Gold Offers Post-Lockdown Cash Boost

It’s no secret that money has been tight for many of us over the past year of lockdowns. Whether you’ve passed through the lockdowns on furlough, or are planning for retirement, the shock from COVID-19 has hit household finances hard. However, if you have a bit of scrap gold tucked away in your home, it could be the perfect time to sell, and benefit from the COVID-19 gold price boom. 

A golden dividend for 2021 

Scrap gold comes in all shapes and sizes, and may have been acquired recently or several generations ago, passed down through the family. Whichever way you have got hold of scrap gold items, such as necklaces, chains, rings, coins and other such items, they have a great intrinsic value, purely thanks to the metal that they’re made from. 

Gold has been treasured as one of the rarest noble metals for centuries, and if you decided to sell with UK Scrap Gold today, you could expect to make £15.20 from just one gram of 9 carat gold. Imagine what a heavier item with a greater purity could be worth. But why is this so? 

Gold prices have soared over the past two decades, from just over £300 per ounce in the early-2000s to over £1,500 last summer. Prices may have come down a little since then, but gold is certainly worth several times more than it has ever been in nominal terms. These opportunities may take many years to come, and fortunately, 2021 could be just the time to sell. 

Selling your gold in 2021 

Prices are high and your scrap gold is worth more than ever before, but how do you turn to a gold buyer you can trust? UK Scrap Gold has been providing such a service for many years now, and our website has its own special page to help track gold prices, so you can pick a period of bullish price action to make your sale. 

Want to get a free valuation without sending a single gram? Check out our Gold Scrap Calculator, and just input the item’s weight and purity, and a near-instant valuation can be given. For a more detailed valuation, why not arrange a Zoom call with us, and let one of our specialists analyse your item via video-call? 

If you wish to make a sale today, it’s time to fill in the Seller’s Form here. To minimise the spread of COVID-19 and ensure your package reaches us safely, we strongly encourage you to use fully insured Special Delivery with the Royal Mail’s home collection service. This service will ensure your item is picked up from your doorstep, and you can track it until it reaches us, where we can analyse it and give you an offer you’ll hopefully find to your liking. 

For more information about selling scrap gold with UK Scrap Gold, call us on 01902 623 254 today. 

Our Guide to Spotting True Gold and Silver

Here at UK Scrap Gold, we can attest to seeing growing demand from the general public to sell items purported to be true gold or silver, only for them to be disappointed when we take a closer look and find this not to be the case.

Many vendors trick customers into buying what they claim to be the real thing, offering unusually cheap prices for products which should hold far higher intrinsic value. As experts in this field, we will explain how to spot the real deal from the plated versions.

Check the source

If you know anything about precious metals, you’ll know that density and purity are huge drivers in the valuation of items such as gold coins, the family silver, or jewellery passed down from generation to generation. The last thing you want, during a period of high gold prices, is to find that the items you wish to sell aren’t what you thought they were.

Warning signs are easy to spot, if you know what to look out for. If you’re purchasing a gold coin, for example, a certificate of authenticity is a key requirement to expect. This document is a firm statement attesting to your item’s proof of origin, giving you assurance that it was provided by a reputable dealer.

By contrast, a seller who cuts corners and offers you an item ‘enhanced with gold’ without these forms of certification, may be offering an item below what would be considered the appropriate market value. As you will see, true gold and silver have clear pricings on the open market. 

Any item which requires any form of enhancement could be a sign that the seller tried shifting plated gold items, which are actually comprised of a far cheaper metal with a superficial gold coating.

Density and purity matter

The price must be right for true gold and silver, in order for you to expect getting a fair price when you decide to sell to UK Scrap Gold today. Pure gold and silver have specific densities and therefore weights, depending on the size of the item.

Hallmarks and various stamps can be a useful way of determining purity of your item, and weight can be another way of assessing whether your item is worth its actual weight in gold or silver. UK Scrap Gold has a free scrap gold calculator which allows you to assess what your item could be worth.

