reply to post by grey580
I went to the link you provided. That was a terribly misleading report. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
Don't let your pieces out of jewelery out of your site, and "make" them take out the gems for you. Most reputable dealers have show the % they pay
on their website etc etc MAKE THEM TAKE THEM OUT!!!
This is a scam report. Most of these consumer advocacy sites create a mindset that is totally unreasonable. The tell you to treat the people who
happen to work hard for a living as thieves and encourage you to insult the hell out of them.
The same goes for "this is how you buy a diamond sites" They are a huge scam too.
If you want the best service, you can get a jeweller to take out all your stones but you will have to pay for their time and expertise. Who knows what
they will change (ask for the p/hour cost) and do you really expect to be let into their workshops, surrounded by expensive bits and pieces that they
are in no position to get out of your sight because you think they can't be trusted. This will never happen!
If you follow the advice given on that site you will be shown the door, just as you deserve. Go away and huff and puff and say, "yes the consumer
advice site was proven right". Now spend 20 hours working on various people until you think you cheated the system. You will no do so well.
Professional services don't let you play these games, ever. If you act like that and find someone being agreeable, they are planing to cheat you,
because you cost money to deal with, and too much money for any normal business to afford - unless you pay for the extra service - the cost of being
Will the reputable jeweler who has a workshop offer you the same price as a refiner who operates trade only? It sure seems to be the expectations they
foster. Jewellers send kilo's to the refiners. Even they are forced to trust someone.
None of the trade jewellers use the buy-back people, even though they offer jewellers much better prices than consumers. It all has to be done
properly. It has never been otherwise and never will be.
Don't waste your money on $50 scales that weren't accurate 10 years ago when they were bought at the bargain basement. You won't make your acid
work accurately. If you can't read the Karat fineness, you probably don't have gold. If you have gems and don't know their worth, your gems are
probably worthless, but if there are diamonds, they will probably be old and of no use to anyone (especially you) except that poor bench jeweller who
does repairs. He may use them match old diamonds that fell out. Unless you have a new piece with new diamonds cut to today's standards, they have no
value. Small diamonds are very cheap. If you thought you had a bargain because your piece has 1ct of small diamonds, you are wrong. Chances are, the
guy taking them out is going to break-even on the labour and yes, it can take hours. Bezel set diamonds need to be carefully cut out with a jewellers
saw, over a clean bench, for example.
I make these points with the expectation that you were already ripped off by buying cheap goods that appear to have much more value than they do, and
even 20% off. This is the situation I expect you to find yourself in, if in case you buy any of the hog wash presented in the link. That is, if you
know your jeweller and trust him / her they will have explained things a lot better. I'm sorry but smart people don't waste their money on cheap
Here is a huge scam that people aren't noticing.
Consumer advocacy sites create distrust because that's what hooks you into their way of thinking and keeps you coming back. At the same time, you'll
be steered towards their advertisers, who of course pass all tests with flying colours. You take their advice at your own expense.
Go into a shop you like, be trustworthy and pay normal money for normal services. When you try to beat the system you fall into the traps.