11/10/2012 03:19 pm ET

Government Surplus Sites Let Consumers Buy Everything From A 28-Pack Of Sleeping Bags To A Used Jet Engine

Where do you go when you need a used jet engine, 36,140 lbs of aluminum shavings, or a pack of 731 belts? To the government surplus auction, of course!

Websites like auction off all the junk that the government needs to get off its hands. Much of the stuff is sold in bulk, and in quantities that nobody but the army could ever want or need. Sure, you might be in the market for a cool military sleeping bag, but you'd have to buy them in packs of 28. It's difficult to imagine that many everyday citizens are buying from these sites, but they certainly are fun to peruse.

Next time you're in the market for 10,000 lbs of scrap metal, be sure to check out government surplus websites.

Look at some of the craziest stuff from government surplus sales:

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