It is easy and profitable to sell scrap metal on eBay. I have found that I consistently make more cash per pound, selling solid copper and brass on eBay than I do selling the same materials at a scrap yard.
I will go through this process, as I did for selling metal at a scrap yard.
First, go onto the USPS website and order yourself a selection of Priority Mail shipping boxes. All of these boxes are free to order, and have no shipping charges. The USPS wants customers shipping items by Priority Mail, as it makes them more money than the same items shipped Parcel Post or First Class Mail.
Get a variety of sizes of boxes, but make sure that you get the large regular Priority Mail and Large Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes, plus some smaller regular Priority Mail and Medium Flat Rate boxes.
Once you get the boxes, start collecting your scrap metal in the Large Flat Rate Boxes, especially solid metal copper and brass. The copper box will probably contain copper pipes, ornamental copper items, and copper connectors, etc. The brass box could have ornamental brass objects, plumbing fixtures, etc. Many scrap metal dealers require you to keep brass bullet casings separate from other brass, as there are small amounts of other metals in casing primers.
Once you fill up a Flat Rate box with one type of scrap, you are ready to sell it on eBay. Weigh your box with the metal contents inside it on a scale with a digital read-out.
Take a digital photo of the scale, with the weight of the box displayed on the readout of your scale, so that your potential bidders on eBay can be confident in the accuracy of your auction. These potential bidders will be bidding based almost entirely on the weight of the scrap metal in the box, so they will want to be able to verify the exact weight of the product.
Next, dump out the box on a flat surface and take some photographs of the contents. If you have ornamental items in your box, take additional photos of those items.
Next, download the photos to your computer, and then log in to your eBay account. Go to the ‘Sell an Item’ page on eBay. There are two categories that you can sell scrap metal in: Coins and Paper Money, Bullion and Business & Industrial, Metals & Alloys. List your scrap metal in one of these two categories.
Go to the photograph section and upload your digital photographs to your auction listing page.
An example of a title that I would use for my auction would be along the lines of: ‘24# (LBS)
#1 SCRAP COPPER Bowls Pipes Decorations’. #1 Copper is the designation scrap dealers use for solid copper items, or large stripped copper wires with no insulation, and is the highest grade of copper. The additional descriptors may also get collectors of ornamental copper items to bid on your auction.
Make sure that you are accurate in your description of the auction. Subtract the weight of the box when providing the weight (usually about 8 ounces for a Large Flat Rate box). Under the Shipping section of the listing, click on ‘Large Flat Rate Box’, and use the ‘Calculated Shipping’ option, with an additional $1-2 added, so that some of your eBay and PayPal fees are covered by the shipping cost.
List your auction. I like to start my auctions between 3:00 and 9:00 PM, as that as when the most users are on eBay.
When the auction is complete, seal the Flat Rate Box, address it with the winning bidder’s address, and take it to the post office to ship it, or if you are already an internet seller, use your online shipping service and ship from home. It is as easy as that!