It is a major portion of it. They may have lots of metal in the ground, but
they can get if faster and refined from over here. The more you look into
it, the more you will find out just how fast China is expanding.
Aside from all of that, it seems as though all the commodities take turns
gouging the consumer. Steel skyrocketed a couple of years ago, then oil,
natural gas jumped. Someone is making a fortune
No. Typically from what I've seen in the past, it is cheaper to buy larger
amounts. I don't mean just a little cheaper, I mean why buy 100' when 250'
is much cheaper on a per foot basis? That kind of cheap. Now it seems like
on a per foot basis the price isn't changing at all. Nominally I would say
that the makers of romex have gotten smart and realized that people were
buying long lengths and cutting it for multiple jobs. So they equalized the
prices and now its just as cheap to buy multiple 100' rolls.
I see what you mean. All I saw in your numbers before was that it was
a little cheaper to buy longer lengths.
You should also be careful in the grocery store. I've seen cases
where big sizes cost more per amount than smaller sizes, and other
places where the price savings was only 5 cents.
supply and demand, those who supply it have figured out they can sell it for
more and few will protest (after all, protesting is politically incorrect
nowadays), kinda like energy costs and the ken lay types who live lives of
extravagant luxury in clouds of suspicion
maybe increased transportation costs due to fat cat corporate big wigs
wanting higher salaries and more retirement
Perhaps now that the new house market is cooling people may start
protesting with their wallet and reducing demand.
Copper plumbing is rapidly becoming obsolete in most places and I
wouldn't be surprised if aluminum wire made a comeback. It is very
common in sizes above #8 anyway. Alcan is already trying to
rehibilitate the reputation for smaller sizes in electrical seminars.
The new style MC cable uses an aluminum grounding conductor. That is a
33% saving in copper use. KIng Industries is pushing a splicing device
that doesn't require special tools and training so you can pigtail
copper for the receptacle and switch device connection.
Well as a way of ending this one and preventing it from turning into a
platform for rants. I bit the bullet and went ahead and bought my Romex. I
figure I might as well before the price goes up again. Lowes had 250' of
12/2 for $79 so I went for it.
We need a federal investigation into the skyrocketing prices of copper. I'm
sure the increase is a conspiracy by Big Copper<tm> to make even more profit.
The fine folks in Congress can sort it out, though, thank goodness.
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