Since World War II, governments have been stockpiling a lot of military equipment, the majority of which are tents for military use. This is the reason the government sometimes sells off used military items. Both brand new and used tents are offered for auction or sale. Sometimes, distributors from third parties will purchase large quantities of tents and then sell the tents as camping equipment for the typical consumer. One of the most requested products from these distributors is tents. Since you can't camp without the tent.
These tents that are surplus are typically superior to commercial camping equipment that is sold on the market.They were built to take even the most difficult conditions. Since they're best surplus tents usually available at a much lower price. It's a high-quality product for a reasonable price , the best bargain that a buyer could ever think of.
However, not all tents are sold in the same quality. Of course, a majority of the stuff sold in third-party stores is inspected for conformity to the standards of the government, but there are some shops that offer older tents at a less expensive cost.
Finally, look at the tent's material. It may be covered in mildew and mold as well and you should clean it thoroughly and take it dry. You'll know it's clean when it isn't smelling any longer.
Be aware that not all old as well as used camp equipment is able to be repaired. Check out the item before you purchase it. If you believe the components aren't in good repair and you're not sure, then you might prefer to not purchase this one, regardless of what the cost might be.