Archive for May, 2012

M&J Printing Solutions Auction and Oakland IME Campus Liquidation

Our next on-line auction is scheduled for June 11-13 and features printing, bindery, cutting and folding equipment along with facility support items and office equipment and furniture. The on-line catalog is posted at This is a no reserve auction and includes equipment from industry leading brands such as AB Dick/Ryobi, Challenge, Standard Duplo, Bourg, Rollem and others.

We have also been engaged to sell the assets from the Institute of Medical Education’s Oakland campus. This liquidation features ultrasound systems, hematology analyzers, classroom furnishings including desks, chairs and worktables, a large quantity of Invacare hopsital beds, exam tables, office, conference and administration equipment and furnishings, a Sharp digital copy station and more. Bid packages are available and inspection appointments can be made by contacting our office at: 1 888 505-0755 ext. 1 or 3 or email us at

IME and EBCC Auctions Completed – Recent Appraisal Projects

Last week saw the conclusions of our two most recent on-line auction sales – Institute for Medical Education (IME) and surplus equipment from East Bay Construction Company (EBCC). Both sales were challenging as resale markets for each type of industry are rather sluggish. The IME sale had a variety of office furniture and office equipment, training aids, educational/classroom furnishings and fixtures along with some clinical instruments. We had a good cross-section of buyers but a number of items were passed as the costs of removal and relocation outweighed the items’ value. This is an understandable situation as labor and transportation costs are high and each business struggles with balancing these costs against an asset’s benefit or contribution to the company.

Our EBCC sale also had a good representation of buyers from many Western States as well as from Canada. The hydroseeders were popular items with good spirited bidding. Some of the older vehicles and equipment struggled a bit with bidding activity. Rising fuel and maintenance costs along with very soft housing and building activity have dampened demand for older vehicles and equipment.

On the appraisal front we have completed several interesting projects including a large rental inventory of cameras, lenses and related professional audio and video gear.  Another unique appraisal project was for a manufacturing facility producing environmentally sensitive erosion control products.  This is a niche product but the market appears to be growing fast.  The associated manufacturing equipment was custom designed and built but would likely be quite appealing to a number of competitive third parties.