Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box
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Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

I know the frustration of trying to find a gift for somebody who seems to have everything. What finally helped me take the angst out of gift buying was starting to think outside the box. Since then, it seems to be easier to find something that my loved one will like, whatever the occasion. These days, I look in unusual places for gift ideas. Instead of retail shops, I see what is happening at local auction houses. I may look into getting my loved one something they've expressed an interest in recently, like taking guitar lessons. I may even surprise my friend with a visit from a chef who prepares a special meal just for him or her. If you have the gift buying blues, let me help. I'll provide some tips on how to get clues for wonderful presents that will delight and amaze your loved ones.


Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

3 Simple Rules Of Buying And Selling Scrap Gold For Extra Income

Peggy Lee

If you have a keen eye for the gold market and access to a good buyer, generating some income by buying scrap gold and reselling it can actually yield you an attractive extra income that requires very little effort on your part. Even though the idea of buying and selling gold sounds simple enough, there is actually ample room for errors. Unfortunately, these errors can cost you your profits and completely degrade your efforts to make money. To make sure your attempt to buy and sell gold scrap pieces to turn a profit is not in vain, there are a few simple rules to remember. 

Keep your gold offers consistent for sellers. 

One of the things that will establish you as a local buyer that is trustworthy is by being consistent with your offers. Most buyers will offer a certain amount according to the spot price of the gold at any given time. The offer should be just low enough that you can sell and make a profit immediately if that's what you want. Even though it can be tempting to offer lower pricing for scrap gold to yield more profit, it is better if you keep your rates as consistent as possible so those selling you their pieces grow to expect about what you will offer every time they come to you.

Learn when to sell and when to hold. 

The gold market is fairly stable, but there can be increases and decreases in gold value. If you study the market close enough, you can eventually learn when the price is going to tick up or drop, which can help you determine when to sell what you have bought to garner the most profit. If you know enough about the market, you can make more money by holding on to what you have bought if the market is low and selling when it's at a high point. 

Hone your skills to recognize the best quality materials. 

Gold is not like a lot of other precious metals; its value can range drastically according to how it is formulated. For example, something like a 24k gold scrap piece is more valuable than a 10k gold scrap piece. If you plan to act as a buyer, make sure you take some time to sharpen your skills where recognizing the most valuable pieces is concerned. Of course, there are tools that can help, but the better you are at recognition on your own, the easier it will be to determine what you should buy and what you should leave alone.