Not only that, but we offer Zoom video meetings to help determine whether your item is true gold or silver, as well as offering a verification if you send the item to us by post. If you think you’re in a position to make a sale to us today, or simply wish to get in touch to prove the authenticity of your item before selling to us, call us on 01902 623 254.

Is Your Scrap Gold or Silver Worth Its Weight?

Authenticity is crucial when you wish to sell gold or silver. UK Scrap Gold has been a buyer of a wide range of items including rings, chains, gold tooth fillings and silver cutlery over the years, just to name a few. But all is not as it seems. All that glitters is not gold.

Precious metals prices are close to all-time highs, so you don’t want to fall at the last hurdle, and find your items aren’t what you think they are.

An electroplating epidemic

UK Scrap Gold has experienced a growing number of people sending in items believed to be gold or silver, only to be disappointed when our team digs deeper and discovers they’re not. Items which give the appearance of gold or silver can often be electroplated. This means manufacturers apply a thin layer of gold or silver onto the surface of a cheaper metal, often copper.

It makes you believe the item is authentic, but cut through the glossy exterior, and you’ll find you may have been short-changed.

Electroplating is an electro-chemical process which can short-change you, and stops you benefiting from the tangible value to be had when selling true gold or silver, when the time comes. While gold and silver are durable metals, electroplated alternatives are worth a fraction of their value, and degrade easily, as the molecules from the base metal transfer into the thin gold/silver layer, causing it to look tarnished over time.

Signs to watch out for include apparent wear to the surface of your item – solid gold is ageless and doesn’t oxidise, helping preserve its shine for thousands of years. Electroplating serves as a sticky plaster, but the shine soon wears off, exposing the copper underneath.

Hallmarks to spot

Fortunately, gold and silver items can be more easily identified if they have hallmarks. These markings serve as effective seals of approval, informing you of the purity of your item, as well as the Sponsor’s Mark and Assay Office mark.

For more information about hallmarks and how they work, check out this article here.

Gold items often include a stamp saying “375” which means the item has been assessed and officially classed as being 9 carat or 37.5 per cent pure. Keep an eye out for this number, as purity plays a significant role in determining how valuable gold items can be. Our Gold Scrap Calculator can help you work out what you could make by selling with UK Scrap Gold today. All you need is the item’s weight, plus its purity.

If you’re sure you have an item which you believe to be genuine gold or silver, and you wish to sell, look no further than UK Scrap Gold. We offer £14.25 for just one gram of 9-carat gold, as a starting point. Imagine what a heavier higher-purity item could be worth.

For more information about selling scrap gold or silver, call UK Scrap Gold on 01902 623 254.

Silver Sellers Eye Up Potential Silver Spikes

Expect the unexpected, when it comes to silver, and you could potentially reap the rewards of an unforeseen spike in prices. Recent events concerning the Reddit forum r/wallstreetbets have triggered a rush of cash into silver, and if repeated, anyone with a bit of silver could cash in.

See how the coming year ahead could be an ideal time for making a scrap silver sale with UK Scrap Gold. 

The Reddit silver surge

For many weeks, a group of Reddit users patiently began orchestrating buying stocks in an ailing games company, GameStop. In the blink of an eye, the idea went viral, and thousands of users flooded onto easily downloadable investment apps, buying up shares in order to squeeze hedge funds holding large short positions.

It wasn’t long before attention on Reddit turned to silver, another asset in which hedge funds have extensive short positions. In just three trading days, we saw silver prices rising by almost 20 per cent, an unusually large increase in such a short time frame. Typically, such moves are seen as part of multi-year bull markets.

The lack of prior warning for such a spike demonstrates why having a bit of silver could become incredibly useful – it’s all just a matter of timing a sale and finding the right buyer. UK Scrap Gold gives clear information on existing prices for silver, helping you spot key trends including price rallies. Check out Live Silver prices here.

