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Originally posted by IronDogg
Gold and Silver are just coming to the end of another correction, so expect the prices to rise some this coming weeksmaybe. Precious metals are always a good investment no matter the current market trends anyway. Always a good solid alternative to the cash markets. Prices are still good right now, and although it is always better to buy in bigger quantities; you get a little better deal, it is a still a good idea to spend a little bit here and there and pick up whatever you can afford. Some metal investment is better than none, for sure. Maybe get a variety of quantities in both metals. You can get 1/10 ounces of gold for about 90 dollars right now. 1 ounce silver eagles are about $14.35 per coin, that is always a good buy for your ideas of future currencies. Also, another good idea is go to all the garage sales in the area, you never know when someone is getting rid of their parent's old crappy pure silverware for 30 dollars for the set. Just because the silver isn't in coin form, doesn't mean it isn't worth 13 bucks an ounce or more...
Originally posted by vox2442
If you`re anywhere near Thailand, I`d suggest scouting for deals on sapphires - cut or raw. They can be had relatively cheaply, are portable, and can be re-sold to jewelers or gemstone dealers pretty easily. Check out prettyrock.com - they have a lot of guidebooks and tools available to test the quality of stones - to make sure you`re not getting ripped off.
An old acquaintance of mine used to make 2 trips a year to Thailand for just that reason. Well, that and scuba diving.