As you walk through the laboratory and pass the centrifuge you purchased just a few years ago, you realize it has already outlived its usefulness in your lab. It still spins like it did the day you rolled it in, but honestly, people could be using the machine in the lab next door. What do you do? Perhaps it's time to step up to the auction block and earn some revenue on those functional pieces of equipment that are taking up space in the lab.

LabConsumer found a newcomer that is creating a niche by auctioning used and refurbished lab equipment over the Internet. In September 1997, Internet Auctioneers International (IAI; Cupertino, Calif.) launched Going, Going . . . Sold!, a unique method of selling used laboratory equipment. This service has been established to make the buying and selling process easier for both parties involved. "Our analytical instrument representatives assist...

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