don’t Forget the Special Requirements
One factor that many police auction seekers forget is that police auctions often have certain requirements that need to be fulfilled before you can attend. For example, many auction sites require that you put down a refundable amount of money before you are given access to a particular auction. This may only be as little as $100 and once you come to paying for an item, the fee will be taken from that amount and you will be returned the rest.
It’s up to you to find out the requirements as they aren’t always so obvious and don’t forget you driver’s license, insurance and registration details!
As mentioned earlier, however, taking advantage of a police auction, or public auction listing service, such as this one, will certainly make it much easier for you, as they will be able to provide you information regarding all of the necessary special requirements you may have to meet in order to take advantage of the police auctions they inform you of.
I really don’t like working for somebody else, punching the clock, living paycheck to paycheck — work to make more money for someone else than I am for myself. I was fed up, and decided that there had go to be a better way to earn a decent income on my own time. I’d heard of people earning a living by selling used items on-line, or face-to-face, but I just couldn’t figure out how to go about sourcing valuable goods that I could then sell very, very cheap.
I couldn’t figure it out, that is, until I discovered police and government surplus! I really just kind of stumbled on the idea one day when someone stole a bike that belonged to a neighbor’s boy. The police asked my neighbor to come to the unclaimed property lot to see if perhaps someone had turned in the stolen bike, or if it might have been recovered in a bust. My neighbor was astounded at the incredible amount of stuff the police had in the unclaimed property lot! He asked them what it was that they ended up doing with with all of the stolen items that never ended up being claimed by anyone. The police informed him that it is eventually sold at auction to the public, and that these auctions are actually held several times every year! I had found the answer to my dilemma! The government actually has many millions of dollars worth of merchandise just lying around in huge warehouses –just waiting for somebody to come along and purchase it. Some of the stuff was obtained through confiscation by the police — these items include things like luxury automobiles, expensive jewelry, desktop computer systems and laptops , high-end audio gear and much more! Whereas, some of it is government surplus items like office furniture and equipment which is no longer required. And, the greatest thing about it is that the government and the police have to get rid of it, because the stuff just keeps piling up and they run out of room — criminals are always getting busted; governmental departments are always liquidating their old items. So, they need to get rid of this stuff fairly quickly. What do they do? They sell he stuff off to the highest bidder!
The difficult part of all of this is that most of these police and government auctions are actually well-kept, and closely guarded secrets. The people who are actually in the know regarding these surplus auctions just don’t tell anyone about them. Why would they? The more crowded these auctions get, the more competition there is against them, and the more people bidding, the higher the top bids are driven up! However, once I discovered the secret to these incredible auctions, I was then able to purchase computers for pennies on the dollar. For instance, not long ago I was able to purchase ten 19” monitors for just sixty-five bucks for the lot! I was able to flip them almost immediately for $100.00 per monitor — making myself almost $1,000.00 in easy profit! I did need to rent a truck for the day in order to transport them back to my place, but that only cost me sixty bucks. So I was still able to profit more than $850.00 on just a single deal! The best part is that it only took me around three hours to pick the monitors up. That’s not too shabby for just a half-day’s work. At yet another auction that I attended I was able to grab HP Color Laserjet printer for just $135.00! That particular model of printer actually retailed for several thousand dollars. I bought it for $135.00, and I paid a technician $75.00 to clean it up and I turned around and sold it for $1000.00! That’s just two examples of the auctions that I’ve personally won and then was able to flip.There has been many more, though.
Just a little while ago, I saw a number of airplanes had actually come up for auction! If only I’d have had the means to get an airplane back to my place!!! The aircraft were each worth many tens of thousands of dollars, and each of them ended up being auctioned off at incredibly gigantic discounts. Just a few of the types of things you’ll often see at police and government auctions are: airplanes and aircraft parts, all types of automobiles, boats and even luxury yachts, all sorts of jewelry, computer equipment and laptops, cameras and other types of photography equipment, office furniture, electronics and supplies, camper-vans, trucks, trailers and RVs — the list goes on and on. And, anybody can purchase these things. So, go ahead and get yourself started in the very lucrative and accessible business of police and government auctions! Anybody can do this — even from the comfort of your very own home, and you can do it with just as little, or as much, time and investment as you wish to commit!
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