Turners has turned to TradeMe for the sale of property retrieved from crime scenes by police or seized by Customs..
The monthly auctions where things like jewellery, beer fridges and television, go under the hammer, will now be moved online.
Turners has been running the auctions for 15 years but says it can make more money on Trade Me.
“I guess the reason for that (is) people don’t have the time to come to a public auction on a Tuesday or a Wednesday or a Thursday because they’re working or they’ve got other pressures, ” branch manager for Turners’ commercial division Jason Tredgett says.
On-line auctions are open to a far bigger audience of potential buyers than live ones and also cheaper to run.
Alcohol and tobacco which aren’t permitted to be sold on TradeMe will still go under the hammer the old-fashioned way.