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Computers & Parts
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:54:15 AM »
Whenever I see a locker with several computers, monitors and/or parts, I usually avoid them unless they're fairly new.

Does anyone else like dealing in computers or parts? Why or why not?

Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 12:43:07 PM »
I am stuck with a bunch of working dell monitors that I cannot even sell for $10.  Going to post them as a lot to get rid of them all at once for $10.  Some computers are salvageable if they work but usually go to the scrap yard.
No more computers for me unless there is something else in the unit.
Laptops and Apple products are the exception.

Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 02:46:12 PM »
there is a market for everything. I WON'T pay a lot for them but i won't NOT bid on a locker because of anything really. I give everything about a month to sell then it goes to deep discount or the dump. If there is anyone in the clarksville tn area I can make you some REALLY great deals on bulk items. I turn and burn thousands of dollars in "stuff" every week

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Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014, 03:07:28 PM »
If there is anyone in the clarksville tn area I can make you some REALLY great deals on bulk items.

You could also auction items in bulk on OSA. We'll market the unit for you to buyers in your area. 

Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 11:23:04 AM »
i might try that. my biggest worry is that there are no viewers in this  area lol

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Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 12:07:40 PM »
i might try that. my biggest worry is that there are no viewers in this  area lol

Keep this in mind:

The average buyer is willing to drive up to 200 miles to pick up a unit they won online. Your auction will be seen by buyers throughout your state.

Not only do we get a lot of traffic, we market the auction on other websites like AuctionZip to ensure it is seen by potential buyers. My last auction had several hundred views and I live in small-medium size town.

You can also set a reserve bid, buy it now or make an offer to ensure your unit won't sell for less than you want.

Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 06:20:49 PM »
well, i personally HATE reserve auctions so i wouldnt run one myself. I'll give it a shot soon, might before i go on vacation but more likely afterwards. If it works out well i could use you once or twice a week. Volume is starting to ramp up over here

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Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 07:51:04 PM »
well, i personally HATE reserve auctions so i wouldnt run one myself.

You can also set the auction to start at a certain price.

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Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2014, 10:00:23 AM »
I bought lockers full of Computers before, you just have to break it all down and scrap them..

1) Computer AC cords, Patch Cables, etc (Is scrapped as Insulated Wire) - I was getting a $1 a lb when I scrapped mine, I think the prices are higher now.
2) The computers casing is just Steel Scrap (You'll need a lot of it to make any type of money, I had 1500 lbs of it the last server locker I did) which is around $180
3) Take out the motherboards and you can sell those by lbs on ebay (People pay about $10 a lb for it) they scrap them for the gold content.
4) Take off all the aluminum heat sinks on the mother board, put that in the aluminum scrap pile.
5) Remove the processors, sell them by the lb on ebay.. (They are scrapped for gold content)
6) Remove all the memory, sell them by the lb on ebay. (Gold Content)
7) Remove all the cards in the slot and sell those by the lb on ebay (gold content)
8 ) Dis-mantle all the hard drives (Aluminum reader, the Platinum Platters, the Magnets) The bottom of the drive is aluminum and the top is stainless steel.. Separate it and sell the magnets and platters on ebay by the lbs.
9) Take out the power supplies, cut the wires into the insulated wire pile, then put the power supply in a separate pile, you'll get like .30 a lb at a scrap yard for it.
10) Any big power supply units with batteries (you will get paid at the scrap yard for the used batteries in it)

So moral of the story, if there is like 50 computers in a locker you got about 4k in scrap in it..

If their is like 3-5 computers, it's not worth the effort.

You can also scrap the computers whole to the yard, but you'll get way less money for it.


Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2014, 10:42:23 AM »
Thanks so much Luke. That is some great info.
I would also try selling the old HDs on eBay for people that do data recovery.
Here is a good article
http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-SELL-a-hard-drive-on-eBay-/10000000008045340/g.html

Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2014, 01:40:30 PM »
I bought lockers full of Computers before, you just have to break it all down and scrap them..

1) Computer AC cords, Patch Cables, etc (Is scrapped as Insulated Wire) - I was getting a $1 a lb when I scrapped mine, I think the prices are higher now.
2) The computers casing is just Steel Scrap (You'll need a lot of it to make any type of money, I had 1500 lbs of it the last server locker I did) which is around $180
3) Take out the motherboards and you can sell those by lbs on ebay (People pay about $10 a lb for it) they scrap them for the gold content.
4) Take off all the aluminum heat sinks on the mother board, put that in the aluminum scrap pile.
5) Remove the processors, sell them by the lb on ebay.. (They are scrapped for gold content)
6) Remove all the memory, sell them by the lb on ebay. (Gold Content)
7) Remove all the cards in the slot and sell those by the lb on ebay (gold content)
8 ) Dis-mantle all the hard drives (Aluminum reader, the Platinum Platters, the Magnets) The bottom of the drive is aluminum and the top is stainless steel.. Separate it and sell the magnets and platters on ebay by the lbs.
9) Take out the power supplies, cut the wires into the insulated wire pile, then put the power supply in a separate pile, you'll get like .30 a lb at a scrap yard for it.
10) Any big power supply units with batteries (you will get paid at the scrap yard for the used batteries in it)

So moral of the story, if there is like 50 computers in a locker you got about 4k in scrap in it..

If their is like 3-5 computers, it's not worth the effort.

You can also scrap the computers whole to the yard, but you'll get way less money for it.
  4k?  thats $80 a computer and is a bit far fetched  ive scrapped several hundred over the past few years and ive been getting $5-10 out of them (note this can jump to 30 or a bit more if its got the right cpu in it)
generally speaking im getting about25- 50 cents for the case 40-60 cents for the power supply 4-6 $ for the boards (mother and side  boards averaging about 2 lbs acomputer)50 cents for your typical pentium 3 or 4 cpu and memory maybe another half buck (12.50 a lb but they weigh nothing) a dollar on the high side for the wiring, that leaves you with the cd dvd disc drives and the hard drive 10 cents a lb for the dvd cd disc drives unless you gut them which may get you up to a buck a piece , and the hard drive you might get 3 out of a scrap if you gut it

im not trying to be argumentative but this is supposed to be an informative board and this was way off the mark

to get some ideas on computer scrap prices i suggest anyone interested visit the website boardsort.com to get an better idea of whats selling and for what , some items you can get a bit more for on ebay

as an added bonus they buy junk cell phones and we dont know anyone who comes across those do we  :93:

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Re: Computers & Parts
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 05:36:23 PM »
I had a room full of Servers, I call them computers..

I'm not talking desktops, I'm talking servers that contains 8-10 hard drives each, multiple processes, lots of ram. Huge motherboards... Dual power supplies..

Typical Data Center Room.


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