By Jacqueline Lopez-Crisp
The Games Room Etc. held their Lost & Found Auction during U-Hour on Jan. 13 at the University Park stage. Auction items included an iPhone, iPods, a PlayStation Vita, skateboards, flash drives and more.
The items were bundled in 14 different packages, and bids started out at $5. Bids went up in $1 and $5 increments. The auction raised almost $600, and the proceeds will go towards scholarship funds.
Before the auction started, students got a chance to check out the items to see what they were going to bid on.
“I think [the auction] is pretty cool,” said second-year plant science student Ulises Tafolla. “You can get cheap things. The iPhone and the HTC phone were the best [items being auctioned off].”
The highest bid reached $85. The bidder was awarded a PlayStation Vita, a bag, textbooks, sunglasses, glasses, flash drives and a Hello Kitty watch.
Tafolla was the highest bidder on a bag that contained an iPod.
“I’m going to keep the iPod, but I don’t know what I am going to do with the rest,” said Tafolla.
First-year engineering technology student Henry Martinez was the highest bidder on a bag that contained an iPod touch. According to Martinez, he considered the bundle a good price for all the items it included.
“The iPod itself, I mean if it works, was like $70, so that’s good,” said Martinez.
Since flash drives seem to be one of the lost items turned in most often, almost every package auctioned contained at least one.
“I was really only specifically going for the USBs, but came out with a dolly that I have no idea what I am going to do with,” said first-year physics student Jose Barrios. “I also got three flash drives.”
Tafolla, Martinez and Barrios were all first-time buyers at the Lost & Found Auction, and would definitely consider buying from the auction again.
All of the items being auctioned off came from the Lost & Found located in the Games Room Etc. When a new item is turned into the lost and found, the Games Room Etc. tries their best to locate and contact the owner. If no owner is found, the item is held at the lost and found for three months before it goes to auction.
“The [most] common items would be Bronco IDs,” said student manager of the Games Room Etc. and senior international business and marketing student Lay Xin. “What we do when we receive a Bronco ID is look through the directory and try our best to contact the owner of it.”
Xin said that students also lose a lot of USBs, which end up at the Lost & Found.
“We go through the documents [on the USB] to try to find the owner of it, and then we try our best to contact them,” said Xin. “We also receive a lot of miscellaneous items, such as chargers and earphones.”
Xin also shared advice on how students can keep belongings out of Lost and Found.
“Just double check and make sure you have everything before you leave a location,” said Xin.
Because many students leave their belongings behind at lost and found, the Games Room Etc. changed their auction from once a quarter to once a month.
“[The auction] used to be every quarter within the first few weeks of when school starts,” said Xin. “Now we are trying to implement to have a monthly Lost & Found Auction due to the many objects we’ve been receiving, and because our marketing has been very good.”
The auctions are cash only and items are sold as is. The next auction will be Feb. 10.
Jennifer Contreras / The Poly Post
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