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    Was I Ever Really Gone?

    My name's Ryan. I used to frequent this board up until the very end of 2017. Looking through recent posts, I can see some familiar names, which is great It does seem that there isn't as much activity as I remember on the boards. Have things been slowing down here? It looks like there are a lot of visitors, but not enough posters.

    I've been lost in the world of cryptocurrency for the past two years. I'm still quite involved, being part of the "leadership" of one project, and also helping with others. It's been a wild couple years, fun and frustrating at the same time. I made my social media avatar for crypto the PPRO... it's kind of stretched tall here on the forum.

    I closed the doors of my warehouse exactly one year ago today after it was sitting idle for almost all of 2018. I got one of my old local ewaste friends to take everything in the warehouse, then I cleaned up and turned the keys over. It was disappointing, but I knew I had to move on.

    This past month, I've started preparing to head back into scrapping and reselling again. I have my two car garage with rows of shelving for eBay. I got a 10x10 HF brand shelter logic tarp shed. I've also put together another rainproof structure 16x10.

    I will miss all of the material handling equipment I had (and the space), but I still have my truck, trailer, and all of my tools. Now I just have to organize everything since I basically just dumped everything here after removing from the warehouse. I watch my kids 6 days too, so it'll take time. I got my 4 yr old son some gloves and am trying to put him to work

    Some bad news I've found - Shred is worth almost nothing now. On top of that, I think no yard accepts appliances anymore. You have to have your certified appliance recycler license, and remove everything form all of the appliances.



    So here I am now, wondering which way to go. I still have my ebay accounts, and one that still is selling microwave parts that were put on over 2 years ago. I have all of the knowledge and tools needed to do pretty much anything. A/C scrapping? Microwaves? Ewaste? Hard drives? Doing full size appliances would be hard with my space limitations.

    Anyway... how is everyone? What's new? Did I miss anything big in the past two years? Did anyone jump into cryptocurrency like I did?

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    I think a few here dabbled in crypto but I doubt like you did.....the big question I have did the crypto venture not work out or just got the itch to get your hands dirty again?

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    Catalytic converters have never been higher. You could try your hand at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinreco View Post
    I think a few here dabbled in crypto but I doubt like you did.....the big question I have did the crypto venture not work out or just got the itch to get your hands dirty again?
    I am not filthy rich, that is for sure. I'm not a trader, and that's mainly the reason. I lived off of it for almost a year with not much invested instead of time, so I guess you could say it worked out! It's not over either, and I like the projects I am currently following.

    I have also been itching to get out of the office and do this kind of stuff again, I was much happier with my previous line of work I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by APA View Post
    Catalytic converters have never been higher. You could try your hand at that.
    I've never touched autos tbh...though I did run into this a few days ago while cruising for scrap.

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    Well ... you were saying that the warehouse was idle for a year after which you shut down. I don't think you were alone in this. A lot of guys went under. We lost a very active buyer here about six months ago. Give him an A for effort and passion but that just wasn't enough. Some of the sellers here got burned on their shipments.

    Just my viewpoint ... these don't seem to be good times for most people in the recycling industry.

    That might be why there's so little activity here on the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    Well ... you were saying that the warehouse was idle for a year after which you shut down. I don't think you were alone in this. A lot of guys went under. We lost a very active buyer here about six months ago. Give him an A for effort and passion but that just wasn't enough. Some of the sellers here got burned on their shipments.

    Just my viewpoint ... these don't seem to be good times for most people in the recycling industry.

    That might be why there's so little activity here on the board.
    The reason my warehouse was idle, was because I had set up my office and miners at home, and was really just working there... I was being lazy closing down the shop. I had more than enough incoming material, and was getting to a point where I had to expand (employees), start refusing a ton of stuff, or shut down. Even if I stopped taking in stuff, I had enough to work on for months. I specialized in e-waste and had a steady supply of material PCs, boards, networking, etc.

    I do hear you on it looking tough these days, and I can see how the prices aren't getting people very excited.

    What buyer closed up shop?

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    Ewaste booming here as well.....more than I could process in months on hand....glad to see you didn't lose your arse on the crypto....the buyer was armygreywolf?....if that is not correct someone I'm sure will step in.....I don't think he quit he just burned a bunch of forum members and quit responding on the net....he cited multiple health problems so not sure of his current situation.....glad to see you back in the game we need a voice from the other side of the world I mean country

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanw View Post
    I've never touched autos tbh...though I did run into this a few days ago while cruising for scrap.


    Its a resonator from a Subaru. Looks like the “pie plate” Subaru catalytic converter but it’s not.

    Its scrap.

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    Its a resonator from a Subaru. Looks like the “pie plate” Subaru catalytic converter but it’s not.

    Its scrap.
    Ah well, np. Still needing to fill my trailer with steel so it's worth the drive. Got this piece from this end all the way to the tail pipe. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinreco View Post
    Ewaste booming here as well.....more than I could process in months on hand....glad to see you didn't lose your arse on the crypto....the buyer was armygreywolf?....if that is not correct someone I'm sure will step in.....I don't think he quit he just burned a bunch of forum members and quit responding on the net....he cited multiple health problems so not sure of his current situation.....glad to see you back in the game we need a voice from the other side of the world I mean country
    I looked over his thread to see what he was up to. Him and mudlucky had started working together I think in 2017? Anyway, all I saw was that he was sick, and then more recently people asking if anyone had been paid. There must have been other forum threads regarding this.. and if all of this has happened why is the thread still up without any warnings? Is the forum admin active anymore? Are there any moderators still?

    Yep, here in California I might as well be on another planet

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    Mr. Mudlucky never said anything publicly but the partnership dissolved rather rappidly as far as I know.....the thread should probably be locked/deleted but I say leave it up as I think it does say he is not buying anymore mail-in stuff.....we will never know the full amount of money lost by forum members as I'm sure some didn't come forward.....oh well most start up business fail but to me it would be very hard to fail at scrap.....he stretched himself to thin and couldn't pay the bills

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