Military surplus are goods, usually matériel, that are sold or otherwise disposed of when no longer needed by the military. Entrepreneurs often buy these goods and resell them at surplus stores. Military surplus rarely include weapons or munitions, though they are occasionally found in such stores. Usually the goods sold by the military are clothing, equipment, and tools of a generally useful nature, as well as embroidered patches, name tags, and other items that can be used for a faux military uniform. Occasionally, vehicles will be sold as well (jeeps, trucks, etc.).
Demand for such items comes from various collectors, survivalists or preppers, and fans of airsoft guns and paintball, as well as those seeking the high quality of sturdy military issue garb.
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- Surplus Property Act
- "The World's Biggest Clearance Sale." Popular Mechanics, February 1955, pp. 89-93.
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