During the great gold rush, some prospectors were fooled by fool’s gold. It doesn’t happen often these days but sad to say, people continue to make other foolish mistakes about gold – and lose money. Let’s take a look at some of costly blunders people still make when buying or selling gold today.Read More
The best thing about looking for small pieces of gold is that if you start looking, you are really going to find them. (That cannot be said if you go out and buy a metal detector, for example, or if you put on scuba gear and start poking around on the ocean floor.) Here are some of the places where you are going to find small pieces of gold.Read More
That’s exciting, but have you stopped to think that gold can be found underwater in other locations too – in places you don’t need a boat or scuba gear to explore? That’s what we’re going to write about today. Here are three wet places where you stand a good chance of finding gold.Read More
You’d think that gold wouldn’t be interesting anymore. People have been finding it and mining it for thousands of years. They’ve been using it to make jewelry, dental fillings and appliances, electronic devices, cosmetics and even medicines. Gold is old news, right? Not really. The fact is that gold, the precious metal that has been used by humans for longer than just about any other, continues to make the news most every day. Here are some news stories from just the last few weeks...Read More
The recent holiday services and celebrations remind us that precious gold and silver can be found in many ceremonial items that are used for religious purposes. Here are a few reasons why this could be a good time to reclaim the precious metals that religious items contain...Read More
If you have older relatives who are feeling blue because it will be so expensive to buy holiday presents this season, here is a suggestion.
Why not encourage them to recycle any precious metal items that they have on hand now? They could get a check from us just in time to take the sting out of holiday shopping.
Here’s a quick checklist that you can share with your mom, dad, aunt or uncle to help them identify unwanted items that can be recycled with the services of a qualified precious metals recycler like us.
- Silver and silver-plated tableware – There can be a lot of value hidden in mixed lots of old knives, forks and spoons that haven’t been used for years.
- Metal picture frames – Some of them are actually made of pure silver. Others are made of base metals plated with silver and in come cases, gold. They are well worth examining closely.
- Old trophies, medals, religious items and awards - In earlier decades, it was not uncommon for many of them to be made from silver, gold-plated silver, or other precious metals – even platinum. They are often small, but their dollar value might not be.
- Unwanted piece of jewelry – Rings, pins, bracelets, watches, chains, and other items can be worth a great deal of money.
- Old bridges, caps and unused dental appliances – It might surprise you to learn that your relative has kept such items, but sometimes people do. They intend to recycle them someday. Maybe that “someday” should be today.
- Deskware, including paperweights, pen and pencil holders, and letter openers – Such items, often engraved, were once given often as incentives and awards. They could be hiding in plain sight on your relative’s desk, mantle, or bookshelves.
- Lighters, cigarette and cigar cases, and other smoker’s paraphernalia – Several decades ago when many people smoked, these items were produced in great quantities and often given as gifts. It is extremely unlikely that they are being used today, so now is the time to send them to a qualified precious metals refinery for recycling.
It’s Easier than Ever Before to Find Out How Much Items Are Worth
If you have located any of the above items, you can sit down with your relative and give us a call at 800-426-2344. It will be a fun call, and potentially a profitable one too. One of our expert consultants will be happy to speak with you confidentially and give you an estimate of what your precious metals could be worth.
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Need Extra Cash for the Holidays? Why Not Recycle Your Precious Metals Now?
If you have been paying attention to dropping gold prices, you probably believe that this would be a very bad time to sell your gold. It seems like a far better time to buy gold now and hold it until prices bounce back.
But the fact remains that there is no one answer to the question, “Is this the time to sell?” Even when prices are low, your circumstances could dictate that selling now might be a very good idea.
Those circumstances could be . . .
- You acquired gold at a lower price than its current trading level, so selling now would represent a net gain for you. If you make a sizeable profit from selling your gold for more than you paid for it, the current trading price might not be a relevant concern.
- You could use the money that is tied up in your gold holdings to make opportune investments in real estate, fine art, or other assets that will appreciate in value. And remember, you could receive a usable sum of money by recycling only a part of your gold holdings. (Nobody can require you to sell all the gold you own right now, correct?)
- You can use the cash you realize as a tax-deductible charitable contribution to a college, a hospital or another institution that you support. Depending on your tax bracket and other considerations, it could be a strategy that will minimize your taxes, offset the current low price of gold, and help you support a favorite institution too.
- You own gold-bearing items that need to be recycled, not bouillon, and you don’t know just how much money you stand to gain by recycling them now. They could be gold dental scrap, gold-plated decorative items, a large quantity of printed circuit boards or other electronic devices that need to be tested by a qualified gold refinery like us. You could get a much bigger payment for those items than you expect.
- You are making a new estate plan. Instead of holding on to valuable precious metals and having your heirs pay inheritance tax on them should you die, perhaps you should liquidate them and put the money you get into a trust or other vehicle that will serve to minimize inheritance taxes. The attorney or other expert who is helping you plan your estate can offer you the advice you need.
How Much Are Your Gold-Bearing Items Worth?
If you are not sure call us at 800-426-2344 to find out.