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Lawrenceville Gold Brokers - Lawrenceville Gold Selling Guide 2009



LAWRENCEVILLE - With the price of Gold at an All Time High, there's never been a better time for you to sell the valuable jewelry that you don't wear.

Exactly where does one go to get the most money for their gold without getting ripped off?

After over six months of extensive research, Gwinnett Daily Online has developed for our readers the following "Cash for Gold Guide" with all the best answers to this growing question...

Atlanta's Cash for Gold Guide 2009 - Getting the most for your gold without getting ripped off...

"We Buy Gold" - "Cash for Gold" Stores - Many, if not most of these stores pay only half the price that legitimate gold brokers in the market are paying.  Plus, these stores are now paying by check either at the time of sale or promise to send you a check some time in the future.  And if that's not bad enough - bank tellers and check cashing clerks across Atlanta are reporting that a good portion of those checks have a "Stop Payment" on them.  Please keep an eye on your local news sources for developments on this matter.

Pawn Shops - We're happy to report that pawn shops throughout the Atlata area are very well kept and, for the most part - their owners and employees are very professional and polite.  They also seem to do their best to pay a fair price and are almost always eager to explain how things work - along with answering any other questions you may have.

Pawn shops are required by law to not sell the gold they purchase for 40 days while authorities can determine if the jewelry is stolen or not.  For this reason as well as others, pawn shops are limited to a certain ceiling they can pay for their gold and still make a small profit.  

Local Gold Brokers - Overwhelmingly, the highest price we've found consistantly being paid is by legitimate "Gold Brokers."  Well established gold brokers can usually be found by searching Google in your specific areas, such as "Gwinnett Gold Brokers" or "Mall of Georgia Gold Brokers."

For many reasons, local Gold Brokers typically pay at least twice the amount that all their competitors pay.  It seems the biggest reason for this is the fact that Gold Brokers charge their customers only a small percentage fee for their services.  Granted, they make much less off each transaction, but they normally do ten times the business that their competitors do.

Craigs List - "Bait and Switch" seems to be the most popular game played by those using this service to do their advertising.  And why not - it's free!  They have NOTHING to lose.  They can say anything they want on the phone to get in front of customers and then everything changes when it comes time to dealing with customers. 

Very Typical Example: A private gold buyer on craigs list will advertise $20 per gram for 14k gold and will also promise to pay in cash.  By the time they're in front of their customer - they're suddenly only paying $10 per gram for 14k gold and can only pay by check.  They'll draw upon their lengthy list of excuses to explain their sudden changes and should the customer walk away in disgust - they've lost nothing.


 
Atlanta's Cash for Gold Guide 2009 

We'll continue to update our Atlanta's Cash for Gold Guide 2009 as more information becomes available.  Please email us with your experiences and we'll include you in our research.  In your email, please indicate whether or not you'd like us to publish your story.

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We also encourage everyone to shop around on the phone before getting on the road.  If a gold buyer doesn't want to quote you what they're paying over the phone - it's probably wise to stay away from them.

ALSO - Very Important! - Always insist on CASH ONLYToo many times we've seen stop payments placed on these checks and weeks later, a settlement is reached between the two parties for pennies on the dollar.

If a company doesn't have cash to pay you on the spot for your gold - simply move on to the next gold broker.  There are plenty of them everywhere!



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Cash for Gold Becomes Serious Business in Atlanta Area
ATLANTA - Does it seem like there are now more "We Buy Gold" signs around Atlanta then there is Kudzu?  They seem to be EVERYWHERE you look.

And with the market value of gold being at an all time high with no sign of it peaking - it just seems to make sense to cash in on things you stopped wearing years ago - if ever.  Especially now, with the holiday season being upon us and money being so tight.

So exactly where does one go to get top dollar for their valuable jewelry and not get taken advantage of?  After six months of thorough research - Gwinnett Daily Online has done our very best to find the answers you've been looking for.  We've studied every conceivable method of selling one's gold and jewelry, including pawn shops, cash for gold stores, out-of-state gold buyers, gold parties, online services and a couple other efforts that simply are not worth mentioning.

Here's what we found out so far - Beginning with the most popular...

"We Buy Gold" - "Cash for Gold" Stores - We found the employees of these establishments to be exceedingly polite, very well trained and found their establishments to be well above par in just about every way.  There's just one question that begs to be asked.  With all the expensive overhead about, combined with the fresh startup costs of opening the store - can these businesses afford to pay five figues per month in overhead and still afford to pay customers a fair amount for their gold?

So we asked customers as they exited some of these stores if they were happy with the value they had received for what they had sold.  Their answers were overwhelmingly not.  Many left the stores without selling anything, expressing that they had expected two to three times the amounts they were being offered.  These were people who had done their homework and had a good idea of the value of their gold. The only customers that expressed a favorable response seemed to be indivduals who had a very small amount of gold to sell. 

We were also surprised to notice that these stores only seemed to be doing consistant business on Saturdays. The rest of the week seemed extremely quiet.  We even asked many of the stores' sales staff if they found business to be slow during the week and most of them concurred.  

Pawn Shops - We're happy to report that pawn shops throughout the Atlata area are very well kept and, for the most part - their owners and employees are very professional and polite.  They also seem to do their best to pay a fair price and almost always eager to explain how things work along with answering any questions you may have.

Their store overheads are much lower than the gold stores, because it's spread over the shop's other revenue streams.  Plus, they're required by law to not sell the gold they purchase for 40 days, while authorities can determine if the jewelry is stolen or not - so it seems that pawn shops have come a long way in improving their industry.

Overwhelmingly, the highest price we've found consistantly being paid in the market is by legitimate gold brokers who have no stores or other exorbidant overheads.  One such broker is located just outside the Mall of Georgia.  We've heard time and time again from dozens of their customers how they continually pay more that
twice what the other gold buyers pay, and we've been hearing the same thing for over six months now.

While we hesitate to recommend any one company over another, we do all we can to discourage people from sending off their valuables through the mail to out of
state companies with clever advertisements on TV.


We also encourage everyone to shop around on the phone before getting on the road.  If a gold buyer doesn't want to quote you what they're paying over the
phone - it's probably wise to stay away from them.

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