I'm waiting for the price of copper to go up. (Actually I'm not really keeping an eye on it). I do have a load of copper pipes in my shed and I also have the ability to do a bit of plumbing here and there and replace copper with plastic pipe, but that would feel a bit like selling the family silver. Not that I inherited the stuff directly.
Tell us the whole truth how you got it :)
When I lived in NYC a buddy of mine, a contractor, complained that one night someone stole all the brand new copper gutters and rain piping from a 6 story building. Also gone were most water pipes inside. They had been installed over a period of a few weeks, just a couple days prior to the theft. He was pissed off and yet he admired the skill of the thieves who were able to strip the building overnight.
In Ontario municipalities and electrical utilities companies complain about continuous theft of wiring, aluminum road signs etc. The losses go in the millions.