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Do you want to make more money scrapping? Here at the iScrap App, it's been our highest priority to help scrappers become more informed, make better decisions regarding their scrap, and bring transparency to a "hush-hush" industry. Our podcast Scrap You Later is the newest addition to our collection of resources that will help you stay informed on all things scrapping. Here, you will learn the industry's ins and outs from Tom Buechel, the creator of the iScrap App, who also happens to be a s ...
 
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Ever wonder why you see some reported prices on the iScrap daily in areas, but in other areas your own prices haven't changed? Or have you seen competing scrap yards never change prices? Tom addresses some of the major reasons why some scrap yards choose not to change prices - and no it's not to "screw" you out of money. Read more here: https://isc…
 
We brought fellow scrapper Dave online with us to discuss various boards and e-scrap techniques on what to look for in boards and computer parts when you are looking to boost your profit in scrap. Be sure to subscribe to Dave here 👇 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDlSwAIfeziWqX-bOyyVG_w Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/iscrapapp)…
 
Mining for metals is an essential part of the growth of the economy but also a trivial part of the environment. But recycling metals to help reduce the necessity of mining for raw materials is important and can also have an environmental impact. However, when new mines are being built and current ones produce more, it is a good sign for everyone. T…
 
Peddlers aren't the only ones cashing in on scrap metal. At the Rockaway Recycling yard, trade-specific workers are frequently cashing in on excess material from everyday jobs and projects they work on. Plumbers and Electricians, in particular, make a pretty good side hustle from scrap material. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show …
 
By now, you’re well aware that the iScrap App helps you find scrap yards near you and find the recently reported scrap prices, but did you know that we can also make you more money? There are several tips and ways to prepare your scrap metal and collect the right items to make more money on metal. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the sho…
 
Time and time again, we've seen and heard stories of picking up scrap for free (with the intention of the payday being the scrap value), but then being blindsided by the difficulty of the pickup: a heavy washing machine in the basement or a brass bed frame up on the 3rd floor. Keep in mind your time is money and that you should absolutely be chargi…
 
Like many other industries, the scrap metal industry has its gray areas for collecting scrap metal, selling it, and the laws and regulations that go along with it. While scrap laws usually vary from state to state in the US, many restrictions and illegal things apply nationwide. With the theft of scrap metal an increasing occurrence in the industry…
 
If you have every come across a sweet scrapping score of a few dozen, hundreds, or thousands of pounds of scrap cable or wire, it's usually time for a small celebration. After your victory lap, it's time to put your math skills to work and start figuring out what kind of profits and prices you can expect for your scrap copper. When you have wide ga…
 
Get More Scrap. Make More Money. Isn't that how things are intended to work out? From paying attention to all of the online forums, comments, videos, and overall comments, we know that one of the biggest challenges for scrappers is figuring out how to lock in larger contracts and long-term deals. This has proven to be one of the hardest things abou…
 
Many people ask if the oil prices going up or down affect the value of scrap metals and the simple answer is yes, sometimes. We know that isn't a clear answer but there is more to it. The prices of oil, one of, if not the most major commodity in the world and it affects all prices on things from scrap metals to food prices and more. Oil prices are …
 
What's it take to become a full-time scrapper? It can be daunting for sure not knowing what lays ahead, but isn't it like that with any new adventure you take? A leap of faith is necessary when going full-time, but there are still plenty of things to plan for, and Tom talks about them in this episode. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the…
 
We have heard for years about scrappers never paying for their scrap and they only pick up things that are free...well, wouldn't that be just peachy to know really quick! They say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and there should be more than one way to scrap some metal, and there certainly seems to be after talking and listening to s…
 
Whether you are a small-time scrapper or a large scrap yard or refinery, the scrap metal market can be a tricky beast to understand. With the commodity market and stock market always changing hourly during the day, one can never be quite sure how it all works. Tom is going to walk you through some of the major factors of scrap metal pricing. 📲Downl…
 
