Auction Moves Online

Auction moves online

Are you looking for a flash drive, DVD, or guitar? If so, the Postal Service might have a deal for you.

A massive number of items are sent through the mail each day to destinations across the country. When those items aren’t packaged correctly by the sender and become separated from their accompanying labels, they’re sent to the Atlanta Mail Recovery Center (MRC) where postal employees attempt to find the owner.

If attempts to reunite items with their owners aren’t successful, they’re sold through an auction held at the MRC. Starting soon, those auctions will be switching to an online auctioneer.

GovDeals.com will be hosting auctions for the MRC, as they currently do for 4,800 agencies nationwide. The new format will make auctions more accessible to individuals not able to attend the sale at the physical location.

What do you think about the move to an online auction format for undeliverable items?

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4 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  April 15, 2013

    I think it’s a great idea to move the MRC auctions online. Enabling more people to bid will increase the revenues from the sales.

  2. plumfanatic

     /  April 16, 2013

    Great idea, is there a specific category for these items?

  3. Anonymous

     /  April 18, 2013

    It’s about time! Higher visibility and higher participation by the public results in higher revenue. Taking it from the restricted physical site can only produce more affirmative results.

  4. Jonn

     /  April 19, 2013

    I wish they had a shipping option for stuff. I wouldn’t mind bidding on stuff, but it would be up to me to haul it away. Could USPS add shipping options and make even more money on the sale?

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