Cash-for-gold scams give you pennies on the dollar. Total rip offs.
Though walking around the corner and selling your gold coins and jewelry for cash seems appealing, it is not the best idea. Businesses that provide cash for gold pay pennies on the dollar. The mail-order businesses tend to offer better prices, but the offers are still not good.
Gold purity and rarity of the object are two things that should be taken into account when determining value. Jewelry stores significantly mark up the price of gold items so they make a profit. When a piece of gold jewelry is traded for cash, the offer received is based on what the item is worth, not what was paid for it. How the shop will use the item also determines the offer price. If the gold piece will be sent off somewhere to be melted, the offer is based on the melt weight. This price is much lower than what is offered if the shop plans to re- sell the item.
If individuals absolutely must sell their gold items for cash, they should be aware that the price of gold is a factor in the offer price provided by a cash for gold shop. A person may make a profit on a piece of jewelry or a coin purchased ten years ago just because the item is worth more than what was paid for it. The seller can make even more if the item is sold when the value of gold is at its peak.
So we know what a lot of the major scams are. That’s nice. But what should you actively do? In the next sections you’ll find my non-official recommendations from the perspective of someone who spends all day reading and studying gold investing information and news.
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