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    Hi everyone. I'm Jiovanni. I live in Massachusetts and I'm about to be 18 soon. I've seen people doing scrapping for a while now and I figured since it's COVID, why not pick up a little gig and make some money. I have buckets, a knowledge of the metals, a magnet, a good sized vehicle. Anyone got any tips? Any sorts of things that are just a complete waste of time? I can't really do huge appliances but I'm sure there are other things to make money on. Any help is greatly appreciated! I'm totally new to this so I apologize if I sound uneducated about this! I'm not looking to make this a full time career, I just figure it's a great way to help the environment and make a little extra money on the side! Thanks!

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    Welcome and good luck. Scrapping is mostly about what works for you. I have a 6x12 utility trailer I use to haul the booty to the yard. While I will do some steel, it really doesn't pay all that well and takes up a lot of room. Most of the steel I turn in, I pick up pretty close to the time I am going to take a run of non ferrous in. I like brass. It is mostly what I pick up and turn in. I do copper and motors and Al and pot and anything else, but brass is my bread and butter. I get it from the handyman work I do (sink faucets and fixtures and other items repaired), but most of the brass I get I get from yard sales...



    I picked that up for 25 cents and it probably weighs 10 pounds. You just have to look around and find what works for you. Find your stream of scrap

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    Thank you for that! I look around and I see people who are just loaded up with trucks mile high and I think I would not want to do that. It's good to know what metals are a waste of time unless you happen to spot them before a run. Most of your metal, do you just grab it from your handyman work or do you have an ad on Facebook or another site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiovanni View Post
    Thank you for that! I look around and I see people who are just loaded up with trucks mile high and I think I would not want to do that. It's good to know what metals are a waste of time unless you happen to spot them before a run. Most of your metal, do you just grab it from your handyman work or do you have an ad on Facebook or another site?
    There is a thread I started called garage sales boo ya. In there you can see where and how I (as well as others) pick up things to scrap and flip. I get way more from buying things at garage sales. Again, it is what works for you. What do you enjoy doing and how can you use that to find products. I love to hunt garage sales and would do it even if I didn't find scrap... But I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiovanni View Post
    Hi everyone. I'm Jiovanni. I live in Massachusetts and I'm about to be 18 soon. I've seen people doing scrapping for a while now and I figured since it's COVID, why not pick up a little gig and make some money. I have buckets, a knowledge of the metals, a magnet, a good sized vehicle. Anyone got any tips? Any sorts of things that are just a complete waste of time? I can't really do huge appliances but I'm sure there are other things to make money on. Any help is greatly appreciated! I'm totally new to this so I apologize if I sound uneducated about this! I'm not looking to make this a full time career, I just figure it's a great way to help the environment and make a little extra money on the side! Thanks!
    We're all on here because of paper chasing. Many different types of scrap and ppl who scrap. I mainly stick to cars and the scrap my own activities generate, but again to each their own. I will say it does get easier, I use to have to search high and low for scrap, now it kinda finds me, also having a reputation and being well known for being "the scrap guy" helps too.
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    Thank you for that. I unfortunately lack the ability to scrap cars but I know the right cars can be great money makers. I tried some listings on Craigslist and a few other places and I can't tell you how many responses I've gotten. I honestly thought I would have to scour Craigslist or some other site, praying there would be a bucket of scrap. Now, I've been offered everything from water tanks to treadmills. Anything you've come across in your scrapping that you think is just absolutely a total waste of time to take apart? I heard treadmills are complete junk, mostly plastic.

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    I would get familiar with all of your local scrap yards and see what items they don't take.

    My yard no longer takes microwaves and printers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiovanni View Post
    I heard treadmills are complete junk, mostly plastic.
    Treadmills aint bad.... yes they have some plastic but its just that they have a 30 lb piece of wood on them to dispose of. But they have some #2 wire and a motor. Some do, but not all have small transformers that split pretty easy to get the copper out. Also here is a board in the controll pannel if your into ewaste, some may have a bit of gold plating on them, others are just mid grade green boards if im correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiovanni View Post
    Thank you for that. I unfortunately lack the ability to scrap cars but I know the right cars can be great money makers. I tried some listings on Craigslist and a few other places and I can't tell you how many responses I've gotten. I honestly thought I would have to scour Craigslist or some other site, praying there would be a bucket of scrap. Now, I've been offered everything from water tanks to treadmills. Anything you've come across in your scrapping that you think is just absolutely a total waste of time to take apart? I heard treadmills are complete junk, mostly plastic.

    I love treadmills. Some of the motor control boards from them sell for $75/each on ebay and the rest just goes as light iron scrap (chop the cord too). I take every treadmill I see

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    I really appreciate all the help. I've been trying to find people in my area who have stuff to take. I was hoping some electrician somewhere or whoever would have a bunch of this stuff. Anyone have luck at construction sites? I know it's hard to get stuff from them but some people hit the motherload there. I may be making a trip next week. Anyone have luck with appliances. I was offered a microwave and a toaster, wondering if it's worth it to grab them or not.


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