I tried to do my math, but this is what I do.
When I buy computers from customers, I pay them by the pound.
I buy computers from My customers, and this is how I do it,
for every pound of complete systems, Ram and all.. .28 a pound,
Missing one item .25
missing more then one item .05
what do You think.. any suggestion.?
Probably easier for the seller to have a price per complete computer then having to drag out a decent working scale. Of course if he knew he was only getting $4 a tower he might just toss it in the trash when gas is $3.80 a gallon to get it to you.
Really didn't get a good direct answer... Belive it or not, I get about in a month time over a ton of computer scraps.
My question is am I paying too much for each computer
Sounds a little high to me, if you get a few of the old heavy computers you would be paying $7. - $9. ea. I don't pay any more than $5.
I had a guy tell me today that he would not bother selling me computers for 5 ea, he would rather go pick up cans on the side of the road. I just laughed and shook my head as I'm walking away. He was talking about their being 20-30 dollars worth of gold in them. ROFL.
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Me personally, I wouldn't fiddle with pounds. Tell them complete towers are X, and then deduct X for each component that is missing.
I've had a few computers come in, that if I had paid .28/lb, I would have paid $9 or more. Not worth it.
Paying by the lb may very well result in over paying.
If you think about it, most complete computers are pretty much similar in their components make up. But very different in their casing and PSU (weight wise).
Mechanic688, 20-30$ worth of precious metals (not just gold) in one complete computer is not very far from the truth.
But i do agree with you. Since the scrap exchange so many hands along the way, no one of us could ever pay this much. This value is usually extracted by the (large) refiners, not by us scrappers and dealers, they know how to turn profit from over 17 different elements (Gold, Palladium, Silver, Copper and Tin are the main money makers).
I have a board up in my office of all the scrap yards in my area that pay by the pound. I have to keep my prices in line with theirs to keep getting the walk ins. I am in an area that has A LOT of garbage companies and scrap yards and there are a lot of computers being sold. My choice is simple. Pay a little bit more to corner the market or pay a lot more to buy them from the scrap yards. I am currently at .25 a pound and that is the highest in the area by .03. Just enough to keep the scrappers coming. Everything that comes in is inspected and the sellers know that if it is missing something they are getting a lower price. Simple as that.
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