This just makes me really SICK

From: Doc Shipley <>
Date: Mon Jan 26 09:51:54 2004

On Jan 26, 2004, at 7:56 AM, Jay West wrote:

> You're right William. We as collectors need to pony up and be willing
> to pay
> the price over scrap. However, I have delt with a couple scrappers who
> tell
> me "Oh, I can get $XXX for that in scrap" and I wonder how valid those
> prices are. How can we know? I believe one scrapper told me that for a
> 6
> foot rack with a 21MX cpu and a small QIC tape drive and small HPIB
> drive
> (each of the later units is 19 inches wide, about 4 inches tall, 15
> inches
> deep, and weighs about 15 pounds so we're not talking lots of
> metal)... that
> he could get $140 for the scrap metal from it. Is this about right or
> off-base?

   The scrapper I keep robbing... err, buying computers from... sets
scrap value for gear <20 years old at $0.20/lb. Older than that, if
there's a lot of PCB, the gold content is higher and he's much more
proud of it. Thirty or forty cents a pound.

   Some of the stuff I've bought from him:

   Altos 580 - $5
   Sun2-170 - $43
   3 MV3100-80 - $15
   1 VS4000/60 w/ 72MB - $4
   2 PDP-11/93 with SCSI - $180

   Of course, nowadays if it says d|i|g|i|t|a|l he thinks it's _solid_
gold. :(

   And Bear, if you're reading, I can't find your number. Shoot me a
note off-list.

Received on Mon Jan 26 2004 - 09:51:54 GMT

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