Despite Dr. Guy's explanation, even a government has to sell assets at a price the market will bear.
Yea, but it makes great headlines. 15 years ago, the State AG audited the agency I was working at, and the headlines blared "Agency loses $250,000 in COmputer equipment!" That was when $250,000 was real money! But nothing was lost. We had sent a bunch of old clunkers to a Tech School (state run so the state still had the stuff) so their kids could get experience working on them for a vocation. They were not worth the freight to ship them (old 8086, 86000, and 80286s back in 93???), but still on the books for purchased value! (about $2k-$4k each).