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    Well done - love the white gloves, I think these are essential even for handling packaging, capsules, etc.
  2. BNT - Do not use - Bunch of cowboys - Please read

    Anyone Tempted; Black Friday Mystery Boxes? https://www.bnt.org.uk/surprise-me-specially-curated-mystery-coin-collections Three exclusive offers guaranteed to please Limited offer so don't delay Save up to 50% on RRP Starting at: £120.00 incl. 20% VAT
  3. Misleading Prices

    If the primary market is retail (end consumer) then the headline price should be shown inclusive of VAT, otherwise it is seen to be misleading. You would think that Mints and Coin Dealers would be on the button with this, so it would be interesting to consider what % of sales were to VAT registered businesses and to consumers. Personally I am put off when something is misleading or confusing - I am all for transparency and integrity in dealing. I remember in the economic boom years seeing signs during furniture sales that said; "Sale", then: "Up to 50%, or more off" - they must have had good lawyers!
  4. Today I Received

    I am over the moon delighted with my 2017 Bullion Sovereign received in the mail today. Amazing packaging, the coin handled with the utmost care and attention. So for me in terms of value for money and customer service this is the best Sovereign purchase in 2017!
  5. SSE - £36 for the same deal, very nice and appreciated the opportunity to price match, but alas - no deal! Looks like, in this case, this is one of these markets where you have to take your time to shop around and take the pain of switching at the expense of those who don't shop around. Very confusing with many options - "Power to You"? I am having to move down a tier in Broadband from Broadband 76 to Broadband 38 - I only use the pc and BBC Iplayer on the TV - just hope it is quick enough for all the ebay snipes!
  6. Some Upcoming Royal Mint Releases

    + 1 what is a grained edge? The RM permutations just keep growing. I wonder if they will have a "coin configurator" before long for the Sovereign. LOL!
  7. All good advice! I have established vodaphone - middle of the road fibre with unlimited calls - £28.00 per month for 18 months. WIth £20 cashback - so, as you say, if SSE can price match then we are good to go for another 18 months! I will call SSE now and update . Thanks all for the help!
  8. I am shopping around for a great Broadband package (Currently £21.00 a month for all the bells and whistles with SSE - going up to £48 a month!) So far I've been on USwitch, MSE, Quidco, Topcashback, Sky, Plusnet, BT, SSE, TalkTalk and am not further forward! Bring back the Red Kiosk at the end of the road! 18 month contract - I'd sign up to a ten year contract to avoid going through this again! I think that BT Sport and the BT pension fund have a lot to do with the price increases!
  9. I am certain there will be a lot of water under the bridge until this is resolved. The anomaly I see is that a tin of Skol lager would have the same cost as a tin of draught Guinness. Generally people want to get the most for their money so it will be difficult to sell cheaper products for the same price as better ones. Additionally, I believe that the duty cannot be varied to raise more revenue as this is a UK government decision. So the retailer, distributor, wholesaler and producer get to keep the increase. I believe there would be much more of an appetite for this if the additional costs were invested in the NHS/ support network to help those with the problems the legislation seeks to tackle. I have not noticed people under the influence of drugs in the City streets of Edinburgh or Glasgow, I don't think that drug misuse will be an issue confined to Scotland. I wish the Scottish Government well in it's endeavors to improve the health and amenity of the people of Scotland - a radical move being made with the very best of intentions.
  10. GOLD DEALS - See a deal, post here :)

    2017 Bullion Sovereign at Sharps Pixley for under £240. Good chance to get one with Gold price a wee bit lower at the moment. https://shop.sharpspixley.com/1-sov-elisabeth-2-gold-coin
  11. Platinum Wedding Anniversary SOTD Sovereign

    No horse in the race either - a letter from a suitably qualified professional might help! Seriously, as there is no tamper proof seal on these coins then there is no way to tell if they have been unopened. Without video/ photographic evidence of the minters holding up page one of the Sun there is no way of knowing, for certain, when they were minted. So I think all you could safely say is that they are 2017 BU Sovereigns from an issue of 1500? Are there any other know rinses instances of two identical SotD issues in the same year?
  12. Sovereign vote

    ...... and back on topic! My vote is the 2018 for the overall package for £450 (you might have to work hard to get one of good quality, though). The 2017 "plain" Proof Sovereign with 1000 mintage will not be far behind as there are only 1,000 but it is a confusing offering which may hold it back. I don't think the designation of "Platinum" or "Jubilee" will be relevant in the future it till just be a 2017 BU Sovereign (IMO).
  13. Sovereign vote

    That's true - the £5 BU was 1000 issued and the £5 Proof was 950 making the Five Coin Set the best buy of them all if you wanted the coin with the lowest mintage. Interestingly for 2018 there are only 850 £5 Proof coins minted and the only "65" with a different mint/ privy mark. You have to take your hat off to RM for the effort they put into marketing these sets - I just wish I could justify the price!
  14. Platinum Wedding Anniversary SOTD Sovereign

    ....... saying all that at 1500 (at the moment, LOL) it is the lowest mintage of a full Sovereign in 2017 and unique in the fact that it is the only Sovereign not to have an alternative design or a mint/privy mark this year.
  15. Platinum Wedding Anniversary SOTD Sovereign

    Goodness. There are still 51 Sleeps till 2018 - what next? I noticed for the Sapphire Jubilee SotD Sovereign there was added value; "Every coin from The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee range, purchased direct from The Royal Mint before 28 February 2017, comes with a voucher for 25% off admission to Westminster Abbey, where The Queen was crowned on 2 June 1953." Quite a lot to take in this week when considering what to buy in 2018. I wonder what Duncan Bannatyne would say?