In addition, our Silver Scrap Calculator allows you to make a free valuation from the safety of your home, without having to send a single gram of silver to us. At present prices, you could expect to sell a 50-gram silver chain with a purity of .925 for over £24 with UK Scrap Gold.

We’re able to offer such respectable prices as we operate largely in the digital space, reducing overheads and ensuring our customers receive a fairer price for their items.

Making discreet sales of scrap silver

Finding the right price and the right buyer for your scrap silver are crucial, but how to ensure your items are dispatched safely? Due to ongoing restrictions during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we strongly suggest customers make use of the Royal Mail’s online Click and Drop dispatch service.

With just the click of a few buttons, a Royal Mail van can collect your package from your doorstep. One of the benefits of this service is the ability to track your parcel on its journey if you select the Insured Special Delivery service. Organising dispatch online helps halt the spread of COVID-19, as it means not having to stand in a lengthy queue at your Post Office branch, to mail your scrap silver in person.

If you have any queries about selling scrap silver, or wish to make a sale with UK Scrap Gold soon, why not give us a call? Call us on 01902 623 254, and a member of our team will be ready to help you with any requirements you may have.

Scrap Gold Offers Boost During Lean January

After a turbulent year in 2020, we’re all getting our financial houses in order and preparing for what is often a leaner month than most, this January. But it needn’t be so free of joy, if you happen to have a bit of scrap gold lying around.

In fact, UK Scrap Gold could help make January not so lean afterall, given the recent run-up in gold prices.

Prices near record highs

Unprecedented economic uncertainty in the past twelve months, over Brexit and the pandemic has been effectively baked into gold prices, pushing them to new all-time highs. As a result, the gold scrap in your home is worth significantly more than at any time in living memory.

This gives holders of scrap items something of a COVID dividend, but it pays to keep a close eye on precise price movements, to time a sale with UK Scrap Gold perfectly. Check out our Live Gold Price tracker, to keep an eye on where gold prices are going. In the event of a further rally, you could expect to make a significant sum by selling with us.

Just one gram of 9-carat scrap gold is worth £15.67 at present prices, as of January 2021. If you wish to get a near-instant valuation of your gold without having to set foot outside your front door, use our Scrap Gold Calculator on our home page – it’s able to combine the purity and weight of your item and give a quick estimate of how much you could sell it for.

Unable to value them yourself or unsure how to assess purity? Why not mail it over to us, and we can weigh it for you over video link on Skype, to give you peace of mind.

Safe dispatch over lockdown

COVID-19 cases are up and lockdown conditions are back in place, so that means we all need to minimise contact with those outside our households as much as possible to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many of our customers are keen to avoid long queues at the Post Office to send their scrap gold items, as this increases risk of exposure.

Why not book for Royal Mail collection from your front door? Parcel collection is available through the Royal Mail website and through the official app. This saves precious time and helps minimise the spread of COVID-19. Using the Track Your Item feature, it’s possible to guarantee safe delivery of your precious metals items to us.

UK Scrap Gold have been facilitating sales of scrap gold for many years, and we continue to strive at delivering a top-notch service, despite the ongoing pandemic. If you would like to make any enquiries or make a sale today, please call our team on 01902 623 254.

Christmas 2020 Operating Hours

Our website will remain available throughout the festive period but our offices will close from 3.30pm on Tuesday 22nd December 2020 until 10am on Monday 4th January 2021.

Due to ongoing disruption to the postal service in some areas, your last day for despatching Royal Mail insured Special Delivery parcels for delivery to us before 22nd December should be Thursday 17th December.

Parcels that we do not receive by 22nd December will be processed after our return to work on 4th January and may be held in Royal Mail storage until that date.

We will resume normal service on 4th January 2021.

Make Some Easy Cash Ahead of Christmas 2020

It’s not an exaggeration to say 2020 has been a tough time for many of us. COVID-19 and the recession that followed mean this will be one of the hardest Christmases for generations. But that doesn’t mean you couldn’t have something of a Christmas miracle – if you have any scrap gold lying around, that could loosen up some much-needed cash.

