The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning goods seized in São Paulo, and among all the lots, there is a curious one: it has retro consoles originally launched in Japan in the 1980s and controls for the Super Famicom – Japanese version of the SNES, or Super Nintendo. Of course, here we also find Xiaomi cell phones and Apple products like iPhone and MacBook.
Lot 4 has a Redmi Note 8 Pro, and its starting bid is R$450. The Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite and Mi 9T are also participating in the auction, with a minimum price of R$800. Apple may try to buy an iPhone 7 Plus, which starts at R$750. All of these products mentioned here can be purchased per individual.
There are other lots, however, that are valid only for legal entities. This is the case of lot 18: it includes the Casio PV-1000, the company’s first console, released in 1983 only in Japan. The video game was a sales failure, with only 13 games in the catalog, and was canceled in less than a year .
We also have the Cassette Vision Jr., console from Japan’s Epoch, also released in 1983 for a much lower price: it cost 5,000 yen, against the 14,800 yen of the Casio PV-1000. It sold well, but ended up being supplanted by two other competitors: the Sega SG-1000 and the Nintendo Famicom, whose international version is the famous Nintendinho (NES). Vision Jr. ceased to be sold in 1984.
This lot from the Internal Revenue Service also brings the Pioneer PX-7 computer, launched in Japan in 1984: it is an MSX computer, that is, it follows a hardware standardization co-created by Microsoft for greater compatibility of cartridges, programs and games.
Lot 18 also includes 50 Super Famicom controllers – Japanese version of the SNES – plus 118 used game cartridges; the starting bid is just $500.
How to participate in the IRS auction?
Now that you know the highlights, the question remains: how does the IRS auction to buy electronics work? To participate, first of all you need to be up to date with your taxes. Having this, you need to:
- obtain a digital certificate, which must be purchased separately;
- obtain an access code through the e-CAC Portal;
- visit the Revenue website and place your bid to buy the products.
As in every revenue auction, whoever buys the lots will need to withdraw them personally. The products are not guaranteed and can only be resold by a legal entity. The proposals are open until November 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm, Brasília time.
The auction is being held in the city of São Paulo; find out more details on the official website: recipe.fazenda.gov.br.
Auction also has Xiaomi AirDots and Google Chromecast
Check out the main auction lots of the Federal Revenue, gathered by the Techblog:
|Batch||Main products||initial bid|
|4||Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro||R$ 450|
|5||Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite||R$ 800|
|6||Xiaomi Mi 9T||R$ 800|
|7||iPhone 7 Plus||R$ 750|
|8||Apple Watch Series 3||R$ 1.000|
MacBook Air of 256 GB
|11||Xiaomi AirDots (454 units)
Google Chromecast (2 units)
Kingston SSD 480 GB (1 unit)
|18||Casio PV-1000 Console (1 unit)
Console Cassette Vision Jr. (1 unit)
Used cartridges (118 units)
Pioneer PX-7 computer (1 unit)
Nintendo Super Famicom Controls (50 units)
|62||2 GB RAM sticks (1,000 units)
4GB RAM sticks (1,450 units)
8 GB RAM sticks (500 units)