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  1. 7 points
    I have mailed several sellers in the US about GSP. Some say tough and others say let's talk. About the currency rate that's quite a different matter - so read on if you want to save money...... EBay appear to use mid market currency rates (close to the commercial rate). If you pay using Paypal, they charge about 3.5% to convert to your local currency then charge your credit card in your own local currency so you've paid 3.5% more for your goods. You can get the goods charged to your credit card in the currency you bought in, for example if you are in the UK and bought in USA, you can opt to have your purchase charged in USD $. That's where you can save - most Credit Cards charge around 2.5% to 2.99% but some don't. Aqua Reward and Halifax Clarity are two examples. Aqua Reward is even better as it gives 0.5% Cash back on all purchases and you still get no charges for using the Credit Card Abroad - THOUGH YOU MUST PAY YOUR BALANCE OFF IN FULL EACH MONTH TO AVOID HEFTY CREDIT CARD FEES. This card was introduced to help people build up a better Credit Rating but I use it for my foreign purchases. I got a low Credit limit initially which soon went up. I love my purchases on EBay now as I see the Paypal rate as around $1.265 and I got $1.312581. It works on any currency, not just USD and you can use the Agua Reward whilst abroad to save too. THIS IS IMPRTANT.... You have to be careful though that you don't select Paypal to pay automatically on an EBay purchace otherwise it will default to making the charge. Initially you have to add the "no fee" Credit Card on Paypal using a computer and opt to charge it in the currency you purchase it in. Make sure you DO NOT LET PAYPAL PAY AUTOMATICALLY. IT STARTED DOING IT FOR ME SO I HAD A RANT AT PAYPAL. THEY SAID IT WAS A SYSTEMS ISSUE. AFTER ABOUT 6 WEEKS IT GOT FIXED. If you have say 3 Cards on your account, when you buy goods using Paypal it will default to your Primary Card, but after you've logged into Paypal and it then goes back to the CONFIRM page on EBay you will notice that next to the Paypal payment Card it will say " Change", click that, it takes you back to Paypal. Next to each of the Credit Cards it will show the Paypal Conversion Rate - Except the Card you charge in the purchasing currency, click that and save!! I have probably saved over £500 in the last few years and my Aqua Advance gave me 0.5% cash back too! Here's a link to fee free Credit Cards abroad..... https://www.confused.com/home-and-lifestyle/travel-money/the-five-best-credit-cards-to-use-abroad Just note that the Aqua Reward is better than the Advance so you get the Cash back. For my UK purchases, I use the Asda Cash back Plus Credit Card. 2% Cashback at Asda including fuel, 1% Cashback on everything else but a £3 pm fee. There's a fee free version also but you only get 0.5%. You get the Cashback in the form of Asda vouchers - so if you don't use Asda ever, then look elsewhere. Hopefully the above helps you save, or make a little bit extra - "every little helps".
  2. 5 points
    The three are being sold as a set. All have been graded by NGC and the grades are as follows: 1918C - MS 63 (Top Pop at NGC, one higher at PCGS) 1918I - MS 64 1918S - MS 63+ $1400 (£1052) for all three via PayPal Friends & Family Free postage to all Forum members. Will have the coins posted the next day after payment is received.
  3. 5 points
    Just want to let off a bit of steam about my experiences in buying gold coins from abroad using eBay... eBay are exploiting UK customers who purchase items from international sellers. Their Global Shipping Programme (GSP) was introduced to make it easier for items to be shipped to international customers. What happens is in addition to the item price and the seller’s shipping costs, anyone buying an item under eBay’s GSP must also pay an additional fee to Pitney Bowes (eBay’s agent) to cover import duty and VAT for all items valued over the threshold of about £20. In theory, this seems like a good idea which could make life easier for buyers. However, this process is flawed because not every item imported into the UK attracts these additional costs; certain items are fully exempt from duty and VAT. But GSP doesn’t take this into account and still applies a charges irrespective of whether it’s necessary. Sovereigns for example are fully exempt from all such charges and there is no basis for any fees to be levied. HMRC has confirmed this exemption under Tariff Classification Commodity Code: 7118 9000 00. But GSP’s blanket approach means that Pitney Bowes always make this additional charge under GSP. Another way in which eBay is exploiting international customers is through their currency conversion. Items that are listed by international sellers appear on eBay with an “estimated” price in pounds which has been worked out by eBay. However, when making the purchase, the price is suddenly bumped up by what seems like about 7%! The price displayed is meant to be an estimate but the price ALWAYS goes up, never down. So what might appear like a good deal could result in a buyer paying more than expected. I know currency rates fluctuate but the price always goes up instantly between the moment I click on purchase and when I go to make payment so it's obviously eBay adding an additional fee on top. eBay need to adopt a way to provide customers with a more accurate means of knowing upfront exactly what price they are going to be paying before they commit to make the purchase. I have tried raising both these points with eBay directly several times but without any luck. Rant over!!!
  4. 4 points
    montesf1030

