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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:58 am 

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So, I watched parts of the pin removal video, and since it either has no sound, or else my decrepit laptop pulled one of its silent movie appreciation days, I saw Lostinlodos pull pins from connector ends, albeit a little more difficulty than a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. While several have said that shipping costs are too high to realize a profit when shipping connector ends which pay out at 60- or 65 cents per pound, is it profitable to pull the pins for the $5 per pound rate?
Since I deliver in person, I can assume "no extra cost" to throw in a hundred pounds or so of connector ends when bringing in a load, and collect another $60 bucks or so on that load. Having spent a few educational evenings pulling various pins in the past, the results of which usually are measured in grams or ounces rather than pounds, is it profitable to pull the pins?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:01 am 
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There’s no sound.
Some day I get the audio backing tracks to work. ;)
But the cam has no microphone so I’m stuck trying to figure out how to make YouTube correct add the music CC tracks.

To answer the question... sometimes.
The point of the videos is there are easy ones and not so easy ones. And hard ones. And brutal ones. I did quit on a few.

It’s a matter of how much time and effort you’re willing to put in for ounces from the pounds.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:57 am 

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Lost, that is the sort of equivocal answer when I ask my lady friend of the day if I should keep investing my time and money in her, and she asks, "How soon is payday?" So, I am still undecided, since I did not ask the right question the right way.
Let me put out some assumptions which will garner yes or no responses.

1. $ 5.00 per pound is base rate
2. Sorted pins will be RFA analyzed and a custom quote issued for each batch
3 Depending on gold thickness/content, the price may be much higher. (for example , I had some tiny contacts on a stiff wire analyzed by my local yard, which does not buy precious metal or electronic scrap, and the reading came out 31 percent Au. However, I did not inquire if that was just the contact material reading, or if the tool read part of the supporting finger.)
4. While a lot of the hard to do ends are not worth pulling pins, some other boards from old commercial electronics have the wirewrapped class pins (up to 2 or more inches long) mounted in a perforated aluminum board, with insulator material in the hole, of course. Obviously, these must be pulled, as the aluminum plate is ten or more pounds of weight.
5. and in the most obvious statement of this list, I would have had a handful of pins pulled already, had I spent the time it took me to write this, in actually pulling pins.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:15 pm 
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$5 is the rate for most pins. And all unsorted bull lots.

Not necessarily. The base rate more or less covers the average pin. If you have something more unique or specialised, and sorted from the rest, scanning is available. So a separate box of wire wrap pins or peg board nubs will likely be spot tested randomly out of the lot to get a correct price.
If you took the time to remove pin sockets (cylinders) from multiple 386 sockets, and make them aware, you will definitely get a second look.

See above. But xrf guns vary in technology.
A wand scanner (looks like a cell phone) is the least powerful and least accurate
Guns tend to be acceptable on items of relatively thin density
Scatter boxes are used by pm specialists. And are far more accurate.
Finally: I don’t know the term for it but I call them blasters. Big boxes fire destructive beams at the item to be tested damaging the item and scan the debris along with the whole item.
Generally in the end phase of recycling a refinery will melt etc your 1000lb load of gold plate. Extract all materials. Cast everything separately. Take core samples. And pay an itemised rate. Minus fees.
- - Yes there are exceptions to the basic rate. Like everything that Chris purchases. If you sort the good stuff out they will give it a separate look and pay accordingly.
Nobody is trying to say pins from an 8086 cpu are equal to usb pins, for example.

See previous answers


That is an accurate assessment

Not asked:
My basic answer last post was how much is your free time worth. If you are sitting in the chair drinking a pint and looking at the floor: no reason not to sit at the table, drink a pint, and pull some pins. It’s more profitable than an hour Playing fortnight or GTA. It’s not as rewarding as spending and hour playing with the kids or a pet.
And I wouldn’t suggest you quit your job and pull pins for a living.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:13 pm 

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Thanks. On my #3 above, I seem to have lost the last half of the scenario. The reader said those contact dots on the end of a weird spring wire, something like boron tungsten titanium or the like, read 31 percent gold. So while each contact was about the size of the dot on a harddrive arm, a few thousand would be a few grams.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:29 pm 
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Lol. I’m not sure that’s worth going after. But. 31% may make me try!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:36 am 

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Never mind...I found your channel.

Lost, could you please post a link to your pin removal video?

Thanks!!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:25 am 
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https://youtu.be/2HwS6S7QfXY

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