We here at Komando.com are always looking for ways to save you money and put some extra cash into your pockets. Who couldn't use a few extra dollars?
Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you're helping with college tuition. We all know how expensive that can be these days. Yikes!
You could be retired and living on a fixed budget. If so, you know how difficult it can be at times.
No matter what situation you're in, saving money on the things you buy can be a big help. Don't worry, we've done some research for you.
Here are five online auction websites where you can find the absolute best deals on the products you want. Be sure to share this article with family and friends so they can join in on the savings.
GovDeals provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the internet. There are tons of items for you to bid on.
You'll find automobiles, clothing, computers, medical equipment, office equipment, real estate and so much more. To start bidding, simply join the Liquidity Services Network by registering for a free account.
Once you've registered, you will have access to all of the marketplaces found on the site. You can even set up "Favorites" and receive notifications when items are newly posted, or closing soon. Get notified of items by location, category or seller.
Here are a few examples of items up for bid on the site:
Apple MacBook Pro laptop computers - This auction is for one lot of MacBook Pro laptops. There are 30 in total. Starting bid is $6,770.
iMac computers - Here is an auction for one lot of 20 iMac computers. All run on Mac OS 10. Starting bid is $100.
Armoire - This auction is for a 1920's era art deco mirrored armoire with drawer. Breaks down into 2 pieces. It's listed in very good condition. Starting bid is $50.
You can do more than just purchase items on this site. There is a chance for you to become a seller as well. If you are a government entity and want to sell on GovDeals, just fill out the registration form found on their page.
Click here to get started on GovDeals and you'll be saving money in no time.
I'm sure you've heard of Goodwill retail stores. It's known for the selling of clothing and household goods that have been donated at over 3,200 locations across the country.
But did you know they also have an online auction site? They do.
ShopGoodwill.com is the place to find special items that you've been looking for. Whether you are a serious collector or casual treasure hunter, you'll be able to choose from a wide array of antiques and collectibles.
There are also new and nearly new items pulled from participating Goodwills' large inventory of donated products. You'll be glad to know that proceeds go to a great cause. Revenue from auction sales fund Goodwill's education, training and job placement programs for people with disabilities and other barriers.
You'll find multiple categories of items for sale. Antiques, art, books, movies, jewelry, office supplies, and tools, just to name a few.
Here are some items selling on the site:
Samsung digital camera - This auction is for a Samsung ES65 10.2MP digital camera with battery. Includes camera with USB cable, LiIon battery and camera case; charger is not included. Starting bid is $7.99.
MacBook Pro laptop - This auction is for an Apple MacBook Pro A1286 Laptop Computer. Current price is $101.
iRobot ROOMBA - This auction is for the iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. Current bidding is up to $14.99.
The site is very simple to use. Just create a free account and you're ready to begin bidding.
Click here to get started on ShopGoodwill. You'll be glad that you did.
If you're looking for deals with a twist, check out PropertyRoom.com. The site works with more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies and municipalities nationwide to help auction their seized, stolen, abandoned and surplus goods.
With hundreds of auctions available on the site, you never know what kind of deal you'll be able to find. The bidding on most auctions starts at $1, with no reserve. Items up for grabs include coins, jewelry, vehicles, electronics, fine art and more.
Check out these items currently up for bid:
2002 Ford Pickup - Get a great deal with this online auction for a 2002 Ford F250. Current bid is $850.
Men's ONISS watch - Brand New ONISS Men's Watch. Model #ON8500-22 MRG (MGBK). Current bid is $9.
Apple iPad 4 - This Apple iPad 4 has 128GB of storage and both Wi-Fi and cell capabilities through AT&T. It has a 9.7-inch display with both front and rear-facing cameras, perfect for FaceTime. The current bid is $115.
The site is a great way to give back to the community. To date, millions of dollars have been returned to local communities and law enforcement agencies from proceeds provided by these auctions. Funds help cover the costs of road repairs, lifesaving equipment and even lowering taxes.
Click here to visit PropertyRoom and register for a free account today.
4. Treasury auctions
Did you know there are roughly 300 public auctions conducted throughout the U.S. each year to sell forfeited property? It's true.
The properties are forfeited as a result of violations of federal law enforced by the Department of the Treasury or nonpayment of Internal Revenue Service taxes. A wide variety of merchandise is available through auctions.
You can bid on items such as automobiles, aircraft, boats, real estate, jewelry, electronics and more. Proceeds are used for law enforcement activities and restitution to victims of fraud.
But when and where are these auctions held? There is a handy listing of all auctions on Treasury.gov that will give you all the important details for each auction. You'll see categories of items currently for sale as well as links to auction details.
Here are some available items up for auction on the site:
2009 Volvo - This auction is for a 2009 Silver Volvo XC90 R-Design. The vehicle has 72,481 miles. The minimum bid is $6,600.
2014 Ford Explorer - This is an Explorer Limited model with 3.5 L 6 cylinder engine; Running condition, no visible dents or defects. Minimum bids for this auction are not being announced.
Single family home - Single Family Residence with 2,490 sq. ft., built in 1989. It's located in Folkston, GA. The minimum bid is $80,000.
Click here to see auction listings on Treasury.gov and take advantage of its deeply discounted sales.
The last online auction site we're going to explore is Municibid. It's an easy-to-use site for government agencies, schools, authorities and utilities to sell their surplus and forfeitures directly to the public. All of its auctions are conducted online and are available to be bid on 24 hours a day.
There is no charge for sellers to use the site. However, there is an 8 percent buyers fee added to all purchases. This fee is charged on top of the winning bid, so if you do make a purchase, factor that into the amount you want to spend.
Municibid is packed full of items for sale. Categories include automotive, computers, electronics, furniture, office supplies, sporting goods and more.
Here are some items selling on the site:
2004 Ford F-250XL - This pickup is a 4-door 4X4 Supercab with an 8-foot bed and air conditioning. Slate Blue with only 58,772 miles. Current bid is $4,400.
2003 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup - 4X4 extended cab with 83,000 miles and a 4.3L V6 engine. Current bid is $625.
Click here to explore all of the auctions being held on Municibid. You'll be amazed at the number of things you can bid on. Happy shopping!