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    Post Sell your old engine on E-Bay?

    For Sale-Make bigger bucks!

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    Fire department sells truck on e-Bay

    (West Bath-AP) -- The town of West Bath tried selling its fire
    truck by putting a "for sale" sign in the window. The truck was
    listed on a local municipal Web site and peddled at a Maine State
    Federation of Firefighters convention.
    Now Fire Chief David Hudson is a believer in e-Bay.
    Hudson says the best bid in Maine was five-thousand dollars. But
    the first bid on e-Bay was more than twice that. He ended up
    selling the fire truck to a tiny town in Idaho for 20-thousand-100
    dollars.
    The 1982 Ford 800 Pumper and Tanker will travel to Hauser Lake,
    population 340. The truck will replace Hauser Lake's converted 1953
    military vehicle.
    The West Bath firefighters included a gift for their
    counterparts in Idaho -- four ten-pound bags of Maine potatoes.

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    GEEEEZUS H!....thats very high for Departments that may need trucks but dont have that kind of budget.All 6 of our trucks put together was LESS than that one.We got them all for 10,000.I think I wouldve rather went for the bid in Maine and got the truck.We get some of our equipment from ebay if its in fairly "useable" condition due to low budgeting but I seen an older truck over there that went for 1800 dollars...and it was a 1985 cabover Pelt I believe.If I wouldve had the budget to work with,I wouldve taken that truck... LOL..but for those Dept's that work on very low budgets,try ebay for your equipment needs and if u are needing to be within NFPA or OSHA guidelines,then just search for that type of stuff and make sure its in "useable" condition even tho i have run into brand new equipment over there.As an example we won a bid on an older pair of Amkus cutters ,30'extension hose and a new Amkus handpump there for 400 dollars(but there was no jaws with the package).

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    And who said Capitalism will fail?


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    Before I start a fight. In NO WAY am I suggesting that the following occurred in this case over the sale of the fire truck on ebay.

    Whilst reading the thread, it occurred to me that the price obviously went up quickly from the original bid to the final one and I remembered a friend of mine who had recently sold somthing on ebay.

    His reserve price did'nt come in the first time he tried. So he placed his property in at a later date, but had several friends logged on at the same time, and as the bidding commenced, his friends also made bids, pushing the price up and up, until eventually, it went well above what he originally wanted for the gear. The successfull bidder was NOT one of his friends, but another user of the site.

    I am aware there will always be an element of "gamesmanship" in these cases and just thought I would point out the possible pitfalls of buying large items such as a truck over the net. You never know who's out there...
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    "Baiting" bidders like that happens in e-auctions and real ones as well. It's the risk you run by bidding, and it's probably less understood by online bidders.

    That said, the bidder still knows how much money they are paying. That is the going price, whether it was a flat price through a regular sale or a bid in some form of auction. (Ebay still allows you to set a maximum bid even if you use proxy bidding.)

    In other words, you don't have to pay any more than you want to pay.
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    Default eBay...

    I like using ebay to buy the "hard to find stuff".
    Besides, you are getting national exposure and
    a bigger audience. Good way to find and sell
    "the goods".

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    Wink Success on E-bay

    Congrats to both departments!!

    Blairstown fire truck sold on e-Bay

    (Blairstown-AP) -- An eastern Iowa fire department used an
    online auction service to collect several thousand dollars from the
    sale of an old fire truck.
    The fire department in Blairstown, a small town about 25 miles
    west of Cedar Rapids, sold the 1979 truck for 78-hundred dollars to
    Coyote Fire in Colorado, which is responsible for fire protection
    in national parks.
    The Blairstown department listed the truck with e-Bay and set
    the starting bid at 25-hundred dollars. A total of 75 bids were
    received



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    According to Ebay rules....the seller that was selling that truck and using his freinds to "up" the bids is known as "shill bidding"...one of Ebays BIGGEST offenses...unfortunately we dont use Ebay anymore since my prior posting in this thread becuase of getting screwed in alot of the shipping...plus it got quite expensive.
    Actually after some serious thinking and this thread being brought up again,why even sell trucks and fire stuff on Ebay?...why not DONATE that stuff to needy companies that only work on those "shoestring budgets"?

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    I am a big believer in Ebay. We have gotten alot of equipment on there that we could afford new or even used from a dealer. We got a 76' ward lafrance 1,250 pump 1,000 tank. 6/71 5 speed 2 speed rear. It has just alittle rust in the wheel wells but that is easily fixed. We paid $3,100 for it from a dept in northern New York. Its a great truck and alot more truck then we could have bought else where.
    But as with buying anything used or at action you have to use some discretion in buying. Yes there are a few crooks but by enlarge most are honest. I have yet to be scammed and i have bought many 100 items on ebay. I don't think the risk is any high on ebay then any where else. And remember the golden rule "if it sounds to go to be true it probably is" You can get some really good prices on things just use alittle common sense.

