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Going, going, gone. State government Web sites are a gold mine of information about some slightly eccentric auctions. For example, Alaska offers troves of miscellany at its 'open outcry' auctions and posts the wares at www.state.ak.us. The auction scheduled for Oct. 6 in Anchorage will include dozens of trucks, pickups and cars, two lots of Ski-Doo snowmobiles as well as a 'lot of Gatorade.' You could bid on 12 lots of miscellaneous computers or walk away with two lots of notebook PCs, at the right price. If you'd rather bid from the comfort of your office, home or beachfront Jacuzzi, check Texas' online auction on eBay.com. If you are a real auction fanatic, visit www.gsaauctions.gov to learn how the General Services Administration sells items on behalf of states. On one recent day, GSA was hawking surplus computer equipment from 20 states. All the sales are final.

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