Daily Archives: December 8, 2014

How to Make Money by Selling Scraps

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, they say, and it is true. Scrap metal, for example, has value and you can make money off the pieces taking up space in your garage or shed. The main factor that determines your profit is the current demand in the market. In order to get the right price for your scrap metal, you should first be knowledgeable enough to properly identify the metal you would like to sell.

scrap metalIdentifying Scrap Metals

In order to correctly identify your metal scraps, you can perform the colour test. The colour of copper is usually reddish brown, while zinc, aluminium, lead, tin or magnesium is usually white. Silvery or white usually signifies cast iron.

Alternatively, you may use the chipping test. Using a chisel, extract a tiny piece of the metal to examine it closely. Cast-iron chips are grey in colour and also brittle and smooth in nature. Aluminium chips are by nature continuous and characterised by saw-like edges. Cast iron that is white breaks into fragments because it’s brittle, while malleable iron gives out rough chips. Steels having high carbon content and are usually of a lighter colour with continuous chips.

There may be other ways to tell which metal is which. Do your research online to find more articles of the same theme.

Calling a Junk Yard or Dealer

Once the correct identification process is over, get in touch with the local scrap yard or dealer. You will find that there are quite a few and prices may fluctuate from yard to yard or dealer to dealer. Moreover, prices vary for different metals and you will also have to find out whether the dealer or yard will buy the scrap at their cost. Once the scrap reaches the yard, it will be weighed and you will be paid according to the prevalent price of the metal you are selling.

It always pays to conduct a proper market survey on prices before you choose a particular scrap yard or dealer.

4 Tips to Travel Safely

The world is getting smaller by the Touristminute, figuratively speaking. More places open up to visitors, but this fact creates the need to be more conscious about your surroundings. Whether it is taking a plane to Penang or a bus trip to Singapore, travel safety is crucial and which you should never neglect.

Here is a short guide on how to keep your travels safe.

  1. Be Conscious of Your Surroundings

Whenever you are in a foreign land, get into the habit of looking back when you get up to go somewhere else. The din and bustle of the city can distract you, and as a tourist, you will likely carry more than usual. This heightens the chances of leaving something like a jacket, a pocketbook or worse your passport and tickets on a café table or restaurant.

  1. Separate Sources of Funds

To protect you from theft or the potential of misplacing your wallet, BusOnlineTicket.com advises travellers to keep their money in different places when travelling. For example, place your credit card in a different place than your cash, because in the event that you lose either, you still have spare resources for emergencies.

  1. Never Keep Your Money in the Back Pocket

To avoid becoming the victim of pickpockets, keep your wallet in a pocket in front of your pants where you can see them. Alternatively, you can also use the inside pocket of your jacket if you have one.

Some security experts even suggest using an array of money belts for keeping loose change and pocket money. Never bring huge amounts of money at any one time. Take out money in small amounts, as large sums can attract unsavoury fellows.

  1. Scan Documents

Whenever you travel, scan all your travel documents and then email them to yourself. This way, if you lose the originals, you can easily download and print the necessary documents for replacement. You only need an Internet connection and a printer for this.

Travelling is not an excuse to get lost, nor is it any reason for being the victim of crime. Keep a level head and prepare for all eventualities. Happy (and safe) travels!