CASE STUDIES:

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Dr. William Wong, DDS

Santa Monica, CA

The final settlement from Scientific Metals was $3235.09 more than the offer Dr. Wong received after he initially sent in his scrap to another refinery.

  • The Other Guys: $9644.50 67% 67%
  • Scientific Metals: $12,879.59 100% 100%
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In March 2018, Dr. Wong sent in 700 grams of scrap to a refining company for processing and melting. After the company’s refining fees and 5% promotion, his final settlement offer was $9,644.50. At first, Dr. Wong believed this to be a very reasonable offer. But after a closer look at the report, something didn’t add up.

 Based upon the refiner’s own breakdown of Dr. Wong’s metal percentages and weight, he noticed that his final settlement offer should have been around $12,500.00. After speaking with the refining company, Wong was informed that there was an additional 30% deduction that was non-transparently figured into the numbers.

 After declining this offer and then sending his bar to Scientific Metals (who has no hidden fees) Dr. Wong’s final settlement for the same bar was $12,879.59.

Dr. Andrew Kulick, DMD

Sebring, FL

We helped Dr. Kulick make 32% more money on his scrap with us after he discovered huge additional fees and charges from his initial refiner.

  • The Other Guys: $2700 75% 75%
  • Scientific Metals: $3554 100% 100%
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Dr. Kulick contacted Scientific Metals after he submitted his scrap collection to a dental supply rep whose company was partners with a refiner. When his settlement offer of $2700 seemed low, he was informed of the multiple charges and deductions that were added to the refining fees.

After Dr. Kulick declined this initial offer and received his material back in the form of an ingot (or bar), he then asked a colleague to refer him to a different refiner—which turned out to be Scientific Metals.

Dr. Kulick sent us his bar for assay and settlement and received $3554.00…32% more for the same bar.

Dr. Donovan Essen, DDS

Palm City, FL

Dr. Essen earned more than 50% more on his scrap bar from us after he declined his first offer from another refinery and sent us his melted bar for a second analysis.

  • The Other Guys: $3700 55% 55%
  • Scientific Metals: $5712 100% 100%
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Dr. Essen called Scientific Metals after a refiner (who had a partnership with a dental supply distributor) had processed and melted his scrap and informed him his settlement came to just under $3700.00

Dr. Essen, who had working knowledge of his weight and metal composition, knew that this settlement offer did not make sense—declined it—and had his melted bar returned to him.

Dr. Essen had read about Scientific Metals in a dental magazine and sent the bar to us for assay and payment. He received $5712.00.

Rolling Hills Dental

Danbury, CT

This practice’s scrap return decreased substantially when staff mistakenly sent scrap to another refiner and NOT Scientific Metals.

  • The Other Guys: $1121.98 30% 30%
  • Scientific Metals: $4465.06 100% 100%
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In December of 2013, 2014, and 2015, Rolling Hills Dental had received over $3500 for their scrap from Scientific Metals. But in December of 2016, a staff member had mistakenly sent in the scrap to a different refiner, who paid $1121.54 for a very similar amount.

Once they realized their mistake, they were careful not to make it again in December 2017, when they again sent their yearly scrap to Scientific Metals. This time they received $4465—almost four times the amount.

Dr. Marcus Barnett, DDS

Ozark, MO

We helped Dr. Barnett dramatically increase his scrap return by refusing an in-office cash offer.

  • The Other Guys: $1000 45% 45%
  • Scientific Metals: $2206.34 100% 100%
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Dr. Barnett contacted Scientific Metals to share his apprehension about a cash offer he had received for his scrap a few weeks earlier, when a refining rep popped into his office with a scale and simply separated the white and yellow crowns—weighed each—and then wrote down the total offer on an invoice: $1000, cash.

Given the wide range of metals and purity levels in dental scrap that cannot be determined without a more sophisticated analysis, Dr. Barnett felt that the rep’s process could not possibly be accurate.

Dr. Barnett, who had read about Scientific Metals in a dental magazine, sent in his scrap lot for a full four metal assay of gold, platinum, palladium, and silver. He received $2206.34.

Dr. Edward Urig, DDS

Santa Fe, NM

We delivered a much higher scrap return than the previous refiner who had promised “lowest refining fees.”

  • The Other Guys: $1200 45% 45%
  • Scientific Metals: $3836.02 100% 100%
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In our discussion with Dr. Urig, he expressed to us that he did not feel he was getting a good reimbursement with his current refiner, even though the company and its reps had advertised its very low refining fees.

We explained to Dr. Urig that of more importance than the quoted refining fees is the total amount returned, and that without trust and integrity, the lowest quoted fees will make no difference in the final amount.

Dr. Urig then sent Scientific Metals a batch that he confirmed was nearly identical to the amount he had regularly submitted to the previous refiner. He received $3836.02; in all the years Dr. Urig had used his previous refiner, he does not recall ever receiving more than $1200.00.

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