News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 16, 2008
RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga.---The Richmond County School System is selling items through an online auction site, hoping to clean out some old buildings and make some money for the general fund.
Richmond County has used GovDeals.com for about two years to sell items, but in this tough budget year, they have a lot more items on the online shelves.
This is their largest, with about 60 auctions, some with multiple items. The items are mainly things for the kitchen, including refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, and tables.
The main point of getting rid of all these items is to clear out old buildings, which they hope to sell later this year, but the school system wants to raise lots of money from the items, too. They hope to make at least $30,000. They have made about $170,000 total over the past two years.
"Our budgets, and many other systems, are quite a challenge, and that's why the auction has been such a plus for us," said Crystal Lynch, of the Richmond County Purchasing Department. "They're items we no longer use, and we're able to actually gain a profit."
The website works a lot like eBay. There is a time limit, and the person with the highest bid at the end wins the item.
This auction ends October 31, and they'll also start another on November 7.