Service offers surplus sales online

Dec 11th, 2008 | By | Category: December 11, 2008, Employee News

The College of Business Administration is offering a service that sells university surplus online.

The service – UNL Surplus Online Sales – sells surplus items on eBay and NUAuction. The online sales option was conceived and operated by the CBA Information Technology Services team. Information Services is also a partner in the project.

UNL Surplus Online Sales offers the ability to advertise items for sale quickly, reaching an expanded customer base and the potential to generate more income than other surplus sales options.

“Everybody wins – collectors or researchers have a chance to buy gear (on eBay) that otherwise would go for pennies on the dollar at an auction only Lincoln-area residents can attend,” said Paul Marxhausen, supervisor in the department of Electrical Engineering. “And, UNL gains a revenue stream that reduces reliance on tax dollars.”

The service is nonprofit, charging fees only to recover listing costs and handling the equipment. All remaining revenue is returned to the department selling items.

Items that can be sold include (but are not limited to) computers, laptops, overhead projectors, musical instruments, scientific tools and instruments, and antiques.

Items having a value of at least $50 work best in the online auctions. No personal items can be sold through the UNL Surplus online auctions. Only items purchased by UNL can be listed.

For more information, go to or contact Joe Young at or (402) 540-7718.

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