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Pinellas school auction offers bargain deals, but at what cost?

Tim Russell goes to lots of auctions to support his pawn business and lifelong hobby of buying and selling used goods.

So he was stunned two weeks ago to walk away from the Pinellas County school district auction with hundreds of digital cameras, camcorders, projectors, VCRs, camera cases and more.

All for less than $900.

"I would have paid much more if they would have let me," said Russell, owner of Big Tim's Pawn in Pinellas Park.

He's already recouped his investment and he estimates bringing in $25,000 to $30,000 on the goods.

A school district official on Friday acknowledged that the district may be selling itself short.

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[Last modified: Monday, May 14, 2012 11:10am]


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