Originally Posted by jeepcache
how do you buy your gold and silver?
I used to buy locally from coin stores that sold bullion coins (with no numismatic value), but lately I've taken a liking to Apmex. Their cost over spot and shipping costs are lower than local over-spot charges. Please understand that I'm a middle-class guy who buys maybe 50 or 100 or 150 ounces at a time based on the amount of currency I have to exchange for actual money (silver). I do this as often as I can. I don't buy in large quantities.
I don't know squat about Apmex other than that they sell what they claim to sell and that they don't screw you on prices. There may be other sites that are similar or better.
But it is vitally important that you take physical possession of the metal. Never, ever settle for certificates or "paper gold" or "paper silver".
FYI, precious metals price manipulations have been going on for some time. In fact, the amount of silver that has been sold in certificate form (as opposed to physical form) is more than all the silver there is today plus all that is anticipated to be mined for the next 11 years. That rather strongly suggests a shortage in physical metal versus the amount out in the market and it strongly urges the buyer to take physical possession.