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    Wink I have been doing this basically since the day I became a member, like 15 days .....

    And have been reading this site RELIGIOUSLY. First of all, big thank you to everyone who, simply put, gives a **** about helping others. I have been scouring Craigslist for FREE pick ups only. I have no money to spent right now and if I can turn a buck or two AND LEARN SOMETHING I am super happy.
    Anyways, I'll cut to the chase... I had to go up to Waterville to help my sister out with some stuff and saw an ad on Craigslist for a bunch of random Computer stuff... for free. I figured, what the hell.....
    Well, I scored, at least I think, pretty good. I haven't even looked inside the boxes of random parts they threw in my truck!!! I'll post pictures as soon as I get home and after I off load and sort. Basically I told the dudes if it fits in the truck, I'll take it. And boy, they loaded.
    At quick glance in the mountain in the bed of my truck.... about 20 monitors, 20 PCs. In the back seat, 6 flat screen monitors, a hand full of keyboards, and four large banker boxes of "parts". I glanced in them as they were going in the truck and I KNOW I saw assorted RAM, MOBOs, and other PCI cards. Not to mention the arm fulls of power cords and other cords.

    Like I said, I'm new to this, I have always been fascinated with the idea of it, and now that I lost my job I have time to focus on it. I have to pay the bills somehow while I'm looking for another job. then I hope to keep this going part time, until I can build up enough base and enough connections (networking) to maybe make this more than a hobby. I have no one else to be excited with because everyone thinks I'm crazy. but I figured you guys might be excited with me! thank you again for everything. I promise I will post pictures as soon as I can!




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    Yep, I also owe my success to those who have been so generous with the information in the old threads.

    It amazes me when I have been admonished in the past for encouraging newbees to read the old threads. I contend you don't know what you don't know and reading will lead you into areas you might not ever thought of.

    Keep up your studies and you will continue on your road to success. Congrats on a great pick up. Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    read, watch videos, try new things. listen to other's opinions, then follow your own inner voice. (Hopefully, there is only one!) I have learned from junkyard dogs, and executives. don't let others stand in your way. Be ethical: do business so you can sleep well at night. You can do it!
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    since it is your 1st time, get us some pics (not sure how many posts you have yet)...I am sure we can help you know what you have...a few things NOT to do and some suggestions on where to send things to get paid and dispose of the rest (like those CRT monitors once you strip what is in them)

    There are a TON of people on here that will help someone who has DONE their homework (ie like you said, read the old threads and want to learn). We ALL started somewhere and had to learn...I learn new stuff all the time even with the 20+ years of computer knowledge I have.

    Congrats! sounds like you are on your way to a paycheck shortly.
    PROFIT is made when you BUY/ACQUIRE NOT when you sell

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    I'm hope your next pick up comes before you break down your first stack , great advise above , study , find outlets that benefit you and most importantly network . Positive word of mouth will keep you stockpile overflowing .No one minds helping determined individuals , wish you continued success.
    Buying ewaste and video games !

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    Nice free score on the computers/monitors/accessories. I'm going on Friday for my first pickup on computers. I hope it's at least 20. My batteries are charged..just need some screws to loosen now.

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    You remind me of (me) when you say you have nobody to be excited with as everyone thinks your crazy.! None of my mates can understand my passion, but luckily they are still keen to donate My own sister even told me how boring I was when I was explaining my big scrap metal plan to her

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    Ivy,

    I totally get the fascination ...got it bad myself. The thing is that we've only got 90 days before the weather starts to turn again. Right now the living is easy but that's gonna change. The glory days of summer will be over in the blink of an eye. You've got to put this aside and focus on getting a steady job. You're gonna need that weekly paycheck or you won't be able to survive here as a newbie.

    Please trust me on this. I've been through the mill. Maine is a nice place to visit but you don't want to live here. It's as harsh and unforgiving as it is beautiful.

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    Congrats on the pick up and nice planningahead and making the most of your trip. Nice to see someone using and studying the older threads and making it work for you. Keep it up.

    Now go through those parts boxes and see if you can sell for more than scrap value.

