Zachary to offer surplus items via auction site _lowres

 

Residents will soon have a chance to make continuous online bids for items owned and designated as surplus by the city of Zachary.

City officials recently contracted with the online government auction site Municibid, a convenient and easy-to-use online auction website for governmental agencies, schools, municipalities, authorities and utility companies to sell their surplus and forfeitures directly to the public.

All auctions will occur online and are available for bidding 24 hours a day.

“Use of an online auction site similar to an eBay-style platform provides for greater benefits and cost savings to the city and its taxpayers,” Zachary Purchasing Director Chip Troth said. “It also allows for greater exposure of surplus items to a broader audience.”

Though the city of Zachary will not be charged any commission or listing fees to auction the items, successful bidders will pay an 8 percent buyer’s premium directly to the Municibid site, Troth said.

Surplus items available range from computers, welding equipment and cellphones to cars and a caboose.

A link on the city’s website, municibid.com/cityofzachary, will bring interested bidders straight to the auction site. Once there, choose Louisiana under “Select a Region” at left, and numerous items will be displayed.

Bidding begins March 16 and ends April 13.