    Today I Received

    Earlier this week I received a small order from Apmex Earlier this week I received a small order from Apmex
  5. 4 points
    i do not buy from sellers subscribed to this system. It is a scam. NEVER buy from sellers in this scheme. Indeed drop them a line to say i liked your item but i will not bid on it b/c you are in this scheme which is known to repackage items, overcharge and defraud buyers. Ebay owe you money. They are not responding. You need to take this up another gear. The likes of ebay, Amazon etc have very poor customer relations. You just cannot get hold of anyone most of the time. So you have to go legal. You can do this yourself. Everyone should do it. They might learn. i buy from the US from people i know. i then do the trade outside of ebay and paypal. Do not feed the beast. http://community.ebay.co.uk/t5/Archive-Seller-Central/How-to-sue-ebay-or-paypal/td-p/386557
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    fehk2001

    Royal Mint considers coin valuations

    maybe we can buy some ( brand new ) milked coins , and let them value it before put on ebay
  8. 3 points
    It does vary depending on the goods and country. Pitney just use a generic 20% + handling fee for everything to simplify the system. 99% of all goods is VAT rated and stops people from falsely listing an item under something which would be VAT exempt. It is not a perfect system but only affects maybe <1% of sales. When it comes to the listed price in local currency, as long as you use a foreign currency fee FREE card you will pay within ~1% of the quoted rate (Master card is usually better than Visa). Never ever use Pay Pal's own rate as it is a rip off. Also, don't use a normal credit card which charges as foreign exchange fee as it is usually ~2.99% which then takes you to around 4% of the mid market rate. It is however still cheaper than Pay Pal's rate. When it comes to shipping sometimes it's really expensive, sometimes moderately expensive, sometimes it's pretty spot on and other times it's super cheap. Again, they use a generic calculation. I've sent items to places like Singapore which have cost customers around £15 when it would have cost me 2-3 times that and without insurance. An advantage with the GSP is that the package is insured by Pitney once it arrives at their centre. It is package arrives with the customer damaged or doesn't arrive at all, Pitney will pickup the bill when the customer files the eBay dispute. You don't have to worry about refunding the buyer and then trying to make a claim from the Post Office/Courier. Your average Joe generally does not bother shipping internationally. The GSP has allowed them to offer the item internationally which they otherwise would have only sold nationally. There are both advantages and disadvantages of using the GSP. It's not compulsory so sellers can opt out. If an item is a buy it now, you could always ask a seller to price up internationally shipping themselves and then add it to the listing and remove the GSP.
  9. 2 points
    The Royal mint are considering valuing their OWN coins, Won't be a biased opinion much http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/royal-mint-considers-authentication
  10. 2 points
    golder

    What do you stack and why ?