We get it. Sometimes you go into a project with the best intentions and find out that you bit off more than you can chew. And that's fine! Chalk it up to a learning experience. Here are some things you can do when a scrap metal job is just too big for you. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/iscrapapp)…
 
From Winter to Spring to Summer to Fall. Scrapping is a year-round profession, but the way it's done changes with the seasons. For all those scrappers in states where the seasons change, they will understand the more difficult winter months. Your Southerners are lucky! 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/is…
 
We take joy in begin able to help scrappers learn more and make more money. This week we have Tom answering some questions we've compiled from previous weeks. Reach out to us via our socials or email (info@iscrapapp.com) to have your questions featured on the next Q&A! 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/is…
 
Your first trip to the scrap yard can be a bit daunting. Maybe you've been reading up, doing your research in the Scrap Metal Recycling Group, and have heard some not-so-great stories from people visiting their yard. First off, don't worry; we have you covered. Not all yards are the same, but asking questions and having some insight before your fir…
 
We've heard some horror stories (okay, maybe that's being a little dramatic) coming out of the cat world over the last few years - buyers being there one day when prices are high, to completely disappearing when prices drop. Having a consistent catalytic converter buyer is more important than scrappers know. This episode is brought to you by RRCats…
 
There are several options for scrapping a car, not to mention several ways to make more money on your scrap car. Some yards, like Rockaway Recycling, do not take cars on sight. So what are your options when yards don't accept a whole car? Or what if you don't have the time to bring the car down to the yard to scrap? 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Pat…
 
The idea of stamping catalytic converters to prevent thefts has been tossed around lately. What do you think? Would the idea work? Tom doesn't seem to think so. Find out why. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron RRCats.com - National Cat Buyers Looking for a reliable cat buyer? Want fair prices? What about FREE shipping? Welcome to RRCats.com. Suppo…
 
As a scrapper, the most important thing you can do is keep your most important tool healthy and safe: your body! Today Tom discusses back and leg safety specifically, especially since lifting heavy material is common to scrappers. Keep safe out there! 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/iscrapapp)…
 
You may be noticing some scrap metal prices, like aluminum, for example, have slowly been increasing and that makes scrappers happy. But what else is increasing? Consumer goods; and that makes almost everyone unhappy. Inflation is the most likely reason for both. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron RRCats.com - National Cat Buyers Looking for a rel…
 
When you're selling your scrap catalytic converters, what do you look for in a buyer? Is it the best pricing (and be honest...)? Or do you look for someone more reliable and consistent? Although we all want to make the most money with our scrap, Tom poses a good argument for taking the consistent buyer over the highest one. This episode is brought …
 
Over the last week, the copper price per pound has been extremely volatile, and that is typically a bad sign which could lead to downward pressure on the market. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron RRCats.com - National Cat Buyers Looking for a reliable cat buyer? Want fair prices? What about FREE shipping? Welcome to RRCats.com. Support the show (…
 
XRF analyzers are an investment for scrap yards, so if you happen to find a yard that owns one, we'd day you're pretty lucky. XRF analyzers provide clarity and transparency for yards and customers alike and could make you more money in the end. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/iscrapapp)…
 
Copper usually takes the spotlight in the non-ferrous world, but aluminum has been shining lately (14-year highs actually!). Tom tells you a few of the reasons why you're probably seeing higher aluminum scrap prices at the yard. And the best part? These prices may be here to stay. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.pa…
 
Despite all the issues going on around the world - increased demand, decreased supply, supply-chain slowdowns, possible government shutdowns - metal prices remained steady and strong, surprising all of us. Congrats to Patron Larry Cox 🎉 the winner of this month's Patreon giveaway! Every month, we will be giving away either a new tool or merch to sa…
 
We had an awesome sit down with Tom's sister, Virginia Buechel, Director of Marketing for the iScrap App, about what we call the 'New Age Scrapper' and how through technology and utilizing the resources around them, have become very smart with their scrap metal decisions. 📲Download The App ✌️Become A Patron Support the show (https://www.patreon.com…
 
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