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    Shipping low grade boards

    Is it really worth it to ship low grade boards and power supplies? I don't have a scale to weigh what I got but I got a huge box full of power supplies and another full box of low grade boards. What does everyone else do? Sorry,just a paranoid noobie that doesn't want to loose money. TIA


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    LtL is the cheapest method to ship small loads, but it's most likely going to cost more $, per pound, than the boards are worth. ( the gaylords and pallets can cost more that the value of the boards sometimes (( you can't always get everything for free )) )
    Some members may suggest you load up your truck and drive to the recycling center yourself, but you need to figure out costs ( gas, truck maintenance, your personal time, e.t.c. ) before you do it.
    Others are going to suggest you mail in the junk along with your higher $ items. The only thing this will do is lower profit margins by increasing shipping costs.

    If you are a high volume processor, hiring out a full semi is the absolute cheapest method to ship. Trucking companies charge per mile, so you need to know distance and the per mile fees.
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    You need to know the weight you are shipping. You need to know the rate to ship one pallet from your location to your buyer. You will need to answer these questions.

    Here is a link for a scale listed on ebay. Its not big enough to weigh an entire pallet but you can fill a tote and add up what you put on the pallet. I am NOT recommending the scale in the listing its just an example of what might work for you at a low price.

    Since you are in Conway you have a lot of options of whose dock to ship from. I live in a town with one dock and no way to take a pallet from the back of my pick up and put it on the dock. I'm forced put a bunch of material in the tuck with a pallet and build the pallet on the dock. Not fun but way better price than fedex.

    If you want a truck to come to your location and you don't have a dock then there is an additional charge, I'll guessing $100.00(lift gate charge).

    We have a member who specializes in arranging shipping and is happy to answer your questions with real answers. Hopefully someone will be able to add his name as I can't recall it at this time.

    Some of the buyers will be able provide you a good estimate of shipping.

    One thing that is important is knowing just how big/tall a pallet you can ship because the bigger heavier the lower the shipping cost per pound.

    As is the norm for questions like yours the answer depends on you and your circumstances not what works for me. 73, Mike
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    you have been given good advice so far.

    we cant give more specific advice unless we know a lot more about what you have
    and how often u get stuff & what quantities etc

    some pics that show the assortment of low grade boards u have would also be helpful.

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    If I can help you I am available anytime. I have a post in the buyers section where you can get my number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miked View Post
    We have a member who specializes in arranging shipping and is happy to answer your questions with real answers. Hopefully someone will be able to add his name as I can't recall it at this time.
    Gorven ^^^ is the name you were trying to remember. Very easy to deal with.
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    I have a much longer distance to ship and no local option for getting rid of power supplies and low grade boards even at bad prices so I've shipped mine all the way to the northern midwest from Las Vegas. At this distance, shipping at around 2500 lbs, low grade and power boards were better than the cost of shipping, power supplies were not. Use the good advice given above and you can figure out what will work for you.

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    For me it is worth it so ship low grade boards and power supplies. However, I don't ship until I have at least two Gaylords full. When shipping on a pallet, part of the equation is weight, the other is volume. I work very hard to pack a Gaylord as full as possible to make sure I'm shipping material and not wasted space. I usually load the Gaylords when they are in the back of my truck. That way I can drive to the nearest freight terminal and they use their forklift to take the Gaylord/pallet out of my truck. What works for me is to cut all the wires off the power supplies and stack them in the bottom of the Gaylord. I can get more weight in a smaller space that way. In the spaces remaining I can fill those empty spaces with wire that I have put into trash bags. I then use separate boxes to sort out the various types of components which are then place on top of the power supplies. Yes, it is like a jigsaw puzzle putting various sized boxes in the smallest space. At least I am hoping that it saves time for the buyer as I have semi-sorted the boards I'm sending. I usually end up with boxes that stick up 1-2 feet above the top of the Gaylord. That doesn't allow stacking during transport, but it does allow me go get more weight on a pallet. You have to be creative to get as much material in the Gaylord as possible. I try to have enough power supplies and low grade boards included that will cover the cost of the freight. That way I always feel that I traded the lower value items for the freight cost and the high grade items didn't cost anything to send. Not everyone would agree with my method, but it does work for me.

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    See if you can sell local.
    I get .20 lb local for brown/brown
    I get .50 lb local for brown power supply boards

    If I were to ship to Ohio.. it cost me .34/lb. So Brown/Brown I'd lose $ (-.14/lb)
    Even if Mario Paid .50/lb on Power supply boards, it wouldn't be worth it to me to garnish .16/lb after shipping (this is not even taking into account the cost of the boxes and shipping materials to get it there)

    Local is really your best bet.. if you have the opportunity.
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    Thank you all for the info!! I forgot to mention that I have no local buyer so shipping is my only option. I can see where the power supplies will pack tighter without the wires so I can occupy my time in the garage snipping wires and packing totes tighter for now. I will keep hoarding until summer and take a chance and see what happens. Thanks again.....also,,can someone recommend a decent scale at a fair price?

