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Starting an Electronics Recycling Business

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by kebertt, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. kebertt

    kebertt Junior Member

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    I've been buying and selling electronics locally for years now and made some decent money, but I'm looking to expand my business online. My main concern is that there are already a lot of companies doing what my business will be doing.

    Do you think the electronics recycling business is too saturated for me to be successful? With efficient SEO do you think I can get noticed? I would be very satisfied with 20-30 devices a week.
     
  2. wowhaxor

    wowhaxor Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Are you talking about aquiring them via online/website or selling online. Because I think you could do fine selling online but to get someone to ship something to you that they could take and scrap locally for a few bucks seems like a potential flop.
     
  3. kebertt

    kebertt Junior Member

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    That was my concern. Don't get me wrong, there are thousands of companies out there that do it successfully but I think it may be too saturated. Do you think I should focus my efforts more locally?
     
  4. neuromancer

    neuromancer Newbie

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    pop the hard drives and examine them for data to sell to make extra money :)
    i would just do this locally. approach companies ect. i'm pretty sure the world's electronic waste all ends up in Kenya, Bangledesh and China in huge landfills after they've raped all the copper and other metals out of it

    you could niche it by advertising 'secure destruction' or something. encrypt all the drives you get with truecrypt then nuke the drives with hdderase.exe (best.. but only works on ATA drives) or Darik's boot and nuke. verifying all data is destroyed/unrecoverable since you encrypted it first.

    most companies just format the drive and throw it out.. big mistake

    **edit if you live in the US pretty sure you can get grants and other money for running a green/recycling operation
     
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