City auction profits big

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/26 11:41 am Published: 1/26 10:47 am

What the city didn't want, hundreds of Tulsans did.

Saturday morning was the Tulsa Surplus Auction. FOX23 News was there as shoppers were looking for a deal.

More than 1,700 items were put up to be sold at the Tulsa Surplus Auction.

"Most of it is city equipment that is no longer used or needed," shopper Sandy Banks said.

It may not be needed by the city, but for the crowd that was there, a lot of it is wanted.

Scott Laster told FOX23 that he's been coming to the auction for 15 years and every time he finds something to bid on.

"I bought everything out here from old police cars, to a cooler for my shop to keep beer in," Laster said. "I just bought a watch and a dishwasher so I'm doing pretty good today."

Sandy Banks says that in order to get everything sold the city had three auctioneers going at the same time.

"As you can hear there is quite a lot of commotion," Banks said.

The most coveted items seem to have been jewelry, coins and computers.

City of Tulsa's Purchasing Services Coordinator Patricia Cummings told FOX23 that the auction brought in about $400,000.

The profit that is made off the items goes directly back to the department where it came from.

A win for the city and the shoppers.

Tulsa holds two city surplus auctions a year. The next one will be this fall. 

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ItemAutions - 1/27/2014 10:49 AM
0 Votes - The Free Marketplace, eBay without the fees!

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2014 5:51 PM
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Dirty Sermon (aka unwashed mass) #8 -^]] I wanted to say the same thing about undue process but I think they just cleared that hurdle by storing it for 90 days +

Unwashed Mass - 1/26/2014 12:15 PM
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Considering much of it was confiscated without due process, the only difference between this and buying stolen goods in an alley is how much better the thieves dress.
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