We've talked a little bit about this before, but I wanted to tell you something new.
A while back I posted a picture of my friends Eddie and his wife Christie. I guess they'd be in their 40's or so. Eddie has a regular job, and he also gathers up scrap metal in his spare time. I try to save him all of my junk, and here at work I'll pick out the aluminum cans out of the trash cans for him. Little kitchen sized trash cans, so it's no big deal. Eddie has a barrel out back, and I'm not real sure how many people he has dropping off their beer cans and stuff? We've been doing this for years.
I noticed last night someone dropped off 2 bags full of cans for Eddie. Scrap isn't really worth a whole lot, but if he can get $50 or $100 now and then, that's better than seeing it go to a landfill.
Anyway, I was here at work the other week, noticed Eddie going down the road in his truck with a trailer behind. I knew he was going to the salvage yard. Eddie had an aluminum boat on his truck, looked to be something like a 12 foot flat bottom. Looked like old junk stoves or washer/dryers on the trailer? Only got a glimpse.
I have his cell phone number, tried to call him 3 times. No answer. We're friends on facebook, some folks get facebook messages on their phones. I sent him a message: "Don't sell that boat for scrap price."
I got busy and kind of forgot about it. Just happened, Eddie and Christie stopped by on the way home. As soon as he walked in the door, I asked: You didn't sell that boat for scrap did you? Well, yeah.
So I called the scrap yard. I asked the lady on the phone, how much are you asking for the boat that Eddie just sold you. She said: I'm sorry it's already been sold. That was within 45 minutes.
I mentioned this before in the "Snowmobile" thread. People own or have stuff and don't have a clue as to what it's worth.
Eddie sold that boat for $22.50.
Eddie and I talked. On a Friday evening, I could have sold that jon boat for $150, maybe $200, before dark. I wouldn't have charged him a cent. But a lady gave it to him, and Christie wanted it out of the yard. So, $22.50 it is.