State Surplus FAQs

State Surplus now accepts credit cards for payment of bid items. Please see the Purchase & Payment section for more information.

Purchase FAQs

 

What are the acceptable forms of payments for awarded items?
Certified check, Cashier check, official check, or money order for all invoices.

Credit cards are only accepted at the State Surplus office.

 

What credit cards do you accept?

Mastercard and Visa

 

Can I use a credit card online?

No, Credit cards can only be used in person at the State Surplus Property Office.

 

Can I send someone else to pay for my items with a credit card?

No, only the winning bidder may pay for items with a valid credit card in their name.

 

Can I pay with cash and a credit card?

No, credit card payments must be for the full amount of the bid.

 

I forgot my ID, can I still use my credit card?

No, you must present a valid, government issued photo ID.

 

Can I use a credit card to pay for a retail sale item?

Yes

 

Where do you mail payments to?
Payment must be received at the NC State Surplus Property Agency before property can be released to a buyer.  Payments may be mailed or hand delivered to the State Surplus Property Agency. Payment cannot be delivered to any other location. Payments may be mailed to:

Physical address: (for DHL,Fed Ex,UPS,etc)                 Mailing address: (for USPS)

6501 Chapel Hill Rd                                                      1310 Mail Service Center 

Raleigh, NC 27607                                                         Raleigh NC 27699-1310
 

Do I need to bring anything with me to pay for or pick up property?
Please print the Notice of Award you received via e-mail to save time. If someone other than the winning bidder will be picking up the property, please print and complete a Notarized Authorization form sent with your “Notification-Award of Property”. You will need the government issued ID that you used when setting up your account. Persons picking-up property on your behalf will have to present a photo ID that matches the information on the Notarized Authorization.

 

How will I know how much time I have to pay and remove items I have been awarded?
The final date for payment and removal is located on the bottom of your “Notice of Award”.  When an item is posted for sale, the Payment Terms and removal requirements will be posted with the Terms and Conditions or with the advertisement also.

 

What happens if I am the high bidder on an item and I do not pay for the item?
If the person/company awarded property fails to pay for the property prior to the time indicated on the “NOTIFICATION - Award of Property”, the property purchased will be promptly re-sold in such a manner as the State may elect and the bidder charged with the any loss to the State, if any, together with all expenses of the sale.

Should you have placed bids on other items on any bid that has not been opened and you are placed in an ineligible bidder status, all bids associated with your account will be withdrawn.
Should your bidding privileges be reinstated, you will have to re-enter all bids that were withdrawn. The system will not reinstate bids withdrawn for any reason.

If your account is placed in ineligible bidder status multiple times State Surplus may bar you from bidding permanently

 

What happens if I pay for the item and do not remove it before the deadline stated on the “Notification Award of Property”?
If the person/company awarded property does not remove the property purchased prior to the time indicated on the “NOTIFICATION – Award of Property”, State Surplus Property Agency reserves the right to resell the property a second time with no refund of any money to the person/ company failing to remove the property before the deadline.

 

If I bid on more than one item and I am the highest bidder on several items, do I have to purchase all the items?
Yes. Should a bidder be the highest bidder on more than one item, the bidder is required to purchase all items they are awarded. Therefore, please be prepared to pay for all items you place bids for.

 

What is the date for second high bid to pay and pick up?
The date for pay and pick up of second high bid depends on when the invoice was awarded.  All final pay and pick up dates are located to the left of “Total Due Amount” on awarded invoice. Each award is given approximately 10 days to pay and pickup.

 

If awarded more than one item, can I just get one money order for the total owed?
Yes. The money order must total the amount of the invoice, whether there are one or many items listed.

 

I won an item that is not located at the State Surplus Warehouse in Raleigh, can I pay for it at the site it is located at?
No, all payments must be made at the SSP office in Raleigh

*Please note- On the last working day of each month payments cannot be accepted after 4:30pm

 


