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Striking out finding cells in the US
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I'm having the hardest time finding used laptop batteries. I have found a few at Homedepot, Lowes and Bestbuy (If they let me look). But all the PC shops have agreement with recycler's and will not sell old packs? I found one shop that will work with me but he only gets 1-2 packs a month. Who do you call or have the best luck with. When I google most recycler's in the area, it looks like big time companies and I don't think they will work with me. I'm in a larger city, is it better to find small shop in rural towns to work with? Appreciate any suggestions.
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#2
Stop looking for laptop packs and look for medical packs. Talk to hospital/clinic tech department. They have to replace the packs every 2 - 3 years regardless of use.
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#3
Are you offering money, or just looking for free?

At least at the recycling companies... money talks, just make sure not to over pay.
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#4
$1.25/lb is about as far as you wanna go. If you go much higher, it's just better to buy new
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I've offered to pay at several companies and they tell me policies doesn't allow for them to sell to the public. For medical, do you find the IT department to ask?
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#6
At the customer service, or one even one of the staff, you'd ask where the department is that handles reclamation and equipment maintenance. That's what I did. Altho, now I can't remember what they were called. I'm sure each place has it's own name for that department.

IT just basically handles the computers, printers, network, etc. These other guys handle the equipment for saving lives.
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#7
Use Google Maps to find all computer repair centers around you, even if you have to go to the next state over. $1.25 is way too expensive for junk laptop packs. I pay by weight, a max of $0.75/lb.
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#8
Im good with about $1 per lb... $0.75 to $1.25 I find acceptable.

That said, I have had places try and charge me $2/lb for packs before too. I hate to admit but I did buy some at that price because I was itching to process more.

I used to run around chasing laptop packs, but its a ton of work, time, and the yield isn't always worth the efforts... depending on the size of your project, I would just buy new cells. If you have a large project, nothing beats EV cells. So much more quality, consistency, and much less work.

Its still a bunch of fun when you find good cells for next to nothing... so, there is that.
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#9
You could also post a craigslist ad for collecting the packs. Offer $0.75/lb for them. Make sure to post in several different sections, tho to get the most coverage.
That's actually how I got my first 800-ish cells and only paid about $300 for them in total.
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#10
Thanks for all the tips. I have gotten one call back on my Craigslist add. I will try the medical centers next and see what I find!
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