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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:19 pm 

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So looks like gold and silver are finally moving up. Yes I relize they can go back down in a heartbeat. so how far up does gold have to go til its is considered to raise the scrap price of boards/components. Not looking for exact price just a ball park as how far does gold have to go up to affect scrap prices?


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 Post subject: Re: prices
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:09 pm 
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Gold is only one of many materials that have an effect on prices. While useful, and helpful, there are two that are far more important
Copper, and nickel
While tethered in escrap pricing, you can expect boards to jump roughly 10-15č-25č for every 50č in copper or nickel.
After the international Elimination of lead in electronics in 1994 nickel became the highest recovery material in circuit boards (excluding plastic and wood based carbon). Most modern ICs have more copper and nickel than anything else, metal wise.
Gold needs to make a major jump to have any change in scrap prices.
Where gold value does makes a difference is in the obvious gold targeted categories.
Gold finger cards rise about a dollar per two hundred. Older CPUs, like gold caps and the numbered 86 and K00 chips, will show jumps faster as well.
But the most immediate class change occurs in gold fingers.

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 Post subject: Re: prices
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:55 pm 

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Thank you that was very helpful.


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