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Payday with eBay

Appleton, other communities cash in on surplus cars, equipment, goods

11:18 AM, Sep. 18, 2013
Leroy Fischer gets into the Ford Ranger he purchased on eBay, which is a vehicle formerly used by Appleton's forestry department.
Leroy Fischer gets into the Ford Ranger he purchased on eBay, which is a vehicle formerly used by Appleton's forestry department.
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Looking for a high-mileage beater with some space left on the odometer? How about season three of "The Sopranos" on DVD, or a set of TaylorMade golf clubs?

Those items and more go up on the auction block each week on Appleton's eBay page. Up for sale are surplus city properties and items seized by the police department. This month, the city eclipsed the $2.5 million mark in items sold under the program, now in its 10th year.

"We used to have a live auction once a year but that took a lot of preparation and sometimes the results weren't so great," said Jeff Fait, the city's purchasing manager who runs the ...

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