Skip to main content

Who Wouldn't Want Cash for Gold?

We've all seen the commercials.  Mail in your unwanted and broken gold and receive cold hard cash. Yeah, I was skeptical too.  But earlier today I went to the Brooklyn Marriott where Cash 4 Gold apparently takes up residence a couple times a week.  I saw an ad in am NewYork and decided to try my luck with a few gold necklaces I've had since the '80s when I was 14k-with-lobster-claw-clasp-crazy.  Thrown in the mix were a couple items I scored at an apartment giveaway.

As I waited, I watched two women who worked for the NYPD sell their goods, so how shady could this operation be?

When it was my turn, a friendly young woman with a jeweler's lens inspected my jewelry and sorted it into bins according to karat. I told her I'd been curious about Cash 4 Gold but didn't want to mail in her jewelry. She agreed making the sale in person eliminates some of the skepticism.  She then mentioned a referral program where I make extra money each time a person I recommend sells their jewelry. Sounds good to me.

What sounded even better was my total for the gold I sold.  Let's just say I was given a bonus $20 for selling more than $100 and a 10% cash bonus for bringing in my newspaper ad.

I was pleased with the outcome and even boasted on Facebook.  With every intention of returning to the Marriott tomorrow, I rummaged through my jewelry boxes and found more gold (and silver if they take it) I can stand to part with.

Because this curious mind always wants to know, however, I Googled and found headlines that read "Cash 4 Gold Scam!" One report on ABC News (see You Tube video below) claimed that when compared to two other gold-buying sites, Cash 4 Gold came up short and offered the lowest cash back. And the company reportedly has 300 complaints with the Better Business Bureau.



This news gave me pause, but I didn't sell anything that had sentimental value and I like that I was able to do my transaction in person.  Next time, perhaps I'll try one of the other businesses if they offer a face-to-face selling option.  But for now, I trust Cash 4 Gold more than a pawn shop or ghetto jewelry joint in downtown Brooklyn.

Tell me what you think of this gold-buying rush?  Are Cash 4 Gold and other companies like it a scam?


(Image credit: Arnold Wagner Jewelry)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Conway Discount Clothing Chain Closing in New York City

(Tracy E. Hopkins) It's the end of a budget shopping era. Conway discount stores are closing in New York City . As of this weekend, a sign on the sole Herald Square location (34th Street btwn 7th and 8th Ave) says the store will close in "7 Days." Before I relocated to the Big Apple, I was introduced to the discount chain while on a bus trip from Baltimore.  I recall the first time I saw Conway's signature pink bags carried by hurried shoppers in midtown. And Miss Foster, the trip organizer and a bargain hunter from way back, took me to the store for the first time. Conway store in the Fulton Mall./Tracy E. Hopkins When I moved here in 1994, my love affair with Conway continued.  I furnished my first apartment with discount knick-knacks and home goods from the store.  And much to my chagrin, in hindsight, I curated most of my wardrobe for my first full-time job from the long-shuttered 42nd Street and Third Avenue store. One regretful ensemble: Lime green and

Win a $50 Gift Card for Fall Fashion Trends on Amazon.com!

Tweens and teens aren't the only ones who need new clothes for fall.  We also need new tops, frocks, and trousers for work and play.  Fortunately, Amazon.com has launched the new Amazon Contemporary Shop to suit our grown-up fashion needs. Me (r) and a model (l) wearing a MINKPINK maxi skirt from Amazon.com. The online boutique is stocked with trendy clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men by designer brands like Halston Heritage, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent, Rock & Republic, BCBGeneration and more. I even picked up a great pair of Heidi Klum for New Balance (HKNB) sneakers for under $55! So, are you ready to shop?  Everything She Wants will help one lucky reader jazz up her fall wardrobe with a $50 gift card to use online in the Amazon Contemporary Shop. Here's how to win: Retweet this post (if you don't have a Twitter account it's easy to sign up on Twitter.com) Subscribe to Everything She Wants via Google Connect, email or RSS Feed.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Graces Brooklyn Academy of Music, June 4-9, 2024

Dance is expression. Dance is spiritual. Dance is activism. Dance is life. I feel most alive when I am listening to music and dancing.  As a spectator and fan, some of my fondest moments of watching dance performances have been witnessing the dignity and grace of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Every time I see the Ailey company, I am inspired, moved, and grounded in the beauty and complexity of the African American experience.  Photo by Paul Kolnik For me, the highlight is always "Revelations," Mr. Ailey's three-part ode to his upbringing in the Black Baptist church. The three sections -- "Pilgrim of Sorrow"; "Take Me to the Water"; and "Move, Members, Move" -- tell the story of African American faith and persistence from slavery to freedom. Over the weekend,  I had the pleasure of taking an outdoor Community Workshop in downtown Brooklyn, where we learned some of the choreography for "Revelations." I beamed from ear to ear