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Prime steel is steel that is purchased from wholesalers and steel mills. Prime steel is high quality steel with minimal defects, with almost no machining done, and no mid-welds. This steel is the highest quality surplus steel.
Although prime surplus steel is usually purchased from steel mills, manufacturing shops and fabricating shops are a great source for unused steel. Manufacturing shops and fabricating shops sell their quality steel to surplus steel dealers and their scrap steel to scrap dealers. One may obtain a better price and buy steel that has the same quality of steel purchased from the steel mill.
As mention above, inquire about the source of steel. If the seller has purchases steel from a liquidator, then the seller may be willing to sell the steel at a lower market value. Surplus steel sellers that sell steel at a discount are in a price negotiating business.
Steel sellers, if they own steel certification, will provide source documentation with your request. Surplus companies who buy from steel mills are buying excess quality steel that will come with a steel certificates. Also, steel certificates communicate the country of origin. Local steel is higher quality then foreign steel. Having knowledge of the source of the steel, will allow the buyer to lock in the correct price for their surplus steel.
The surplus steel business is an inventory based business. If the buyer decides to purchase popular steel with non popular steel (steel that has been sitting in the inventory for months or years), then the buyer may negotiate a better deal. Packaging popular steel with non popular steel is an opportunity for both seller and buyer.
Prime steel is very popular and it unloads quickly. When vendors can purchase popular steel for a half the price, they don't hesitate, therefore popular steel is sold fast. When quality steel arrives, the seller will contact their best customers first. Surplus steel buying is a relationship business. Developing a relationship with the seller is highly important.
Similar to other business, there is a an association with supply and demand. When business is slow inventories rise and prices come down. When business is booming, inventories deplete and prices rise.
It's important to track the changes of your business climate. Buy steel before the trend for steel demand increases.