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State Surplus Bidding FAQ's

Whats On Bid?

Whats On Bid?

Click HERE for State Surplus Auction Items on Bid.

If I Bid On More Than One Item and I Am The Highest Bidder, Do I Have To Purchase All The Items?

If I Bid On More Than One Item and I Am The Highest Bidder, Do I Have To Purchase All The Items?

Yes. If you are the highest bidder on more than one item, you are required to purchase all items that are awarded. Please be prepared to pay for all items you place bids for. All items at the same location will often be invoiced together.

How Does Online Bidding Work?

How Does Online Bidding Work?

You must be registered and agree to all Terms and Conditions before you can place bids utilizing the online bid process. Once registered and approved, 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.

Will All Items Be Available For Online Bidding?

Will All Items Be Available For Online 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.

What Days And Times Are Bids Awarded?

What Days And Times Are Bids Awarded?

Bids may be awarded at any time. The time and date is listed with each item.

What Does It Mean When I Sign A Bid Document Or Place An Online Bid?

What Does It Mean When I Sign A Bid Document Or Place An Online Bid?

By signing a Bid Document or placing a bid for an item online 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.

Can I Edit My Bid?

Can I Edit My Bid?

You can only raise the amount of your bid, please check your bid before submitting it. The bid cannot be lowered or deleted once submitted.

Can I Withdraw My Bid?

Can I Withdraw My Bid?

You can only raise the amount of your bid, please check your bid before submitting it. The bid cannot be lowered or deleted once submitted.

Why Did The Bid Keep Going After The End Time?

Why Did The Bid Keep Going After The End Time?

Our bids will extend by 120 seconds if there are bids being placed in the last 2 minutes. 

For example:

  • An item has 1:07 time left to bid
  • Bidder 1 places a bid
  • Since Bidder 1 placed a bid in the last 2 minutes the time left goes up to 3:07
  • If the bid time left goes down to 0:20 and bidder 2 places a bid, the time will increase to 2:20 since his bid was in the last 2 minutes
  • This process can result in a final bid time several minutes past the original bid time
How Do I Submit a Bid On An Item?

How Do I Submit a Bid On An Item?

For online bids, you must enter your bid online. You must have registered and signed into your account to place a bid. For other bid type sales, you must follow the directions on the bid document.

Will I Be Notified When My Bid Is Recieved?

Will I Be Notified When My Bid Is Recieved?

Yes, the system will email you when your bid is received, when someone outbids you, and when you are the winner. Please remember that you are responsible for verifying if you are the winning bidder even if you do not receive the email. You can do so by logging in to your account.

How Will I Be Notified If I Am The Highest Bidder For Item(s)?

How Will I Be Notified If I Am The Highest Bidder For Item(s)?

The system will send an automated email to the e-mail address you entered when you registered. Please remember that you are responsible for verifying if you are the winning bidder. You can check your account online, or feel free to call us at 919-814-5600.

How Much Time Do I Have To Pay And Remove My Awarded Item(s)?

How Much Time Do I Have To Pay And Remove My Awarded Item(s)?

The final date for payment and pick up is 10 calendar days from the date the bid was awarded. No additional time will be granted for payment for holidays. For example if your bid was awarded on Monday the 1st payment would be due on Thursday the 11th.

If I Am The Highest Bidder On Several Items, Do I Have To Purchase All The Items?

If 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. Please be prepared to pay for all items you place bids for.

What Is The Condition And Types Of Items Available?

What Is The Condition And Types Of Items Available?

Each item has a written description and no other information is available. We invite prospective bidders 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”.

How Do I Know When An Item Is Up For Bid?

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. You may see 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.

How Accurate Are Photographs And Descriptions?

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.

Can Items Be Tested If I Bring My Own Power Supply?

Can Items Be Tested If I Bring My Own Power Supply?

No, power supplies cannot be used due to safety concerns and liability.

How Do I Know If I Won The Bid?

How Do I Know If I Won The Bid?

Shortly after the online bid is awarded, 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. Log on to your account and go to “My Account”,” My Account Home” then click on “Won” to view your awarded items. 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 919-814-5600. Please have the Bid Number and Item Number available when you call.

How Do I Find My Current And Previous Bids?

How Do I Find My Current And Previous Bids?

Sign into your SSP bid account and select “My Account” located in the right hand section of the screen, then “My Account Home”,Then select ”Not Won”,”Active” or “Won” depending on what you are looking for.

Where Is The Item I Was Awarded And Who Do I Call?

Where Is The Item I Was Awarded And Who Do I Call?

To find your item’s location and contact person:

  1. Log into your State Surplus account, 
  2. Go to ‘My Account Home,’
  3. Click on ‘Won,’
  4. Click on the item.
  5. The location and contact information are in the item description