Where Precious Metals Could Be Hiding in Your Home

Where Precious Metals Could Be Hiding in Your Home

Before you hop in your car and go looking for precious metals at home sales, in open fields, at antique stores and the other common places visited by people who hunt for gold and precious metals, why not ask this simple question? Are precious metals hiding right under your nose, right there in your home? The simple fact is, they could be. Here are some places that should be on your radar… 

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How Much Money Can You Make by Recycling Computers, Cellphones, Catalytic Converters, and other Popular Items?

How Much Money Can You Make by Recycling Computers, Cellphones, Catalytic Converters, and other Popular Items?

We get many calls at Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners from people who have cellphones, catalytic converters, computers, remote control devices, and other items that contain precious metals that can be extracted and refined. The first question that those callers ask is usually, “How much are they worth?” And the first question that we usually ask them is, “How many do you have?”

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Raise Money for Your Favorite Cause with a Gold Drive

A gold drive can be a great way to raise money for religious institutions, charities, hospital or other causes that you support, whether you are a local business, a manufacturer with ties to your community or just as an individual who wants to help a good cause.

Best of all, gold drives are simple to set up and run. You ask people to donate cellphones, old remote control devices, or old eyeglasses. You then send the items that you collect to our qualified precious metals refinery, and we send you payments.

Photo of people in a recycling drive to collect gold-bearing devices like old phones to raise money for their favorite cause with the help of a qualified gold refinery like Specialty Metals.  

It sounds simple, and it is. Yet here are some suggestions for running a successful gold drive.

Select and specify the specific items that you will collect

You can focus on older cellphones, on remote-control devices, on eyeglasses and eyeglass frames – or on a combination of those items. Even in rural areas, it is possible to collect a surprisingly large number of older cellphones every month.

Work with the staff of the cause that you are supporting

The people who work there can do a lot to assure the success of your efforts. They can place collection bins in front of their premises and elsewhere. They can also announce the gold drive in their publications, place articles with local newspapers and websites, utilize their staff to help monitor and run the drive, and provide other assistance to help assure success. And if you are a business, you can use your own location as a collection center as well, strengthening your ties to your community and bringing in additional traffic.

Allow enough time to spread the word

It can also be a good idea to make your drive open-ended – not something that you run for just a few months, but an ongoing activity that will become known and generate income in the years ahead. It takes time for people to learn about drives and to respond. 

Consider involving students

High school students, members of scouting organizations, and other young people today are often eager to participate in projects that help their communities. With just a few calls, you could recruit young people who can go door-to-door, stand in front of stores to promote your drive, and do lots of other “legwork” that can make your drive a success.

Let Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners Help You Succeed

We are ready to help make your gold drive an ongoing success.  To learn more, call us at 800-426-2344.

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Are You Sitting on Precious Metals You Don’t Even Know About? It’s Remotely Possible!

Are You Sitting on Precious Metals You Don’t Even Know About? It’s Remotely Possible!

When we used the words “remotely possible” in the title of today’s post, we were making a joke. You see, remotes – those old electronic remote controls that you have lying around - contain small quantities of precious gold that can be profitably recycled by a precious metals refinery like Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners. And the more of them you have, the more money you can make.

Photo of scrap remote control devices and electronics, which contain gold, silver, and platinum which Specialty Metals can help you recycle profitably.

In additional to smaller electronic devices, a number of old home appliances contain quantities of gold, silver and even platinum that we can recycle for you. Be sure to look for quantities of any of the following items:

Small Electronics

  • Remote control devices that belonged to old VCRs, stereo receivers, televisions and DVD players
  • Old and unwanted pieces of stereo equipment
  • Old computers – both laptops and desktops
  • Computer peripherals like external hard drives and modems
  • Old radios and televisions

Home Appliances

  • Refrigerators
  • Ranges and stoves – both gas-fueled and electric
  • Air conditioners
  • Furnaces and boilers
  • Thermostats and the thermocouple wires that connected them to old heating systems
  • Electric heaters that are equipped with thermostats

You’ll Find Even More Precious Metals in Industrial Equipment

If you happen to own scrap that is left from large air conditioning systems that were used in commercial buildings, you could be sitting on even larger quantities of precious metals. The same holds true for manufacturing equipment that was used in applications like plating, welding, and heat-treating ceramics.

If you want to know more, why not call us today at 800-426-2344 so we can tell you more and help you get paid for precious metals that you might have overlooked?

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Four Kinds of Easy-to-Overlook Electronic Devices that Contain Gold

We’ve written on this blog about many kinds of electronic devices that contain gold that can be recycled by a top precious metals refinery. We’ve covered laptop computers, tablet computers, cellphones, and even the circuit boards that can be found in junked cars.

Shown: gold-bearing circuit board inside of a VCR, which can be recycled and refined by Specialty Metals.

Shown: gold-bearing circuit board inside of a VCR, which can be recycled and refined by Specialty Metals.

Today, we’d like to give you a checklist of other easily overlooked electronic devices that contain gold too:

Remotes of All Kinds

Just about every household has a batch of old remote control devices for old TVs, VCRs, and more lying around, sometimes quite a few. And each of them contains a small printed circuit board that contains a small quantity of gold.

Old Stereo Components

Stereo amplifiers and receivers contain printed circuit boards that contain gold. The good news is that older components often contain more gold than newer ones do. If you have a quantity of them - in your town recycling facility, perhaps? – you could be sitting on dollars too.

VCRs, CD Players and DVD players

These “tossable” electronic devices pile up in recycling centers, in the back rooms of electronics retailers, and even in private homes. Yet they too contain printed circuit boards that contain precious gold that is worth extracting.

Older CB, Ham, and Shortwave Radios

Before the Internet age, hobbyists used them all to communicate with people in distant areas. Today, they have gone largely out of style. Yet they can still contain quantities of gold that can be reclaimed.

Two Ways to Collect Quantities of these Devices to Recycle

  • If you are a charity that is already conducting a collection campaign for used cellphones, ask people to contribute these items too.
  • If you would like to start a lucrative side business, run ads online or in local newspapers stating that you will buy the items described above.

Once you have a large quantity of any of this electronic scrap, give us a call at 800-426-2344 and we’ll be happy to explain how you can recover the gold that they contain.

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