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  • #13
    Back to the metal yard yesterday as I'd filled my GFs car with roadside / dumpster scrap metal after dropping her at the airport. She doesn't get the scrapping thing and wouldn't have been happy if her 19 year old sh!tbox was full of metal.

    Monday is waste pickup day where she lives. You are supposed to book a truck but if one person puts out a pile, everyone does. I picked up some 8kg pices of extruded aluminium desk rails among other items. Also had a poke around in a builders skip at the Uni and pulled out 12kg of aluminium extrusion still wrapped in plastic.

    One thing I'm learning is that if you see scrap or a potential dumpster then look / grab now as it won't be there for long.

    Note lower prices. Last week they gave me ABN prices. This week non-ABN. I haven't an ABN so not sure what the difference is as it isn't 10%.

    **Is it worthwhile having an ABN?**

    LG insulated copper: $2.20 x 15kg = $33.00
    Pb Batteries: $0.57 x 15kg = $8.55
    Cast Al: $0.70 x 7kg = $4.90
    Extruded Al: $1.45 x 49kg = $71.05
    electric motors: $0.66 x 11kg = $7.26
    Stainless Steel 304: $0.80 x 7kg = $5.60

    Total $130.36

    Also, they won't take high grade insulated wire without an ABN as "company policy as it's the most likely to be stolen for a quick buck". Bare bright, stripped TPS, etc is fine though. It made me LOL.

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    • #14
      I am so lucky in that my GF not only understands the scrap thing now - but will spot a skip, suggest we have a look and help me load stuff as well as pull out handy bits of timber for our house renovations!!

      I've always had an ABN as I've been self employed for around 30 years. I think the yards pay businesses a 'dealer price' whereas the others sellers are considered hobbyists.. but not really sure these days as it's a long time since I used to regularly send truck loads to Melbourne..

      They look pretty good prices actually - except maybe SS is down a bit.

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      • #15
        I didn't intend to go to the metal yard this week but I found a couple of car batteries yesterday and a small UPS the day before and I didn't want them hanging about so I got a car load together plus my Return & Earns and headed off.

        I had a word to the yard supervisor about price differences between visits and he'd given me "dealer price" on visit #1 because I had decent quantities. He's amended my file so that I get dealer price in the future providing I don't take small amounts (which would drive me nuts).

        Fe Light Gauge 40kg@10c = $4.00
        Al Domestic 12kg@95c = $11.40
        Al Extrusion 18kg@160c = $25.60
        Cu Burnt (motor & transformer wire) 5kg@685c = $34.25
        Pb Batteries 52kg@67c = $34.84

        less 44c waste fee

        $109.69 in my bank by the time I got home.

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        • #16
          So they still use the 'dealer price' system then - and it makes sense that they reward larger quantities.
          As I have a fair way to drive, I won't be taking any less than at least a grand's worth of stuff when I finally start selling - perhaps I can push for super dealer price?
          Thanks for regularly posting your prices Brad - it's nice to see. Copper looks fairly healthy!

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          • #17
            Originally posted by Chris View Post
            So they still use the 'dealer price' system then - and it makes sense that they reward larger quantities.
            As I have a fair way to drive, I won't be taking any less than at least a grand's worth of stuff when I finally start selling - perhaps I can push for super dealer price?
            Thanks for regularly posting your prices Brad - it's nice to see. Copper looks fairly healthy!
            There are people going in with $2 worth of aluminium (good on them for recycling). They are treated the same, just lower prices.

            Seriously, these guys are a breath of fresh air. Totally transparent and allways giving advice on how to make the process easier and more profitable.

            Copper. That was just some rubbishy stuff.

            The weird bit is that I'm still really chuffed about getting money for my ferrous. It's only the price of a coffee but it means I can take microwaves home, gut them and fill them with other ferrous junk and they are a manageable weight to throw in Rhoda the Skoda.

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            • #18
              Would be nice if all scrap yards were that way!
              Haha at Rhoda the Skoda!
              Here's Merv the Merc.. (he can hold LOTS of ewaste!)

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              • #19
                Did a trip to the local - some ups and downs in prices.

                Up = Brass $4 kg, Copper pipe $6, Copper#1 $6.50, lead $1 and car batteries $6

                Down = Stainless 60c kg

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                • #20
                  On Saturday I'm putting out rubbish and one of my neighbours has put 20 complete downlights in the landfill bin. Got them out, stripped them down and got a bonus 10x LED Philips bulbs that I fitted to the GFs place that night.

                  Side note: I don't know if any of you folk have solar PV on the roof but it's a no-brainer these days if you intend to stay in your house for the next 5 years +.

                  Took the puppies for a walk Sunday afternoon. It was the monthly hard rubbish collection. In 25 minutes I got 15kg of appliance wire and left heaps of other stuff behind (3x washing machines, an oven, small appliances, etc). Pulling the solenoids out of washing machines is a quick and easy way to get copper wire but I didn't have time.

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