I'd suspect the prices are different across the US.
East and maybe gulf is scrapping Ships and containers.
Dallas is another issue. Tyler another issue. Tyler used
to get all of the iron pipe from Dallas/area. Don't know what
they produce from now.
On 12/26/2015 12:05 PM, Larry Jaques wrote:
Yup. We've been watching.
Although I have a contractor's license (which I'm letting lapse next
year when I fully retire) the largest jobs I've done have been porches
and decks. Now, in semi-retirement, I'm doing only smaller jobs. It's
averaging 3 hours a week, but this week will be heavy, maybe 6.
That will pick up in Spring, but I'm happy with a few small jobs. This
retirement stuff is FUN!
By Crom, I may get organized and decluttered yet!
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Not sure about other people.
As for myself, I feel very good about the industrial potential and
future of the United States.
The churn in businesses, bankrupting of badly managed or obsolete
companies, and competition, is what keeps America great.
You're about 15 years behind the times, Larry. There is no mass exodus
of "business." The exodus to offshoring really didn't last long. The
exodus recently was of headquarters operations and the nominal base of
the companies, not of the actual manufacturing. That was almost
entirely a paper move, for tax purposes. And much of that was stopped
with some tax-law changes about a year ago.
What Gunner is seeing is mostly the result of the segment of industry
he deals with -- the absolute bottom feeders. Mismanaged,
under-capitalized, dragging their feet technologically, they are
declining and the business they did (which is still there) is being
picked up by better, smarter companies.
You can't start a mold shop today with a Bridgeport and a Logan lathe
in a garage. Technology has moved on. And if you try to run a business
today the way you ran it 20 years ago, you're toast.
Then Gunner gets to help move the machines out and Iggy buys them for
scrap. Welcome to the 21st century -- which you'll probably catch up
with in a decade or two.
The industry, manufacturing and other industries, will continue to do
The "average" people employed by them, will continue to do poorly.
The reason for this is technology and obsolescence of humans.
On Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:39:01 -0600, Ignoramus29630
Like an old auctioneer friend said years back "an item is worth
exactly what the highest bidder is willing to pay on a particular day
- not one penny more, and not one penny less"
The secret is to use an auctioneer that has the reputation for getting
the buyers out. It is in his best interest to get the best price
possible for YOU, not the buyer - because he gets a percentage of the
take. If by spending a few bucks on advertizing he can get 2 buyers
for an item instead of one, he can more than double his take.
Get 10 or more buyers??? Who knows.
Around here anything that can be used by hobbyists or small (usually
mennonite farm based) businesses goes for a reasonably high price. But
the guys know their stuff - and if it's junk, there's a pretty good
chance you won't get more than junk price. Sometimes you get more
than you would expect if 2 guys both want it for parts though!!!
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