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Curious About Scrap Metal Prices? Let Calbag Metals Provide The Low Down On How To Get The Most Value Out Of Your Scrap Metal.

Get the most value out of your scrap metal The price Calbag Metals pays for the scrap you bring in depends on two factors: the current market prices of the various metals and the condition of the scrap material.

The metals market is constantly changing, with different alloys and grades of scrap fetching prices that fluctuate up and down, sometimes unexpectedly. Calbag monitors current metals pricing in real time, tracking pricing on international commodities markets.

That’s crucial for us, since a shift of a few cents per pound can turn a profit into a loss in an instant. For this reason, we do not have a fixed price list for scrap metals.

At the dock, our buyer inspects and grades your scrap metal. We have sophisticated testing equipment that lets us distinguish between alloys, but often a magnet and an experienced eye will tell us what we need to know.

To ensure you get the most value from selling your scrap metal at our public dock, follow these general guidelines:

Sorting: Separating different types of metals can make a big difference in the price we pay. Call us for tips on easy and profitable sort techniques.

Cleaning: "Contaminated" scrap is scrap with iron or steel attachments (like screws, rivets, etc.), or dirt, wood, paper or other debris. We pay less for contaminated scrap than we do for clean scrap, and the time you spend going through your material before bringing it to Calbag may make a big difference in the price you are paid.

Quantity: Often you’ll get a better price per pound for a trailer-load of material than you would for a few pounds. It means less handling for us, and we pass the savings on to you.

Being a "Regular": Customers who bring us good material on a regular basis are welcome in more ways than one. If we get to know you and the quality of your loads, it saves us time. Depending on market conditions, we may be able to give you a more favorable price as a regular Calbag customer.

If you want to know the price Calbag is paying for a particular type of scrap metal, we invite you to contact us. The more accurately you’re able to describe what you wish to sell, the more likely we’ll be able to give you a price on the phone that will match what you’ll find when you bring your material in.

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