Bidding FAQs

  1. How does on-line bidding work? 
    You must be registered and agree to all Terms and Conditions before you can place bids utilizing the on-line sealed bid process. Once registered, you will be able to logon, review available property and place bids. You will be able to review and update your user profile, account status, see items you have placed bids on and see items you have been awarded.
  2. Will all items be available for on-line bidding?
    No. The State Surplus Property Agency has retail sales and occasionally conducts public auctions. There will continue to be a paper bidding process for Timber, pine straw and other contractual sales.
  3. Is there a charge to register as a bidder or to make a purchase?
    No.
  4. How do I find Items for bid?
    Anyone can view available items on bid at http://www.surplus.nc.gov and browse available items prior to registering and/or placing a bid. The site includes search options, thumbnail pictures (if provided) and a description of each item. Items available for bid can be printed for a specific bid opening date or, you may obtain a list by visiting the SSPA in Raleigh.
  5. What does it mean when I sign a Bid Document or enter an On-line Sealed Bid?
    By signing a Bid Document or placing a bid for an item on-line and submitting it, you are agreeing to all Terms and Conditions of the Sale and you have entered into a legal and binding contract with the state of North Carolina?
  6. Why do I have to provide a Driver’s License Number or a State Issued ID Number?
    To protect you as a bidder, we require persons picking-up items to show proof of identification. Therefore, the ID Number you use when you register or place a bid must be presented at the time of pick-up.
  7. Can I allow someone else to Pick-up items I have been awarded?
    Yes. If someone other than the winning bidder will be picking up the property, please print and complete a Notarized Authorization form made available to you with the “Notification – Award of Property” e-mailed to you at the time of award. Persons picking-up property on your behalf will have to present a photo ID that matches the information on the Notarized Authorization. Notarized Authorization form can also be found under Terms and Conditions – Payments.
  8. Do I get any warranty on an item?
    No. There are no warranties associated with any items sold through the State Surplus Property Agency. All items are sold "AS IS - WHERE IS." All bidders are cautioned and encouraged to view property of interest before bidding. Should you choose to bid on an item without looking at it, you assume all risk.
  9. How can I get a copy of upcoming bid items?
    For on-line sealed bids you may print information for any item of interest from the website. Bid Sheets for other type sales may be picked-up at the State Surplus Property Agency.
  10. How do I submit a bid on an item?
    For on-line sealed bids, you must enter your bid on-line via the internet. For other sealed bid type sales, you must follow the directions on the bid document.
  11. What if my bid is the same as another person’s?
    Bids entered into the on-line sealed bid system that match another person’s bid will be awarded to the bid that was entered first. For other type bids, tie bids will be awarded based on a coin flip administered by management.
  12. Will I be notified when my bid is received?
    No. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that bids are received on time.
  13. How will I be notified if I am the highest bidder for items I bid on using the electronic bidding method?
    Shortly after the online bid opens and the bids are tabulated, we will post the winners on our website and the system will send an automated “Notice of Award” to the e-mail address you entered when you registered. If you feel you are the highest bidder for item(s) and you are unable to check your account page or our website, please feel free to call us at 919-854-2160. Please have the Bid Number and Item Number available when you call.
  14. How will I know how much time I have to pay and remove items I have been awarded?
    The final date for payment and removal is located on the bottom of your “Notice of Award”. When an item is posted for sale, the Payment Terms and removal requirements will be posted with the Terms and Conditions or with the advertisement also.
  15. Do I need to bring anything with me to pay for or pick up property?
    Please print the Notice of Award you received via e-mail to save time. If someone other than the winning bidder will be picking up the property, please print and complete a Notarized Authorization form sent with your “Notification-Award of Property”. Persons picking-up property on your behalf will have to present a photo ID that matches the information on the Notarized Authorization.
  16. If I bid on more than one item and I am the highest bidder on several items, do I have to purchase all the items?
    Yes. Should a bidder be the highest bidder on more than one item, the bidder is required to purchase all items they are awarded. Therefore, please be prepared to pay for all items you place bids for.
  17. How do I get another password or user name if I forget mine?
    Sign into your SSP sealed bid account and select “Forgot Your Password”. Enter your “State/Country ID Number” only and “State/Country ID Location” and submit. An email will be sent to you from “SSP. Info” that contains your original user name and a temporary password.
  18. How do I change my email address listed on my account?
    Sign into your SSP sealed bid account and select “My Info” located in the left hand section of the screen. Your personal information screen will appear and you may make any changes to your personnel information screen, except for user name and password.
  19. What days and times are Sealed Bids awarded?
    Bids are awarded at 10:00 am on Wednesdays
  20. When do previously awarded items go to the Second High bid?
    Select bid items will go to Second High bidder if the First High bidder fails to pay for awarded items. To be eligible for award of second high bids you must be a bidder in good standing. Seized items are not eligible for second high bid awards.
  21. How do you know if you have won a second high bid?
    An email is sent to the second high bidder with explanation of second bid process and requesting a reply as to whether customer wants to purchase the items at the second high bid price. If accepted then items is awarded to second bidder on a specific date.
  22. What is the date for second high bid to pay and pick up?
    The date for pay and pick up of second high bid depends on when the invoice was awarded. All final pay and pick up dates are located to the left of “Total Due Amount” on awarded invoice. Each award is given approximately 10 days to pay and pickup.
  23. Can I have two (2) accounts (business and personal) for bid purposes?
    Yes. The Business Account must contain the Tax ID number in the State/CountryID section and the Personal Account should contain Driver’s License Number in the State/CountryID section.
  24. How do I find out what my current and previous bids were?
    Sign into your SSP sealed bid account. Located at the left hand bottom corner of the screen you may select to view your Previous, Current or Awarded bids. You may also call 919-854-2160 for further assistance.
  25. Why did I not get an email of my award?
    Check junk mail, spam mail and your trash folders. Always add sspnotify@doa.nc.gov to your contacts list in your inbox as a safe sender.
  26. I won an item that is not located at the State Surplus Warehouse in Raleigh, can I pay for it at the site it is locate at?
    No, all payments must be made at the SSP office in Raleigh
  27. What happens if I am the high bidder on an item and I do not pay for the item?
    If the person/company awarded property fails to pay for the property prior to the time indicated on the “NOTIFICATION - Award of Property”, the property purchased will be promptly re-sold in such a manner as the State may elect and the bidder charged with any loss to the State, if any, together with all expenses of the sale.Should you have placed bids on other items on any bid that has not been opened and you are placed in an ineligible bidder status, all bids associated with your account will be withdrawn. Should your bidding privileges be reinstated, you will have to re-enter all bids that were withdrawn. The system will not reinstate bids withdrawn for any reason. If your account is placed in ineligible bidder status multiple times State Surplus may bar you from bidding permanently
  28. What happens if I pay for the item and do not remove it before the deadline stated on the “Notification Award of Property”?
    If the person/company awarded property does not remove the property purchased prior to the time indicated on the “NOTIFICATION – Award of Property”, State Surplus Property Agency reserves the right to resell the property a second time with no refund of any money to the person/ company failing to remove the property before the deadline.

