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    CRT tv

    Been a long time since I messed around with CRTs. Thinking of getting into taking them. I have prices from a company that will take them. Got prices for both whole tvs and bare CRT tubes. Bare tubes are 8 cents a pound more. I'm trying to figure out if it is worth it to break down. My gut is telling me it is a loser. Has anyone broken some down recently and bothered to weigh the various components?


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    That's exciting that you found a place that buys them. What price are they offering whole?

    You might even be able to make some money picking them up if people have limited options. Charge $10 to take one, strip it and stockpile the copper. Then sell the tubes. But getting paid to take them would make the time for stripping them more worthwhile.
    Copper, brass, and Leather. 3 of my favorite things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HipoGear View Post
    That's exciting that you found a place that buys them. What price are they offering whole?

    You might even be able to make some money picking them up if people have limited options. Charge $10 to take one, strip it and stockpile the copper. Then sell the tubes. But getting paid to take them would make the time for stripping them more worthwhile.
    I need to clarify this!

    It will cost me $0.20 per pound to get rid of whole tvs. This doesn't include my time or costs to deliver.

    They want $0.28 per pound for bare tubes. These need to be in gaylords, so an additional cost.

    There are fewer and fewer places to get rid of CRTs, so if I set my prices (charging people) right, I may have some decent money left over after paying the company taking them.


    Nobody buys CRTs.

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    Used to be about 5 bucks in a tube tv. Copper, wire, alum, etc included in that.

    Been awhile since I've messed with any in a large amount. Guessing, an based on my experience with them your looking at 3 to 5 a tv. Assuming you pull all the copper an wire. This also assumes you get copper an not alum wire. If you don't have a low grade/brown board buyer, strip the boards of their alum heat sinks and any thing else that looks good. Projection tvs can yield all the above an DPL, DLP feh..whatever their called chips. Stay away from the cabinet/console tvs. Mostly wood an not worth the hassle of moving the sons of *****es.

    I say 3 to 5 because as always...YMMV. Your market is different from mine, nor do I have any clue what your yards pay. I'd plan for the lower end of the price spectrum. Your alum and copper prices could be higher then mine. Is it worth it? Only you can decide that. If you have other things you can make more off of, I'd stick to that. If you need busy work an got the time, grab those tv's. Not many people mess with them. An there can be some good stuff in them as they all vary for the most part.

    I've done quite a few tvs an got my start with them. Their still a pain in the ass but they do help when your in a down period with other items.

    Good luck, an do some an find out if it's worth it for you. Let us know your results if you decide to do a test run. I for one would be interested in the results.

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    Eh, on rereading your post again I see you plan to charge for removal.

    Feel free to ignore my prior post in that case. I'd delete it but, maybe someone will find it useful.

    I got no clue on what you can charge someone to remove it. I usually only charged for consoles cause of all the wood an weight. Plus I had a way to dispose of the tubes at no cost to me so that's a fee I didn't have to factor in to my bottom line.

    Good luck!

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    I found that it took 66 Aluminium heatsinks from CRT's to make a Kg of aluminium. YMMV

    'Extrusion Aluminium' pays more than 'Domestic Aluminium' by about 40%

    CRT tubes will explode if handled wrong, one single instance of this can be life ending, income ending or life changing. Do not underestimate the vacuum in a CRT tube.

    I would put the TV face down on something soft like as couple of layers of carpet, remove the back of the case and cover the TV with heavy cloth and then thru it, grab the board on the end of the tube and wiggle it like its a cars steering wheel. Until it cracked and let air into it.
    After that, its as safe as a very sharp oddley balanced 50lbs of smooth solid/sheet glass can be.

    I tried to lever the band from around the screen off, while it still had vacuum in it.
    Bad Bad Idea....
    It exploded making a 12 foot diameter circle of sharp shards of glass about 1 inch to 8 inches long.
    How it missed me, I have no idea. A true miracle really.
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    As they can go to the trash around here I now pick up a few from alleys before someone smashes them all over. When goodwill was taking them that's where I would take the ones I broke down. Now that no one wants them even the places that used to charge you $5 - $10 dollars each, the city lets them go to the landfill...
    Better than the dump!

