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Wire spool - what is it worth?

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  1. Eric Parish

    Eric Parish

    May 5, 2018
    Hello! I have acquired a roll of Shielded Audio and Sound Control Cable that was left in a pile of junk in the house I am now renting. Everything else was garbage but this seems to have some value. 5000 feet. 18 AWG, 1 twisted pair, Beldfoil shielded. No brand name. Any idea what this might be worth? Many thanks to any replies! Eric


    May 20, 2017
    Probably a few of dollars a Metre / Yard if you sell it piecemeal. Put it on Ebay and see what sort of response you get. It is after all only worth what people are prepared to pay.
  3. kellys_eye


    Jun 25, 2010
    ????? only if you advertise 'for sale to some gullible person' :D

    50cents/metre if you're lucky. You might get $100-$200 for the whole reel.
  4. Eric Parish

    Eric Parish

    May 5, 2018
    Thanks for the responses, gents! If I can carve out $100 it would be a win. I don't need it and it is just sitting there at the moment taking up space.
  5. KJ6EAD


    Aug 13, 2011
    Beldfoil is a trademark of Belden so you know what brand it is now. There should be a product code stamped or embossed on the cable jacket.
  6. hevans1944

    hevans1944 Hop - AC8NS

    Jun 21, 2012
    A new 100-foot spool of Belden 8760 18 AWG twisted pair with Beldfoil shield is currently (06 May 2018) sold by Amazon for $97.00... but there were only 12 spools left in stock.

    A 5000 foot spool is a sizable amount, and if you are an electronics hobbyist, it is probably a lifetime supply. It's worth whatever a willing buyer is willing to pay. Try offering your cable on a per-foot basis on eBay, perhaps with a 100-foot minimum order for $25.00 plus shipping. Accept only Paypal as payment.

    Twenty-five bux for one hundred feet would appear to be a good price, compared to Amazon. You would only need to sell fifty 100-foot spools to get rid of all of it and pick up $1,250. If you get greedy and ask for $4850 for fifty 100-foot spools (same as Amazon price), or for your entire 5000-foot spool, you are likely to sit on it for a few more years.
  7. kellys_eye


    Jun 25, 2010
    A 5000ft reel would weigh in at around 130-150lbs...... is this what you genuinely have????
  8. Minder


    Apr 24, 2015
    All depends on the part No. for e.g. the 4 pair Beldon (9891) I use for encoders runs around $900/100ft.
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