holy copper pipe price gouging batman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ground Master, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    I musta been abducted recently or something..............when did the price of copper go thru the stratosphere? $32.00 for a 10' stick of 3/4? holy smokes! Seems like it was only $10 a stick a few weeks ago.............
     
  2. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
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    32.00 for 10' is way to high. i think i just paid $12 but was really surprised at that price. not sure when it went up but just noticed it the other day.
     
  3. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    we just did a job where the house was built in the 1930's...copper pipe everywhere under ground. We kept what we dug up when we were installing infiltration trenches and scrapped it. Somewhere around $3 per pound i think...scrap copper price skyrocketed..along with most other scrap too.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    M tubing or L tubing? I don't think even 1/2 inch L is under a buck a foot these days.
     
  5. greenhorn123

    greenhorn123 LawnSite Member
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    it cost like $100 for a bf set up, ma's, combo tee, drain, 90's and pipe. its crazy

    just yesterday i got 2 3/4 10' sticks at home depot. the tag read $23 and change. i was about to sign my name one the credit card thing when i noticed she charged me $32 ea. not her fault she just scans the tag but she had the manager come over and they went and did a price check, i was right.

    they almost got me for an extra $18 on top of the beating im already taking.
     
  6. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No joke, if you can buy copper 3/4" type M at that price I will make a road trip and buy a 1000'.
     
  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    Check the prices on wire it is moving just as fast
     
  8. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
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    i'm going to go check prices this morning. sounds crazy to me. what happened? chinese buying all our copper now?
     
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    It takes energy to refine the copper ore, and to manufacture the pipe and fittings. You now can see fittings made from powdered brass/bronze, like those Italian ball valves are.
     
  10. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Chinese have been buying our copper
     

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