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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!

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.

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