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    Default Everyone has "needs."

    why even sell trucks and fire stuff on Ebay?..Why not DONATE that stuff to needy companies that only work on those "shoestring budgets"?
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    Kinda pompous to suggest that a department selling a used rig is less than honorable because they didn't have the kind heart to give it away...

    I would submit that quite possibly the department doing the selling may have been "needy," too. If you can make 10 grand from the sale of your old rig, why give it away? 10 grand will buy a few new sets of turnouts or upgrade some old SCBA's, right??? Gotta look out for your own, right???

    If these "needy company's" on "shoestring budgets" are looking for free fire engines, they better figure out the federal surplus game or learn to write grant applications... Or get a bingo night going and do some more bake sales. Jeez...
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    1) Cook at 350...
    2) Pump at 150...
    3) When in doubt, isolate and deny entry...
    4) When in trouble, claim lack of adult supervision.

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    And if you're going to buy a fire truck....you'll need a water supply.
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    SUBLIMITY, Ore. (AP) - Turns out, someone out there actually did
    want to buy a rusty, 120 foot tall water tower on eBay.
    Michael Duhrkoop, an unemployed Eagle Creek resident, was the
    winning bidder, shelling out $212.50 for the water tower that's
    stood guard over Sublimity for decades.
    "I just wanted to see if I could get it. I like to take risks,
    eBay-wise," Duhrkoop said. "How many times do you see a
    50,000-gallon water tower for sale on eBay?"
    City officials put the obsolete tower up for auction May 14 as a
    less costly way of getting rid of it, after getting estimates that
    dismantling and moving it could cost up to $20,000. Getting it out
    of city limits is part and parcel of Duhrkoop's purchase.
    It attracted 60 bids - Duhrkoop bid eight times - by the time
    the auction closed at 2:58 p.m.
    "Well, I am glad that it is over, and I hope that he enjoys his
    new water tower," said city councilman Josh Williams.
    Duhrkoop still was pondering what to do with his prize. He said
    he's considering shuttling it to a friend's 200-acre tree farm, and
    hoping that a local moving company might do the job for free, in
    exchange for any publicity it could engender.
    The tower isn't the first odd item Duhrkoop's acquired from the
    auction Web site.
    For $20 he bought a mobile data terminal, usually found in
    police cars, and a metal detector, like the ones people walk
    through at airports, for $30.01.
    Sublimity officials aren't sad to see the 55-year-old tower go.
    Bernie Miotke, Sublimity councilman, suggested selling the tower
    on eBay despite his doubts that it would work.
    "I'm glad it sold," Miotke said. "We won't be obligated to
    spend money to have it removed now."
    The tower has sat empty since 1999, when the city upgraded its
    water system with a 1.5-million gallon reservoir.
    Miotke and fellow councilor Josh Williams also get a meal out of
    the deal, courtesy of Mayor Raymond Hueberger. He promised to buy
    them a steak dinner if the eBay auction actually worked.
    However, Miotke said, the dinner won't come until the tower is
    removed.

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    apparently you must be with one of those companies that has those HUMONGOUS budgets and can afford everything in the world...and the "needy companies" are irrelevent to you.
    FYI we are INDEPENDENT...meaning we are not entitled to all these govy grants and fundings....some of us Independent companies survive strictly by donations and becuase we are in a very small community..funding doesnt come that easily(welfare town).
    I have seen ALOT of companies that sold on Ebay that was multimillion dollar industries but yet was selling there just to make an extra "buck" leaving companies like US with nothing to work with.
    We understand noone is at fault BUT the thing is...if we are as one...then donating is included...just as we would kindly donate if we had stuff we wasnt using.
    We have dealt with Ebay trying to get the necessities we needed and found out these individuals..or "companies" had more money than WE did.
    I seen a Hurst tool set(pump,jaws,cutters,rams and hose on reels) over there that we was interested in...the seller stated that they was GIVEN to him just for cleaning out an old fire station that had been closed down.Now we all know this guy didnt need the money...OR the item but he wanted to make that extra buck.It only cost 1500 bucksbut we simply could not afford it.
    We emailed him several times of this and explaining to him that we sure could use that system...to this day we are still waiting on a reply and the Hurst tool set was listed several times..meaning nobody even bidded on it.This only tells us that even tho there are SOME Independent companies that try..and care....there are ppl and companies out there that actually DONT!
    So maybe some of you largely funded companies would dig in those pockets for the Needy companies....maybe we wouldnt be needy anymore and could give some back.

    Donna C
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    Bridge Canyon Vol Fire Dept
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