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Going once; Going twice; Sold! City hosts online auction

Savannah Chastain | The Log

The city of Destin is hosting a new public auction for surplus items on a third-party online bidding site. Surplus items include vehicles, computers, technology items, and even a book drop-box container.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve done an auction and it’s the first auction we’ve done in this format,” said Information Systems and Technology Director Webb Warren. 

“Finding an easy format to do an auction eliminated the cost of hosting a live auction,” he said, noting that this is a good option for both the city and potential buyers.

“This yields a high probability of a high return and it allows us to surplus assets as they’re ready,” he said. “The system is international so our products get a lot of exposure; the more eyes the more dollars will come back to the city and the tax payers.”

Warren told The Log that all listed items will be sold as-is with no warrantees, and purchases are awarded to the highest bidder.

“Typically they start at a low minimum,” he said. “It’s very similar to eBay. The convenience factor for our citizens is they have all the time in the world to go in and put in their bid.”

Items on the site are given an end date, but most have an average of a month of time for bidding.

 “The staff is really excited because it really simplifies the process,” said Warren.

The auction will be an ongoing feature with a link on the city’s website, with items being approved by the city council before being made available to the public.

For more information visit www.cityofdestin.globalauctionserv.com/index.php/auctions or call878-3030 ext 101.