To Robb, et al:
As much as I hate to mention it, with gold prices where they are, the
average PC motherboard (working or not), is worth more than a dollar++
each. If you have a pile of them gathering dust, that could be money in
your pocket. Pull out the CPUs: 386/486/Pentiums, etc. have gold plated
pins and are worth $5-15 pound, probably more, as I haven't had a price
breakdown since early in the year. Even those gray hard disk and floppy
disk cables are worth 40 cents a pound, now, with copper at $3.30 a
pound. I cut off the connectors, and toss them in with the
motherboards. Wire from the power supplies goes in the scrap box, too.
(Don't forget the hard disk drives are almost pure aluminum, and floppy
chassis are also usually aluminum. The gold plated connectors get cut
off and tossed in with motherboards.) With ISA/PCI, etc. cards, I cut
off the "fingers" and toss them in with CPUs. The rest of the card gets
placed in the trash (any extra gold plated pins get cut off and placed
with gold scrap).
I accumulate 100-200++ systems/boards a year, just from neighbors and
friends. The best gets rebuilt and given away. The rest, pentiums,
P-II, and older, gets scrapped. Interesting classic items get listed
here, on this forum, for give-away. I keep representative items in my
"collection", but at least the rest is getting recycled. I do not scrap
directly myself, but take my sorted materials to a scrap dealer who
purchases them. If I can provide any assistance, as I've been doing
this since the late 1970's, please write. My basement and bedroom are
crowded now, if I didn't keep up the pace, I shudder to
1a. Where 2 draw the line
Posted by: "Robb" fyrmanntraining@...
Date: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:08 pm ((PST))
I figured a few have wrestled with the issue I am facing and maybe
provide some opinions. I currently work at a computer shop and for a
man that truimphs my pack-rat geek tendencies 10 fold and as I find
myself having to change residences again I need too drastically
lighten my things and stuff, which should be easier said than done,
however i have an attachment to this (what some would call junk) but
I see as the junk I taught myself with. My hope is too find good
homes for it and I would really like to work with my boss to clear a
few of his old computer stuff from the shop, maybe someone here can
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