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Investigating Gold Buyers

May 30, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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San Diego’s most watched news station, KUSI News, has released a special consumer report on selling gold in San Diego County. Conducted by former CNN reporter Sasha Foo, the report reveals that there are both good and questionable gold buyers operating in San Diego.

The special report is titled “Selling your gold? Don’t get scammed!” and includes an interview with Sheryl Bilbry, a staff member of San Diego’s Better Business Bureau (BBB). She tells Sasha Foo that San Diegans need to be smart when selecting a gold buyer for their gold jewelry, since some gold buyers may have file folders full of customer complaints. Cash4Gold, for example, has earned itself a D- minus grade from the BBB.

Bilbry explains that Cash4Gold customers have complained that their gold never got to the company; that they were told that within 10 days they could get their gold back, but then Cash4Gold wouldn’t return it; and that Cash4Gold didn’t pay them as much money as they said they would for their gold. Bilbry adds that citizens can get cash for their gold jewelry in San Diego by “credible” companies. They just need to investigate who they are.

Selling used gold jewelry, gold bullion coins, and other gold objects has become a big business during the past year due to the recession. But Sasha Foo warns San Diegans not to let that “stampede for cash turn into fool’s gold.” To illustrate how “legitimate” gold buyers operate in San Diego, Ms. Foo interviews Carl Blackburn, the founder and co-owner of San Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB) and a jewelry industry veteran.

Blackburn explains to Foo how trustworthy gold buyers go about buying used gold rings, gold chains, and other gold jewelry, demonstrating how gold purity and weight is tested. He advises San Diegans to shy away from any gold buyer who guarantees they will beat the price of any other gold buyer, as well as anyone who does not make the customer feel totally comfortable with selling their gold. Blackburn also says that a “red flag” is when a customer calls a San Diego gold buyer for today’s gold price and the buyer doesn’t want give out the information.

SDJB’s website SanDiegoJewelryBuyers.com is filled with articles and tips that can help San Diegans make better selling decisions when selling their gold, diamonds, and fine watches.

To watch KUSI’s full special report on San Diego gold buyers, please go to: Selling Your Gold? Don’t Get Scammed!

New Jersey Jewelers Join Gold Rush

April 26, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego jewelers take note, your colleagues in New Jersey are taking advantage of the recent popularity in gold buying parties, reports the Ashbury Park Press

When Thomas Calabro said, “We are at the heart of a gold rush right now,” he was holding up the heart: a mound of gold jewelry on a red velvet display board surrounded by South African Krugerrands.

All told, the assortment was valued at about $250,000. The coins alone were worth almost $40,000, sold to Calabro by a longtime client while gold was spiking at $954 an ounce.

“The last time gold was sky high was around 1979, the year we opened,” said the owner of Twin City Jewelers on Clifton Avenue in Lakewood. “We built this place on the last gold rush.”

In 1980, gold peaked at about $850 per ounce. Last March it broke the $1,000 mark for the first time in history.

Calabro has the current recession to thank.

As trust in traditional money investments erodes, many people are turning to the most reliable of currencies. And that means quadruple the business for Calabro in the gold sector.

The boost in the “scrap metal” trade for jewelers has hedged a slowdown in retail. So now’s the time when jewelers and jewelry owners are perhaps the only people in the country able to bask in this economic climate — indeed, they’re throwing parties.

After spending a while on the sidelines watching their businesses lose to private “gold parties” — the much flashier cousin to the Tupperware affairs — jewelers have started to play a hand.

Earth Treasures in Eatontown is advertising to host “gold-selling” fund raisers for charities, in which partygoers sell unwanted jewelry, silver, coins and scrap gold for cash, with the charity receiving a percentage of each transaction.

Calabro himself has visited many homes, arriving sometimes with $20,000 in cash and leaving after some hors d’oeuvres with a case of jewels.

“It was very frustrating,” Calabro said of the initial competition. “But if you can’t beat them, you have to join them.”

7 Quick Questions to Ask Your Gold Buyer

March 25, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego Jewelry Buyers has announced the publication of a new education article appearing on their online Knowledge pages for consumers wanting to sell gold, fine jewelry, diamonds, and timepieces. Titled “7 Quick Questions to Ask Your Gold Buyer,” the article intends to help consumers avoid many of the pitfalls that have been recently documented by investigative news programs, where gold buyers have been engaging in dubious practices to buy gold from sellers for far less than what they deserve.

“Over the past year, there have been literally hundreds of new people and companies getting into the gold buying business,” says Alan Blyler, a spokesperson for San Diego Jewelry Buyers. According to Blyler, while some of these gold buyers are upstanding and follow industry accepted practices, many more, especially some of the big online outfits, are engaging in practices that long-time gold buyers do not support.

For example, some gold jewelry buyers immediately offer a customer a higher amount when he or she rejects the company’s first buying offer; and then a higher cash amount again when that person rejects their second offer. “An upstanding gold buyer will give you their best buying offer right from the start. Period,” says Blyler.

One sample from San Diego Jewelry Buyers “7 Quick Questions to Ask Your Gold Buyer” is the following:

How much are you paying per gram today for 14 karat gold (or 10K, or
18K, etc.)?

