OSUsed treats students with Halloween sale
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 01:10
OSUsed is preparing for hoardes on Halloween, not of zombies, but of Oregon State University students.
On Oct. 31 at the Property Services Building on Southwest 13th Street, OSUsed is having a special Halloween sale.
The sale will be held from noon to 3 p.m., at the time OSUsed opens every Wednesdays to offer their surplus inventory to the public. On Halloween, shoppers will have a chance to draw a discount from a cauldron at the front door. According to the OSUsed website, there will be a 70 percent chance of drawing a discount. The discount may be for 25 percent off, 50 percent off or 75 percent off, and can be used on any item in the OSUsed store.
One of the most popular items sold are used laptops for students, but the OSUsed selection also includes household items, classroom supplies, furniture and the more bizarre.
“We get a lot of weird inventory in,” said Karl Payne, a mechanical engineering student who works in the electronics section of OSUsed. “So a lot of people just come in to see what we have.”
Payne got into working with OSUsed electronics through a love of fixing things, and enjoyed working there enough to refer another another employee, Nathan Wilhelm, who works in more general variety of areas around the store.
“I’ve done it all,” Wilhelm said. “[It is] the best job on campus, in my opinion.”
Because the store will be working to clean out an extra full inventory this week, shoppers will have a lot to choose from with their discounts.
“We’ll try to put out more stock than we normally would,” Payne said.
Those who cannot make it to OSUsed during Wednesday hours can still access the store’s supply online any day of the week, though online goods will not be included in the Halloween sale. OSUsed sells on eBay, GovDeals, LabX and Public Surplus, all of which can be accessed from the OSUsed wesite.
OSUsed is also open to OSU departments, government organizations and qualified non-profit organizations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
“We try to resell items to campus,” said Michael Williams, OSUsed’s online sales coordinator. “But if we can’t, we sell them to the public. We’re really proud that we do that.”
Annecy Beauchemin, news reporter