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Selling Gold for Cash

Selling Gold for Cash

When all else fails, gold is always worth money. It’s worth more than diamonds or silver. Selling gold for cash is one way people have made money for years. And when times get hard, most people start thinking of things they can sell. Since most people have gold jewelry sitting around, that’s one of the first things they think about selling.

Unfortunately, selling unwanted gold is can be more difficult than you’d expect. There’s always someone wanting to take advantage of the situation. They’ll take advantage of your need to make a quick buck. Avoid falling for scams. Thoroughly research any company you want to deal with.

Be wary of companies that offer to buy gold through the mail. Sure, mailing in your gold and waiting for a check is easy. It’s almost too easy. You can’t believe everything you see in an online advertisement or in a television advertisement. If you do want to deal with one of these companies, research them first. Make sure they’re a legitimate gold buying business.

Another potential problem with selling gold through the mail is the waiting period. You have to send your gold, and wait for the company to verify that it’s real. After they verify your gold, they’ll send you a check for the amount they’re willing to pay. Do you have time to wait? And what happens if you don’t want to accept their offer? They will return your gold, but who knows how long that will take.

Perhaps you’ll be better off dealing with a local gold buyer in your area. A search in the phone book should reveal some local dealers who buy gold. Dealing with a local person would also put you more at ease. But don’t assume they’re legit just because they’re local. Research them just as you would any other business.

It should be relatively easy to get a response from a local dealer. Just give them a call and ask if they’ll look at what you have. Make an appointment for them to appraise your gold. This may or may not cost you anything. If you only have one or two items, the appraiser might do it for free.

There’s a chance your gold jewelry is not worth that much. Unless it’s an antique or a rare object, it probably won’t get you a lot of money. It would also have to be in good condition. You might just have to try selling scrap gold to get anything for it.

sell gold coinsOn the other hand, gold coins have the potential to bring in a lot of money. Coins are normally valued higher than gold jewelry. A rare coin can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When you’re selling your gold for cash, don’t feel like you have to accept the first offer you receive. It’s in your best interest to shop around. Some dealers will try to make it sound like you absolutely have to buy from them. They’ll try to convince you that you won’t find a better deal anywhere. Ignore them, and move on to another offer.

Selling Gold Jewelry

Selling Gold Jewelry

sell gold jewelryYour dwindling bank account may have you thinking about selling gold jewelry. The high value of gold tempts many people to sell scrap gold. That old ring in the jewelry box starts looking like a million bucks. You can rest assured that the old ring in your jewelry box is not worth a million bucks. So don’t assume you’ll get rich by selling scrap gold.

You have to decide if you want to sell your gold jewelry as jewelry or scrap gold. Selling jewelry for its weight in gold probably won’t get you a lot of money. Consider the price you paid for the piece. A $500 ring might bring in $100 or less as scrap gold.

This is because the ring will be valued based only on its gold content. The craftsmanship or antique value of the ring is unimportant. The ring could have a diamond in it, but it doesn’t matter.

When you realize the small amount of money you’ll get, you might decide selling your gold item is not a good idea. If you ring has a high resale value as a piece of jewelry, sell it that way. It’s possible that you can get more by selling the ring than by selling it for scrap gold. This is certainly true if the ring is an antique.

You should also keep in mind that some jewelry has absolutely no resale value. Class rings, plain wedding bands and rings that are in bad shape are difficult to sell. Those items are probably best used for a scrap gold sale.

You’ll probably want to get your jewelry appraised first. Search online and in your local phone books for appraisers. Most of them charge a fee for their services, so be prepared to part with some money. 

Find an appraiser you can afford and make an appointment. When you go to the appointment, make sure to take all the gold you want to sell.

The following items can be sold if they are made from real gold:

– Bracelets
– Rings
– Earrings
– Necklaces
– Cufflinks
– Charms
– Miscellaneous Knickknacks

If you don’t want to visit an appraiser, ask a jeweler for help. They can weigh your gold and give you a value based on its weight. However, that’s not the actual amount you’ll get for scraping the gold item.

Whoever buys your gold will take at least 10 percent or more off its true value. This is so they can resell the piece and make a profit.

When you’re selling gold jewelry, a collector is the only person who might pay the actual value of your jewelry. However, you’d have to have a rare or valuable piece to attract a collector’s attention. You should try to find a local buyer before looking outside of your city.

If you can’t find a local buyer, carefully research nonlocal buyers before doing business with them. There are people who will scam you out of your gold. Taking time to perform research will pay off in the end.