“Stimulating” the economy

What happens when a state forecloses on a business for not paying taxes?  The state usually seizes the property and auctions off the inventory if the business doesn’t pay up.  Well, that policy has put Kansas in a bit of a predicament.

The state seized the inventory of Bang Lingerie and Gifts after the owner didn’t pay up on a delinquent tax bill in the amount of $163,986 that was owed to the state.  Today, the state will auction off the inventory to recoup the amount.

Kansas tax revenues could get a boost with the sale of remote-control vibrating thongs and other sex toys.

Thousands of adult novelty items, from lingerie to handcuffs, are for sale in an online auction as a result of a failure of a chain of erotic stores to pay state sales, income and withholding taxes.

The items — all new and in the original packaging — will be available for inspection Monday at a warehouse in Kansas City’s West Bottoms.

The merchandise was seized in July by the Kansas Department of Revenue from five adult stores in Kansas City, Kan., Topeka, Wichita and Junction City. The owner, United Outlets LLC, doing business as Bang, owes the state $163,986.

Source: The Kansas City Star

I guess you can say this is a way to stimulate the economy in more ways than one.  The state itself will not conduct the auction.  Instead, they have contracted out to a private company to do the auction for them.  Take a look at the auction site and see if you can figure out which auction will consist of Bang’s inventory.

'Equip-bid_com - Kansas Auctions

The auction is being conducted by Equip Bid Auctions, and you have to register even just to look at the inventory that’s up for auction. I have seen no word yet on whether Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting the auction.

How much more comedy can be written into a story involving a state with a governor named Brownback that is auctioning off sex toys that are being housed in a warehouse in West Bottoms?


6 thoughts on ““Stimulating” the economy

  1. No more comedy. This is a joke that tells itself. When I saw this last week, I giggled for hours. Then I posted the link to the auction site on my Facebook page so anyone who was inclined to help a cash- strapped state could buy a strapon.


    • LOL!!! I wanted to see what was being auctioned, but I refuse to sign up just to see. If I were interested in buying anything, then I’d have no problem with signing up.

      Every other auction they have on that site allows you to preview something without signing in. Why are they so embarrassed about selling something when they won’t be embarrassed to take the money from selling it?


      • Many years ago, I briefly worked for Ritchie Brothers Auctions right after I got out of the Army. They’re a big name in auctions, and they auction off a lot of stuff, but the auction I worked seemed to consist mostly of heavy equipment like earthmovers, large trucks, construction and farm gear, tractors, loaders, forklifts and that sort of thing. I was maintaining their data and commo gear at the auction site, and the admin folks were told that anyone could have a copy of the for-sale inventory list (this was right after Desert Storm, so it was on paper, not the internet), but that only registered bidders who had been vetted and who had lines of credit of funds on deposit were to be given bidder credentials for the auction itself.

        I don’t think that level of care is required for smaller-value items like what Kansas is going to be selling here, but I do have to wonder why you’d have to register just to look in the store window, as it were.

        One hopes that the folks in the warehouse will be careful in how they fulfill any orders arising from this auction. It wouldn’t do for some trucking company to receive a 55-gallon drum of the wrong sort of lubricant. 😀


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