Computer FAQs

  1. Can I buy computer items from State Surplus? 
    Yes, available computer items are offered for bid at https://www.ncstatesurplus.com/SSP-SealedBid/BidDisplay.aspx. Choose "computers and related items" from the drop-down menu beside "Category."
  2. Will the computers that are on bid work?
    State Surplus makes no claim that the computers will work. All are sold as-is. Some are missing hard drives or other parts. Known defects are noted but items may have problems that we are not aware of.
  3. What software comes on the surplus computers?
    None. The computers come with no operating system and no software.
  4. My state agency computer needs a replacement part. Can State Surplus help us?
    If your North Carolina state agency is in need of a computer, computer part, or peripheral device, the Computer Center might be able to find what you need. For more information please contact us at 919-733-2885.
  5. Do I get any warranty on an item?
    No. There are no warranties associated with any items sold through the State Surplus Property Agency. All items are sold "AS IS - WHERE IS." All bidders are cautioned and encouraged to view property of interest before bidding. Should you choose to bid on an item without looking at it, you assume all risk.

General Information FAQs

Where are you located?

The main warehouse is located at 6501 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh. Most surplus property is at this location, However property can be at many other sites throughout the state. The location of the property will be in each bid advertisement.

What are your hours?

The main office is open 8am to 5pm Monday thru Friday to accept payments and assist customers. The warehouse and vehicle lot is open 9am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday. If you are interested in property located at another facility please contact that facility for hours.

Where can I find any new upcoming State Wide Contracts that I might be interested in bidding on?
New Surplus Inventory Contracts will be posted in the Special Property Section Page.

Does State Surplus have Timber and Pine straw bids?
Yes. These bids will be listed in the Special Property Section.

Do you have to go through the state surplus if you want to buy property sold at Department of Transportation (DOT) lot?
Yes. All state agency surplus items are to be sold and paid for through NC State Surplus Property. Once items are paid for at State Surplus Property, items can be picked up from other state property by presenting your invoice to the agency.

