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Ben's Attic: Penn's New Web-based Surplus Property Exchange Site

November 23, 2010, Volume 57, No. 13


Wondering what to do with those old office chairs? Have promotional items left over from an event, or laboratory equipment gathering dust? List them in Ben’s Attic—a new website developed by Purchasing Services that allows Penn faculty and staff to exchange and purchase surplus University owned property. 

All faculty and staff are able to browse the site to see if there are any items they may need. However, to post items or make purchases, you must be a TAC (Transaction Authorization Card) holder (or a TAC holder’s designee). Items are listed by category and can be sold or given away at no cost. You can also request an email notification of items by category as they become available. 

All policies defining disposition of University property are defined on the site and must be adhered to when listing an item for purchase or bid. All items are centrally reviewed by the Ben’s Attic system administrator and then approved for posting on the site. 

As Ben’s Attic is just being launched, there is a great need for items to be listed on the site. It’s the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted stuff in an easy and sustainable manner!

Ben’s Attic is strictly for repurposing of University owned property and can be accessed from the Purchasing Services website: www.upenn.edu/purchasing or you may bookmark: https://upenn.unl.edu/.

If you have any questions regarding the usage of Ben’s Attic or want to set up an account, please email benattic@exchange.upenn.edu.
 If you have personal items that you wish to repurpose you may access the West Philly Freecycle™ site at www.freecycle.org for your personal transactions. The Freecycle Network is made up of groups with members across the globe. It’s a grass roots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.


Almanac - November 23, 2010, Volume 57, No. 13