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    Whats the most you have made in one day curb shopping?

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    5 gabillion dollars, a full can of Tab, and a box of used twinkies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miyamuto View Post
    Whats the most you have made in one day curb shopping?
    In one go, maybe $300ish (including scrap and resale items).... on average probably $50

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    I never really got into doing much with curbco (never had time in my schedule between college classes). Every once in a while I would pick up stuff posted for free on facebook marketplace. The best one was a free stainless whirlpool microwave that stopped heating. I took it home and put a replacement magnetron in it and sold it the next day for $40. After that I started looking into the resale side of microwaves a lot more.

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    Curb co. is fun and all but the real money isnt at the curb. I only do curb co. 1 day a week now. I prefer to drive 2 miles for a truck load instead of driving aimlessly around 20+ miles to find $5, $6 , $7 or nothing in shred steel. You know you made it when you dont rely on the garbage route. Im just south of Chicago witch is more populated area than probably most of the areas you guys live in so there are more people doing this here. And higher the prices go the more competition you will have. So i go where the degenerates and tweekers arn't. Its not to hard to out smart those people

    My daily route is a 8 mile round trip. No more going out 3-4 times a day threw all the neighborhoods anymore. Most curb items are crap and lucky to find a appliance once in a while. i dont give my no. out to residential anymore. i wont even do residential pick ups unless its for family or friends.

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    Well, not all from CurbCo, and not one day's worth, processed materials, the loads I brought in: $130 for a load in the back of a '78 Subaru Brat, and $120 all non ferrous in the trunk of a '01 Kia Rio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greytruck View Post
    Curb co. is fun and all but the real money isnt at the curb. I only do curb co. 1 day a week now. I prefer to drive 2 miles for a truck load instead of driving aimlessly around 20+ miles to find $5, $6 , $7 or nothing in shred steel. You know you made it when you dont rely on the garbage route. Im just south of Chicago witch is more populated area than probably most of the areas you guys live in so there are more people doing this here. And higher the prices go the more competition you will have. So i go where the degenerates and tweekers arn't. Its not to hard to out smart those people

    My daily route is a 8 mile round trip. No more going out 3-4 times a day threw all the neighborhoods anymore. Most curb items are crap and lucky to find a appliance once in a while. i dont give my no. out to residential anymore. i wont even do residential pick ups unless its for family or friends.

    Ive found a ton of gems in my area mostly because it is a very well off suburban area.... so Ive found numerous bikes that were $100-300 in resale as is that were just tossed out at the curb. Found 30ish computers out at the curb once with all drives and ram and cpus still in them... curb can be hit or miss but its actually what I enjoy doing the most, even though it is the least amount of money. I have been neglecting the curb though recently as Ive had too much other stuff to pick up from repeat clients for ewaste or from clean outs. but I do enjoy it, its like hunting for treasure, but the days that I go out and its cold and rainy and I come back with like... 3 crutches and a toaster after driving around 20miles for an hour..... I do question why Im doing it and if it is really worth it.... but then the days you cant believe what youve found mostly make up for it. But as its getting colder and darker earlier there are less of those good days so putting it on pause for a while. I think until the spring most likley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miyamuto View Post
    Whats the most you have made in one day curb shopping?
    A hobby
    A new source of revenue
    And alot of knowledge
    Better than the dump!

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    Considering that my day job consists of driving a pickup around in higher income residential neighborhoods, you could say that I curbco shop every day, and my boss pays me to do it, AND buys my gas.

    How great is that!?!

    To answer the question, well, it's not that simple. The most valuable single find I've found was a $750 Frontgate fireplace screen. 80 pounds of cast iron that is sitting in front of my fireplace right now. A couple of feet away is a live edge coffee table about 2'x4' that I've seen retail a couple of hundred on up (WAY UP!). Then there was the purse with no name, no nothing to source the owner, but a rubberbanded batch of gift cards to various eateries. I thought, ... surely not.... but lo, there was a whopping $525.67 worth of valid gift cards there. That was about a year ago and I still have 40-something bucks worth of Smashburger to eat. I don't eat out alot. The ****ey's BBQ cards got used up pretty dang quick, though!


    Really???? I can't type the name of this BBQ joint??? That's stupid.

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    Even more idiotic, that four letter combination can't even be in the image name. SMDH

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    Quote Originally Posted by kss View Post
    I have been neglecting the curb though recently as Ive had too much other stuff to pick up from repeat clients for ewaste or from clean outs.

    But as its getting colder and darker earlier there are less of those good days so putting it on pause for a while. I think until the spring most likley.
    2 take aways from what you said.

    Yes i started to neglect the curb for the same reasons. After doing pick ups from the shops and doing the daily dumpster route it became to the point where i didnt need to go out on trash routes. There are also pallets at the dumpsters. Since im the 1st one out i started grabbing the pallets too. At $3 a pop thats around a extra $100 a month there.

    Also the second point, as said, when winter approaches there is less scrap at the curb. Now from having the shops and the dumpsters that produce scrap on a consistent basis, im in business all year round. But I still go threw my town 3 times on trash day all year round
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