Here are some factors that influence pricing, and some tips for your best results!
Time of Sale
Pricing is based on volatile commodity markets, and may change from the time you call to the time you deliver your goods.
Please call ahead to reconfirm prior to your arrival!
Alloy / Grade
Different alloys have different elements composing that alloy, often equating to different prices per alloy.
Common grades of brass are; Yellow, Red, Rod, Auto Radiators, Shells, 70/30, etc...
Stainless steel may be 201, 304, 316, 410, etc... Test your stainless with a magnet, non magnetic grades (300 series) have far higher values than magnetic grades.
Some common aluminum alloys are; 1100, 2024, 3003, 3004, 5052, 6061, 6063, 7075. There are a lot!
Attachments / Purity
Less impurities typically mean more value. Clean and strip your material for the highest prices.
Brass, i.e. faucets, may be all brass, or may be zinc die cast with a small portion of brass within. The brass components have a higher value than the die cast, so make sure to break it apart for the best price.
Stainless steel sinks typically have steel liners and drains. Remove all steel drains, liners, brass faucets and any other non stainless attachments for "clean" pricing.
Aluminum radiators with plastic ends and rubber gaskets are less valuable than those that have been stripped and cleaned of all non aluminum attachments. Same applied to any radiators with steel ends.
Different forms have different prices.
Aluminum may be in spun in turnings from machine shops, or in solid form like punchings / plate / extrusion / etc...
Lead may be soft sheeting, keels from ships, wheel weights, etc...
Insulated copper wire has a different price than bare copper wire, which has a different price than old copper tubing.
Larger items often have lower values. Materials that are ready to ship and require less labor for processing will likely pay higher prices.
"Prepared steel" pricing requires material to be smaller than 4'x2'x2, and thicker than 1/4".
6061 extruded aluminum exceeding 4ft in length is considered unprepared / long, and has a lower price than if cut to 4'x'2 easily packaged pieces.