CORRECT ANSWER: According to today’s market price of gold, we are paying ___ per gram for 14K gold (or 10K, or 18K, etc.).

REASON: Some gold buyers will use deceptive techniques in order to get you into their store. For example, they might say, “Today’s gold price is ___ per gram.” Then when you come in they will explain that the price they quoted you on the phone was what they sell gold for, not what they buy it for. They do this in hopes of capturing a certain number of people who will still go through with the transaction despite the “misunderstanding.”

To read the rest of SDJB’s essential questions to ask a gold buyer, please visit their website at: SanDiegoJewelryBuyers.com

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Looking for more information about people’s personal experiences with gold buyers, and why you should compare before choosing one? Then check out this good news article: It Pays to Compare Gold Buyers.

It Pays to Compare Gold Buyers

February 25, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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If you watched the Super Bowl last week, you probably saw the ad with Ed McMahon and MC Hammer – both known as men sometimes in bad need of ready cash – touting a company called Cash4Gold. According to a recent article in Newsday, the Florida-based company spends millions each month on advertising on the Web and the airwaves to convince folks to mail in their gold jewelry, coins, medallions, or trophies to get cash back in a flash. What Ed and MC didn’t mention is something that the company’s Web site does: Customers may get more at their local gold dealer.

In other words, Newsday reports something that we have been telling our readers for a long time. That is, many local dealers provide substantially better buying offers for gold. And that if you are concerned about getting the best price for your gold (or for anything else you want to sell) information and comparative shopping are your best defense.

The Newsday article cites Amit Verma of Nassau Gold Buyers, in Hicksville and Rockville Centre. She says that gold sellers should go to several dealers to convince themselves that offers are competitive, and “get referrals from people who are happy with how they are treated.”

Murray Gordon of Whitman Coin & Jewelry in Melville, a store that buys gold jewelry and gold collectibles and which has a pawnbroking section as well, also confirms the fact that mail-in companies could easily pay less than what the gold could get elsewhere.”Believe it or not, a few earrings can add up to a hundred pennyweights, which can be worth $1,500, $1,800, depending on the quality of the gold,” said Mr. Gordon.

So San Diego gold jewelry sellers don’t forget to call around to your local gold buyers or drop by their shop before deciding who you are going to sell your gold to.

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It certainly is obvious that selling used gold is becoming a hot trend in San Diego and around the country. For further evidence about the selling gold for cash trend, read this interesting article: More Folks Turning Gold Jewelry into Cash.

Treasure Trove To Be Auctioned Dec. 16th and 17th

December 10, 2008 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego buyers of precious metals get prepared. Jewelry, stacks of gold and silver coins, and assorted medals are among more than 3,000 lots of unclaimed property treasures the state is auctioning off at James G. Murphy Inc., located at 18226 68th Ave. NE in Kenmore, beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 19.

The auction will continue each day until all lots for that day are auctioned off. Interested parties can preview items between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17, or online at www.murphyauction.com. Online bids can be made during the auction.

Pocket watches, bars of silver, and assorted souvenirs are samples of items turned over to the State Department of Revenue after banks and credit unions lost contact with owners who rented safe deposit boxes and held the boxes without rental payment for at least five years. The department has sought out owners of the safe deposit contents, but by law must auction off the property within five years of receipt.

The state now holds $650 million in unclaimed property, belonging to three million people, accumulated since the 1950s. In addition to safe deposit contents, unclaimed property includes uncashed payroll checks, savings and checking accounts, and stocks and bonds. Each year more unclaimed property is turned over to the department. An online searchable database and claims system makes it easy to check for property – a system that has enabled the Department to return more than $112 million to about 240,000 rightful owners over the past three years. The database is available at ClaimYourCash.org.

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For those interested in the fine print regarding the trade of gold and silver jewelry, then we have just what you are looking for. Go to the following article for the details: Essential Guide to Trade in Gold & Silver Jewelry.

The Essential Guide to U.S. Trade in Gold and Silver Jewelry

November 25, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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JCK Online reports that The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has released a new publication, “The Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Gold and Silver Jewelry.” The Guide was developed to provide clear explanations of the legal standards that govern the manufacture, sale, and advertising of gold and silver industry products and can help the trade to provide clear, accurate information to consumers.

The publication includes JVC’s interpretation of the following governing standards:

1) The National Gold and Silver Stamping Act
2) The Federal Trade Commission Guides for Jewelry, Precious Metal and Pewter
3) Voluntary Product Standard (VPS) PS 68-76, reflects the accepted trade practice in the marking of articles made only of silver in combination with gold, either visually distinguished or not, and includes articles where the gold fully covers the base.

The Guide also contains information that jewelry manufacturers must be familiar with and follow, including: when and how to stamp gold and silver; what a gold alloy is; and what is solid silver.

“The Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Gold and Silver Jewelry” is posted on JVC’s Web site.

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Looking for some good deals on used jewelry? San Diego jewelry shoppers take note that big stash of fine jewelry is going up for sale on e-bay soon. You can read about it here: Unclaimed Jewelry On Sale at E-bay.