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    I bought an analog 100 pound Pelouze scale like this one ...
    https://www.ebay.com/p/Pelouze-Heavy...d=253189264751

    If i'm building a pallet, I pack in smaller boxes then add the weights together. Most of the time I am just shipping out >65 lb boxes through Fedex. It has worked well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledge View Post
    See if you can sell local.
    I get .20 lb local for brown/brown
    I get .50 lb local for brown power supply boards

    If I were to ship to Ohio.. it cost me .34/lb. So Brown/Brown I'd lose $ (-.14/lb)
    Even if Mario Paid .50/lb on Power supply boards, it wouldn't be worth it to me to garnish .16/lb after shipping (this is not even taking into account the cost of the boxes and shipping materials to get it there)

    Local is really your best bet.. if you have the opportunity.
    $0.50 for brown power supply boards is awesome. What are you getting for green power supply boards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mthomasdev View Post
    $0.50 for brown power supply boards is awesome. What are you getting for green power supply boards?
    That tends to fluctuate a bit- but between .65 and .80/lb.
    My local has a shredder.. so they can grind up my green/green and brown power supply boards onsite and have it sort into the proper gaylords.
    They recently also got a granulator, so they can pay me the .50/lb on wire and have it strip out into sweet sweet solid copper bits. Good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperheadDave View Post
    Thank you all for the info!! I forgot to mention that I have no local buyer so shipping is my only option. I can see where the power supplies will pack tighter without the wires so I can occupy my time in the garage snipping wires and packing totes tighter for now. I will keep hoarding until summer and take a chance and see what happens. Thanks again.....also,,can someone recommend a decent scale at a fair price?
    Sorry I thought I had included a link for a scale, here is an example from ebay.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Accuteck-44...YAAOSw1LRZtKnT

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledge View Post
    See if you can sell local.
    I get .20 lb local for brown/brown
    I get .50 lb local for brown power supply boards

    If I were to ship to Ohio.. it cost me .34/lb. So Brown/Brown I'd lose $ (-.14/lb)
    Even if Mario Paid .50/lb on Power supply boards, it wouldn't be worth it to me to garnish .16/lb after shipping (this is not even taking into account the cost of the boxes and shipping materials to get it there)

    Local is really your best bet.. if you have the opportunity.
    I have to assume you are shipping 65lb boxes via fedex. I recommend you consider shipping pallet(s) instead. I ship pallets from coastal NC and pay about $0.21/22 per pound. It does also depend on how tightly you pack the boxes. 73, Mike

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    One thing I've been meaning to ask, sorry for the hijack, but the 21/22 cents a lb has to be before adding Gaylord and pallet weight... I'm coming out the same on finished goods results is the same comparably between Fed Ex Ground and LTL.

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    I only get $.15 a pound for low grade around me and shipping cost a lot, I am thinking of holding on to them and eventually have enough to make and ship a pallet full as well. With other high value boards.
    Better than the dump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledge View Post
    That tends to fluctuate a bit- but between .65 and .80/lb.
    My local has a shredder.. so they can grind up my green/green and brown power supply boards onsite and have it sort into the proper gaylords.
    They recently also got a granulator, so they can pay me the .50/lb on wire and have it strip out into sweet sweet solid copper bits. Good stuff!
    Dam! At those prices, i'd consider taking apart all my PSUs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamTheGreatest View Post
    One thing I've been meaning to ask, sorry for the hijack, but the 21/22 cents a lb has to be before adding Gaylord and pallet weight... I'm coming out the same on finished goods results is the same comparably between Fed Ex Ground and LTL.
    Pallet, boxes, packing material are all part of the weight when determining shipping costs. But only the material you get paid for is figured in the shipping cost per pound.

    I just went back and looked at one of my shipments. I shipped 1437 lbs of material(does not include the weight of the pallet, boxes etc) and the cost of shipping was $158.29 so roughly $0.11 per pound. Yes that was a single pallet.

    PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THE FOLLOWING: This was 2016 and from my location to my buyer arranged by my buyer. Your results depend on you.

    73, Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by miked View Post
    I have to assume you are shipping 65lb boxes via fedex. I recommend you consider shipping pallet(s) instead. I ship pallets from coastal NC and pay about $0.21/22 per pound. It does also depend on how tightly you pack the boxes. 73, Mike
    Yeah.. 69 lb boxes.. my wife would nut me for trying to save up gaylords. Churn and burn baby!


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