If awarded more than one item, can I just get one money order for the total owed?
Yes. The money order must total the amount of the invoice, whether there are one or many items listed.

What are the acceptable forms of payments for awarded items?
Certified check, Cashier check, official check, money orders and cash for invoices under $1000.00 are acceptable forms of payment for bid items. Credit cards are accepted at the State Surplus office.

Can State Surplus Property give me information on the condition and types of items available for sale?
Each item has a written description and no other information is available. We invite all bidders and customers to and should inspect property of interest prior to submitting bids. All property is sold "As is" and "Where is" with “All Faults” and “No Warranty, Written or Implied”.

Where do you mail payments to?
Payment must be received at the NC State Surplus Property Agency before property can be released to a buyer.  Payments may be mailed or hand delivered to the State Surplus Property Agency. Payment cannot be delivered to any other location. Payments may be mailed to:

            Physical address: (for DHL,Fed Ex,UPS,etc)           Mailing address: (for USPS)

            6501 Chapel Hill Rd                                                1310 Mail Service Center 

            Raleigh, NC 27607                                                   Raleigh NC 27699-1310
 

If I see an item at a sale location, how do I know when an item is up for bid?
For the most accurate inventory you are encouraged to visit our website or the sale location often. Some items may be in-process and have not been made available or we may have awarded other items that are awaiting payment and pick-up. If bids are being accepted on an item, it will be listed on a bid.

What happens if I pay for the item and do not remove it before the deadline stated on the “Notification Award of Property”?
If the person/company awarded property does not remove the property purchased prior to the time indicated on the “NOTIFICATION – Award of Property”, State Surplus Property Agency reserves the right to resell the property a second time with no refund of any money to the person/ company failing to remove the property before the deadline.

Do I get any warranty on an item?
No. There are no warranties associated with any items sold through the State Surplus Property Agency. All items are sold "AS IS - WHERE IS." All bidders are cautioned and encouraged to view property of interest before bidding. Should you choose to bid on an item without looking at it, you assume all risk.


General Property FAQs

  1. When can I view the property? 
    All property is available for viewing while the bid is posted online. This is normally for a period of two weeks. The State Surplus Property warehouse is open Monday thru Friday 9am to 4:30, if the property is not located at this facility please check with the site where the property is located for their hours.
  2. I won an item that is not located at the State Surplus Warehouse in Raleigh, can I pay for it at the site it is located at?
    No, all payments must be made at the State Surplus Property office in Raleigh.
  3. How accurate are photographs and descriptions?
    Photographs and descriptions are provided solely for the purpose of aiding you to identify items of interest. In no way should they be used in making a determination of quality or condition. You are invited and encouraged to inspect any item of interest prior to bidding.
  4. If I see an item at a sale location, how do I know when an item is up for bid?
    For the most accurate inventory you are encouraged to visit our website or the sale location often. Some items may be in-process and have not been made available or we may have awarded other items that are awaiting payment and pick-up. If bids are being accepted on an item, it will be listed on a bid.
  5. Do I get any warranty on an item?
    No. There are no warranties associated with any items sold through the State Surplus Property Agency. All items are sold "AS IS - WHERE IS." All bidders are cautioned and encouraged to view property of interest before bidding. Should you choose to bid on an item without looking at it, you assume all risk.
  6. What happens if I pay for the item and do not remove it before the deadline stated on the "Notification Award of Property"?
    If the person/company awarded property does not remove the property purchased prior to the time indicated on the "NOTIFICATION - Award of Property", State Surplus Property Agency reserves the right to resell the property a second time with no refund of any money to the person/ company failing to remove the property before the deadline.
  7. Can I allow someone else to Pick-up items I have been awarded?
    Yes. If someone other than the winning bidder will be picking up the property, please print and complete a Notarized Authorization form made available to you with the "Notification - Award of Property" e-mailed to you at the time of award. Persons picking-up property on your behalf will have to present a photo ID that matches the information on the Notarized Authorization. Notarized Authorization form can also be found under Terms and Conditions - Payments.
  8. How can my state agency transfer surplus property to our division?
    There are two types of transfers; 1) a no-cost transfer, when mdse is valued at 150.00 or less it can be transferred at no cost. Requires some simple paper work, if agency can't haul at time we will hold for three days. 2) Cost-applied transfer, when property is valued at more than 150.00, agency can purchase through purchase order number or pay with check. If they can't haul at time of transaction, we will hold for three days.
  9. Do you take credit or debit cards for payment at retail store?
    Yes, we accept Mastercard and Visa.
  10. Can you mark down the posted price if I buy a large quantity?
    No, All prices are non-negotiable. After three days on sales floor we will mark down listed price before we open to public. No prices will be marked down during operating hours.
  11. Can you hold items & if so for how long?
    State agencies wishing to transfer or purchase items can have them held for three days to allow time to arrange transportation. If bad weather interferes, that can be extended for a day. Individuals who purchase items must remove the items at time of purchase.
  12. Is this a live/verbal auction or a silent bid? 
    All bidding is done electronically. Bidders are not able to go on line and view other people's bids. SSP employees are also unable to view the bids until 1:00 pm of the day the bid closes.

