I don't pay 10 cents extra per can. I live in Ohio.
I drink soda a lot, so cans pile up rather quickly..
As for margins, I'd spend around about 15 dollars on gas.. considering 13 bags of cans probably contains well over 5000 soda cans, that's 250 dollars [at 5 cents each].
NEWMAN: (peering at bottle label) What is this 'MI, ten cents'?
KRAMER: That's Michigan. In Michigan you get ten cents.
NEWMAN: Ten cents!?
NEWMAN: Wait a minute. You mean you get five cents here, and ten cents there. You could round up bottles here and run 'em out to Michigan for the difference.
KRAMER: No, it doesn't work.
NEWMAN: What d'you mean it doesn't work? You get enough bottles together...
KRAMER: Yeah, you overload your inventory and you blow your margins on gasoline. Trust me, it doesn't work.
pretty much this (sort of..). Wouldnt the cost in gas cancel out your profits?
Also offtopic, correct me if I'm wrong, but that signifies a deposit. That means you're paying that much extra per can/bottle when you buy them at the grocery store, and in order to get your money back, you have to bring them back to a proper recycling place?
It does cost an extra 10 cents per can in Michigan. The reason they have the law is to prevent littering (who wants to just toss 2-3 dollars on the highway).
The cans are brought back to the grocery store and put into machines. The machines scan the can's bar code, and add it up. Once you are done scanning all the cans, you hit a button and it prints off a ticket. You take the ticket to the front of the store and get your money.
The reason I made this thread is because I do have quite a few cans sitting around. If I took them to a local recycling center, I'd get 50 dollars from the aluminum value (if that).