With prices higher than during any previous festive season, now could be the opportune time to make a sale, to reap a much-needed cash boost this Christmas.

High prices, high rewards

During times of uncertainty, gold prices rise and we’ve had bucketloads of that in 2020. Crashing stock markets, businesses shutting up shop and people having to stay indoors has forced many of us to get more used to staying within the four walls of our homes. But what if you’ve done some looking around, and found a trove of unwanted gold items?

This summer, UK gold prices touched £1,500 per troy ounce for the first time. This means UK Scrap Gold is able to offer some of the highest prices for scrap we’ve ever seen since we started helping people make sales across the UK.

You can see more of gold’s impressive winning streak by checking out our Live Gold Price tracker here. By catching the markets at the right time, during a price rally, you might be in a position to make the most of selling your gold for the highest price possible.

Use our Scrap Gold Calculator to get an up-to-date reading for what your items could be worth this Christmas. All you need is the weight and purity, as measured in carats. An item weighing just one gram with 9-carat purity could earn you £15.93, so there’s much to be made from selling today.

A much-needed Christmas boost

Our prices are some of the most competitive on the gold scrap markets, as we offer an efficient digital service, which is easy to use, and allows you to make a transaction with a few short clicks.

No doubt we’d all leap at the chance for a few extra pennies, especially ahead of the Christmas holidays. Selling your scrap gold with UK Scrap Gold today could be just what you need – we’re specialists in helping make quick and easy sales.

It all starts with filling out this Sell to Us form with the basic personal details we need to ensure a safe transaction. Please note we will pause receipt of scrap items from 17th December 2020 for the festive holiday period, so make sure to send items before this date, to ensure we can receive them without delay.

New Lockdown Offers Fresh Opportunities to Sell

Alas, the UK remains under some form of restrictions as a whole, having experienced lockdowns and firebreaks to boot. It’s only so many weeks until Christmas, and perhaps those lockdown blues are settling in again. But it doesn’t need to go that way.

Even if you have a teensy little bit of gold lying around your home, it could be worth a sizable sum. All you need is the right buyer. UK Scrap Gold is happy to help you and here’s why.

The price is right with us

UK Scrap Gold are specialists in handling sales of scrap gold, with as many as 20 years’ experience. Using our Live Gold Tracker, you can see just how high prices are in the current environment. Even if prices stay static for a time, you’ll be able to make more from a sale now than you would have done for most of recorded history.

To see what this means for you and the item you intend to sell, just give our Scrap Gold Calculator a try. By having the weight and an idea about the item’s carat or purity, you can input those variables into the calculator, to give you an idea of how much we can offer you. For example, one gram of 9-carat gold could earn you £15.60, based on current prices.

Time can be of the essence, so it pays to stay up-to-date on the latest prices, in order to time your sale at the best price possible.

Safer deliveries during lockdown

With a new lockdown in place in England, a lot of our customers will be wondering how best to ensure a safe and secure delivery, while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Royal Mail home collection through their Click and Drop service is the best way to achieve this. By going about booking your delivery online, you don’t have to set foot outside your front door.

Provided you have discreet and tamper-proof packaging to use for the item you wish to send, sending your item is now as hassle-free as it’s ever been. Upon receipt, we will value your item and give you an offer. Should you accept, payment can be made via bank transfer or via cheque – the choice is yours.

While lockdown is in place, meetings at our offices are to be made by appointment only. In the meanwhile, we encourage you to call us on 01902 623 254. You can reach our Customer Service Team, who will be happy to help with any enquiry you may have.

Operational Update

As the latest Covid Lock-Down in England adds to the restrictions that are already in force, to varying degrees, in all parts of the United Kingdom, we wish to re-assure our customers that we are still open for business.

We have very strict protocols in place to keep our members of staff safe in the workplace and business continues, albeit not as usual.

