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Old 05-14-2015, 07:55 AM
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my boss told me his retail is over $5 a foot on that. Makes me go hummm. And we can't make money on what we do?

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I believe the imported stuff was .20/ft cheaper. I don't like the stuff, it's worth the extra to not be coated in a layer of slime. After a couple welds and paint nobody would ever know where it was made anyhow.

I ended up with a bunch of 4' lengths of schedule 80 pipe instead, free of charge, as well as what I've been told is "half a truck bed" full of short pieces and two ATV pallets. I just have to find a way to the guy's place to pick them up. It's not new, or what I wanted to mess with, but it'll do the job.
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Steel should be cheap right now, the iron ore price is so low the we have had mines close because it is costing more to get it out of the ground than what they get for it. The bigger miners ( BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto)are flooding the market working on volume rather than decent price. It is being claimed these two are colluding to force the price down to put the smaller miners out of business, sure looks like it is working. It effects me as I have property in an iron ore mining town.
When I worked for BHP we had trains about 2 kilometers long, although they once tried an experiment with a 6 km one but it didn't pan out cost wise but it was close. Either way that is an awful lot of wagons. Our boss told us that the first 10 wagons were the cost, the rest was all profit, they were getting around $100. ton then.
This week it's is US$57 a ton, last month US$47 a ton compared with Feb 2011 when it was US191 a ton.
So buy it now because once they take over the leases of the smaller miners who can't compete or ride it out the supply will dry up and the price will go up accordingly
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:04 PM
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On 6/15/15 picked up 40' of 3x3x3/16 square tubing. $4.00 per lineal foot in full sticks. Less (probably 5%) in 100'+ quantities. It's been a while since I bought a larger quantitiy.

Problem is.............you never really know the bottom line price. It depends on who you are, and how much you buy.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:47 PM
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I just picked up a sheet of 5' x 5' x 1/4" plate for $250
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:22 PM
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Wow, prices must either vary regionally or a big discount on volume. I see in our recent purchases:

42.50-60.30/cwt for flats (more on odd or exceptionally large sizes).

40.95 - 52.95/cwt on angles (more on odd or exceptionally large sizes).

HSS varies quite a bit based on size I ordered some 3x3x3/8 today for 11.74/lf

WF Beams 41.25-45.95/cwt

Plate and sheet around 37/95-38.95 on A36
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I just picked up a sheet of 5' x 5' x 1/4" plate for $250
Wow!...$.98/lb. That's kinda pricey...
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:23 PM
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Wow!...$.98/lb. That's kinda pricey...
Odd size. Likely less if he got the whole sheet.

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Old 06-17-2015, 02:24 AM
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Odd size. Likely less if he got the whole sheet...
That's half of a 5 x 10 sheet. If we buy "halves" as opposed to whole sheets we don't normally pay a premium. My price today on that piece would be $132.60. And this is in Canadian dollars; if I were buying with American money the cost would be about $107 bucks.

Don't forget that we are only 30 miles from the third largest city in Canada and the largest port. Virtually all Asian imports enter the country here. Our supplier (and several other major outlets in Vancouver) buys sheet and plate up to 1/2" thickness in coils direct from mills in Korea and China. The materials arrive by ship and there is no additional shipping needed. All the suppliers run their own straighten, level and cut to length lines so material reaches us with a minimum of shipping and handling cost added.

So yeah, 250 bucks for that piece is pretty "pricey"...
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:34 PM
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In my area new steel was running around $.90 - $.95 a pound for the last few years - then about a month ago I ordered a few sticks and they averaged $.70 - needed a stick of 3/8 x 2 FB today, too small an order for free delivery so I combined a few stops and had 'em cut it into 5' pieces so it'd fit in my "Toe-Rotor" - still @ $.70 a pound... Steve
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Old 07-22-2015, 11:53 AM
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I've been giving $.40-.55 a pound depending on the size of order I place.
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