Surplus Live Auctions

Updated 8/29/2020

Dear UW Surplus Customers,

UW Surplus continues to work with our University partners to take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard our community. Safety and well being is our number one priority.


Auction Preview: We have temporarily changed our preview hours. UW Surplus auction preview days/hours changed from two days to one day. Auction preview will take place on the Friday before the auction at the UW Surplus warehouse from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Surplus Warehouse will be closed on auction Saturday. PLEASE NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, all payments that are not using a UW departmental budget number must be made via

Day of Auction: The live auction will be conducted with no live attendees in our warehouse. Live auction attendance is suspended and will not be available until further notice. Only online attendance is permitted in an effort to help deter the potential spread of COVID-19. To participate in our live auction, all bidders will be required to register and bid through Proxibid.
As this continues to be an evolving situation, Moving & Surplus is committed to keeping you informed. We will post service updates online as they become available.

If you have any questions, please contact Surplus Property at 206-685-1573.

Stay safe out there, Huskies!

-The UW Surplus Team

Find out more HERE

Next Live Auction: Saturday, December 5, 2020 [ONLINE ONLY].
To view the catalog from our most recent (8/29) auction, click HERE. Catalogs are posted one week prior to each auction.

Online Live Bidding

Register, view catalog, and listen to live streaming audio on Proxibid. New catalogs are posted one week prior to an auction.

Proxibid - Live Internet Bidding

2020 Live Auction Dates:

  • February 1
  • March 28 - CANCELLED
  • May 16 - CANCELLED
  • July 11 - ONLINE ONLY
  • August 29 - ONLINE ONLY
  • October 17 - CANCELLED
  • December 5 - ONLINE ONLY

*Dates subject to change, so check back for updates.

Parking Information

The University of Washington does NOT provide free parking to customers visiting the Surplus Property warehouse. Please DO NOT park in parking lot N26 or any other UW parking lot unless you have purchased a UW parking permit. A self-serve pay machine is available to the public in nearby university lot N25, just to the south of us. Parking in front of the Plant Service Building is limited to LOADING ONLY in the designated load zones and for the posted time limit ONLY. Violators will be ticketed. We do NOT have any parking agreement with University Village across the street and do not condone nor endorse parking in the University Village lots. Be advised that parking in University Village lots can result in ticketing, towing, and impounding.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206/543-6450 (voice); 206/543-6452 (TTY); 206/685-7264 (FAX); or

Payment Methods

NO IN-PERSON PAYMENTS. At this time, we are not accepting cash payments. Payment must be made online at Acceptable payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover. A link to the payment site will be included in Proxibid live auction invoices. For questions, please call 206-685-1573 or email

Payment must be completed by 3:30 p.m. on the Thursday following the auction. There is a 10% buyer’s premium added to all auction purchases. Washington State sales tax will be applied to all auction invoices. A completed resale permit or tax exemption certificate is required at time of registration for all buyers who wish to qualify for tax exemption.


Removal of Items

All items must be removed by 3:30 p.m. on the Friday following the auction.

The buyer is solely responsible for removal of all items. Warehouse staff will move items from the warehouse to the loading area. A forklift operator will be available to offer assistance.

So You Want to Take Part in a Surplus Live Auction?

Curious about what happens at our live public auctions but afraid you might accidentally win something if you scratch your nose or stretch your arm? Fear not! Surplus live auctions are lively affairs in which a live auction caller directs & accepts bids on a wide variety of auction lots with the help of bid spotters and bidders’ own numbered bidder paddle cards. And if you happen to scratch your nose or stretch your arm, we won’t award a bid to you unless you want us to do so.

Approximately 6 – 8 Saturdays per year, UW Surplus Auctions hosts live public auctions at the Surplus warehouse. Auction lots are comprised of large quantities of like-items such as laptops, servers, and desktop computers, items that are large in size or scale such as printing presses, plotters, and industrial equipment like saws, lathes & milling machines, and groups of items of similar use or function such as medical equipment, audio-visual equipment, and kitchen or lab equipment. Our live auctions also offer unique items such as professional coffee equipment, maritime equipment like buoys and rope, art equipment like pottery wheels, and racks full of printer inks & toners.

So whether you’re a reseller who finds clients for laptops & computers, a tinkerer on the lookout for that perfect saw or drill press for your garage shop, a photography enthusiast excited by the range of cameras we offer, a couple of young start-ups looking for espresso machines for your new business, or a crafty sort who knows just the trick to convert a giant old metal buoy into a fire pit or grill, UW Surplus Auctions has something of interest for you!

We post our online auction catalog to a week before the auction begins. Interested bidders may register online at Proxibid (and submit pre-bids!) or in person at the Surplus warehouse the Friday before the auction & the Saturday morning of the auction. When you register with us in person, you receive an official, numbered bidder paddle card you then raise during the auction if you want to bid or if you win the auction lot. Paper copies of the catalog are available to all visitors starting the Friday of auction preview, and numbered auction lots are staged at the north end of the warehouse unless otherwise noted.

Live auctions begin at 10am Pacific Time at the south end of the Surplus warehouse, where you’ll find several comfortable seats arranged before the auction caller’s stage & podium. You’ll see 2 stations on either side of the stage—one for the auction clerk who records all winning bids & bid amounts, and one for the Proxibid clerk, who must yell “Yep!” for each new online bid received during the auction. The auction is simulcast via live streaming through Proxibid, which means bids are coming in both online and onsite. Onsite bid spotter staff and projection screens displaying the current lot and bid progression ensure that everyone knows what the current bid is on that lot you’re interested in, so don’t be shy—raise your bidder card & bid! It’s easy to see how people get caught up in the excitement of rapid auction bidding, so it’s good to act fast when there’s something you really want!

If you’ve won items in our auction, you may issue payment right away at the cashier’s desk or make your removal arrangements and issue payment by the deadline of the close of business the Thursday after the auction. The removal deadline for auction items is the end of the day the Friday after the auction. Surplus staff will help you load auction items onto or into your vehicle at no charge. If you will be using a third-party shipper to pick-up and haul your winnings, we ask that you send us a copy of your shipper’s Bill of Lading (BOL) for our records; that way, we can release the materials to your shipper. With few exceptions, UW Surplus is unable to pack items for shipping, but we are happy to work with your designated shipping agent.

An additional nice feature of auction Saturdays is that the UW Surplus Store is open to the public from 8am – 3:30pm. So grab a coffee, bring your dog, bring your friends, and find some great deals while supporting UW Surplus’ mission of reuse, repurpose, recycle! We hope to see you at the warehouse!