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Alberta’s online auction helps modernize government

The Redford government is taking another step to modernize government by launching an online auction for surplus government goods.

That means Albertans can now bid on and buy items like laboratory equipment, electronics, medical supplies, industrial equipment, computers, vehicles, laundry and kitchen equipment, and office furniture.  And they can do it from anywhere in the province using their computer or mobile device.

“Everybody enjoys the excitement of stumbling upon a bargain or even a hidden gem. By putting this service online we are expanding our reach and making it easier for more Albertans to participate while also increasing our marketplace to ensure we get maximum value for taxpayers.”

- Manmeet S. Bhullar, Minister of Service Alberta

The Alberta Online Auction service complements existing monthly auctions and cash-and-carry sales at government warehouses in Calgary and Edmonton. With the new online auction, the government will no longer need to amalgamate all surplus goods at the two main warehouses, saving shipping and warehousing costs. Purchased products can be picked up or shipped at the buyer’s expense.

Surplus items are sold to the public on an “as is, where is” basis and come from government departments, hospitals and post-secondary institutions. 

Bargain hunters can register online for auctions at Once registered, they can view and bid on items. The highest bidder wins the item at the time of closing, and online payment can be made with most major credit cards through a secure system.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta's resources to ensure we're able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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