infinitevalence wrote:you know that the components on most are more valuable than the gold they contain... if desolder and test them they can be sold for quiet a bit more.
dday wrote:I saw a post on another forum asking for old PCUs and memory to extract the gold. I'm curious as to how much gold you can actually get out of that kind of stuff. I know gold is through the roof now, but seriously, is that cost effective?
sparkn wrote:Considering that it would take about 1000 sheets of gold foil (at .025mm thickness) to be an inch thick, I can't see how fiddling with thousands of processors could yield much of a profit. A job at McDonald's and a trip to Kay Jeweler's would achieve a higher yield (and more zits).
1000 square inches of gold foil at .025mm thickness weighs about one troy ounce.
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...and this is just gold foil. I can't imagine gold plating being this thick. I believe I read somewhere that one ton of high gold content parts in a very efficient recycling environment can yield about 11 ounces of gold. As a hobbyist, I wouldn't want to dream of the time wasted.
dday wrote:Let me see... gold is $700 an ounce.......move 100 tons of earth to get it....somebody's getting screwed on that deal.
I read an article somewhere that the homeless were falling victim to "gold bandits", who rob them of the gold in their teeth.....
What a world....
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