Taken from article by Blake Herzog (firstname.lastname@example.org) http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110804/NEWS01/108030349/Palm-Desert-auctioning-surplus-online
Palm Desert is holding its first “online garage sale” for surplus equipment on the municibid.com website.
The items up for bid are a 1972 Oshkosh snorkel fire truck (opening bid $1,000) and a 1996 Ford Escort ($200). That auction ends at 3 p.m. Aug. 11.
Also, two diesel air compressors ($50), on which bidding closes at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 10.
City spokesman David Hermann said the city will watch the results of this online auction before deciding whether to do any more.
So far the Escort fares the best; by Wednesday afternoon it had racked up 11 bids topping out at $1,050.
It’s also the only one of the four items that can be legally operated in California, according to the municibid page.
The diesel air compressors, 6 and 12 years old, would have to be retrofitted to meet current air quality standards.
The fire truck can’t be sold, registered or operated in the state at all.
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