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    PULL TABS - Did you know???

    Hi folks,

    Just in case you didn't see it where I posted it in someone elses thread, I weighed an aluminum can (pull tab removed) then weighed a single pull tab, divided the weight of the pull tab into the weight of the can and found that 47 pull tabs equals one can in weight. I then put 47 pull tabs on my scale to verify and it was extremely close. Of course, if the cans have the tabs still attached, it takes 48 tabs to equal one can. Pull tabs don't take up as much space as a can, so are easier to store until enough weight is achieved to make it feasible to cash in the tabs. We pull enough pull tabs, we might as well cash them in! It all adds up. FYI, I also read that there are charity organizations who save pull tabs, so you can do it for a charity if you don't keep the loot for yourself! Just food for thought!
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    Great post .......I have done it both ways and equally pleased with both. What I didn't know was how many pull tabs to equal one can Thanks !!!
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    I figured if I was curious about it, someone else might be, as well, so hence the post. Glad you liked it!
    Best finds: GOLD - One 14k wedding band, one 18k pinky ring, one 2.5 gram 14k religious medal, one 10k child's ring with 5 stones: SILVER - One 42 gram chain, one 12 gram bracelet, one heart with glass stones; small child's bracelet with inlaid mother of pearl; COINS - One 1947 Wheat Penny;

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    we save all of our along with the brass copper and iron we put it all in 5 gal bucket it add up we dig a lot of this stuff in a year time good to know about the pull tabs THANK YOU
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    I never save my tabs.. Our cans here in Oregon have a 5 cent bounty on them when returned. You also pay a nickle when you buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitro 54 View Post
    I never save my tabs.. Our cans here in Oregon have a 5 cent bounty on them when returned. You also pay a nickle when you buy it.
    We get 5 cents per can as well... but the pulltab doesn't need to be on it when you cash in your cans and bottles at the redemption center.
    All the tabs get taken off our cans and we send the tabs in to a charitable organization. Plus, any tabs we find get tossed in as well (after they're rinsed/cleaned), and the members of our club save them as well.
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    Thanks for the info. riverbrat ... Like the others, I have thousands of the little aluminum treasures also ..... and will donate them to the Ronald McDonald house soon ..... I wish you well and happy hunting out there...
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    IDXit, my husband, myself and our forum have been doing that for 2 years now. We've heard stories of people detecting pulltabs on the beaches and throwing them back into the sand. It discouraged us, so I started a challenge for our forum.... save those tabs and give them to us at group hunts. We will send them in.

    Cleans the beaches, for one...

    And I've been contemplating some other events... I won't mention them here... use your imagination...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowy View Post
    We get 5 cents per can as well... but the pulltab doesn't need to be on it when you cash in your cans and bottles at the redemption center.
    All the tabs get taken off our cans and we send the tabs in to a charitable organization. Plus, any tabs we find get tossed in as well (after they're rinsed/cleaned), and the members of our club save them as well.
    A fellow member of my local club takes the cans to portland Ore to a recycler. With everything going up, You get more than 5 cents per can by weight.............He has to go there anyway....We also save all are pulltabs.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowy View Post
    We get 5 cents per can as well... but the pulltab doesn't need to be on it when you cash in your cans and bottles at the redemption center.
    All the tabs get taken off our cans and we send the tabs in to a charitable organization. Plus, any tabs we find get tossed in as well (after they're rinsed/cleaned), and the members of our club save them as well.
    Snowy, it was YOUR post where I read about the charity donations. I just couldn't remember where I had read it. If I had, I would have given you the credit! We also also pay a 5 cent deposit on cans and can get it back when we recycle them - but I rarely use cans anymore. I'm diabetic so don't drink sodas and don't like what artificial sweeteners can do to you. So I only save the pull tabs I find hunting. Thanks for your input!
    P.S. I have a toy poodle named Snowy - I hope you don't bite like he does!
    Best finds: GOLD - One 14k wedding band, one 18k pinky ring, one 2.5 gram 14k religious medal, one 10k child's ring with 5 stones: SILVER - One 42 gram chain, one 12 gram bracelet, one heart with glass stones; small child's bracelet with inlaid mother of pearl; COINS - One 1947 Wheat Penny;

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    i like ur style lets talk about the future if there is one the price of various metals will always increase over time i save everything i dig and have recently thought about buying a furnace and crucible if u know what i mean. you couldnt give a greater present then homemade bullion bars with ur own signature on them they in themselves would go up in value with the right marketing. so if u think a pulltab is not worth saving think again. melted down into a pretty bar and put up on the shelf what do you think it will be worth in 50 years. ie grandkids would reap the benefits of a once young grandpa's hard work and patience and they could be handed down with a story to tell. if human beings are still around in the year 2100 they would read this and say ummm not too shabby wish he was my grandpa.. peace

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    I find tons of tabs on the beaches here
    never saved any I've though about it
    Now I'll think about it more
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    My wife and I show horses and a few years ago a child who rides out of our barn was diagnosed with cancer. Everyone we knew in the horse industry started saving pulltabs to help pay for chemotherapy. I never knew how much they were worth because another parent gathered all the tabs from us and the other barns and delivered them to the family to redeem. I know it helped the family a great deal and was a way we could show the family we cared (a secondary measure behind our prayers).

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