Types of items that users can buy on GovDeals.ca by bidding on them in auctions include machinery, police equipment, furniture, vehicle parts and electrical supplies, among others. As of 2016, GovDeals.ca provides auctions for these items in locations across Canada and the United States, and it allows users to bid on them online after creating an account on the website.
The website arranges the items into categories and lists the latter in an alphabetical order on the home page. Next to each category, it displays the number of active auctions. It also provides an option to filter the items and categories based on the selected location in the View Auctions menu. The items it offers are confiscated and surplus items that different government agencies want to sell online. Each agency dictates the rules regarding their auctions, while GovDeals.ca provides an online platform for them.
Each item category displays a list of running auctions and provides information regarding the location where the items are available, the end dates and times for the auctions, the total number of bids for each item and the currently highest bids. Item pages provide information about the seller, including the asset location and a link that shows it one the map, as well as the approximate value of the item and the remaining time for the auction. Payment methods for the items vary, but they typically include PayPal, credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard, and wire transfers.