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I was wondering about the number of processors that would be in a single pallet/Gaylord. Similar to this, I was wondering how many pounds of processors a seller would realistically have available, and the cost per pound of those processors if bought in bulk.

I am mostly talking about i384/i484/Pentium Pro processors, for reference.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:48 pm 
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Well... first off I don’t know for sure.
I know a gayloard of ceramics in general will push 400-1200 lbs depending on contents.
A Gaylord of sun sparc chips or early pentiums is going to be very heavy. On the other hand a GL of VIA ceramics is going to look nice but not weigh all that much.
Gayloards in generic terms, a pallet with a heavy paper or plastic container fastened to it, usually are rated for anywhere from 200-2000 pounds, though most are 800-1200 rating.
I can’t be more specific than that. Other than, if you’re trying to FILL a gayloard make sure you pay attention to the recommended restrictions. A dirt cheap generic for ceramics will reach the 200-250lb rating long before filled.
Bad for the owner. Great :facepalm: photo moment for anyone else around.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:50 pm 

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Thanks, lodos!

Would it be realistic for a company to have at least a GL of processors to sell?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:57 am 
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Generally, no.
But such things happen from time to time. Recycling companies who don’t normally deal with escrap will often auction off such lots. Computer repair companies. Some liquidator with a warehouse buy that has a few hundred pounds they need to just plain get rid of yesterday.

A gayloard of 486s? Not likely. A GL of ceramic cpus? Quite possible but rare. Most often it’s something along the lines of mixed CPUs and you wind up with a few dozen or hundreds of pounds of CPUs and many more random ICs.
People selling stuff like this publicly don’t have a recurring supply. They won’t be able to work with a reputable refinery. And often they don’t know what it is from a tech standpoint.

PSA FYI: if you’re blind bidding or buying keep in mind many non-technical people still call whole computers a CPU. A gayloard of leading edge 386 systems for $100 is a good buy. A Gaylord of trashed Dell systems for $2000 is definitely not.

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