July 28, 2007, 08:56 PM
Hopefully the mods will allow this.... I will be selling some brass here soon and would like to ask the buyers how much more they would pay for once fired brass that was de-capped and tumbled than uncleaned brass? Trying to figure out wether it will be worth my time to decap and tumble thousands of rounds of brass.

Thanks in advance,


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July 28, 2007, 10:19 PM
I wouldn't pay any extra. I prefer to do it myself. Just my $.02.

July 28, 2007, 10:23 PM
I buy by price and load on a progressive, so no benefit to me in paying for extras. I like to buy it by the flat rate box via USPS if that is available.

July 29, 2007, 02:18 AM
Thanks for your input guys!

July 29, 2007, 06:18 AM
testar77, rest assured we're all brass eaters, err consumers, here. Low price is king. The lower the price per case for quality brass will allow you to move more product quicker. Most all of us guys who reload are already set up to deprime, tumble, size, etc. Many of us are cantankerous about how we do it too. So, ultimately, I think you'd see more return on your investment by selling it as is, or tumbled clean only.

July 29, 2007, 01:07 PM
I agree with asknight.

July 29, 2007, 01:09 PM
sell as is

July 29, 2007, 01:16 PM
I wouldn't want anything done to the brass since I do it all myself but I believe I seen a thread on wanting a brass prep service so offer it in both conditions

A couple things I've learned for successful brass sales.

Sort brass by headstamps,
No one wants brass they dislike

Ship via USPS flate rate box,
More bang for your buck

Fill the box with brass,
Again more bang for your buck

Money back guarantee with short time limit,
Handgun brass no problem, but rifle brass can be, treat people well and they will come back

I usually set my price about .20 cents above the local scrap price, the last time I took in brass they were paying $1.60 per pound:what:, Or you can check completed auctions on Evilbay to see what the market is doing.

By the way, you can order USPS flat rate boxes online for free, print the shipping lable and pay shipping shipping online, and have your carrier pick it up.

Good luck, Ron

July 29, 2007, 03:42 PM
Have to agree as well. What caliber are you selling by the way...

July 29, 2007, 04:31 PM
I sold a ton of brass on eBay earlier this year that I picked up on an estate sale. I sorted and cleaned it prior to selling it. The main reason for the cleaning was so I could check and make sure I wasn't selling any cases that were defective, i.e. split, etc.

And I shipped all of it via USPS in their flat rate boxes. I only had one box come open, but all the brass showed up at the buyer's locaton. USPS dumped box and all in a tyvek sack and sent it that way. After that, besides using the flat rate box, I also packed the brass in USPS tyvek envelopes that they give out for Priority Mail shipments. I labeled the envelope with the buyer's name and address, so even if the box broke, they would know who to send it to.

Sale price depended more on what it was rather than if it was sorted by headstamp. I had a bunch of .380 brass that went for a lot more than the 9mm, .38 Special or .45 ACP that I sold. No one seemed to want the .40 S&W so that all went to the scrap yard.

July 29, 2007, 04:45 PM
I use the drop method to find cracked cases, I swear I can hear the different tone of a cracked case from another room when dropped.
Dirty brass tells you they didn't use brasso to clean the cases, not that anyone here would do that. I sold over a 1000lb in the last 3 years, now everyone is taking their brass home with them:mad:

July 29, 2007, 05:58 PM
Thanks for all the response, looks like I won't waste any time tumbling them then. Most of what I am going to sell is .223 and that is all fc, and lc headstamped. But I have some 9mm, .40sw, and a very small amount of a few other calibers. There is one that I am not sure what the caliber is, so maybe you guys could help. The headstamp says AFF 90, it is almost identical to a .308 the only difference being that the shoulder angle is slightly different making the neck a smidge shorter(and I mean a smidge) it looks close enough to easily be used as .308.

July 29, 2007, 06:22 PM
I'd tumble it, at least, especially if you're selling it on ebay. Generally, there's a bunch of sellers... do you want to be the guy with mangy looking brass? No need to make it golden, but stank-nasty brown brass is a no-no.

BTW, I'd be interested in the .223 and 9mm. Ping me.

July 29, 2007, 06:23 PM
That's from down under, Australian and very likely bedan primed, at least all the ones I've reloaded have been.

Quickdraw McGraw
July 30, 2007, 04:15 AM
Prefer mine right off of the ground. My son loves to deprime. When I look for 45 auto on Ebay I usually just sail right past the auctions where they are cleaned, etc.

July 30, 2007, 09:55 AM
I bought 1400 pieces of 45acp from some fella in Colorado for $53 shipped. He's running out of his garage and has only a handful of suppliers, so he doesn't advertise. I got his email address through someone else here on THR.

They came in a USPS flat rate box in a walmart sack. That's what I expected.... what I didn't expect is that they were polished. That's a nice touch, but I wouldn't pay an extra penny for polished brass. They were still primed, however.

There's no value in shiny or deprimed pistol brass. Maybe, just maybe for rifle cartridges. Not sure though.... but if it were me I'd sell it as still-primed off the grass brass and offer polishing and depriming as a service for a few bucks.

July 30, 2007, 01:51 PM
If you have any .357 Magnum I'll consider buying it right now. (as long as it isn't a total junk name)

July 30, 2007, 05:05 PM
For Mil-spec like 5.56mm I would rather have it untouched and not cleaned.

That way I can see by the crimped primers that it's once-fired.

If I got your 5.56mm brass with swaged primer pockets I have no idea how many times it's been fired.

And for all calibers I would rather have a chance to examine the primers and look for signs of excess pressure. I cannot do that as easily if the primers are gone, now can I?

I'd rather buy your brass "as is".

I hope you don't plan to sell it on eBay as they are soon to abolish all sales of brass cases.

July 31, 2007, 12:03 AM
I hope you don't plan to sell it on eBay as they are soon to abolish all sales of brass cases.

I would never list brass on ebay without givin my fellow firearm buddies here on THR a shot first ;)


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