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Old 07-30-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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I've been helping my grandma clean up around her house for a few weeks now. My grandpa past a few years ago and he was the type to buy old stuff at auctions, yard sales, flea markets, and pawn shops. Lots of good junk and bad junk. Grandmas been wanting to clean the place up and sell what she can. She wants me to take the scrap metal to a junk yard. In an old rusted 59 vw beetle I found around 50 railroad spikes on the floor. I was wondering if it was legal or not to sell them for scrap?

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Old 07-30-2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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Why wouldn't it be legal to sell big nails?

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I've been helping my grandma clean up around her house for a few weeks now. My grandpa past a few years ago and he was the type to buy old stuff at auctions, yard sales, flea markets, and pawn shops. Lots of good junk and bad junk. Grandmas been wanting to clean the place up and sell what she can. She wants me to take the scrap metal to a junk yard. In an old rusted 59 vw beetle I found around 50 railroad spikes on the floor. I was wondering if it was legal or not to sell them for scrap?
Not 100% sure but I heard you can't because they might think you went out and pulled them up yourself to sell.
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Yes, they can be sold.

Most scrap dealers are required to maintain records of ID of anyone they buy from.

They are not brass- they are mild steel. Price is likely to be less than cost of gas to drive them to a dealer. Running ABOUT 8 cents a pound.

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I found out that they were not legal here. It was long ago and I was walking around the tracks picking up spikes laying around. When I got a bucket full I went to the scrap yard. A worker looked at it and called over the boss. The boss looked at it and asked me if I want two years in the pen. I told him they were lying around and he said leave them be. I went back and dumped them.

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If grandma didn't pull them out from the track I think you can sell them.

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If any of them say HC on top of them I would be interested in buying those that do.

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I think you can sell them as scrap. Find out from the scrap dealer in case of doubt! I think some places don’t allow rail spikes to be sold as scrap because they might have been stolen from the railroad ties, but I’m not so sure! If you’re looking for a fair deal for your stuff, I’d suggest you visit a SIMS metal recycling facility if there’s one near your place. I always go down to a recycling center near my home - http://us.simsmm.com/Locations/New-York/Frankfort to sell scrap when I’ve collected enough to recycle it.

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The scrap metal dealers around here apparently don't care about the origin of your wares. Air conditioners go missing from houses, telephone lines disappear, catalytic converters are cut off of vehicles, things that are obviously not scrap are bought by the recyclers.

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The scrap metal dealers around here apparently don't care about the origin of your wares. Air conditioners go missing from houses, telephone lines disappear, catalytic converters are cut off of vehicles, things that are obviously not scrap are bought by the recyclers.
Theft of catalytic converters was rampant here in southern Alabama and I think it still is. The recyclers need their wicks trimmed, as in tougher rules/laws for buying. A "lifted" vehicle is the most prone for theft because they are easier to get to.
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