eBay bars

Number_Five

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Hi everyone.
Ill be franc, I am new to all this. I made my research, understood the process and found where to buy all the chemicals, tools and containers. I am currently looking for the scrap itself. While doing so, I stumbled upon a bunch of adds on eBay that sell actual gold bars they got by harvesting the electronic scrap. What caught my attention is the price though. It is extremely low.
For example, there is this listing "500 Grams Scrap Gold Bar For Gold Recovery Melted Different Computer Coin Pins" and the guy sells 500g for just 60$. I am completely lost because I thought that the gold obtained through processing CPUs and motherboards and such is very pure at the end. The add does specify that it is not pure gold. Am I missing something here? Where is the catch? The add title mentions melting computer pins, does it mean the guy just melted gold plated parts without extracting the gold?
Thank you for your answers.
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justinhcase

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If it is gold contaminated brass bar's you want, they are great.
I am quite disgusted with the amount of people on eBay simply making money out of other peoples aspiration and saying they deserved to lose their money for being stupid.
No, just uninformed and still a bit gullible.
Which can be an expensive exercise in this trade.
 

Martijn

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Sites like this one can give you an indication of what the different kinds of scrap are worth and which are the best to collect for you.

https://www.hollandrecycling.com/elektronica-recycling/printed-circuit-boards

Buying e-scrap will not generate much profit, if any. Try to get it for free or recycle e waste for metals and sort the most valuable scrap for precious metals. Finding a good source is maybe even harder than learning how to recover the gold.
 

lanfear

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You can see for your self in this video by Sreetips. I recomend to watch more of his videos. He is one of the few youtubers worth watching.
https://youtu.be/mAANejUlJ8g
 

g_axelsson

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They used to be called "gold drops" and was at best melted gold plated pins and at worst just polished brass bars of unknown origin. Do a search for "gold drops ebay" and I think you will find plenty of information.

In my youth I had an idea of melting pins and refine it by extracting the copper in an electrolytic cell. Years later I found the melted blobs, put them in my stock pot and let the acid consume them. After a year they were all gone and the gold appeared as a black sludge at the bottom. That's the only sane way to refine blobs like that.

Buying those "gold bars" on ebay is just a quick way to part with your money and you will probably not get any gold in the end.

I'm talking to everyone about refining and electronic scrap, offering taking care of everything people have at home. Now and then I get an offer or a tip and could fill up my car with metals and electronic scrap. I scrap machines and sort by iron, cables, aluminium, copper, brass, stainless and low grade circuit boards. All this is sold at the scrap yard and pays for fuel and chemicals. The high grade stuff I keep for myself. Plastics and a tiny part of electronic waste goes to the recycling center.
The rumor that I take all scrap has paid out well, I now take care of all electronic scrap and cables for two or three companies in town. One company that deals with service of telephone lines (copper or fiber) have realized that it's cheaper to just give me the coordinates for the cables they pull down from the old copper network than having to pay for employees to take them in and sell it to the scrap yard. Next lot to pick up is 1800 meters, I'll do it after midsummer when I'm finished with my current project. Now and then they clean out a cellular base station or a phone exchange and my friend at that company just ask me if he can drop it off at my door. It provides me with ample of material for my gold refining hobby. :mrgreen:

I wish you luck in finding scrap. If you just let it take it's time it will come, just pass the word around.

Göran
 

Number_Five

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lanfear said:
You can see for your self in this video by Sreetips. I recomend to watch more of his videos. He is one of the few youtubers worth watching.
https://youtu.be/mAANejUlJ8g

This is an amazing video and channel. Thank you
 

davidzaslow

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Hi,
I have a question in the same line, I have a friend that is the manager of a cellphone repair shop and currently he just throws away his e-waste. He is willing to pass all on to me, his shop is very busy full from morning to night, is it worth my time? what parts of cellphones are worth saving?
It's important to state that i'm doing this as a hobby and not for living or hope of becoming rich but still I would like to end up with some gold and not to lose money on the way.

Thanks
David
 

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