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  1. Yep, I'm just about the last person that needs to be convinced of that. The article I am pretty sure (since I didn't actually read it) was sensationalist garbage. I just posted the headline because the absurd sensationalism combined with them screwing up the source (Royal Mail instead of Royal Mint) amused me and I thought might amuse others.
  2. I don't know... with that headline you'll have a bunch of confused people scouring the Royal Mail's website looking for this clear bargain of the century! 😂
  3. Spotted this headline this morning which made me laugh for several reasons. Top reporting here no doubt!
  4. I agree completely here. The mintage of these coins really surprised me. I don't understand it at all.
  5. Unfortunately I can't answer your question but wanted to post just to say how much I love the looks of the Tombstone silver. I don't yet have one and really should seek to amend that - perhaps on my next trip to Canada. I'd certainly be interested to read any insights other members might be able to provide about them and how they are made.
  6. There are ways around the limits. Lego also imposes a x per household limit on hot items and Ticketmaster makes you tick a box saying you aren't a bot when you buy tickets. It is kind of amusing in a way. Most people could create at least two accounts and go through a couple checkout processes. One shipped home, one to work. If you wanted to you could get around it. I bought two of the silver proofs from Westminster Collection - one for me and one for my partner. They had a limit of 3. Even following the rules I could have bought two from Royal Mint and then three from Westminster Collection. I don't like that the dealers price gouge on these coins. I was surprised (and happy) to see that Westminster Collection wasn't charging more for the Silver Proofs given what The Coin Connection was charging at the same time that morning. The Royal Mint could prevent the dealers from price gouging but for whatever reason they choose not to. I personally don't think that dealers should price gouge the way I've repeatedly seen The Coin Connection do when a new hot release is out. Perhaps if enough people petition the Royal Mint they could ensure that their partners do not price gouge on new releases. of course we can all just exercise our choice to not support dealers who do this.
  7. This is definitely a problem but it isn't limited to just coins. One of the biggest markets this happens in is concert/event ticket sales where the modern equivalent of ticket scalpers use bots to snatch up massive blocks of tickets to then relist at inflated prices. Ticketmaster in particular has been under fire recently for not only not doing anything about it but helping facilitate this practice by providing a platform where tickets can be resold. It is kind of brilliant in a way because not only do Ticketmaster make profits off of the initial ticket sales but they then get an extra slice when those tickets are resold at higher prices on their "fan exchange" platform. Everyone wins except the fans who face either steep prices or not going at all. Aside from Ticketmaster it also happens with Lego when new highly anticipated sets are released and sell out. If you had enough storage space you could make a comfortable living buying Lego sets and reselling them when they either sell out or are retired - the spikes are genuinely insane considering we're talking about bits of plastic. I am sure there are other examples. It is a problem and I understand your frustration. The sad part I think is the false sense of demand it creates. These things sell out in record time so the Royal Mint or Lego or whoever suddenly think they should make more or do more releases, etc because clearly the demand is there. Everything then gets diluted more and more and in the long term value simply gets lost.
  8. Alberta and BC are wonderful provinces to be able to visit. I grew up around Toronto but made it out to Alberta to spend some time in various places in the Rockies. So epically beautiful out there.
  9. Had this come through the door today. It is a commemorative set of Canadian quarters that was released in 1992 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Confederation. Each quarter features an image chosen to represent one of the provinces or territories that make up Canada. This is a special one for me. I remember these quarters coming out in 1992 and trying to collect all of the cupronickel versions in change. I wasn't even 10 yet when I started collecting them in 1992 and it took years to get them all through change but this is the first set I ever collected. There isn't a lot of value here due to how many were minted but it is a very nice thing to have in hand. Lots of nostalgia for me.
  10. Seems I managed to order two of the silver proofs from Westminster Collection at 9am. Though it is subject acceptance and status so we'll see. Glad to see they didn't hike up the price on the silver proofs at least.
  11. 100% in agreement with this! I shudder to think of how paltry my stack might be if not for these two fine gents. Absolute assets to the community!
  12. I suspect what it will mean is that more silver sells on the secondary market for what UK dealers charge. That being said if you sell standard bullion coins on ebay they already sell for well over what they are worth (mostly). I am not sure there will be any fluctuation there. Ultimately people will only be prepared to spend so much over spot. I for example am not prepared to buy silver if I have to pay the 20% VAT. My PM stacking will shift more to gold here and what I can add to my stack silver wise when I travel out of the country.
  13. I agree that the banks can and do scan accounts but I don't think it happens the way you have said here. I don't think anyone at the bank is scanning accounts. That process will have been automated long ago with algorithms set up to look for inconsistencies or odd behaviour and flag those accounts. That said I don't really care that my account will show I shopped at Tesco tonight or that I made a purchase from Amazon earlier this week. The reality of the society we live in especially in the UK and even more especially if you are in a city is that everything you do pretty much is traceable. I accept that I could make it harder to be tracked by using cash but I simply don't see the point. I don't see how I personally gain anything by throwing up that obstacle when anyone looking in to my life or investigating me could find out where I spend my money without much difficulty. There are much bigger things that keep me up at night or cause me to worry than someone at the bank possibly seeing where I do most of my shopping or the ridiculous amount I spend on dog food.
  14. I can now consider myself in good company as apparently we are idiots together I have never been a fan of carrying around and using cash. As soon as I was able to get a deibit card, I got one. As soon as I was able to set my phone up for contactless payments I did so. I carry some cash with me just in case but I use it maybe once a month. The above being said I do like that cash still exists and think it will be a very sad and worrying day when (I don't think its an if at this point) it ceases to be widely accepted. I admit that clashes with my own preference as outlined above. I suppose for me its a convenience thing. I enjoy the convenience of being cashless even though I see the problems that could come from a cashless society.