GSAAUCTIONS.GOV is still run by the Fed Gov, govliquidation.com publicsurplus.com and govdeals.com are all private.
Although this was not by any means a good deal there are deals to be had on those sites and I've got great deals on lots of items, welders, band saws, table saws, drill presses, grinders, safes, etc. I like to think of it as "reclaiming my poorly spent tax dollars" program.
If you're in or close to Ohio I highly recommend you visit the sister company of govliquidations called unclesamsretailoutlet.com, they have a store near Columbus and its MASSIVE, way more stuff there than they post online, scored lots of great deals from them was well, full decked out MOLLE RUCK with all the bells and whistles plus 8 MOLLE attachments for about $75, steel toed climbing boots for $25 and too many other things to list here.
BTW I have no affiliation with any of the sites other than being a registered buyer.