Selling Scrap Metal On Ebay

Many of you may be familiar with the practice of selling computer components on eBay (especially the RAM and Processors). But can other scrap metals be sold on eBay?All scrap metal has value, and people will only buy scrap for less than they can sell it or less than they can buy it elsewhere.

That being said, as yourself, “How many scrap yards are within driving distance of my home?” For most people they will say some number less than 13. When selling scrap metal on eBay, however, you are opening yourself up to a giant market: The Internet.

When you stumbled upon this site, you most likely were looking for some information on some type of scrap metal. Similarly, when somebody wants to buy scrap metal, the internet presents a quick solution: eBay.

People who buy scrap online include those in a metal shop, middle men, artists, or investors. Some will be professional, some will be amateurs. The point is, they will often be willing to buy for more money than a scrap yard!

Here is a list of things you can sell online for more money than when you sell to a scrap yard:

What are the tricks?
  • EBay and PayPal will takes fees out of what you sell. For example, If your listing sells for $50, you will only get about $44, and the rest goes to eBay and PayPal.
  • Always show pictures of the item on a digital scale. This generally give people confidence when bidding.
  • Add the weight of the item to its auction title, ie “4lbs of copper 1 scrap metal Cu bullion .99”
  • Adding words like “bullion”, and possibly the purity of the scrap will be best to draw those investing on whatever metal you are buying.
  • Catalytic converters are a very sought after scrap item. amateur chemists will try to refine precious metals out of them.
*Remember, making a little more money will not seem like that big of a deal when you spend an extra hour putting everything up for sale on eBay, and then take the time to ship them out after payment. Don’t underestimate the value of immediate payment.
Good Luck Scrapping.

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Nick March 14, 2011 at 3:08 am

excellent write up! I have been following your site and facebook page for a couple of months and have learned a lot about scrap. i can attest that not knowing the tricks of the trade will screw you big time in the scrap industry! knowledge is power. thank you so much for every bit of information you posted and happy scrappin'!

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John Doe December 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

They started feeing the shipping costs because people were using the loophole. 9% flat fee for basic sellers.

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chih chan LIN June 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

hi good point of view. what if i want to buy more than 2 tons, where i can find the suppliers?

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Lalit Verma April 29, 2015 at 4:01 am

I was looking on Ebay the other day for what sellers where selling scrap gold and ran accross scrap copper. I was shocked what people were buying scrap copper for. There’s one auction thats 35lbs of #1 at the current time selling for 110.01 with 15.00 shipping. That’s $3.57 a pound. What the heck. Never thought about it, but some of you that don’t get great prices for your copper at your local yard might try to sell 15 to 30 pounds at a time on ebay. I won’t be spending 3.57 on copper but someone is. Happy scrapping

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