For all you newbies out there who have questions about what should
be saved for refining you should consider this:
I recently sent into one of my refiners three years worth of the
following: floor sweeps, vacuum cleaner bags from vacuuming my retail
space, polishing filters, charcoal blocks, saw blades, used flex
shaft wheels of all types, etc. This included NO clean scrap or bench
sweeps, just basically stuff from my floor and the polishers and
things that wouldn’t normally be dumped into my bench sweeps. Out of
this mess of stuff the refiners pulled 11 ozs of gold, 3/4 oz of
platinum and 3 ozs of silver (I don’t work much with silver). I’m
sure you guys can figure out the math on how much money this
generated for me, even with the $750 refining fee (since they were
dealing with such mucky stuff). So in this case it’s: When in doubt,
DON’T throw it out. It’s all worth money. For that matter I’ve asked
my wife to send my body to the refiners when I die. I’ll probably
still be worth something that way!
Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, LLC
1780 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140