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May 17, 2007

NIAGARA COUNTY: 'Garage sale' now on Internet

Surplus items from Niagara County’s offices, nursing home and Sheriff’s Department are now up for sale on the Internet.

The auction, at, a Buffalo-based Web site, allows bidders from anywhere to offer to buy the items until May 29.

Bidders must be able to come to the county to pick up their purchases. The county is able to reject any bid.

Proceeds from the auction will go into the county’s general fund.

Budget Director Daniel Huntington doesn’t expect the auction will produce a large profit but he hopes it generates more funds than a traditional surplus auction.

The Web site operator gets about 9 percent commission on the sales, Huntington said.

“It’s just like a garage sale,” he said. “We’re trying to get rid of it.”

The county is selling 53 lots of merchandise that includes Dell desktop computers, Compaq servers, laptop computers, copiers, printers, kitchen appliances, bicycles, office chairs and library tables. Also a Ford tractor, Hammond organ, electric kiln and other items.

Determining which items are surplus was left up to department heads and the Data Processing Department, Huntington said.

“It’s old stuff,” he said.

The computers are at least five years old, according to the county’s computer replacement policy.

Contact reporter Jill Terreriat 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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