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Canadian government selling $10,000 worth of nutcrackers

Last Updated Nov 3, 2020 at 10:06 am PST

Bids range as high as $127.50 for the Christmas Eve nutcracker. (Courtesy GCSurplus)
Summary

The federal government is trying to sell $10,000 worth of nutcrackers, many with a Christmas theme

The government's online auction site has hundreds of nutcrackers for sale after 18 pallets worth were abandoned

The website usually sells used office furniture and other items the government no longer needs

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — With Halloween now passed, the federal government is trying to unload $10,000 worth of nutcrackers, many with a Christmas theme.

The government’s online auction site, GCSurplus, has hundreds of them for sale after 18 pallets worth were abandoned by an importer.

The website usually sells used office furniture and other items the government no longer needs, including furniture, cars, trucks, boats, and farm equipment.

The site also sells forfeited goods from federal and provincial law enforcement agencies, such as jewelry and appliances, along with large-volume materials — metal, wood, or textiles.

A spokesperson for the Public Services and Procurement Department tells The National Post the assorted nutcracker decorations were left at one of Canada’s ports of entry. They then became Crown assets, which are now being sold.

Some of the nutcracker varieties on offer include Mouse King, Shopping Diva, and Rock Star. Bids range as high as $127.50 for the Christmas Eve nutcracker.

“Unit was in a box that was exposed to humidity. The unit itself doesn’t seem to have been damaged,” reads the product description for the latter.

The site also lists for sale, with a minimum bid of $10,000, an unopened box of assorted holiday ornaments and items, including a wine bottle Santa suit and snowman Holly Berry.

Besides the nutcrackers, GCSurplus currently lists 93 cars and light trucks for sale, as well as drills, toolboxes, TVs, rolls of cotton twill, leather totes, self-contained breathing apparatus, and recreational snow vehicles.