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  • WEEE Ben
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    Did another video pm residential pick-ups, only a smaller one but thought i'd add it to the thread.
    There was was interesting old multi-meters and walkie talkies..

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  • WEEE Ben
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    yeah absolutely, some things take time to sell but without a constant presence online the chances of the guy who needs it finding you at that time is slim.

    That's why I made them sub forums for sale items, if you list oddball cards and parts there, it will stay there forever, so if someone googles that part number, they will find your post, it may be a year later but it happens.

    I've been talking to a guy in Italy about my parts, so it does work.
    another option is to list on ebay for a sale price and list here for big bucks, half of the best price you find online is a bargain if it's something you really need.
    retro pc guys have deep pockets for the right stuff.

  • tvhunter
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    On that topic, I fished a PC out of a construction bin at Uni a while back. The PC itself was just a bog-standard P4, but it had two cards in it. One is some sort of interface for automotive on-board computers (ECUs and the like) and the other is some sort of interface for control external devices from the PC. Looking them up, I saw the automotive card on Dutch eBay for 415 Euros (!)

    I have no way of testing either card, so I'd have to sell 'as is and possibly broken', but even $10 is better than their $1/kg or so scrap value.

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  • WEEE Ben
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    In that last video of the pick-up from a cabinet maker, there's 2 nail guns in their box.
    I tried to operate the guns to test, wow they are powerful beasts.

    Thought since they do work and might just need a service I put the pair up on ebay for $1 to see what happens.
    3 days to go and they're sitting on $300, have had builders popping over to inspect and all.
    we'll see how it ends but it just goes to show that even a basic free pick-up can be worth hundreds of dollars if you take the time to test the items you get.
    so if it ends a little higher, which it probably will it's a week wages for me, take a look at them in the video.

    Another thing is it pays to make contacts with pc guys, tv guys, radio guys etc through forums etc because not only do I get to sell them bits mostly I pick their brains about everything I can think of.
    just the other day when I sold a mini tv we went through a box I just got in and there was 3 new record player needles from older models, he showed me them on ebay, $30 - $40 each, I would of tossed them out so from something very basic there's another $100

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  • WEEE Ben
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    Was out this morning doing a pick-up and thought it would be another good variation to show.
    This time was from a cabinet makers workshop who was previously a residential client, advertising to households can lead to commercial customers.
    Old nail guns might be collectible, some newer ones still working, saws and another jack hammer. even bigger this time..


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  • tvhunter
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    That power strip is an energy-saver for you TV and DVD player etc. The way it works is that the box with the LCD also has a remote control receiver in it. You plug all your entertainment gear into the power strip and then place the LCD box next to the TV. When you use the remote to turn the TV off, the LCD box detects the signal and turns everything off at the power strip. Likewise, when you use the remote to switch the TV on, it turns it all back on. That way they're not sucking up power in standby mode.

    Those strips were given away by some company during the carbon tax. I don't know if they actually gave it to you or if it remained their property. They would go door-to-door, install them, photograph them in situ, and leave. I think their business model was that they got the carbon credits for the power these boards were saving, which they then sold. I guess the end of the carbon tax was probably the end of them as well.

  • WEEE Ben
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    Yeah the boxy style Merc's & VW's are going to be the next Toyota's as far as hot property at the scrap yards.
    Just like now any old vans, especially toyota's are parted out or shipped whole to India, Pakistan and other countries.

    Parts are expensive for late model vans, a basic service costs about $500, there's 9 litres of oil in a merc' engine and you need the very high end grade of oil.
    even my old van, a 10lt bottle of cheaper high end oil costs me $100 but I service it myself.
    The only thing i'd like from the new vans are the barn doors at the back, mine still has the tilt out back door, barn doors are awesome.

  • tvhunter
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    I had a parcel delivered yesterday, and when the courier rocked up in his long-wheelbase, high-roof Mercedes Sprinter, I was like "oooooohh...."

  • WEEE Ben
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    The boxy type vans like mine, just a short top, holds 4.5 cubic metres of cargo, the tall ones maybe around 6 cu.
    It's enough for most pick-up's i've done, if not just do it twice, a trailer wouldn't be needed and will be more of a hassle,
    all of a sudden you have a very long vehicle squeezing through the little streets around your area and parking there is difficult,
    with a trailer you'll be going around in circles a lot trying to find a parking.

    Once I was busting for a crap so I had to sit on an empty bucket in the back of the van, would of been very awkward if I was on the back of a ute

  • tvhunter
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    I don't want to yank this thread too far off topic, but if I remain where I currently live (inner north Melbourne), I was thinking about sticking with pedal power, but getting a cargo bike or bike trailer. There are places that will move an entire household, whitegoods and all, by bike so residential pickups seems possible. It would also be good marketing for a recycling business - environmentally-conscious and people would certainly remember you.
    Also, to get what I want, I'd probably have to make the bike/trailer myself and, if it comes off, I could try making a business out of building and selling those.

    On the other hand, if I move out to the burbs, or mange to land a commercial pickup, I'll probably at least need to supplement the bike with something motorised. Chances are I'll need a car or similar for my own transport anyway, so if I can also get something that could also haul scrap... I'd be mainly looking at e-waste, so yeah, I think a van or an enclosed trailer would be the go. If I had a choice, I'd probably go the van - I like to go cycling and mountain biking in my free time (go figure), and a van is probably the best and most secure way of getting a bike to the trail.

  • WEEE Ben
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    Purely scrapping for steel and wanting large whitegoods then i'd go for a ute.

    But e-waste definitely a van, you can lock it up and you can also scrap inside the van, lock it overnight and scrap again next day, undercover.
    also a lot of other benefits like travelling and sleeping in it, and if your into big steel items, attach a trailer.

    I do residential pick-ups so i'm always taking a fridge or washer, vans are low to the ground so you don't need to lift, just tilt the fridge and slide it in.

    Whatever you chose, trust me, go diesel.

  • Bren gun21
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    Hi tvhunter when you finish uni and you are looking for vehicles just remember that you can use a trailer with most, I use a 4x4 with a trailer but they can be juice guzzlers but I collect around 20 to 30 TV's a week still here in Tassie except this week 9 but disappointed but a lot depends where you live as well keep scrapping
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