Council launches eBay store to top up income

20 Aug 2015, 11:07 pm

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has set up an eBay store to sell unwanted council equipment and material in a bid to generate funds.

Somerset_beach_hutsThe environment and transport department has set up the online shop on the popular auction site as a pilot. If it is successful, the scheme will be extended to other departments.

Items for sale include old and surplus stock such as protective clothing, highways materials and plant equipment. Users can either bid on the items within the timeframe provided or buy them outright.

“Using eBay will provide us with another channel to manage surplus stock and give the public, council staff and partners the opportunity to bid for items and goods”, said Councillor Roy Miller  in a statement. “In a time when we are facing cuts to our funding, we are having to think more creatively to maintain our services”, he said.

Other councils to have used eBay include Conwy County Borough Council in Wales and Manchester City Council, which sold thousands of ex-library books both on eBay and online retail site Amazon. Earlier this year, North Somerset Council took bids for the rental of 24 new Weston-super-Mare beach huts on eBay.


Photo credit: North Somerset Council