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    I wanted to throw one thing in about console (i.e., wood casing) TV's. I've been following some vintage electronics collectors' groups and it seems like there may be a small but dedicated market for some of these things. Of course, older is better and "American" brands seem to have preference. In this case, the fact that no one wants them for donation or recycling has been a boon for the sellers, as they effectively have no competition (you can't just swing into Goodwill and buy one for a quarter of what they want for the same thing on eBay). As always, shipping can be a bear but if you live in an area where there are enough of these collectors, they don't appear to mind coming to you. I believe I saw one sell for $200 but I may be mistaken; it was a three-digit figure, though.

    I don't get many and our population density is low so my own pool for these is limited. Thus, I may try this, even though it's unlikely to yield anything valuable except maybe a one-off cash boost. But if you could get your hands on a couple, you could try this out and see if it might provide some balancing revenue for the costs of processing some other units. It's picking the bones but, hey, if you might get into it, anyway, how would it hurt?

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    So a scrapper out here just had an ad offering to haul away tvs / appliances. she says shes breaking the glass and recycling the glass. I called bull$ hit I'm assuming its still haz mat type stuff..

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    It is. All CRTs have the lead on the inside of the tube. Inhaling will cause escalating damage to your lungs the more you breathe it in. I break the tip of the tube to re-pressurize the set, but leave the rest un-smashed. I just take what I want, and can't be bothered with the rest over my own personal safety.

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    The Lead is inside the glass itself, it's not seperate.
    There is a silvery metallic flakey stuff on the inside of the front of the screen & it's got a bunch of chemicals n it, can't remember but Google it for proper info. Yitterium or somesuch. So don't go breathing it in.

    If you can sell onwards the screen, even if it costs you, that would be helpful if you are also getting paid to receive them.
    My CRT days finished a few years ago when I helped clean out a scrap/CRT recyclers yard when his receiver went into receivership (lol ). The Government propped up the system afterwards & paid some company to dispose of the CRT's.
    The guy I helped got access back to some of his yard & the CRTs piled up on pallets properly. I got several sacks of degaussing cable, computers, & as much escrap as I could get. He got NZ$100 for the sheet metal etc I'd spent more time than it was worth doing.... But it was part of my job, of rearranging everything tidy like anyway.
    ( & He didn't do what I told him to do, "Take it too S*** Scrap, because they are not going to rip you off"..

    He took it too "Sideshow Rob's scummy scrappers "A good deals A good deal for us" " never knew what he got paid per Kg, or it's weight either.

    Flat screens?
    Well, a flatscreen with the screen intact can be fixed. If you can get 100's of them, you have potential.
    Even that's probably changed a bit now. 'Capactor Rot' may not be a problem with flatscreens now. The prices have dropped even more.
    It was a thing,. https://www.badcaps.net/index.php to fix them up.
    Or pack them in a shipping container & sell them back to China or India.
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    The yoke is your main copper source - the rest is mainly junk boards and some small wires. In the state of Pennsylvania, CRTs are classes as hazardous waste.

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    Copper isn't the only thing.

    But who am I to argue with such thoughts?

    I wish it was more profitable to deal with CRTs, as I know of a great source of them here by me, but alas...I lack the time, an mainly the desire to deal with them an the issues with them.

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    Could you enlighten us SIR SCRAPPY.....I do remember an artist here that wanted the diff color glass around the yokes but it was very hard to harvest....I get alot of aluminum out of the more professional grade monitors
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinreco View Post
    Could you enlighten us SIR SCRAPPY.....
    I did some poking around - only way to actually make money is charging folks to dispose of the CRTs, and/or live in a state that will pay you for the service.

    In my opinion, there no way in ### anyone can make positive cash flow from CRTs ... the cost of legally disposing of the glass is more than the scrap value of the metals !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLS0812 View Post
    I did some poking around - only way to actually make money is charging folks to dispose of the CRTs, and/or live in a state that will pay you for the service.

    In my opinion, there no way in ### anyone can make positive cash flow from CRTs ... the cost of legally disposing of the glass is more than the scrap value of the metals !
    As most of this statement I agree with you can make some money if you gather say a truckload charge the people to take the TV's then ship them to a approved recycler here in the US for a smaller charge then you are collecting and make some money. Granted you have to take into account storage space and other costs but it could give you a positive cash flow But that is my opinion

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