The price of copper has risen dramatically in recent years. Selling copper can be an extremely lucrative side business if you are willing to put in the time and energy to make it work. Because copper is in such high demand right now there are also unfortunately increased incidents of copper theft. This article will show you how to make a lot of money selling copper without breaking any laws or offending anyone.

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Things You Will Need

You will want to have a truck and preferably a flat bed trailer. You never know the size, shape, or weight of the copper you may find to sell so it is always best to be prepared.

Step 1

The most important step to make money selling copper is sourcing the copper that you will sell. As I mentioned before it is imperative to refrain from any illegal or perceived illegal activities when sourcing copper. With that said, there are lots of places that you can find copper legally to sell. The first place you can look is around your house. Many times you have hundreds of feet of copper wire sitting in your garage or basement without you even realizing it. If you have any extra light fixtures, cables, construction supplies, or old appliances you already have great sources of copper. A simple scrapping process will give you a great start on selling copper.

Step 2

Once you have found all of the copper in your own home you will need to find other sources. Your first stop should be local construction sites. many home and commercial construction sites use miles of copper during the construction process. They scrap all of the unused copper because it is too time consuming for them to worry with it. This is where you come in. You will want to contact the job foreman and get written permission first, but once you have that you are free to roam the jobsite and collect any scrap copper. A good place to start will be the trash dumpster. This may be a messy job but the financial rewards can be huge!

Step 3

The last place you can look is online. You can make use of websites like craigslist, ebay, or local online newspapers to put out an ad for unwanted copper. Many people will simply give you their copper for free if you are willing to haul away their junk that contains the copper. This means you get an unworking appliance in exchange for hauling it away. All of these methods will give you a great start on your hunt for copper. Now all you have to do is take the copper you have selected to the local scrap metal yard and cash in!

Tips & Warnings

Remember that you absolutely must stay away from any illegal dealing when sourcing copper. There is copper to be had, but it cannot be obtained illegally!