    Glad to have you in the crazy club....crazy like a fox that is!!!!
    I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them. John Wayne-- The Shootist

    NEWBS READ THIS THREAD ABOUT REFINING!!!!
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    Sweet score! I would be busy for a week with all that!
    METAL IS MY MISTRESS...PLEASE DON'T TELL MY WIFE!

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    I want to come up with an epic name for my business. I have an MBA.... I know it is all about branding!! While I wait for these pictures to upload and whatever.... anyone have any ideas?
    I live on the Beach.... I think that's important to have in it. Is Beach Recycling too generic?

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    Sorry .... i forgot. That was a nice score !

    You've got a good location. The Portland/Westbrook area is about as good as it gets here. If there were any place where you could get enough volume of e-waste to keep you going ... that would be it.

    I would say keep it simple with the business name. If it says your name & the type of work you're doing then you can run it as an unregistered DBA. If it said something classy like Old Orchard Resource Recovery then you would have to register it with the state and things start getting complicated.

    If i can offer another word of advise ? I've been out on my own for over fifteen years now with nothing to fall back on but myself. If you're self employed you really are on your own. Nobody is going to help you if it doesn't work out.

    Set some goals for yourself. The cost of living here is higher than in other parts of the country. Figure that you need to be making 150.00$ a day to pay your living expenses. Doesn't matter if you're out on your own -or- if you're working a regular job. You're going to need that much just to get by. If it's seasonal work (9 mos out of the year ) figure that you're going to need to be making 240.00 $ a day while things are good. That way you can put up enough to carry you through the winter months when things are lean.

    Might sound like a lot to some, but my best guess is that these are bare bones minimums to get by with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poison76ivy View Post
    I want to come up with an epic name for my business. I have an MBA.... I know it is all about branding!! While I wait for these pictures to upload and whatever.... anyone have any ideas?
    I live on the Beach.... I think that's important to have in it. Is Beach Recycling too generic?
    It might be...what about Old Orchard Beach Recycling? Or is there a landmark or special spot everyone knows near you? Something that stands out. Just brainstorming...

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    how about "The Scrappin' Maniac"? Just kidding...I'm sure you will think of something. I have fond memories of my childhood living on a lake in Casco and college in Gorham. Cant wait to take the family back there to show them my old stomping grounds.

    As you probably already know...look up EVERYTHING on eBay. I pulled 4 cards out of a few computers I got the other day and sold for $375 each. You never know...

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    Personally, I think Beach Recycling is not epic enough for you. Keep thinking as you're breaking these things down. Something truly epic will come to you.

    Being self employed is a lifestyle choice. I worked in my field for 20 years, had a gravy job at the end making good money but I wasn't happy. Have since worked several $10 an hour jobs trying to find what makes me happy. In the end, I choose to be self employed and try to keep it diverse. Do more than one thing and you should be alright.

    Reduce your expenses, stay far away from debt, and only spend money to make money (unless it's a necessity ... hate those **** bills). Good job and keep at it.
    Being as we're both new, we can push each other along

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    Thank you all for the words of wisdom. Scrappah... where are you located at? You sound like you are in the area.
    I completely agree Beach Recycling is NOT epic enough. Let's keep brainstorming!
    As for keeping it diverse... I just launched my art site if you guys want to check it out....https://m.facebook.com/incidentallyArt I have a few pieces I am working on that is primarily from recycled stuff. I cannot wait until those are finished!! One of them is on there.
    That, and I am still looking for another job... it's just a matter of finding something that makes me .... happy I guess?

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    On a side note.... who do I need to chat with to get a sweet veteran's tag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poison76ivy View Post
    On a side note.... who do I need to chat with to get a sweet veteran's tag?
    http://www.scrapmetalforum.com/off-t...roll-call.html

    Here you go!!

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    Brasscatcher.... I have a post on there. You should check it out. I was wondering if there was something else I missed in addition to thay. Thank you for the help, though! Won't be the last question I have, I guarantee that!!
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    Beachcomber Recycling

    You can also add something before the Beachcomber such as Royal, Loyal or what suits your tastes.

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