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Portland Water Bureau practices bad eBay etiquette

Steve Duin’s column in the Sunday Oregonian is about the Portland Water Bureau selling some unused equipment on eBay in order to cut their losses. Among the items were two polyethylene resevoir covers worth $400,000 dollars and $27,000 in pipes. When the winning bids came in much lower than expected, the Water Bureau, unlike any good eBay member, canceled the auctions.

  1. Melissa says:


    I’m all for more years, too. How about four of them?

  2. Trudy Cooper says:

    hi Mitra!
    happy to encounter you on the net! i was just checking out all the high drama over this. people are always looking for a scandal and something to yell shame! about. saw your dad last week. i hope you are doing well.

    trudy (from kid’s day lunch with you, before you went off to college).

  3. Mitra says:

    Thanks for the shout out. Yeah, that’s my dad. I googled his name to check out all the press about the eBay fiasco (I’m in SoCal now), and amazingly the Commentator pops up. I was suprised, to say the least…

  4. darcy says:

    Golly, $400000 is a lot of money. I wish I had that much money. Stupid demoncrats blowing all the states cash. Just so long as they get theyselves reelected they dont even care. Kerrys no different.l


  5. Timothy says:

    Mitra’s dad? Classic!

  6. WWB says:

    Hahaha. Mort Anoushiravani would be Mitra’s father, for those around long enough to remember our former ASUO Veep.

  7. Timothy says:

    Why didn’t they put a goddamn reserve price on them? Christ. Morons.

  8. For what it’s worth, there was also a Portland Tribune piece on this.

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