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According to my Jorgenson book, 1/2" dia. is .6682 lbs/ft.  5/8" dia. is 1.044 lbs/ft. 3/4" dia. is 1.504 lbs/ft. And 7/8" dia. is 2.046 lbs/ft.
So that adds up to a little over 5.26 lbs if it was a foot long.  Divide by two and you get the weight for 6" worth.  Which is 2.63 lbs.

I look up Speedy Metals pricing for say 3 foot pieces, around $46.58 for the four pieces plus whatever shipping is, say $30, for a total of 76.58.  Divide that by six that comes out around $12.76 for 6" worth of those sizes. 

Sounds very profitable if you ask me.  Maybe I need to start selling steel on eBay!

Ken


Ken, are you complaining about the cost of the steel, or the cost of shipping.
if it is 2.63lbs and if the shipping were approx $30.. My beef would be about the profit they are making on shipping. I would estimate that shipping on that would be about $8.. to charge 30, it becomes another profit center.
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Yeah, at Onlinemetals the cost of just the metal was fair. It was the cost of shipping the metal that has gone goofy high. I tried playing around with different lengths of the material to see if that would make shipping cheaper. Didnít seem to?
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Steel pricing is insane, I bought a 4í x 8í sheet of 1/4Ē plate about 2 months ago, I bought another one last week and the price change was roughly 30% higher.
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Online Metals site is currently down for maintenance so I couldn't verify, but they used to offer free or reduced shipping on larger orders.
Last time I ordered from them, I ran into a similar situation where the shipping was more than the price of the material.
I went back in and increased all the lengths of the metals I wanted (for the cheaper per foot price) to about 3X the original lengths plus a couple more types.
My final price with shipping was only about $10 more than the original order.  ??? ??? ???
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According to my Jorgenson book, 1/2" dia. is .6682 lbs/ft.  5/8" dia. is 1.044 lbs/ft. 3/4" dia. is 1.504 lbs/ft. And 7/8" dia. is 2.046 lbs/ft.
So that adds up to a little over 5.26 lbs if it was a foot long.  Divide by two and you get the weight for 6" worth.  Which is 2.63 lbs.

I look up Speedy Metals pricing for say 3 foot pieces, around $46.58 for the four pieces plus whatever shipping is, say $30, for a total of 76.58.  Divide that by six that comes out around $12.76 for 6" worth of those sizes. 

Sounds very profitable if you ask me.  Maybe I need to start selling steel on eBay!

Ken
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/12L14-CRS-Steel-Round-Rod-6-Long-Assortment-1-2-5-8-3-4-And-7-8-New-Cut/223554147076?hash=item340cdd9304:g:qw8AAOSwfx9dBn80:sc:USPSPriorityFlatRateEnvelope!55066!US!-1

Holycow!!! That's highway robbery. 

Here's one with a starting bid of $9.99.  Usually does not go much higher than $20.  I buy a lot of stuff from these guys over the years.  This seller has a lot of short material in just about any grade and diameters up to 2-1/2" sometimes larger for sale.  No junk here.

Ken
According to my calculations that price is less than a buck a pound. I see 31.5 lbs. Did I figure wrong?
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I was gonna say... Iím pretty sure I pay about a buck a pound for steel drops.

Edit: quite possibly less...

I would say that is about right.  A $1 to $1.50 a pound is usually what I go by on stuff I'm biding on eBay.  New stuff from a steel warehouse is running around $1.0 for 1020 HR to $2 a pound for heat treated 4140 steel. Of course, they want you to buy full length bars and or a $100-$150 minimum purchase.  Oh, you have to pickup yourself, too.  No shipping offered.
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I was gonna say... Iím pretty sure I pay about a buck a pound for steel drops.

Edit: quite possibly less...
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/12L14-CRS-Steel-Round-Rod-6-Long-Assortment-1-2-5-8-3-4-And-7-8-New-Cut/223554147076?hash=item340cdd9304:g:qw8AAOSwfx9dBn80:sc:USPSPriorityFlatRateEnvelope!55066!US!-1

Holycow!!! That's highway robbery. 

Here's one with a starting bid of $9.99.  Usually does not go much higher than $20.  I buy a lot of stuff from these guys over the years.  This seller has a lot of short material in just about any grade and diameters up to 2-1/2" sometimes larger for sale.  No junk here.

Ken
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GENERAL DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE OFF TOPIC / Re: Spring is Here!!!
« Last post by Carpenter84 on July 18, 2019, 09:51:12 PM »
You have to run the big engine for the Ac? Or do some trucks have generators?
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