    Sovereigns and 1oz silver coins. I think I got hooked in by Mike Maloney and similar sellers but see it as a small bit of insurance rather than 'the next big thing'. I love the history of sovereigns, the colour, the weight and getting something tangible for my work. I'm a programmer and have for a long time felt like a small cog in a big system. Having some shiny things strangely makes me feel better.
  11. 2 points
    Great, although it looks like the senders address is on display. It's probably only a remote possibility but he / she may end up with unwanted visitors looking for a free lunch. I would hide the address or place a label over the top and re address it to a police station. Happy travels
  12. 2 points
    savoyard

    Today I Received

    A 2009 silver kilo Kookaburra and three sov mixed dates, all from Leihhaus Nürnberg. By the way, should sovs look so bronzey, or is it because they are old?
  13. 2 points
    shortstack68

    Today I Received

    Liking the new OBV design on the Queens beast Unicorn, but as usual from the RM Queenie has a couple of digs on her neck. Plus the Somalian Elephant came and Brtiiny from a few days back
  14. 2 points
    sovereignsteve

    Today I Received

    I am astonished and envious of some people's sovereign-purchasing power
  15. 2 points
    sg86

    Today I Received

    Purchased this a few days back for the Proof Quintuple, I'm collecting the changing Quintuple dates. Wonderful coins!
  16. 1 point
    Hello fellow Silver Forum members! Here for your viewing pleasure (or not ) is the latest episode in my silver stacking blog/unboxing series. This weeks additions take me up to a new milestone... 70oz's! As always, feel free to pop over and leave me a comment or two (or not) with any advice you may have for me going forward. Any and all feedback is valuable, so even if you feel like I'm going about it all wrong, let me know! I hope you all have a great weekend! SS.
  17. 1 point
    Hi All, This is my first Sale on the Forum so please go easy on me! I've set it for Auction because I've not seen a graded plain edge Sovereign sell on eBay yet. There are NGC PF70s for sale on eBay ranging from £1,299 - £1,518 I'll start the Auction at £679, free UK P&P. Quote for rest of the world. I've done all the grading hard work for you. Direct bank transfer only please ;-) Photo can be uploaded tomorrow as I'm doing this quite late at night. I'm including all of the original Royal Mint packaging with this coin as well, so you'll get everything! It's a rare coin so encapsulated for eternity. Bag yourself a great investment before these become impossible to find. All the best of luck! MS P.S. - I'm thinking the Auction will end Sunday 22nd October at 9pm! If you can collect from Manchester City Centre (UK) it would be great to meet you and maybe have a pint ;-)
  18. 1 point
    Clens92

    Old British Banknotes?

    Have at it: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/denom_guide/default.aspx The note in your original post is not a British banknote, per se, but a privately issued banknote that circulated within Britain at the time. All UK-wide banknotes were issued by the Bank of England, at the time.
  19. 1 point
    HawkHybrid

    Just a "barbarous relic"

    why did they choose gold and not silver? silver is more reflective and much cheaper. this in the reason why I believe the gsr have been rising. gold is the preferred choice even if it does cost significantly more. HH
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    fehk2001

    A package arrived today!

    we are party people yes chris , book me two seat please , means two prize
  22. 1 point
    Bullionbilly

    A package arrived today!

    Nice video @Madstacks What a prize ! Nice wrapping @ChrisSIlver
  23. 1 point
    Gav

    Hi All!

    Welcome to the community.
  24. 1 point
    airmac

    Royal Mint considers coin valuations

    Don't you mean spend unreasonable sums til someone straightened them out? 😁
  25. 1 point
    Micky9776

    What do you stack and why ?

    Bit of both for me, I don't stack I just buy the stuff I like. For silver, I get the yearly Perth mint lunar 2 series in 1/2, 1 and 2 oz coins, a maple, panda and Somali elephant. I am thinking about getting the Rwanda lunar series but not to sure yet, my plan is to get rid of the other silver coins / bars I have so I only have a few series to collect. For gold, I started with everything I liked but I am starting to focus more on sovereigns now, mainly 1 from each mint and monarch but I might try and get a date run going, maybe King Edward sovs but not to sure.
  26. 1 point
    metallica73

    What do you stack and why ?

