How to buy

Buying on GovPlanet is Easy
& Open to Everyone

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Sign up now to get access to buy supplies and equipment on GovPlanet.

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Buy & Checkout
Buy or win an item and proceed to checkout. For government surplus items, you may be asked to submit additional information (EUC, Hold Harmless Agreement) and/or request an ownership document (SF97, title).
Pay for Item
Once your payment is received, an Item Release Code and Form will be available in My Account. Items requiring EUC approval may incur up to 60 business days wait time after submission to the government.
Pickup & Shipping
Contact Pick Up Support (details on your Release Form) to schedule pickup. If applicable, ownership documents will be generated within 15 business days from the sale date and within 60 business days for items with SF97s.

Three Ways to Buy on GovPlanet

Online Auctions

2 Auctions, 2 Days. Our Featured and Timed auctions take place on Tuesday and Wednesday for GovPlanet items. The Featured Auctions are live unreserved auctions, launching for a set period according to a preset schedule, while Timed Auctions are live week-long events, giving you immediate access to the winning auction price. If you cannot attend an event, you can place a PriorityBid, up to two weeks in advance. Try our auction now in our Practice Auction.

Buy Now

Need it now? With a wide selection of items, buyers can buy what they need immediately at competitive fixed prices.

Make an Offer

Submit your best offer for an item and the seller can accept it, reject it, or make a counter offer.

Insider tips from the pros

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  • Place PriorityBids. Can't be online when an auction is closing? Place a PriorityBid! Submit your maximum bid and our system will bid the lowest amount required for you to win up to your max. Another reason to place a PriorityBid? In the case of a tie, the first PriorityBid placed wins!
  • Add items to your Watch List & get alerts. Add a specific item to your Watch List and you'll get email alerts when the item is accepting bids and before it closes so you won't miss it!
  • Create Saved Searches. Be the first to know when we get new inventory. Save your searches and receive email alerts when matching items are added to our inventory.
  • Search by NSN (National Stock Number). Enter the NSN your are looking for in the search bar to see what's available.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Sign up and request buying privileges here. Once you are approved to buy, you will be able to bid on all IronPlanet marketplaces, including GovPlanet. Additional information maybe needed if buying specific items. If you are a reseller or have a sales tax exemption, file your certificate now on My Account Page and get through checkout faster.

No. All bids placed in any IronPlanet marketplace auction are final and binding. You can always increase, but can never reduce or rescind your maximum bid amount.

Once your payment for an item has successfully been processed, just follow these steps:



  • 1. Review your Item Release Form* (available on your IronPlanet account) for scheduling contact. If your item notes IronPlanet Pickup Support for the seller:
    • a. Call our customer support team at 1-888-433-5426
    • b. GovPlanet will verify whether the seller has requested pickup support, where we provide you or your transporter with the site name and address after scheduling a pickup time window. In the interest of protecting our sellers’ privacy, we provide their address only and all email and phone communication is through GovPlanet Customer Care.
    • c. GovPlanet will send you a confirmation of the scheduled pickup appointment along with your Item Release Form with an Item Release Code. These are also available for download from your GovPlanet account after purchase and must be presented when picking up your item.
  • 2. If a seller has agreed to release their contact and location information to buyers, you will find it on your item release form available for download from your IronPlanet account. In this case you can contact the seller directly to arrange pickup.

You may be exempt from sales tax if you meet all the following criteria:

  • 1. You are a reseller of like-kind equipment as the equipment you just bought; and
  • 2. You have a valid Seller Permit (or its equivalent) from your state; and
  • 3. You have completed the Exemption or Resale Certificate for your state and submitted it to IronPlanet via fax 925-660-3020 or email to; and
  • 4. You have submitted a Bill of Lading from a common carrier for shipment of your purchase.

Government Surplus and items requiring EUC approval by the government may incur a 30-60 business day wait time. For non government surplus items, we will send you the ownership document(s) within 15 business days of the sale. Your document will be forwarded via a delivery source that will allow you to track your package (FedEx or some other service). Title inquiries should be sent to

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