Cash for Gold Explained: What you Need to Know

Gold is a precious metal that people have used for money for thousands of years. This metal is still being used as a safe haven when people no longer have confidence in the paper currencies being used. If you are reading this, then you must be interested in learning how you can benefit from this cash for gold opportunity.

The first thing that you should know that gold does not lose its intrinsic value like paper currency or other commodities so people tend to use it when they want to hedge against inflation. Inflation is when the buying power of a currency is eroded so an individual is forced to pay more for goods and services. When this happens the only way a person can reduce the risk of their paper money becoming worthless is by purchasing assets like gold that have traditionally held its purchasing power during the financial downturns we are currently experiencing.

Now that you know why gold is appealing to investors we can look at the cash for gold industry.

There are many benefits associated with the cash for gold industry;

  • Provides consumers with the ability to get cash for their unwanted gold that does not have any real commercial value.
  • Helps the average consumer access funds without having to take out loans, the gold is turned into cash on the spot.
  • Provides businesses with a way to provide liquidity without taking on risk since they are only paying for the raw material.

How to Benefit from the Cash for Gold Sector

The price of gold changes from day to day so this is not the type of industry for people who want to speculate on gold prices. At its most basic level, this business will let a business purchase scrap jewelry that has gold and gives the seller cash for it. The business is not interested in how the jewelry looks they just want the purest gold possible so they can melt it down and sell it on the open market when prices are favorable.

Since the person selling the gold usually needs quick cash and does not or need the jewelry anymore.

Wondering how much you can sell your gold for? Read this: How Much Can I Sell My Gold Bullion For?

Key Things to Keep in Mind

What the business owner needs to do is make sure they have sufficient cash on hand to purchase the gold. Before the company can buy the gold there are a few important questions that have to be addressed starting with the purity of the precious metal.

There are devices that can rate the purity of gold and once you have the purity established then you need to weigh it and come up with a price.

At any given moment in time, the price of gold fluctuates so what you will need to do is look at the market price of gold when you are making an offer to the client.

This market price is referred to as the “spot” price for what it would cost for a troy ounce of gold. In order to maximize profits, you will need to offer the customer a low price, the difference between what the customer accepts and the spot price will impact your profits.

What some businesses do is hold on to the gold until the prices rise dramatically before they sell it on the open market. Now that you know how the cash for gold industry works you can move forward and take advantage of it.


Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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