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Pete

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  1. Haha
    Pete got a reaction from caloundracats in NS&I slashes savings limit on popular bonds to just £10,000, down from £1 million   
    Wonder how many captains of industry, BBC presenters and sports personalities will now relocate their NS&I deposits to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and the Cayman Islands ?. Not that any of them knew about these places 🤫. 
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    Pete got a reaction from MickB in Fake silver eagle from eBay.   
    You need to open a claim in the e-Bay resolution centre or perhaps also PayPal.
    This is a straightforward process but they stick to a relatively long timeframe schedule.
    Always add photos to back up your claim - weight, diameter, thickness etc.
    Whatever you do make sure you return the item using a tracked / signed-for service.
    You will not be compensated for loss otherwise and the seller can always claim it wasn't received.
    Do not pay for return postage as you will find it difficult to get reimbursed so follow the procedure to get a return postage label.
    There was a time when PayPal offered to refund returns so check.
    Sorry for a little vagueness as it has been a while since I went through the process myself but i did get caught out paying for Special Delivery on an expensive item when the seller should have paid in advance under the small print.
    Just out of interest - do you know how to measure specific gravity ?
    Give it a try to determine if the coin is silver or just plated brass.
    I wouldn't file it as the seller will not accept its return stating you damaged it and that would open another long-winded dispute.
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    Pete reacted to Bullionaire in 2008 Silver Britannia   
    Thanks for all your replies. It certainly won't grind away at me and I never really believed it was a proof, despite the fact it said it.
    It was mainly the tarnishing that annoyed me, but looking at more examples of carded coins on the web it seems like a common occurrence.
    Think I'll just leave it as is for now, and do better research in future! 
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    Pete reacted to Paul in Anyone Used Direct Bullion in London ?   
    COMPANY NUMBER: 09975794
    https://companycheck.co.uk/company/09975794/DB-LONDON-LTD/financials

