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    Computer Towers

    Iím currently winning a storage auction that looks like there is about 200-300+ desktop computers.
    Is it worth renting the unit for 1-2 months(about $100 a month ) to break them all down , or should I just scrap them whole and be done with it ?
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    Depends on whether they have usable parts and what kind of $/lb you can get for towers near you and how much they've been stripped already. My general rule of thumb is if I can a decent approximation of broken down value selling whole then sell them that way and use that time instead finding more stuff. Disassembly is fun and interesting tho too so figure that in to your calculations if you're interested in that

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    Thanks. I think around here itís .20/lb. the last time I picked up a similar unit most of them were stripped of HDD & Ram but loaded with everything else. I stopped breaking them down & turned them all in. Got about 900 for 130 computers , but the guys at the yard thought I was crazy and lost tons of money.

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    Not sure how to post pictures on here or Iíd send a pic of what Iím bidding on

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    Think you need like 10 posts before posting pics but you can link them on a third party host

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith887 View Post
    Thanks. I think around here it’s .20/lb. the last time I picked up a similar unit most of them were stripped of HDD & Ram but loaded with everything else. I stopped breaking them down & turned them all in. Got about 900 for 130 computers , but the guys at the yard thought I was crazy and lost tons of money.
    Just an opinion:

    You probably did alright if you got 900 for 130 computers that had the HDD's and ram pulled. A straight scrap value of 6.92 per unit is well above average and you didn't have to put in the additional time to break them all down.

    Every situation is unique though ....

    Sometimes it's best to go straight to scrap.

    Other times .... the best decision is to go for "better than scrap" and put in the extra time & expense.

    It's a judgement call. The market for better than scrap parts is constantly fluctuating.Every new generation of tech that comes out renders some of the previous generations obsolete. Take a stick of RAM for instance: It might sell for 10 - 15 dollars on ebay today. Three months from now ... it might only have a scrap value of twenty five cents.

    Same / same with main boards & processors. Time is your enemy. The stuff on the shelf is losing value for every day that it's sitting there unsold. Best to turn n burn as quickly as possible.

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    Respectfully ... the guys at the yard might / might not be well informed. Ewaste seems to be it's own specialty. Ferrous and non ferrous are their own areas of knowledge as well. Hat's off to the guys know how to do that and make a profit at.

    I've been trying to locate an in state buyer for low grade PCB's because they're not cost effective to ship. Called one of the larger years ... one that's part of a larger chain a few days ago. The man there was really nice, and tried to help, but he didn't know what a printed circuit board was. He looked it up on the computer and said they pay three cents a pound for computer green boards.

    Was a little disappointed because another division of the same large company advertises as offering ewaste solutions .
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    Yea -now that I remember - they took like 2 hours that day to process my material bc they couldnít find their forklift lol .... and so he gave me a hooked up price per lb because of that.
    I donít mind breaking them down but I only wanna do that with this one if itís looking like Iím missing out on thousands. Wonít know for sure unless I get it - 3 days left and still winning though

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    @ hills you are definitely right about people not understanding prices. I had a guy @ the scales try to combine my HDDs & separated logic boards because he saw on his list that the ďhard drive complete ď price was higher and he didnít really know what the logic board was

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    Just a thought .... but you might check out the ewaste buyers here. Maybe compare what they
    are paying for HDD logic boards vs. what you're getting at the yard ?

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    Yea I definitely think this site could be a great way to move some of this stuff if I end up winning it

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    Not to mention Iíd much rather it go to the people on here & help them get some $$ too as opposed to the scrap yard

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    What state are you in?

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    Sorry for late reply @520. Iím located in NC - just outside of Raleigh. Won the unit & going to check what Iím working with after work today.

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    Your best money is breaking down each computer but how much is your time (to break them down) worth?

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    If they have hard drives and RAM, forget the scrap buyers on here for a bit. You may want to look into what you have, because you could likely have some reusable parts- those are worth more than scrap value! Depending on the size of the drives, 10 drives sent to one of the more than scrap buyers here could equal a couple boxes of drives at the scrap yard. It all depends on what's inside your winnings!
    More than Scrap Value Shipment Tips: http://www.scrapmetalforum.com/scrap...tml#post242349

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    Even if all the hard drives and ram were missing, they all still could have the CPU's. Just think if they were all i5's and i7's.

    That could be 20 to 50 dollars per computer!

    I would be looking on the front of each computer to see if it's has a sticker that says Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7.

    2 or 3 i5 CPU's would pay for another months rent.
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    It's not all it's cracked up to be though ....

    3.5" drives weigh about a pound each. They're generally not cost effective to ship.

    Then there's time spent wiping & testing the drives before shipping. It's pointless to ship a bad drive. You'll really take a beating on that one.

    Then there's size. You're safest bet is not to mess with anything under 500 gb these days. Might as well send the rest straight to scrap even though it may be perfectly good to use.

    Then there's speed. You're definitely chancing it if you've got a lot of 3 gbps stuff in stock. (Those will be the next IDE drives.) You don't want to be left holding the bag when the market demand drops out from under em'.

    Anyway ... it's just my opinion. Not sure if i'm cynical or just practical about the HDD market.

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    I kind of agree with them, if they were laptops that would be a different story. Desktops are easy to strip down. Even the CD/Dvd boards are at $3.10 per lbs. I would break them down even just for scrap and selling them to the vendors on here.

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    As a general rule:

    Your best bet for break down scrap value is something pre. yr 2000.

    Your best bet for " better than scrap" is something no more than four years old.

    Take CD/DVD boards for instance: The older ones roughly average 1/4 lb each. The newer ones are much smaller ... around 1/10th lb each. The latest towers & desktops generally don't even have a CD/DVD drive because that technology is all but obsolete now.

    A pre yr 2000 tower probably has anywhere between one and five finger cards. The newer machines might not have any at all.

    An older machine might have 4 full sized sticks of RAM yielding .15 lbs of scrap. A newer machine might only have two sticks of SODIMM yielding .04 lbs scrap.

    An older machine might have a hefty power supply that yields copper and aluminum. Some of the newer machines don't even use a power supply anymore. Pull em' apart and they're just a laptop in a big steel box.

    Things have changed alot over the years.

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