New feature on State Auction Website will highlight designer merchandise

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SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Central Management announced a new feature to the state’s online auction website that will showcase designer items available in the coming weeks.

This new feature called “iBid Top Line” will be added to the Illinois online auction website iBid. Designers watches, bracelets and sunglasses, gold and silver jewelry, are among the items that will be featured in the coming weeks on iBid Top Line.

CMS Acting Director Michael M. Hoffman says this new feature will help expand the website’s audience and maximize profit potentials.

“This new feature on the iBid website is perfect for bargain hunters while also helping the State get the best value for Illinois taxpayers,” Hoffman adds.

Many of the items up for bid have been left behind by travelers passing through airport checkpoints and are later acquired by the State through a partnership CMS has with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Those items then become available through the online auction site, along with other surplus state property, to thousands of users across the state and country.

CMS Acting Division Manager of Surplus Property, Jay Neposchlan, says these items used to be sold in bulk for a fraction of their possible value but now they are working to separate items and expand their potential.

“By identifying and separating more valuable items, we now have the potential to expand the pool of potential bidders and increase our sales revenue to obtain the best possible price. The way we utilize iBid is just one of the many areas CMS continues to look at to drive the biggest value to Illinois taxpayers,” Neposchlan adds.

All proceeds from the surplus auctions are put back into the State of Illinois General Revenue Fund and State Surplus Revolving Fund.

Upcoming auctions will feature even more sets of designer items and other unique items, such as unopened kitchenware. The website will continue to operate as usual with weekly auctions where interested bidders can still bid on traditional items, like vehicles and electronics.

Interested bidders can see available items and register on the iBid website. Winners can pay for items via credit cards and can either pick up the items in person or arrange and pay for shipping expenses.

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