MN_Moody wrote on 2021-12-16, 14:29:
They will never go that low, the "melt" scrap value on aluminum topped AMD CPU is around $26 per pound per boardsort.com's payout rate, which tends to align with the low end of what you'd get going to a precious metals recovery outfit at the end of the supply chain. Factoring in eBay's 15% cut, the ongoing storage cost/opportunity cost to keep these sitting around, and the hassle factor selling a couple at a time to retail buyers I expect they'll take them to scrap eventually if the sale volume drops off and bulk payout rate remains where it is.
(posting my train of thought for any other interested parties who might wonder exactly what MN_Moody's suggestion works out to....)
Interesting. Being too lazy to remove a CPU from a board and weigh it, I'll take Google's "3.2 ounces" as the weight of a K6/2 CPU. So that is 5 CPU's per pound, or $5.20 scrap value per CPU.
I'd suggest the storage cost for such small items may not be significantly factoring into the price, but if we allow for $1 per CPU, which means the seller is looking to recoup $50,000 total in order to store 50,000 CPUs for a nominal time period. They can rent a house, for that money.
So we have $6.20 per CPU, to which we'll add ebay's 15% - running total: $7.15 - plus another nominal couple-o'-bucks per CPU for retail handling. Let's round that to (a vague, but hopefully somewhat indicative) $10 per CPU cost-of-retail, in order to meet the equivalent in scrap value.