Usually, coin shops, pawn shops & swap meet's will give you a "cheaper" price for junk silver vs. .999 fine silver. That has been my experience anyway..Places like Apmex will & do charge just as much as any other .999 bullion Find a source that sells mixed junk bags by weight - not necessarily by face value. (Usually 715 oz for approx 1000 face) Usually at or just above spot, currently 30-50 cents per ounce over spot. If you can't afford that much, the get a few friends and go in together and find a scale to divide it up by weight. Tulving is one source you might look into..