Buying & Selling Gold Bullion Coins at San Diego Pawn Shops

October 23, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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If you ever come across some gold bullion coins at a San Diego pawn shop and are considering buying them, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:

Remember that gold prices fluctuate all the time, sometimes quite dramatically. So be sure to check the current day’s spot price. What is gold’s spot price? That’s the current market price for the precious metal. In contrast, a gold bullion coin’s “melt value” refers the value of the coin if it is melted down and sold.

If you plan on buying a fractional gold bullion coin (that is, a coin weighing less than one ounce) you can expect to pay a higher percentage over melt value than if you were buying a one ounce coin.

The folks at the Professional Numismatists Guild say that the average retail commission that a seller charges is 5-6%. So if it seems like the pawn shop from which you are thinking about buying a gold bullion coin is charging a higher commission than that, you can likely get a better deal elsewhere

Lastly, as a general rule of thumb, remember that Kruggerrand bullion coins are usually sold for less than the American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins.

If you are really keen on buying gold bullion coins, your best bet may be to look up a San Diego ANA (American Numismatic Association) bullion dealer by clicking here.

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People in San Diego often ask us just what the history of pawn shops is, where and how the whole business got started. For the curious, SDJB has now written: A Brief History of Pawn Shops.

Advice For Dental Gold Sellers from San Diego Buyers

September 26, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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This Week’s Gold Seller Question:

What is a good price for dental gold scraps by the gram?

Answer From: San Diego Jewelry Buyers

Depending on the gold purity of your dental scraps, we would be paying you roughly between $10.00 and $20.00 per gram. Let me explain how that works: Dental gold scraps can vary in actual karat rating (gold purity) from between 40% gold content all the way up to as high as 80%. So, for example, if gold is trading on the market at $900 per troy ounce, and your scraps tested at 40% gold purity, then we would be paying you $9.83 per gram. If your scraps tested at 80% gold purity, then we would be paying you $19.67. These figures are calculated at 85% of gold’s current trading price, to leave room for operating and refining costs, and to cover risk of gold prices taking a sudden drop. These figures are based on the assumption that you have only a small quantity of gold (less than one ounce), but in case you have a lot of dental gold we sometimes pay higher for larger quantities.

We tell customers that the best thing to do is come into our office so that we can test the karat rating of their dental gold scraps, and let us make them an offer. There is no obligation to sell to us, and we offer this service free of charge. We’re available any time from 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, no appointment necessary. Our office is located at 861 Sixth Avenue (between E Street and F Street), in the Jewelers Exchange Building, downtown San Diego (in the Gaslamp District). We’re at the far right corner of the ground floor, suite number 125. Please ask for Carl Blackburn. You may call ahead if you’d like, to let us know what time you’ll be coming in, our telephone number is (619) 236-9603.

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Here at the San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop Report we are always looking for unusal news stories that jewelry lovers might be intrigued or surprised by. Here’s a good item: Lesotho Unearths 478 Carat Diamond!

SDJB Sees Gold Rush Going Green

September 22, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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California (and the entire country) has seen a gold rush over the past year—with consumers cashing in on exploding gold prices to sell their outdated and unwanted gold jewelry to ease the burden at the pump, take a holiday, or modernize their fine jewelry boxes. But San Diego Jewelry Buyers reports that it is not just $900+ dollar spot prices for gold that is sending customers through their doors. They say that shoppers desire to “go green” is also a driving factor.

“The internet has made jewelry customers tremendously more informed,” says SDJB spokesperson Alan Blyler. “Not only do they know more about the 4 Cs of diamond quality and the intricacies of fine millgraining and filigree, they increasingly are aware of the ways that gold and diamond mining impact the environment. Today, many people come to us because they are looking to do their part toward recycling precious resources.”

The impact to Mother Earth in creating a single piece of jewelry is truly astounding. The production of one 18k gold ring is said to generate 20 tons of mine waste, while it takes another 250 tons of mine waste to process a single one carat diamond. The environment is also at risk from the cyanide used to separate the gold from the ore—which if not carefully disposed can make its way into streams, rivers, and groundwater.

The smelting process that removes gold impurities is another culprit. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research center dedicated to environmentally sustainable living, the world’s smelters release more than 140 million tons of sulfur dioxide (13 percent of global emissions) into the atmosphere every year.

By selling unwanted gold jewelry (and platinum jewelry) which can either be melted down, refashioned, or resold to an interested buyer, consumers can help reduce the need to expand mining activity around the globe, especially in developing areas which often lack the safeguards for environmental protection. “With the burgeoning wealth of countries like China and India, there are millions of more shoppers seeking fine jewelry, which is putting added pressure on the gold and diamond mines,” says Blyler. “When customers sell their old jewelry, they can help relieve that pressure, and take us another small step toward a healthy planet.”

With only about 15% of gold consumption recycled each year, there is undoubtedly much more waiting to be refashioned again into exquisite jewels. To learn more about how you can resell and recycle your fine gold jewelry, platinum jewelry, and silver jewelry, please visit SanDiegoJewelryBuyers.com.

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