Hard drives, PCs fetch $584,000 from one buyer in military sale

Oct 30, 2007 | 12:31 PM | Paul Schaffer

Electronic scrap sales by the U.S. Defense Department fetched $584,000 from a single buyer for hard drives and desktop computers.

The stated terms of the auction lots point to an odd paradox. In principle, such discards are sold on an as-is basis, without any cues on whether anything functions or merely has scrap value.

Discarded electronics also aren't available for inspection ahead of military auctions. In the case of this week's offerings, that was reinforced by the fact that only future equipment was on offer—gear becoming available in the coming six months and not yet collected at a warehouse.....

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