I also tried communicating with several Midwest buyers that I found on a well known forum. When I asked about yields of precious metals and so forth I was met with defensiveness and, in one case, downright hostility. Not good! finally I found the folks at cashforcomputerscrap.com. I was reluctant at first, but their prices were great and I didn't get any of the negative "vibes" that I'd gotten from others so I thought I'd give them a try.
My test shipment was approximately 15 pounds of CPUs and 8 pounds of ram chips. I entered the info into their website and they arranged for and prepaid the shipping - a very nice touch. I got more money than expected and I had a check within a week or so.
With this success I decided to send them the larger load of telcom boards that I mentioned above. This was around 700 pounds of material. I checked around first and got quotes on shipping a pallet of this stuff and found the cost would be anywhere between $600 and $900 and payment had to be made upfront. I checked with cashforcomputerscrap.com and they, as they did before, arranged shipping and prepaid it saving me a lot of upfront cash. turns out the deals they get on shipping was 1/3 of the quotes I got for same from the same company - quite a savings.
Bottom line is that I got nearly $7 a pound for material that others low-balled at 50 cents! I had a check for over $3,000 (material less shipping) within a week or so as before. Such a deal!
I've been in the scrap and recycling business for decades and have run into a lot of scammers and ripoff artists AND a lot of good folks as well. I hope that my experience helps guide you and that my recent "learning curve" will be of benefit to you. Note that this is NOT a paid endorsement. I get nothing out of the recommendation except for the fact of knowing that I've passed on what has worked best for me.
So, I thought I'd pass this on to you. I recently ran into this company that gets paid for cleaning up ALL junk. Now, I don't know, but I would hope that they are making the time to go through this junk that they haul and sort out material for recycling, salvage and reuse.
Their website says:
We'll remove almost anything from old furniture & appliances to yard waste & construction debris. We are a full service junk removal company. We built our community-based business by providing services in West Sacramento, Davis, Woodland, and greater Sacramento areas.
Check out chuckyourjunk.biz. It just might give you some new ideas that will help you bootstrap your own business.
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