Unclaimed Property FAQs

  1. Are items tested prior to being listed on auction? 
    No, all items are received and placed on bid "as is".
  2. Is this real gold, silver, etc?
    None are guaranteed to be authentic. All items are available for inspection for two weeks prior to bid ending.
  3. Can items be tested if I bring my own power supply?
    No, power supplies cannot be used due to safety concerns and liability.
  4. Is there a starting or minimum bid amount?
    Sometimes there will be. If there is the description will state if there is a minimum bid. The agency reserves the right to reject any bids even if there is no minimum stated.
  5. Where is "Salmon, Goldenrod, etc?
    Salmon, Goldenrod, Yellow, Blue and Green are the color codes for the labels that distinguish the different bid opening dates.
  6. Can I get a refund for items I later decide I don't want?
    Once items are paid for they are the property of the individual that purchased the item.
  7. How accurate are photographs and descriptions?
    Photographs and descriptions are provided solely for the purpose of aiding you to identify items of interest. In no way should they be used in making a determination of quality or condition. You are invited and encouraged to inspect any item of interest prior to bidding.
  8. Do I get any warranty on an item? 
    No. There are no warranties associated with any items sold through the State Surplus Property Agency. All items are sold "AS IS - WHERE IS." All bidders are cautioned and encouraged to view property of interest before bidding. Should you choose to bid on an item without looking at it, you assume all risk.
  9. What happens if I pay for the item and do not remove it before the deadline stated on the "Notification Award of Property"?
    If the person/company awarded property does not remove the property purchased prior to the time indicated on the "NOTIFICATION – Award of Property", State Surplus Property Agency reserves the right to resell the property a second time with no refund of any money to the person/ company failing to remove the property before the deadline.
  10. Can I allow someone else to Pick-up items I have been awarded?
    Yes. If someone other than the winning bidder will be picking up the property, please print and complete a Notarized Authorization form made available to you with the “Notification – Award of Property” e-mailed to you at the time of award. Persons picking-up property on your behalf will have to present a photo ID that matches the information on the Notarized Authorization. Notarized Authorization form can also be found under Terms and Conditions – Payments.
  11. Can State Surplus Property give me information on the condition of items available for sale?
    Each item has a written description and no other information is available. We invite all bidders and customers to and should inspect property of interest prior to submitting bids. All property is sold "As is" and "Where is" with “All Faults” and “No Warranty, Written or Implied”.

