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Buying and Selling Gold for Fun and Profit

Buying and Selling Gold

 

Buying and selling gold for fun and profit is a neat way to earn cash. As you probably know, the price of gold has skyrocketed. The reason why is because of the economic problems that have been plaguing various countries around the world. This is especially true within the United States.

The recent economic downturn has caused the currency to lose some of its value. As a result, people are looking for safer investment options for their money – therefore causing gold to enjoy increased popularity and interest.

First, you need to obtain the precious metals you want to sell. You can start by selling your own gold items, such as old watches, bracelets or coins. If you want to sell more after your personal items are gone, you’ll have to find another source. Unless you plan to unearth your own gold, you need to figure out how to get your hands on gold you can resell.

One approach is to place advertisements in newspapers and/or on television. You can also ask around among your friends and family. Let people know that you’re purchasing old gold items such as broken watches, bent bracelets or valueless coins.

The secret is to offer a fair price, but to leave yourself room for profit when you resell. This means you need to anticipate how much you can make before you even offer a buying price. This is a good situation for everybody because in the end, everyone adds more cash to their pockets. It also provides you with an easy way to obtain gold that you can then sell for profit. If you’re not shy about spreading the word, you can possibly do well with this money making method.

If you’re really serious about cashing in on the gold buying business, you might want to consider opening up a small storefront at a flea market. The starting expenses are often low. You can also cultivate local customers who enjoy buying and selling gold from you. This is great because you can then exchange the gold for cash on the spot – making it a safe transaction from your perspective.

To succeed with buying and selling scrap gold, you need to purchase gold jewelry or scrap gold at one price, and then resell it for another price (preferably a higher price). You also can do the same with gold coins. In fact, you might discover it is easier to trade gold coins and sell them to collectors that are eager to buy from you.

How much money can you make from buying and selling gold? Quite a lot, if your volume is good. The more gold you can acquire and resell, the more money you can make. This is a good money making method because you can always turn a profit.

As long as you resell the items for more than you pay, you’ll always get a good deal. Remember, when you no longer have any personal items to sell, you can acquire gold items from others by offering them a fair price and establish a very successful business of buying and selling gold.

Before I Sell My Gold, What Do I Need to Know?

Sell My Gold

If I want to sell my gold, what should I know? It’s a question that many owners of the precious metal often ask. If you’re unfamiliar with how to sell gold, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.

For instance, if you want to sell gold jewelry, it’s not always a good idea to try selling the unwanted pieces as scrap. When you’re selling items for scrap value, the value is based on the metal alone and not the historical value or quality of the jewelry piece. So often times when you have jewelry made from gold to sell, you could wind up losing as much as half of what you’d get if you were to sell it for its retail value.

However, not every jewelry piece will have a good enough retail value, such as a plain wedding band or simple chain necklace, and it would be better off being sold for its scrap value.

But even when you’re armed with this knowledge, you should still have a good idea of what your gold items are worth. You could easily have the items appraised if you know they‘re antique, but if the item isn’t worth as much as the appraisal fee, you could end up losing money.

If you have scrap gold to sell, an appraiser is usually unnecessary since the price is generally based on the melt down value of the item. Based on the current market value of gold, the gold buyer will buy your scrap gold at some percentage of the current market value of gold. (Dealers usually quote their prices in either ounces or grams. A troy ounce has 31.1 grams.)

Once the weight of your scrap gold items is determined, the dealer will then base what he’ll pay you on the going rate also known as spot price for gold and take a portion of the total price for their own profit before giving you a final quote. Generally a fair buyer will take no more than 30% of the total price and some may even take as little as 10%. Anything more than 20 or 30% should have you selling your valuables elsewhere.

One of the best places for selling unwanted gold are jewelry stores since they’ll likely give you up to 80% of the market value if your pieces are in good shape. Pawnshops are often not the best places to sell gold for cash since they don’t always offer a very fair price and are generally only interested in buying very low and selling high.

And finally, always remove jewels and other pieces that aren’t gold if you’re planning to scrap any jewelry. Businesses who buy scrap gold won’t give you any more for your jewelry items than what their metal value is worth, so you might as well make some extra money selling the jewels and non-gold items to another buyer.

Now that we’ve answered the question of, ‘If I want to sell my gold, what should I know,’ remember, to do your homework.