We are still receiving packages sent to us by insured Royal Mail Special Delivery and for higher value sales we are able to make Covid-secure arrangements to receive personally delivered consignments, strictly by appointment only and subject to compliance with our protocols. Please call for details if you wish to visit us to sell items.

For clients that are self-isolating or unwilling to visit a Post Office, the new Royal Mail Collect service may be of interest. It is now possible to have insured Special Delivery parcels collected from your home or workplace by Royal Mail for a small additional fee. Visit Royal Mail Parcel Collect Service for details. (Select large letter or small parcel, depending on the weight of your items and select Special Delivery service with an insurance level that covers the contents.) We strongly recommend that a tamper-proof Royal Mail Special Delivery pouch is used when sending precious metals through the post. These pouches are available free of charge from a Post Office. If you are unable to access a Post Office to collect a pouch we will be happy to post a selling kit out to you, just give us a call.

The recent news that a Covid vaccine could be available in the near future seems to have given the Nation a glimmer of hope that 2021 could see the lifting of many of the restrictions that we are currently enduring. We all hope to see improvements in the situation which will allow as social a Christmas period as possible.

In the meantime, please follow the rules that apply to your particular area and Stay Safe.

The Team at UKSCRAPGOLD

Crystal-Clear Prices for Precious Metal Sellers

In case you didn’t know, gold and silver have been on a tear in 2020. Gold prices managed to surge to an all-time high, above £1,500 per troy ounce just this summer. Silver is lagging somewhat, but also made decent gains, having enjoyed a COVID-19-induced leap. 

This means any gold or silver you find in your home could fetch a far higher price than ever before. Sadly, we’ve seen a rise in unscrupulous or even fraudulent people enter the market as buyers, trying to cash in on this trend. Don’t get left in the dark by a scrap buyer today – sell your items with UK Scrap Gold instead. 

Our numbers add up for gold and silver 

UK Scrap Gold has been closely watching gold and silver trend higher over the course of the year. Prices are impressive for scrap at the moment, making it an ideal time to sell. As mentioned, a valuation is crucial, but you also need to know the context.  

Some buyers are just not clear enough about the prices they offer for your scrap and how they calculate it. Some might not even publish what the actual price of gold is, effectively putting you in the dark about how much your item could actually be worth. 

That’s why we provide a Live Gold Tracker page, which lets you chart the price of gold in real time. In order to get an accurate valuation for individual items, all you have to do is use our Scrap Gold Calculator. Just enter the weight and purity of the item, measured in carats. 

Just one gram of 9-carat gold could yield as much as £16.74, so heavier items with a greater purity could be worth even more for you. Making a sale with us offers greater sums than other vendors, thanks to our digitised approach to gold transactions. This keeps a lid on overheads, making sure you get a higher sum for your item. 

Transparency in selling precious metals 

Many sites facilitate sales of precious metals just like us, but our scrap gold calculators are a far more transparent way for us to help you make a sale. It puts the requisite information right at your fingertips, so you can make a truly informed decision. 

Any questions regarding transactions, payment, delivery and much more can be answered by checking out some of our Frequently Asked Questions. These can especially come in handy, if you’re new to selling scrap gold and silver.

Gold and silver are considered precious metals for a reason – even a few old rings, chains or other jewellery could attract a tidy sum. To see just how satisfied you could be with our service, check out our Testimonials page. We’ve helped a long list of customers with sales over the years. If you’re happy with your transaction, why not leave a comment when you have the time!  

When it comes to getting in touch, some buyers aren’t easy to find. Addresses might be unclear, and it could be tricky to be able to meet them face-to-face in any way. UK Scrap Gold works out of its offices in Wolverhampton, as listed in our Contact Us page.  

While we encourage customers to avoid booking an in-person appointment at present, until restrictions are lifted, that option is there for you when the time comes, should you request it. 

The actual sales process is easy – why not call us on 01902 623 254 or message us on our Contact Us page to get started. A member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible, to help with your enquiries.