The PS5 has been breaking record sales despite being hard to find in stores due to the scarcity of chips. Sony’s new console appeared in an auction of the Federal Revenue in Bauru (SP), with an initial bid of R$ 1,800 – much lower than the official price. The Xbox Series X also showed up, as well as some iPhones and over 2,000 Xiaomi cell phones, most of the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 9 lines.
Lot 44 only includes the PlayStation 5 and is open to individuals. It’s worth noting that the starting bid is $1,800, but since this is an auction, the final amount will most likely be higher. The official price is R$ 4,399.90; it has gone through two reductions since its launch in 2020 following IPI cuts by President Jair Bolsonaro.
The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, can only be acquired by a legal entity, as it is part of a more valuable lot: it also includes several units of the Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, PS4, physical media games and console controls. The minimum bid is R$54 thousand.
And the huge amount of Xiaomi cell phones is noteworthy: there are almost 2,100 units just in the highlights gathered below by Techblog. All these lots are restricted to legal entities, as they cost tens of thousands of reais.
Apple devices, which were once the highlight of every auction, now have a much more timid appearance. One of the batches has 10 iPhone 8 Plus units and comes with 580 Xiaomi cell phones, including the Redmi Note 8, Note 8 Pro, Note 9, Note 9S and Note 9 Pro. comes from Paraguay.
When it comes to electronics, this auction also includes the old Moto C, from Motorola; and Blu J4 and Blu G70 mobile phones. There’s also the Redmi Note 5A, which I thought was a typo, but it actually exists; the same device was released as Redmi Note 5A Prime in China and Redmi Y1 in India. (Xiaomi confuses me a lot with these nomenclatures.)
How to participate in the IRS auction?
OK, now curiosity must have hit: how does the IRS auction to buy electronics work? To try to buy the PS5 or any other lot, you need to be up to date with your taxes. With that, you basically need three things:
- obtain a digital certificate, which must be purchased separately;
- obtain an access code through the e-CAC Portal;
- visit the Revenue website and place your bid to buy the products.
This auction is being held in Bauru, in the interior of SP. Lots 1 to 63 are located in the city’s Seized Goods Deposit, in Vila Pacífico; It’s important to know this because the auctioned items must be picked up in person – the IRS does not deliver.
Individuals can only bid on lots 1, 44 (from PS5), 45 and 46; the others are restricted to legal entities. The proposals are open until November 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm, Brasília time.
Check out more details on the official website: recipe.fazenda.gov.br.
Auction has 2000 Xiaomi, PS5, Xbox and more
Check out the highlights of this auction by the Federal Revenue, gathered by Techblog:
|Batch||Main products||Minimum bid|
|2||Redmi Note 8 (163 units)
Redmi Note 9 (37 units)
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (20 units)
Motorola Moto C (10 units)
|5||Xbox Series X (6 units)
Xbox Series S (5 units)
Nintendo Switch (29 units)
PlayStation 4 (4 units)
games on physical media (156 units)
console controls (476 units)
|21||iPhone 8 Plus (10 units)
Redmi Note 8 (266 units)
Redmi Note 8 Pro (116 units)
Redmi Note 9S (97 units)
Redmi Note 9 Pro (38 units)
Redmi Note 9 (34 units)
Redmi 9 (29 units)
|25||Redmi Note 8 (300 units)||R$ 80.000|
|27||Redmi Note 9S (100 units)||R$ 36.800|
|28||Redmi Note 5A (202 units)
Redmi 6A (101 units)
Redmi 6 (3 units)
|29||Redmi Note 5A (98 units)
Redmi Note 9 Pro (15 units)
Redmi Note 8 Pro (15 units)
Redmi Note 9S (4 units)
|34||Blu J4 (675 units)
Blu G70 (141 units)
|39||Redmi Note 8 (284 units)
Redmi Note 9S (115 units)
Redmi 8A (35 units)
|44||PlayStation 5||R$ 1.800|