    I'm probably unlike most here in that I don't 'Stack' I am into Numismatics now having drifted there from Silver stacking at its height in 2011-12. £35 an ounce... ouch. I guess that's lying as I am stacking in a way but i'd rather get a slabbed gold double eagle these days than 4 tubes of Britannias.
  27. 1 point
    SovTracker

    Import charges from outside the EU

    The issue is often not quoting the right HS Tariff Number or HS Commodity Code. I bought a Cheap Gold Sovereign from America through EBay. I messaged the seller to Quote - Gold Sovereign - HS Commodity Code 7118.90.0000. My package got caught up in Customs and Parcel Force wanted £60.43 (20% of the declared value) for the Customs Charge and £8.00 handling fee. I paid to get my coin released and when I got the package I checked the labels. USPS in America don't give enough space for computer generated labels but Gold was mentioned and the code 711890. I went online and got the Customs Duty Form BOR286, filled in the form, sent the labels on the parcel plus my Paypal payment proof, complete with my message to the seller which was on the Paypal payment. I waited about 4 weeks and got a cheque from Customs for the whole £68.43 including fee and a letter of apology. HM Customs aren't always the only problem, its twofold... 1. Insufficient or inaccurate details on the Customs Label 2. Inexperienced Customs staff So before you buy, go to the seller and agree what to say. So sellers say on their listings "we declare the full value blah, blah... If they won't mark the Customs Label exactly as you tell them (is. The right way), then my advice is steer clear. Get the code right and all should be OK - in the end - but you may have to pay up first! I've got another one to pay just now which I will pay tomorrow - this time the charge is 5%, so I'll happily pay and check the labels and no doubt submit another BOR286. Only the 2nd time in 5 years I've been charged - both this year, both from the USA and both sent correctly (well unless my latest seller hasn't filled in the form correctly!
  28. 1 point
    Cheated again today. Threw £100 into the change machines and got: Of which I only needed: Now have ~175 50p pieces to spend.
  29. 1 point
    This is the case i refer to. This is the second of two video, so for the full picture of this man's torment you should view both. My blood boils about this stuff. It is quite intricate, it seems the package was not insured, it was incorrectly labelled, Pitney Bowes were paying nothing, the seller was going to lose their money to keep a clean sheet on ebay but wanted the item returned insured and tracked. This was going to cost more than the refund. You would have to go through the whole video to work it out. For me the message is not to get involved with this system. i do not understand anyone buying other than US mintage gold from the US and certainly not sovereigns. The UK is one of the best places in the world to buy gold coins. i have never had problems with Atkinsons, Hatton Garden, Chards and most of all other members of the silver forum - so that is where i buy my good value gold.
  30. 1 point
    Numistacker

    NGC Grading Submissions Open

    10th November NGC say that you can request a preference
  31. 1 point
    Stu

    Broadband Speeds

    1mb, rutal, shite. But then again ! Can do my 20 mile commute in 20 minutes. Swings and roundabouts my friend!
  32. 1 point
    sixgun

    Customs charges for a parcel from the US

    The maximum value of gifts is £39. Shipping is not included in the value. So the turpentine gum could be sent over as a gift if you knew someone willing to do this for you. The other product could be sent over by a friend if it were 're-packaged' in a suitable food container. Food is VAT free and usually of low value. i am not trying to give you any ideas of course......
  33. 1 point
    shawy2510

    Today I bought (Non PM).....

    Will be going to collect this lovely Bengal Kitten on my birthday 25th Oct
  34. 1 point
    Bullionbilly

    Silver Deals.....

    More like
  35. 1 point
    westminstrel

    2018 Sovereigns?

    Except that the description says these are proofs. I sincerely hope they don't do another special proof next year - that will be ridiculous. I think putting privy marks on bullion Sovereigns is such a cheap, modern strategy for imparting some collectible value to these bullion strikes. The 200th anniversary privy mark was alright (I guess). Imo a privy mark for the "anniversary of the coronation" is a bit too far; we just had the sapphire jubilee strike on the day in 2017 to celebrate the "anniversary of becoming queen". Well if it's a damn proof I suppose I should start saving. I'm obviously going to succumb to the hype and give in to my FOMO
  36. 1 point
    CarlosSilver

    Today I Received

    Bullion sovereign from ATS
  37. 1 point
    ArthGoch

    Purchasing via Ebay (help)

    @arshimo2012 has from time to time some good golds deals and offers. The items for sale are fairly eclectic, and he is honest in his grading/opinion. Thus you can pick up some fairly unusual coins at prices fairly close to spot.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Shinus73

