Before using eBay Oneida County had auctions with mostly people from the area bidding on items. With eBay, the county is reaching the entire country and the world.
The sales from eBay have reached 48 of 50 states and even as far away as Europe and Australia and you won’t believe some of the stuff they're selling.
“Anything from cell phones, to camera equipment, you know, speakers, you name it, antiques,” said Assistant Director of Oneida County Purchasing Greg Grower,” some of the stuff I don’t even know, there’s probably some civil defense stuff still lying around here."
They're not just selling small office style equipment like computers and cell phones, they're also selling bigger things like these bikes that are lined up here along this bike rack, but also cars and heavier equipment. One thing that Oneida county purchasing is finding is that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
"We sold the old county nursin home we even sold the old fire escapes off the building there was broken marble walls from inside the old bathrooms, they broke the marble, I have no idea what it is. What you think would be junk, people buy," said Grower.
“While it’s helped the bottom line it’s also really helped us move equipment out the door that otherwise was just takin up space," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.
A lot of the bigger items can only be picked up in person, which brings a lot of people from out of state into Utica.
“You know, they'll come here, they eat when they're here, they spend the night in some cases, so it’s really interesting the stuff that can happen," said Grower.
The county doesn’t just sell its own stuff; it also sells stuff for other local towns and schools, which Oneida County makes a percentage of.