Most merchandise that ends up in government auctions is surplus.
Goods that are over stocked, no longer needed, or updated.
Real estate, Commerical property, and Homes are sold as surplus. When the
goverment no longer has a use for them. Or the property was seized. Or went in to
foreclosure from a loan default.
13 other sources of auction bargains are listed in:
"The Government Auction Newsletter"