    Today I Received

    I like this one - 1/4 oz reverse proof Maple Leaf, 2003 effigy.
  40. 1 point
    sg86

    Today I Received

    35 Edward sovs to get the run started, this part will be easy. 95% of coins are in extremely good grade which makes things a lot easier also!
  41. 1 point
    AgD

    Today I Received

    The postman brought me this today 1998 1oz bu silver libertad only need one now to complete the date run 😀the specks are in the protective package but just a little nic above pura
  42. 1 point
    morezone

    Today I Received

    Received some coins back from NGC after 2 months. NGC messed up and then USPS messed up but luckily the USPS issue ended up in my favour in this instance. NGC graded some coins and then sent them back. As soon as I was able to, I checked the grades and images only to find they'd not applied the GB label as paid for. No biggie! I would have just got credited back for it and just left them on the brown label. Someone made a mistake which is understandable since no one is perfect. NGC will change labels at their expense but I wouldn't have bothered with the hassle. Looking at the other coins I noticed mistake 2 and 3. They'd put the wrong labels on 2 coins! This time there is no excuse Overlooking one coin is a possibility. Miss a second and someone isn't actually doing their job. Now I have no choice but to send the coins back. The problem is the coins are finalised and shipped the same day so it's too late to contact them if errors are noticed. I track the coins through a phone app with push notifications and it reaches Jamaica NY depot but instead of being forwarded and departing Newark for the UK it travels back to Tampa FL a couple of days later. I'm thinking it's been mis-sorted and will turn back around but nope, it ends up going back to Sarasota FL. What was nerve racking was the impending storm that was about to hit Florida. NGC had already closed it's office a could of days before so now my package would be sitting at the Post Office over the weekend and for a few days afterwards. I sent them an email explaining that some coins needed label corrections and the package had been returned to them without leaving the US. Just hoped that Irma wouldn't cause any damage to Post Office etc. Ending up being fine and NGC picked up the parcel and the coins went back into their system for label corrections. Since I was going to have to return the coins anyway, the parcel being returned back to NGC worked in my favour. I expected the label corrections to be expedited but it wasn't the case and still took a couple of weeks before they were shipped back to me. Again I follow the package (I track all packages) and this time it goes smoothly and lands with me this morning 10 days after shipping from NGC. The original labels:
  43. 1 point
    MickB

    Today I Received

    A solitary 2oz silver Queens beast Unicorn from Atkinsons. Not much buying for me this month as my wife wants all spare money spent on our granddaughter (who will probably get my stash of metal in the end anyway)
  44. 1 point
    KDave

    Today I Received

    The beasts so far, just waiting on the Unicorn to arrive next week
  45. 1 point
    Vern

    Today I Received

    Some like the I. I do, all three of them!
  46. 1 point
    Sovereign

    Today I Received

    Only 1 sov 😁 1890 Full Sov MS60
  47. 1 point
    sg86

    Today I Received

    So they arrived, 1989 Quintuple BU, and 1837-1897 3oz gold medal. The medal is now the best coin in my whole collection without any doubts, no proofs or rare dates compare to this, pictures or words cannot describe how this coin feels in hand! The relief on the old head side is just ridiculous. I think i may have to make a video showing the "turn" on this coin The 1989 Quintuple is in near-perfect condition, small blemish on rim of reverse is the only flaw i can see so very very happy with it!
  48. 1 point
    silversky

    Today I Received

    Arrived a couple of days ago. Very nice.
  49. 1 point
    Augustus1

    Today I Received

    I have a bit of a confession and cautionary tale, I asked earlier what a 2005 proof full sovereign would be worth/ value , there was good advice and I had done my own research, thus when I left a speculative bid on a 2005 coin on e bay I did not expect to win it in fact , so much so I did not have the funds to buy it at my max bid if I won ! yep I won it , so I have had to arrange mr credit card ( 0% interest on purchases) to pay it . caution , don't get obsessed and leave speculative bids if you don't have the funds I am sure this is just me and a one off anyway ( I hope ) dean.m
  50. 1 point
    ChardLizzie

    2018 Sovereigns?

    Yes, that sounds right. No sign of new designs yet.