Fort Meade Acts as Warehouse Site for ‘eBay for the Pentagon’
January 15, 2012
For a starting bid of $150, buyers have their pick of 44 camouflage rucksacks, a 1970s dump truck that doesn't start but has only 60 miles on it, an inflatable boat or 270 Air Force jackets.
With more than 10,000 items pouring in every week, Government Liquidation — which runs the Web site www.govliquidation.com, or "eBay for the Pentagon" — has to move items fast.
The company, which operates as the federal unit of District-based Liquidity Services, receives items categorized as surplus or scrap. They could be new boots and sleeping bags or scrap metal and parts from the Pentagon every week. Government Liquidation then sells the inventory via online auctions, reaping financial returns for the Pentagon and for itself.