    Key Financials
    Cash
    £1.5k
    ----
    Net Worth
    £6.5k
    ----
    Total Current Assets
    £11.2k
    ----
    Total Current Liabilities
    £5.6k
    ----
    and their base 
    http://www.servcorp.co.uk/en/  owns Level One Devonshire Place Mayfair.  They supply serviced virtual offices.  Giving a posh Mayfair front for someone who might be working out of their back bedroom in Croydon
    Not the greatest of backgrounds for buying a high-risk item like gold
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    Pete got a reaction from Bullionaire in 2008 Silver Britannia   
    Many sellers on eBay describe coins as proof coins but don't have a clue as to what is genuinely proof.
    This is usually an error rather than deliberate deceit.
    You have every right to reject it as 'not described' but at the same time you might have done a little homework when you would have immediately discovered that this is a regular bullion coin.
    The price you paid for this coin is fair, assuming it included shipping.
    Many of these coins in cards tend to show toning around the rim.
    The toning is due to pollution like smoke in a room ( cigarettes, open fire  etc ) but will not get worse in a clean air environment.
    Some collectors surprisingly like toned coins so place it in a sealed bag with a boiled egg and get it really golden all over !
    If toning concerns you then the fastest remedy is a few seconds dip in eZest and the coin will look mint.
    I would keep the coin as inexpensive and not bother with the hassle of returns.
    You did not pay a high price so a lesson learned - research and experience.
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    Pete got a reaction from Bullionaire in 2008 Silver Britannia   
    Many sellers on eBay describe coins as proof coins but don't have a clue as to what is genuinely proof.
    This is usually an error rather than deliberate deceit.
    You have every right to reject it as 'not described' but at the same time you might have done a little homework when you would have immediately discovered that this is a regular bullion coin.
    The price you paid for this coin is fair, assuming it included shipping.
    Many of these coins in cards tend to show toning around the rim.
    The toning is due to pollution like smoke in a room ( cigarettes, open fire  etc ) but will not get worse in a clean air environment.
    Some collectors surprisingly like toned coins so place it in a sealed bag with a boiled egg and get it really golden all over !
    If toning concerns you then the fastest remedy is a few seconds dip in eZest and the coin will look mint.
    I would keep the coin as inexpensive and not bother with the hassle of returns.
    You did not pay a high price so a lesson learned - research and experience.
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    Pete got a reaction from Roy in Gold. Where do I start?   
    If you really intended to state "bullion buying" then that clearly defines gold as near to spot as possible.
    Forget the year of the coin or the size of the coin - you are looking for the best possible price per gram.
    Your budget is relatively small so you are now looking for a good deal so that entails shopping around and maybe being a little patient.
    Unfortunately many of our popular bullion dealers are taking the opportunity to maximise their own profits especially with regard to the more popular sovereigns and half sovereigns.
    Some of the best prices are often found on this forum but you have to be lightning quick.
    Check the daily prices on sites like HGM and compare with Atkinsons as often there will be a saving of a few pounds spending £1,000 in one transaction. Your target should be trying to buy fine gold at 2% over spot and remember to rework 22 ct coins to their 24ct content when doing your sums.
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    Pete got a reaction from Roy in Gold. Where do I start?   
    If you really intended to state "bullion buying" then that clearly defines gold as near to spot as possible.
    Forget the year of the coin or the size of the coin - you are looking for the best possible price per gram.
    Your budget is relatively small so you are now looking for a good deal so that entails shopping around and maybe being a little patient.
    Unfortunately many of our popular bullion dealers are taking the opportunity to maximise their own profits especially with regard to the more popular sovereigns and half sovereigns.
    Some of the best prices are often found on this forum but you have to be lightning quick.
    Check the daily prices on sites like HGM and compare with Atkinsons as often there will be a saving of a few pounds spending £1,000 in one transaction. Your target should be trying to buy fine gold at 2% over spot and remember to rework 22 ct coins to their 24ct content when doing your sums.
  9. Like
    Pete got a reaction from Roy in Gold. Where do I start?   
    If you really intended to state "bullion buying" then that clearly defines gold as near to spot as possible.
    Forget the year of the coin or the size of the coin - you are looking for the best possible price per gram.
    Your budget is relatively small so you are now looking for a good deal so that entails shopping around and maybe being a little patient.
    Unfortunately many of our popular bullion dealers are taking the opportunity to maximise their own profits especially with regard to the more popular sovereigns and half sovereigns.
    Some of the best prices are often found on this forum but you have to be lightning quick.
    Check the daily prices on sites like HGM and compare with Atkinsons as often there will be a saving of a few pounds spending £1,000 in one transaction. Your target should be trying to buy fine gold at 2% over spot and remember to rework 22 ct coins to their 24ct content when doing your sums.
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    Pete got a reaction from MickB in Fake silver eagle from eBay.   
    You need to open a claim in the e-Bay resolution centre or perhaps also PayPal.
    This is a straightforward process but they stick to a relatively long timeframe schedule.
    Always add photos to back up your claim - weight, diameter, thickness etc.
    Whatever you do make sure you return the item using a tracked / signed-for service.
    You will not be compensated for loss otherwise and the seller can always claim it wasn't received.
    Do not pay for return postage as you will find it difficult to get reimbursed so follow the procedure to get a return postage label.
    There was a time when PayPal offered to refund returns so check.
    Sorry for a little vagueness as it has been a while since I went through the process myself but i did get caught out paying for Special Delivery on an expensive item when the seller should have paid in advance under the small print.
    Just out of interest - do you know how to measure specific gravity ?
    Give it a try to determine if the coin is silver or just plated brass.
    I wouldn't file it as the seller will not accept its return stating you damaged it and that would open another long-winded dispute.
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    Pete got a reaction from sixgun in Queen's Beasts ?   
    The lion because it has shot up in price.
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    Pete got a reaction from Roy in Fractionals and fakes   
    I would guess that faking gold is more of a challenge than silver due to the density of gold.
    Getting the dimensions correct is a problem and gold fakes tend to have to be made thicker.
    Faking silver would be much easier but bullion silver is relatively cheap so might be less lucrative yet if you look on Alibaba you can buy good genuine fakes for pennies.
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    Pete got a reaction from Roy in Fractionals and fakes   
    I would guess that faking gold is more of a challenge than silver due to the density of gold.
    Getting the dimensions correct is a problem and gold fakes tend to have to be made thicker.
    Faking silver would be much easier but bullion silver is relatively cheap so might be less lucrative yet if you look on Alibaba you can buy good genuine fakes for pennies.
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    Pete got a reaction from sixgun in Queen's Beasts ?   
    The lion because it has shot up in price.
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    Pete got a reaction from sixgun in Queen's Beasts ?   
    The lion because it has shot up in price.
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    Pete got a reaction from sixgun in Queen's Beasts ?   
    The lion because it has shot up in price.
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    Pete got a reaction from RoughDog in Queen's Beasts ?   
    Are we discussing silver Beasts or including gold ?
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    Pete got a reaction from kimchi in Which digital scales should I buy?   
    I specially like the reference to weighing medical herbs and the 40mm square plastic bags bought at the same time.
    Cannot imagine what purpose these would be purchased for !!
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    Pete got a reaction from kimchi in Which digital scales should I buy?   
    I specially like the reference to weighing medical herbs and the 40mm square plastic bags bought at the same time.
    Cannot imagine what purpose these would be purchased for !!
  20. Haha
    Pete got a reaction from kimchi in Which digital scales should I buy?   
    I specially like the reference to weighing medical herbs and the 40mm square plastic bags bought at the same time.
    Cannot imagine what purpose these would be purchased for !!
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    Pete reacted to Captdeano in 2009 Kookaburra   
    Thought i would let you all know that there are still a lot of good traders on Ebay. I bought a 2009 Kook in mint condition for £25.99  with p+p inc  from   tq-watches-and-furniture-stores 7902  .Very quick delivery .........but it was slightly damaged (capsule broke) on arrival , contacted  seller and what a nice guy ,no if buts or whatever ,    refunded me £10  to my paypal account .Coin put in new capsule only slight scratch across Queenie  as its the feathered bird i want to see  no harm done.  Just wanted to repay honest seller , cheers Dean
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    Pete got a reaction from dicker in Fake 1oz maple?????   
    Definitely 100% fake.
    As others have pointed out the radial lines on a real coin are closer together - compare the lettering sizes to number of lines crossed.
    Also the earring on the fake looks like a loop whereas on the real coin it is pierced on Lizzy's earlobe.
    The seller has simply put in the description what is stamped on the coin and most likely hasn't a clue but an ounce of gold is worth about £1,000 so someone in the chain knew it was a dud and that's fraud passing this on as fine gold.
     
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    Pete got a reaction from kimchi in Lending to Friends   
    Yes all the court fees were recovered in full and a tiny amount of interest around 1% was awarded by the CCJ
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    Pete got a reaction from MikeSol in Lending to Friends   
    Went to court and when judge said I could force the sale of my friend’s house a payment plan was made and I got my money back over the next 4 months.
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    Pete got a reaction from MikeSol in Lending to Friends   
    Went to court and when judge said I could force the sale of my friend’s house a payment plan was made and I got my money back over the next 4 months.