October 27

The Bruce St. James Show Radio Interview with Municibid’s Director of Sales

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Bruce:

So, are you familiar that cities tend to sell stuff, surplus things? I think we all know this, but do you really know what they’re selling? Can I give you a quick example? My father, José, was notorious for going to these municipal city sales and buying weird things because they were cheap.

Judy:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

I grew up in a house that had a honest to God, full-sized couple hundred pound metal fire hydrant...

Judy:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

Had the little chains on it, you could unscrew the thingamabobbers.

Cheese:

Uh huh.

Bruce:

Not connected to water. Don’t get me wrong. I think José paid 25 bucks for it.

Cheese:

Oh! That’s a deal!

Judy:

That is a great find. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

Bruce:

Well, cities sell all kinds of stuff. And around Illinois, I mean if you’re looking for it, you might be able to find it. Joining us right now is Jameel Farruk. Mu-ni-ci-bid, did I pronounce it right? Municbid’s Director of Sales. Good morning.

Jameel:

Good morning, Bruce and Cheese. Thank you for having me.

Bruce:

I got it right, Mu-ni-ci-bid right? So I’m looking...

Jameel:

Municibid. Perfect.

Bruce:

I’m looking at your website. And if you’re looking for, let’s say a 1996 Ford Street Sweeper, you got one! You got one!

Parked white 1996 Ford Street Sweeper.

Cheese:

Nice. There you go, Nick. [Laughs]

Bruce:

If you’re looking for a dual gumball machine, oh, they got one of those too!

Cheese:

Wow.

Jameel:

[Laughs]

Judy:

But do you have a fire hydrant because I need one now.

Bruce:

I want a fire hydrant. I like fire hydrants.

Jameel:

We certainly may. For sure.

Bruce:

Yeah.

Judy:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

So tell us a little bit about Municibid and how this works.

Jameel:

Great. I’d be happy to. So our company is an online auction marketplace for governments to monetize surplus assets that they no longer need, to the general public. And as you mentioned, we sell everything from vehicles to street equipment to kitchen equipment to computers, anything that a government may have used and wants to sell to the general public. We’re a one-stop shop for you to come and place a bid.

Judy:

Now, I know...

Jameel:

And this is a great plat...I’m sorry. Go ahead.

Judy:

I know Illinois recently, in the last few years, sold some airplanes. Would that be where I would find them?

Jameel:

You can certainly find aircraft. You can find boats. We have basically sold anything that you can imagine under the sun and we’re happy to sell just about anything a government is able to monetize.

Bruce:

It’s amazing when you take a look at this. So I want a fire truck. Don’t ask me why. Okay?

Judy:

Every boy does, Bruce.

Bruce:

Jameel, I want a damn fire truck.

Jameel:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

I’m willing to get a Dalmatian if that’s what it takes. I saw a Dalmatian yesterday and thought now I need a fire truck. Okay? ‘Cause that’s how my mind works.

Jameel:

[Laughs]

Judy:

Yeah. [Laughs]

Bruce:

You’ve got a 1979 Ford Pierce Fire Engine. The current bid by the way is 26 hundred bucks.

Parked yellow 1979 Ford Pierce Fire Engine.

Cheese:

Yeah! That’s it?

Judy:

Let’s all go in and get it.

Bruce:

We can all go in on this.

Judy:

Mmhm.

Bruce:

And we can own a fire truck.

Judy:

We could cruise around Chicago.

Bruce:

So my question to you, Jameel, is…

Jameel:

Mmhm.

Bruce:

Are people who are buying these, it’s not like other cities buying them, it’s crazy people like me that just want a fire truck, right?

Jameel:

Well, you know, it could be both.

Bruce:

Oh, okay.

Jameel:

We sell to the general public and governments are included with that. So fire trucks can end up from one department to another. Or they can end up for personal use, in museums...

Bruce:

Personal use. [Laughs]

Jameel:

...collectors.

Cheese:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

I like the idea. A personal use fire truck.

Jameel:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

Hey, you never know right?

Jameel:

Exactly.

Bruce:

You never know.

Judy:

What are some of the other interesting things you can buy?

Jameel:

Well, as a musician I play music on my free time. We’ve had awesome instruments that have sold on the site. We’ve had everything from community centers that have sold billiard boards or old arcade equipment. You know, we really run the gambit of just pretty much anything that you can imagine that somebody has bought and sold or used. We’ve sold it before and it’s great.

