Few people know that there are dozens and dozens of household items that contain recoverable Scrap GOLD or SILVER or PLATINUM that are chucked in the garbage and junk yards or sold for a song at garage sales – all the time.
Old computers, wire connections, cell phones and other communication devices, Christmas tree ornaments, and the list goes on and on. These things and countless others contain pieces of scrap gold, silver and platinum which you can find and recover and then sell to refiners for pure profit!
Many people throw away "junk" and old electronics every day that they do not realize contains precious metals. And there are easy ways to get these items for free! Places like garage sales will usually have this stuff very cheap, same goes for Craigslist (definitely check out the "free" section on there).
The process is pretty easy but where you need talent is the ability to take apart certain types of things. Most importantly, you the ability to identify the precious metals and separate them from the rest of the junk which is where most people run into trouble.
Another problem people have is when it comes time to actually sell the gold, silver or platinum scrap. What is a fair price? How high quality is the gold? What percentage should the refiner take?
These are all things to keep in mind when considering taking up the hobby of scrap gold recovery. You do not want to spend too much time trying to recover only tiny amounts of scrap gold, because at that point it might just not be worth it and there might be other ways of earning money in your spare time which are much more profitable. It is important to be able to identify which items have a LOT of scrap gold and which do not. For example, military grade computers typically have a LOT of scrap gold. Connectors on many items like ribbon cables and the ports on the rear are frequently made of solid gold for reliability reasons. Many cheap $ 300 consumer computers are only made with gold plated connectors (which can be less than 1 / 1000th of an inch thick gold), and some cheap computers do not even bother with plating connectors with gold! The CPU though almost always has solid gold pins on the back. That is almost always a good place to look.