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    best way to sell your copper wire

    Hi, was just wondering what you all think would be the best way to sell your wire? I have 7 or 8 pounds of extension cords and I was just thinking about stripping them then packing them together to be melted. Would that be the best way or you suggest i leave them unstripped?



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    Extention cords are a pain in the butt to strip. That's why I don't strip them. There is too much insulation, and not enough copper. I have about 25 lbs of extention right now, so I would only get about 5-7 lbs of copper out of it if I stripped it. Not worth my time.
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    In order to make it worth striping the wire has to have a high recovery. Let's say you had 1000 lbs of Romex wire the recovery is 62% so if you striped it you would end up with 620 lbs @ $3. A pound you end up with $1860 but if you don't strip it at 2 a lbs you would get $2000 with no work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scraprecycler View Post
    In order to make it worth striping the wire has to have a high recovery. Let's say you had 1000 lbs of Romex wire the recovery is 62% so if you striped it you would end up with 620 lbs @ $3. A pound you end up with $1860 but if you don't strip it at 2 a lbs you would get $2000 with no work.
    That would work if you get $2 a lb for Insulated. But I just checked and with #1 copper at $3.05; Insulated was $1.20.
    People may laugh at me, but that's ok. I laugh all the way to the bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjf552 View Post
    packing them together to be melted.
    What do you mean by that?
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    Not all wire is purchased at the same price and if your buyer is doing that you need to get a new buyer. I sold Romex last week and I was paid 1.90 a lb

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    All the yards in the area have one category - Insulated Copper Wire. I'm not going to drive 200 miles.

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    Then all the yards are not being fair to there customers. I'm willing to bet that after you leave they sort it out in to its recovery grades. That's what I would do.

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    looks like the OP ran out of cord ; )

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    Romex can be categorized as #1 insulated wire which would be worth more.

    Extension cords will be #2 insulated wire since they are made with stranded wire that is not big enough to be classified as #1 insulated.

    Don't waste your time stripping the extension cords, just sell them as #2 insulated and use the time you will save looking for more scrap that you can sell to make more moeny.

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