Auburn Location Closed as of 4-Dec-10 -- All operations moved to Tumwater store, photo and updated review pending (21-Nov-10)
Store Name: Washington State Surplus
Address:

7511 New Market St.

Tumwater, WA 98512

Phone: (360) 753-3508
Hours:
PUBLIC HOURS: Mon-Fri, 12:30 - 17:00. Closed on WA state holidays. See web site for details, or call first.
Web Site?
Primary Line: EVERYTHING!
Secondary Line: More of Everything!
Pricing (Primary Line): B-
Pricing (Secondary Line): B-
Variety Grade:
Too variable to grade.
Customer Service Grade: A
Overall Grade: B

As the name implies, this is the retail surplus store for the State of Washington. The variety of stuff they get through fluctuates so much that it is nearly impossible to assign them a fixed grade. I will say that I've seen radio equipment, computers, printers, professional and "prosumer" video equipment, furniture, vehicles, typewriters, construction equipment, tools, and just about anything else you could imagine a state government using.

Be careful with their prices. While fairly up-to-date computers can often be had for as little as $30 (Most recent example: IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre with a 3.2GHz processor and 1 gig RAM, no hard drive), their prices on things like electronic test equipment, tools or 2-way radios can be ... somewhat inflated.

You really need to be a regular at the place to take full advantage of it. However, this does NOT mean you should miss a chance to hit them if you're just passing through. They're worth a look, no matter what.

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