PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — “Hey Lady! Wanna buy a watch?”
Sounds like a street vendor in New York selling Rolex knockoffs, but it could actually be a sale pitch from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In fact it would be more like, “Wanna buy 20 watches?”
We are talking some sweet deals cheap. Virtually all items are listed in bulks such as, five pounds of jewelry, 12 pounds of assorted men’s and women’s belts, two boxes of Leatherman utility tools, 10 pounds of assorted sunglasses, five pounds of scissors, six pieces of assorted hammers and knives galore and in bulk.
To give you an example of just how cheap the sales can be, a current offering 15 pounds of knives, including many Swiss Army knives that start at $20 in the store, were selling for less than $25 dollars late this afternoon
The state general services department has taken its sale of confiscated or abandoned goods on line to a level it’s never attempted before.
For the past seven years, Pennsylvania has been the contractor for the TSA handling everything confiscated or forgotten at airport security centers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Ohio. Under the contract Pennsylvania has to send trucks to the airports to pick up the items, and then faces the painstaking task of sorting, catagorizing, packaging, advertising and ultimately listing the items for sale.
In return, the state keeps for the general fund whatever it can net. Up until now that has averaged about $100,000 a year. The state is hoping to significantly increase that amount by joining govdeals.com .