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Ripped off at the scrap yard?

So I took all a bunch of metal down to the scrap the other day and got it weighted and appraised and got my "money" for it.

Here is what I had:
67 lbs of iron
2 lbs of stainless
17 lbs of aluminum cans

Now here is how much I got: $15

Now I know the price of scrap has tanked but last time I took in JUST cans I got $22. That was back in like 2007 though when aluminum was $.70 a pound. Now it's like $.30.
That seems like nothing for all that iron. Plus when the guy first typed everything in it came of as $97!! Then he was like "oh that's not right".

I have checked and double checked my receipt (which, of course, I now lost) and it doesn't make any sense. Here is what I remeber

Item , Weight , Price per lb , Total


Cans 17 , .30 , 5.10 Ok, good

Iron 67 , 8.50 , 8.50 Lol, wtf, seriously
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thats why you know what the cost of metal is and dont leave till its right or just leave with your metal.
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That sounds about righ, maybe a little low.
We brought back a whole truck full of **** to our yard, sbc engine block and other scrap, got ~$30 for it.

Price per ton on steel is like $250 but it varies place to place.
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ha wow i got $25 for 2 trash bags of cans alone last month
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pop cans?? Sheeze, i get 5cents a pop on those. So they are worth more scrapped than returned for deposit...huh
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We don't have deposit in Ohio. I would have to take them the Michigan.

Sounds like I didn't get ripped to badly. Maybe on the cans. Glad not on the iron though.
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you cant take ohio cans to mi the return machines wont accept it
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How the hell does it know!? lol
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sounds a little cheap but about right,prices does go up and down everyday
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Scrap Iron is worth almost nothing, unless you have a truckload of it. I just took 1000 pounds of old junk batteries and got $110 from that....I'd start collecting if I were you...1000 lbs only filled up the last 4 ft of my ranger bed with no batteries stacked on each other.
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How the hell does it know!? lol
its in the bar code
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You're never gonna get "the price it's worth" at a scrap yard. They have to make money too, why would they give it all to you.

They know you have to bring it to them to do something with, so you're gonna take what they give you.

Simple economics
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ha wow i got $25 for 2 trash bags of cans alone last month
geez, I went in with like 4 trash bags once and got about $7. I was like, "wooow, 6 months of saving all this ****, all for nothing"
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Sounds like you got screwed. Just took cans last week and got .45 a pound for them. Boss took 600 lbs of cans and got .55 cents a pound.
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mm i hauled 2888 pounds of steel off yesterday and brought home 224.88
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How the hell does it know!? lol
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its in the bar code
plus it lists the states allowed for refund on the top or side near the bar code.

when we came there for silver lake last month, i bought a case and a 6 pack of blue moon. i can't return them here in ONT. so now i have 30 bottles of blue moon and i can't do anything about it until go back to the states. (i was just there today and totally forgot!!!!! I remembered as i typed this. *****!!!!)

maybe it also has something to do with the amount people bring. they gve more when it' s 20 bags of cans since they know they'd get more. but for 2 bags, it's not really the effort of processing? i dunno i'm just throwing stuff out there.....

i know aluminum is up, there was an article in the paper that people are stealing cans from the recycle bins and cashing them in....wtf?!?
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i use to take scrap metal to places it was my side job back in 07 i got $10 for every 100pds of steel but here know a days alum is about 30cent a pd and batterys is around $4 iron is heavy but for heavy stuff like,iron scrap metal useally goes by 100pds,copperbrass,alum stuff like that goes by 1pound,i took a parted out expo which weighted around 1800 and got 130 for it,and plus they go by how clean the stuff is too,say you get $1 for copper wire but if it's got the rubber crap on it you only get like 40 cent for it,and another thing check with your local scra yards before you go and get prices it helps
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I've been doing a lot of scrapping lately as well for work. Prices are down. Regular aluminum is down to .45 a pound. Steel is down to 115 a ton (just over a nickel a pound). I just spent the last 3 days filling a 20yd bin, only had help the 2nd day. Last time I took lead in was .10 a pound. Pissed me off when I worked hard to load up 1800lbs of batteries (two of them were 500lbs each) into the ranger and only walked away with 180 bucks...a few months before it was up to .17 a pound. Hold onto your metal till you like the price.
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Yeah the going rate for aluminum is .30 to .50 a pound. ****ty.
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Here in cali were Im at were getting 60 a ton for steel...unless we want to load the truck and trailer and haul it 6 hours away to get105 a ton.
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