Campus: CSU San Marcos -- January 7, 2005
University Surplus Auction Vacates the Warehouse for the Internet
In the past, Cal State San Marcos has held annual public auctions on campus to
sell off surplus property stored up during the year. Times are changing. As an
effort to streamline and decrease costs associated with the process, the university
is turning to the online internet giant eBay.
Currently, the majority of the property being offered by the university consists
of computer equipment, but a wide variety of items could become available in the
future, including office furniture, educational materials, and lab equipment.
According to Jim Carr of the university's materials management department, there
are several reasons why moving to an online auction service makes good sense.
"We've found that eBay provides an excellent venue for offering our surplus
property to the general public, which is mandated by state law," explained Carr.
"This also allows us to offer a longer bidding time on the purchase of an item,
not just 'auction day.'"
Rather than storing up items throughout the year for one major event, items can be
sold as they become available. This reduces the need for long-term storage space
and eliminates the cost and effort required to hire an auctioneer and organize
one large sales event each year.
According to Carr, auctioneers used by the university in the past charged
approximately a 30 percent commission on all sales. With eBay, required selling
fees and related costs should only add up to five or 10 percent of the overall
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