Vehicles FAQs

  1. How can I buy a State Surplus Vehicle? 
    State Surplus Vehicles may be purchased the following ways:
    Negotiated Sale: State Agencies, Political Subdivisions and Qualified Non-Profits have first priority in surplus vehicle disposition, they may purchase vehicles prior to them being made available to the public through a negotiated sale process. Negotiated sale pricing is based on fair market value. Please check the "Priority Classifieds Information" page for more details or contact us
    Competitive Bid Process: Most vehicles are sold to the public through a competitive bid process. Each bid advertisement is made available with a Bid Opening Date and Time of Opening. Bids are opened on the published time and date and an award is made to the qualifying bidder with the highest bid. Please see Vehicles On Bid.
    Special Retail: NC State Highway Patrol cars may be purchased through retail sales. The NCSHP has adopted a pricing protocol for its vehicles that allows the public to purchase Surplus patrol cars without going through the bid process. For More Information, Availability and Pricing. State Agencies and Political Sub-Divisions may contact the NCSHP 919-733-7956.
  2. What are the prices for the cars? 
    Prices are set by the bidding public. Bids are awarded to the highest bidder and amounts are unknown until bidding ends.
  3. Can the vehicles be driven?
    Vehicles cannot be driven. However, they can be started in place. Should a vehicle have a dead battery, our staff will be glad to assist you for a reasonable amount of time with a jump-start.
  4. When is this car on bid? 
    Vehicles will be placed on the next available bid as they are released for sale.
  5. How much should I bid? 
    Bid amounts are at the discretion of the bidder. Bidders should be comfortable with the amount they are willing to bid.
  6. What is the highest bid amount? 
    Bid amounts are unknown until bidding times end. We are unable to view the current bid amounts.
  7. How do I know if I won the bid? 
    Shortly after the online bid opens and the bids are tabulated, we will post the winners on our website and the system will send an automated "Notice of Award" to the e-mail address you entered when you registered. If you feel you are the highest bidder for item(s) and you are unable to check your account page or our website, please feel free to call us at 919-854-2160. Please have the Bid Number and Item Number available when you call.
  8. How do I have to pay for the vehicle? 
    All payments must be in the form of cashier's check, certified check, money order or credit card. Payment, along with the bottom portion of the "Notification - Award of Property", must be received at the NC State Surplus Property Agency and all property must be removed before the close of business on the date indicated on the "Notification - Award of Property" unless otherwise noted in the Special Terms and Conditions listed within the Description of the item being sold. Certified/Cashier's checks or money orders must be made payable to: State Surplus Property Agency. Please see the Payment FAQ for more information.
  9. What if I win more than one car? 
    If you are awarded more than one vehicle you will be expected to purchase all you were awarded. If you only want to purchase one, please only bid on a single vehicle.
  10. Can I test drive the vehicle? 
    No, you can start a vehicle, but not drive it.
  11. When can I view the vehicle? 
    All property is available for viewing while the bid is posted online. This is normally for a period of two weeks. The State Surplus Property vehicle lot is open Monday thru Friday 9am to 4:30, if the vehicle is not located at this facility please check with the site where the property is located for their hours.
  12. Can I get the keys to a vehicle? 
    Keys may be checked out for the vehicles which are listed on a bid currently posted online. Once a bid ends, vehicles must be paid for before the keys are released.
  13. What is wrong with this vehicle? 
    The description of property offered for sale has been compiled from available data, and there is no guarantee or warranty on the part of State Surplus Property Agency as to number, condition, or quality of property offered. Vehicles may have problems not listed. Photographs and descriptions are provided solely for the purpose of aiding you to identify items of interest. In no way should they be used in making a determination of quality or condition. All property is sold "As is" and "Where is" with "All Faults" and "No Warranty, Written or Implied".
  14. Where is the car located? 
    Vehicles' location will be stated in the bid comments of the online listing.
  15. Will vehicles pass state inspection? 
    Vehicles sold by the State Surplus Property Agency may not pass a state inspection. All surplus items are sold "AS IS - WHERE IS".
  16. How do I get my title to a vehicle? 
    We have titles for all government vehicles we sell. The titles will only be issued to the person whose name appears on the bid. Titles will not be issued to any other person. Should you wish the vehicle be titled to a business, please submit the business name in the space provided.
  17. How long do I have to pay for a vehicle? 
    The final date for payment is listed on the Notice of Award that is emailed to the winning bidder. Generally you have approximately 10 days.
  18. What happens if I pay for the item and do not remove it before the deadline stated on the "Notification Award of Property"? 
    If the person/company awarded property does not remove the property purchased prior to the time indicated on the "NOTIFICATION - Award of Property", State Surplus Property Agency reserves the right to resell the property a second time with no refund of any money to the person/ company failing to remove the property before the deadline.
  19. What about sales tax? 
    Sales tax is not collected, you pay what you bid.
  20. Is there a charge to register as a bidder or to make a purchase? 
    No.
  21. Do I have to be a dealer to attend auctions? 
    No, all auctions are open to the general public.
  22. How accurate are photographs and descriptions? 
    Photographs and descriptions are provided solely for the purpose of aiding you to identify items of interest. In no way should they be used in making a determination of quality or condition. You are invited and encouraged to inspect any item of interest prior to bidding.