Collection Price Guide
Whether the final collection price is towards the top or bottom of the estimated price range, depends on a number of factors. This post considers each in more depth.
Factors impacting Collection Price
- Size of Load - bigger loads increase price
- Weight - heavier materials increase price
- Fridge or Mattress - cost more to dispose of
- Reuse, Resale & Valuable junk - reduce price (but only if it's true!!)
- Urgency - costs more
- Time slot/day - narrow timeslots & out of hours cost more
- Access - awkward access costs more
- Solo lift - reduces price
- Listing time - most collectors aren't checking their phones on Sundays, bank holidays or in the middle of the night!
- Size – our 4 different Load Sizes are simplified and, particularly with the larger loads, this means there is quite a lot of wiggle room as to how much junk you have compared to the chosen Load Size. If your volume of junk is towards the larger end of your chosen Load Size, it’s likely you will need to pay a price nearer the top of the Price Estimate range. But, if your junk only just qualifies for your chosen Load Size, then (subject to any other factors below) the final price should be towards the low end of the price estimate range.
- Weight – collectors are charged by weight (not volume) when they dispose of waste at commercial recycling facilities. So, if your junk contains a significant proportion of very heavy, dense waste material (eg. soil, bricks, sawdust, logs, wet leaves, concrete, gravel, carpet tiles) then expect to pay towards the top end of the Price Estimate range, because disposal cost for the collector will be relatively high for this load size. Alternatively, if your waste is all very light (eg. packaging, polystyrene, duvets, empty boxes), then disposal cost will be lower than normal for this load size, so you should be able to pay towards the low end of the Price range. Note: the Tradesman/DIY waste option on the Create Listing page is there to identify heavier items and adjust the estimated price range accordingly.
- Fridge or Mattress – fridges and mattresses (unless they can be reused) cost more to dispose of than ‘normal’ waste because of what they are made of and therefore how difficult they are to recycle. So, collectors require a premium to collect them. As a rough guide, add £15 - £20 per fridge or mattress to whatever price you would have offered if your junk did not include one.
- Reuse, Resale & Valuable Junk – if your waste includes material that has resale value, then feel free to offer a collection price that reflects this. A reasonable amount of metal (in particular copper and brass) will have scrap value. So, highlighting this clearly in your listing description or additional detail section and making sure it is clearly visible in your photos, should help reduce price. Equally, genuinely reusable items (like a nice bike or sofa) should lead to a price towards the lower end of the range. But please bear in mind that just classifying something as 'reusable' does not magically make it valuable!
- Urgency – if you need a collection very fast, expect to pay towards the high end of the range unless you get lucky. Whereas, if you’re not in a rush and have some flexibility, choose a collection date for later in the week, offer a lower price and wait to see what collectors are willing to counter offer.
- Time slot and day of week – colleciton time can significantly impact price. If you select a flexible timeslot (anytime, AM or PM) on a weekday, there should be plenty of collector interest and no premium will be required. But, choose a weekend or Bank holiday and/or narrow timeslot and you will probably have to pay a bit more. Equally, if you select a time likely to be very popular with other customers (eg. 07:00 – 09:00 on Monday or Saturday morning ), prices may be higher because most collectors are already busy and capacity is low.
- Access & Location – easy access and location normally mean lower prices because the job takes less time to load. Difficult locations and access mean more time spent on site which increases a collector’s cost, which in turn means they will probably require prices nearer the higher end of the price range.
- Solo lift – classifying your job as a Solo Lift means it can be undertaken by just one person which, subject to any other factors, means it costs less to do and therefore you can price it towards the low end of the range. Some collectors only operate as one-man teams, so ‘solo lift jobs’ can be done by a wider pool of collectors which also increases supply and therefore lowers prices.
PS. Last but not least, please try to be as honest and accurate as possible when creating listings. It’s natural to be optimistic when deciding how much you should pay for a service, but wishing your job is small, light and easy doesn’t actually make it so. Creating a listing that doesn’t reflect reality will just end up wasting both your own time and that of the collector.
How do we get to a final price?
Nearby collectors get notified as you publish your listing. One will typically claim your job in seconds if you've priced it fairly. If not, they will counter offer a higher price. Getting a counter offer doesn't necessarily mean all collectors think your initial offer price is too low, but it is a good indication.
You can accept a counter offer, wait for a better one (from another collector or the same one who decides to reduce their offer), wait for someone to accept your original offer, or increase your original offer by clicking the increase price button in your listing. Increasing your offer price a bit often encourages collectors to reduce their counter offer, just like haggling for something at a market.
This digital negotiation continues until a price is agreed. It takes seconds if you price fairly but longer if you like to haggle and want to find the lowest price possible.
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