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    Thanks everyone for all the input. Iím definitely going to break them down. Testing / putting computers together is definitely not my wheel house - I know thatís an excuse & I could learn - but I think I need to get rid of the parts as is. And Logistically - I canít really work on these outside of the storage unit theyíre sitting in.



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    Get a can of insecticide just to be on the safe side unless roaches don't bother you. I am not kidding. Not saying they are infested, but if they are - and it happens more often than you'd think - you want that can ready if you are like me. It happened to me once - nastiest thing I have ever seen. I wanted to burn my clothes and my truck.

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    Pull the ram, finger cards and any i series processors. Sell the rest as 80% complete towers. I think you mentioned getting $.20 which is not the best but not too bad. I am getting $.25 for my 80% complete units.

    Every i series processor is going to be at least $10 and on up to around $140 for a 4th gen i7 on ebay and they sell quick. Anything newer than 4th gen I would try to get the CPU working. 2gb pc3 and larger ram is going to have resale value, scrap the rest.

    Unless you come across a graphics card that looks real nice then look it up on ebay but GPU prices are down and u probably aren't going to find newer GPUs anyway.

    Older towers with ceramic processors be sure to pull those from the tower along with the i series stuff.

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    Around here it's 6$/lb for motherboards with processors - so I pull it all apart if it's older than 4 years - all I have ever scrapped.

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    Do you have a link to where you get $6/lb for motherboards thanks

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    $6 a pound for board and cpu is stupid high. I could easily ship cross country for half that price. If that is a legit price than I need your buyers info. Message me please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinreco View Post
    Do you have a link to where you get $6/lb for motherboards thanks
    No - but I will upload my receipt tonight from my last load of servers I had disassembled - obsolete Cisco Communications Manager appliances and IBM x336's etc... It was one of my record profitable loads - not a big deal to some people that do this for a living, but as a side gig $160 for less than 400lbs of material was good for me. I left the receipt out of the rest and it's on the fridge with one of 3 record loads - come to think of it maybe it was $5/lb but I know it was 10x more than I have ever got when I sold servers mostly whole - still beating myself over it. Painful lesson for me.
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    umm... yeah about that 5-6$ a lb for motherboards. I think I am doing too many things at once - sorry, I try not to be an idiot.

    It's still not bad tho' at 3$/lb.

    Here's what I had that day - the ferrous was all server cases and rack rails, except some little stuff leftover in the backyard and a neighbor across the street had a dryer without the cord.

    2 tickets, one for the little scale and one for the vehicle scale (ferrous)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKWrapper View Post
    umm... yeah about that 5-6$ a lb for motherboards. I think I am doing too many things at once - sorry, I try not to be an idiot.

    It's still not bad tho' at 3$/lb.

    Here's what I had that day - the ferrous was all server cases and rack rails, except some little stuff leftover in the backyard and a neighbor across the street had a dryer without the cord.

    2 tickets, one for the little scale and one for the vehicle scale (ferrous)

    Man I gotta find somewhere around me to pay those prices. The places by me pay $1/lb for mother boards, and .20/lb for harddrives

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKWrapper View Post
    Around here it's 6$/lb for motherboards with processors - so I pull it all apart if it's older than 4 years - all I have ever scrapped.

    I'm around there too. What generation of processors are required?

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    All good advice here. See what you got , do the math and your homework and you will maximize your returns.
    Re-marketing or better than scrap is best return if it's newer.... if not, I would tear it all down ,sort it and ship it .
    Just my 2 cents ( per lb.)
    Remember... wherever you go... there you are

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    Quote Originally Posted by kss View Post
    Man I gotta find somewhere around me to pay those prices. The places by me pay $1/lb for mother boards, and .20/lb for harddrives
    Have you checked out Gorven's post about buying hard drives in the Scrap Buyers and Sellers sub-forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eRecycled View Post
    Have you checked out Gorven's post about buying hard drives in the Scrap Buyers and Sellers sub-forum?
    I have not but will right now. I can sell the hard-drives without boards for $0.20/lb which is pretty good, to my local place, powersupplies with wires for $0.30/lb and dvd/cd drives for $0.10/lb. So I sell those locally, but they are buying all motherboards and ram and finger cards at $1/lb.

    For the prices and the amount I have, I dont think it will work out profit wise to ship anything but ram and cpus. everything else does not have a $/lb price point good enough to pay for the shipping I havent found.... unless you have pallet load quanities... which i do not unfortunately.

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    I've been shipping & selling to one of the more prominent buyers here for awhile. Pretty happy with the returns & customer service. The buyer arranges for pick up and shipping through his FedEx account and then deducts it from the payout. The whole process is pretty smooth.

    You might look into it kss. I'm shipping 68 lb boxes all the way from Maine and the numbers work.

    Just so happens that the buyer is in your neck of the woods. Your shipping costs would probably be much lower than mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    I've been shipping & selling to one of the more prominent buyers here for awhile. Pretty happy with the returns & customer service. The buyer arranges for pick up and shipping through his FedEx account and then deducts it from the payout. The whole process is pretty smooth.

    You might look into it kss. I'm shipping 68 lb boxes all the way from Maine and the numbers work.

    Just so happens that the buyer is in your neck of the woods. Your shipping costs would probably be much lower than mine.
    Save up about 10 of those 68 pound boxes and put them on pallet and shrinkwrap them for additional savings..........I've been shipping single pallets for awhile now.........My goal is to get enough space cleared to save up 4-5 pallets at a time which I think will save even more money

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    <sigh> I wish i could. I'm on an island just off the coast of Maine. There's a causeway over to to the mainland so we're not completely isolated but it's pretty remote.I'm not getting much volume these days. It might be 1/3 of what it was a few years ago ?

    Towers are all but played out now. I get a few laptops here and there and the rest are the micro devices like tablets & phones.

    You know how it is ... you have to change and adapt with the times. It's especially so in such a lean business environment.

    You have to capitalize the few opportunities that come your way to the max. I've gotten pretty good at the better than scrap option. Just one unit will yield more than an entire 68lb box of scrap. I started buying copper wire locally and i'm gradually building the equipment to process it efficiently.Also picked up a 14 yo heavy duty 3/4 ton pickup truck for a grand last winter. It's only got 40,000 original miles on it. I got it cheap because it's got some complicated electronics issues that the locals can't deal with. Other than that ... it's in fairly good shape for it's age.It should be ready for the road by the end of summer.

    Gawd ... i'm so grateful for what i've learned from doing ewaste for the last five years. Also very grateful for this forum and the people here.

    For me: The technical knowledge gained has been worth far more than what little i made from scrapping.


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