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Copper prices, why so low? #26143
05/30/03 11:40 PM
05/30/03 11:40 PM
CTwireman  Offline OP
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
I took 100 pounds of scrap romex and other insulated wire to the junk yard the other day. Man, was I disappointed when the scale guy handed me a $20 bill!! [Linked Image] All that effort, for $20. Waste of time!!

I asked the guy what the deal was and he said the last time copper paid anything decent was back in '97.

New romex is just as cheap, probably for the last 4 or 5 years that I can remember. I don't think I've seen a 250' coil of 12/2 sell for more than $20-22 in that time.

Is there a glut of copper on the market or something? new manufacturing technique? Anyone know?


[This message has been edited by CTwireman (edited 05-31-2003).]

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Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26144
05/31/03 05:16 AM
05/31/03 05:16 AM
james S  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 107
West England
Not long ago i spent two full days hacking,grinding,sawing at an old constant current transformer (used to control/feed air field lighting)until i arrived at the end product, a solid copper transformer that needed two men to lift.

Rubbing my hands together wandering what i should spend my well earned wedge on, i set off for the scrap yard, dropped it on the scales and like your self, felt like hitting the bloke with my brused and cut hands. Ever since, i haven't even considered weighing anythink else in.

As for the reason prices are so low, sorry haven't a clue?

[This message has been edited by james S (edited 05-31-2003).]

Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26145
05/31/03 06:19 AM
05/31/03 06:19 AM
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Around here, they pay more for copper ONLY if ALL the insulation is removed first.

Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26146
05/31/03 07:59 AM
05/31/03 07:59 AM
njelectricmaster  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 109
Lead, South Dakota
Hello from South Dakota.

I did some demo work at the local University back in August of last year, and was able to take all of the old disco's and panel boards with me. Spent two days tearing them all apart and busting my knuckels in the process.

When i took all of the solid copper buss bars to the salvage yard, I had a heart attack when I only got $73.22. I thought it was just a local thing.


Jon Niemeyer
Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26147
05/31/03 08:36 AM
05/31/03 08:36 AM
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,890
I thought last year I got over .50/lb for bare copper??

I know that insulated was much less and jacketed stuff and BX was almost worthless because of all the labor involved for them to strip it.


Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26148
05/31/03 11:46 AM
05/31/03 11:46 AM
txsparky  Offline
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 552
Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
Clean copper #1 ( Size 4 and larger) brings .55/lb here.

Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26149
12/13/05 12:54 PM
12/13/05 12:54 PM
PEdoubleNIZZLE  Offline
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 176
McKeesport, PA, USA
My, how times have changed. Copper is at an all time high. Two and a half years later, 12/2 Romex is $55 for 250' (Lowes). In June '03 (original post), copper was about $1 per pound. Now it's $2.11 a pound. Makes me wish I would've invested in romex, copper pipe, and saved the scrap copper flashing from a neighbor's roof that he had me haul away. Next time copper is low, I'll buy as much as I can.

Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26150
12/13/05 02:03 PM
12/13/05 02:03 PM
DSpanoudakis  Offline
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 89
Astoria, Queens, N.Y.C.
Clean copper goes for $2.00/lb. for #4 or bigger. $1.50 for #6 and smaller. No insulation. Here in N.Y.C.

Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26151
12/13/05 02:26 PM
12/13/05 02:26 PM
Dnkldorf  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,064
nowhere usa
1.60lb for all-brite
1.50lb for #1 copper
and down from there.

Trenton NJ area


Re: Copper prices, why so low? #26152
12/13/05 07:09 PM
12/13/05 07:09 PM
LK  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
Something is wrong, copper scrap has never been higher, you may be selling to a reseller, they pay less then a scrap dealer.
We check the market price on the net or in the paper before we bring ours in.

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