Feds Decide That Their Own eBay Needs More Publicity
from the do-they-use-escrow? dept
In 2001, we first wrote about the government’s plan to set up their very own online auction site to sell off various things they’ve seized (helicopters, diamonds, etc… you know, the regular stuff). Apparently sick of all that auction attention going to eBay, they’re now trying to boost the profile of their online auction offering, which someone from eBay claims they never even knew about (they should read Techdirt more often…). Of course, they also point out that local governments have just started using eBay itself as a platform for online auctions, making you wonder why the government should spend IT resources on building their own — especially when it’s unlikely to reach anywhere near the same number of potential buyers as eBay? Now, how long until a Silicon Valley politician introduces legislation that would ban the government from doing this while claiming it competes with private businesses?