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    Looking for a personal recommendation for a buyer of gold plated pins

    I have really looked over the different sections and am hopeful this is the correct section to post this thread.

    My wife and I have been collecting gold plated pins from ewaste type scrap for the past several years and have collect 70-80lbs. I would like to find a buyer or contract refiner willing to work with us.

    I live in coastal NC and would prefer a face to face if transferring all or the majority of our pins. Other wise shipping smallish amounts could be worked out.

    I am aware of the gold refining forum but I don't know those people and I feel I do know many of the members here on this forum.

    So if you personally know and trust someone who might be appropriate for my needs please let me know. Using a private message to communicate your recommendation might be best. Thanks to all and 73, Mike


    ps photos are a sample of one of the containers of pins but as you can see a real mix. Mike





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    70 to 80 pounds ... Holy Pin Plucking, Batman!!!
    I wish this info was more readily available. I'm with you though, I would want to deal in person if at all possible.

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    miked for your gold plated pins set up a sulphuric stripping cell, you can't go wrong with streetips youtube videos he is a well known gold forum member who uses the nick kadriver.

    You send those pins out for toll refining your going to loose big time.

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    Alloy great video which reinforces my resolve to never get into gold refining. 73, Mike

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    Man hate to burst your bubble. If you have 70 or 80 pounds and you have them mixed together you have a lot of sorting to do.

    Should have separated them while you were collecting them.

    Just plain full plated gold pins without solder should have been in one container.

    Fully plated pins with solder in another container.

    Pins with plated tips in another container.

    Flash plated pins in another container.

    Mot going to mention magnetic and nonmagnetic pins being separated.

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    eastky, it may be late for me but others can benefit from your input. Mike

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    Interesting video. I used a similar process a few years ago to de-plate some silver plated trays and ended up with three tiny BBs of Ag. In the end I decided it wasn't worth the time and cost of materials.

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    Flash plated pins in another container
    How do you tell if something was flash plated?

    Selling those pins in one pound lots on ebay may be the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HipoGear View Post
    Interesting video. I used a similar process a few years ago to de-plate some silver plated trays and ended up with three tiny BBs of Ag. In the end I decided it wasn't worth the time and cost of materials.


    How do you tell if something was flash plated?

    Selling those pins in one pound lots on ebay may be the way to go.
    I seem to recall a member once stating that using a pencil eraser to "rub" off the flash plating would indicate it.

    As to the ebay option that may be the way I go. 73, Mike

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    Ran the numbers last year and it came up that there was more value in the base metal of the pins. You would probably take a loss on refining.Ebay would be your best bet.


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    Hey guys I just check the sold listing on EBay if you still have them. Here is a link to what I found.
    gold plated computer scrap | eBay
    I know this is an older thead but maybe someone could use the info.

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    I was going to suggest the same far as eBay if your can't find someone your comfortable working with.

    When it comes to refining, Alloy knows what he's talking about as I know most of you know.

    Might be better off selling on eBay an letting someone else deal with the hassle of separating, refining, etc.

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