[rescue] RI/Mass. scappers?
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Fri Jan 24 12:35:53 CST 2003
ELI is a secondary market computer reseller not a scrapper. They are
resellers and have a different idea of value than a scrapper. We used to sell
to ELI. Sometimes you can get reasonable deals from a reseller if he likes
you and has a glut of that equipment on hand. It takes developing friendships
with secondary market resellers. Worth doing.
Scrappers are another group entirely. Generally they make their profit in
pennies per pound and have no knowledge of their equipment. Some have
discovered ePay which makes them a little harder to deal with. Skins and
cords disappear first because it makes the equipment easier to move. It takes
some training to so they can keep interesting things whole while you get
there to look at it.
Generally you can make friends with a scrapper by offering him twice what he
could get out of the computer as scrap. They usually need to be checked at
least weekly because they scrap equipment fast. They will sometimes let you
rummage. The best way is to make a pile and haggle over the price. Sometimes
they will force you to take bigger piles to get what you want (the rack full
instead of a circuit card). Do it if you can.
How to find one????
Most scrappers don't advertise, they are bottom feeders. The big ones will be
in the phone book. Look under Scrap in a large city phone book. Someone
should mention circuit cards or computer scrap in their display ads. These
will be the big boys and probably won't let you rummage. They are worried
about both theft (gold after all) and Insurance Liability (they pay big
Go the Surplus Property division of a University, large hospital or local
large government agency (city, etc.) Ask them who buys their older computer
equipment. Sooner or later you should get some leads to the smaller
Go to their surplus property auctions or sales. Pay attention to whom buys
large lots of older computer equipment and talk to them. Let them know what
you are interested in.
Hang around after an auction and see if any parking lot trades are taking
place. These often include scrappers cherry picking.
Good luck. The search is often fun.
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