Watch: State 'Surplus' Store Open For Business

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Ever wonder what becomes of New York state's surplus, and whether you're missing out on some great bargains?

Well, you can be the judge, now that New York has its own internet surplus store, selling everything  from 'a,'  for autos, to 'z,' for pizza oven.

Whether the merchandise is a bargain is, of course, in the eye of the beholder.
 
Items include a pile of scrap metal, a portable radio tower and even a prison. One group of auctions ends April 13, for hundreds of surplus state vehicles. But with most of them high mileage and showing their age, one north country auto dealer was not impressed.

"I think the state is trying to get rid of the junk, if you will," said Joe Rusin, who owns 'G Wizz Auto Group' in Watertown.

And of course there's one part of the auto buying experience that's missing.

"I don't know if you can actually take these for a test drive online. I don't think that's going to work out too well," Rusin said.

However, you can see the vehicles in person this weekend, if you want to travel to Albany for a preview.

The real estate section of the site has nothing in the north country, but does include the former Oneida Correctional facility.  Elsewhere, you can bid on a pizza oven, a boat and a microscope. But some items you think would be common, aren't: in computers, only three items, and In furniture, only some tables and chairs.

To see what the store offers, look here.

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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