Police auctions tend to conjure up images of beat up cars confiscated from drug dealers and mint condition police cruisers that—for one reason or another—never saw service. The reality lies somewhere in the middle, and there are some good deals to be had so long as you're careful, and absolutely sure about what you're doing. Let this list be your insurance.
Several different federal agencies hold government auctions. The General Services Administration is the granddaddy of them all, because it sells on behalf of other departments. When a federal agency no longer needs something — say, a pickup truck — it reports the truck to GSA, which first offers it to other federal agencies and then to state and local governments or nonprofits. If nobody claims the truck, then the GSA auctions it off to the public, and you get your chance at it.
This public, online restaurant equipment auction is held multiple times throughout the year as an outlet for restaurants to buy and sell their quality equipment. Auction typically includes Walk-Ins, Hoods, Convection, Steam and Bakers Ovens, Range Ovens, Counter Top Grills And Griddles, Holding Cabinets, Counter Top and Floor Mixers, Stainless Steel Sinks and Tables, Dining Room Furnishings and Decor, Tables & Chairs, Reach Ins, Under Counter and Work Top Refrigerators and Freezers, Ice Machines, Automatic and Manual Slicers, Plate Ware and Small Wares and Much More.