Bruce:

Again, we’re talking to Jameel Faruk, Municibid’s Director of Sales. So I have a question. And again you can find this up on, Municibid.com. And you can browse along. So you mention musical items. And I’m looking…

Jameel:

Mmhm.

Bruce:

Right here in Chicago, I can currently bid on six used metal drum covers, for a drum.

Single drum cover sitting on countertop.

Jameel:

Yes you can.

Bruce:

What the hell was the Chicago Transit Authority doing, ‘cause that’s who’s selling it.

Cheese:

[Laughs]

Jameel:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

With drum covers?

Cheese:

[Laughs]

Jameel:

[Laughs] You know, I don’t know, you’ll probably have to ask.

Bruce:

I’m trying to figure that out. Is there a Chicago Transit Authority band that I’m not aware of?

Jameel:

How cool would that be?

Bruce:

[Laughs] Marching up and down the trains. Oh watch out the guy with the drums is coming.

Cheese:

Unbelievable.

Judy:

Maybe it’s some musician who was playing and you know, in the L station and left them there?

Cheese:

Oh yeah.

Judy:

There you go.

Jameel:

That’s very true. We sell lost and found all the time.

Bruce:

Oh.

Judy:

I’m really interested in how does a municipality get a beer sign?

Bruce:

[Laughs] Not just a beer sign, lots of beer signs.

Judy:

Lots of beer signs. Yeah. They’re very cool but…

Jameel:

There are community centers that are outfitted with these types of items. And sometimes those places are just turning them over. We’ve seen everything from beer signs, as you look at the site right now, there’s beer signs, poker tables, miscellaneous Chicago Bulls memorabilia. You never know what comes through or what a government is using, but we’re certainly a good place for them to pitch it out to the general public and for you to find it.

Judy:

So how does this work? How do people get this stuff?

Jameel:

It’s very easy. Anyone in the general public can visit our website. You can browse all the items and if you would like to place a bid on an item, you register as a bidder. You place your bid. If you win the auction, you’re good to go.

Judy:

You have to come and pick it up?

Jameel:

It depends on the agency that’s selling the item. Most of the items that we sell, are most likely going to be picked up in person, but if the agency is willing to ship it, they’ll let you know in the listing and that’s certainly a way that you can get the item as well.

Judy:

Okay. So when we go buy the fire engine…

Bruce:

I was going to say, I just want to point out I’m driving the fire truck.

Cheese:

[Laughs]

Judy:

Are we going to have to drive it back? I mean does it work?

Bruce:

Ya!

All:

[Laugh]

Bruce:

I’m so driving the fire truck.

Bruce:

No! I’m driving the fire truck.

Judy:

It’s in Rock Falls.

Bruce:

I’ll go to Rock Falls to get the fire truck.

Judy:

I am not kidding, you need that fire truck. It’s the coolest looking fire truck

Bruce:

Okay.

Jameel:

Well, the coolest thing is this fire engine does run. It is driveable off the lot so..

Bruce:

See.

Jameel:

...you can hop behind the wheel of that bad boy and drive her home.

Bruce:

I’ll even let you, Judy, hang out the passenger window and go [imitates siren sound]. You can make the siren sound.

Cheese:

I’m hanging out the back.

Judy:

Wait. Does the siren work?

Bruce:

It probably does, but I’m afraid of getting arrested. So you can do the siren sound. Jameel, we appreciate your time today. Thank you so much.

Jameel:

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you. Have a great day.

Bruce:

He’s Jameel Farruk, with Municibid, where you can bid on things that cities are selling. And by the way, it’s literally everything under the sun.

Cheese:

I call hanging off the back of the fire truck.

Judy:

Is there a fire hose? 'Cause I’m up for the fire hose.

Bruce:

I bet you we can find a bid on more fire hoses. See if they have Dalmatians for sale.

Cheese:

You gotta talk to Marv, he’ll buy it for us.

Bruce:

Sighs.

Cheese:

Station vehicle.

Judy:

Oh my gosh. Right.

Bruce:

Why don’t we have a fire truck? When people go, “Why do you have a fire truck?” I’m gonna say, “Why don’t you have a fire truck?”

Judy:

[Laughs]

Bruce:

That’s the better question.

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