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I am looking to buy gold bars. Just the element with minimal "craftsmanship". What are some good places/outlets to buy gold in the USA?

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    You want to hold the real thing, why ? Other than being robbed why take the undue risk of holding something valuable. Why not buy into gold ETFs. Same thing only somebody else takes the risk of protecting it. – DumbCoder Jan 10 '11 at 9:21
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    Note that a "standard" gold bar weighs 400 troy ounces. Gold value is (now) about $1360 per troy ounce. So: One standard gold bar is worth about $544,000. Is a standard bar what you're looking for, or perhaps something more .. accessible, like low-weight gold coins, wafers, or non-standard bars? ;-) – Chris W. Rea Jan 10 '11 at 14:34
  • @Chris W.Rea Thanks for the clarification! Not lookin gfor the "standard" ... but accessible ones..without the craftsmanship paraphrenelia ..as in coins. – Maximus Jan 10 '11 at 17:42
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    You many want to check out this question: (money.stackexchange.com/questions/5559/…). – Muro Jan 10 '11 at 17:52
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http://www.kitco.com and http://www.goldmoney.com are a couple.

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Kitco, Blanchard, Apmex, Monex, etc. You can also find plenty of offerings on eBay, and if you know what you're doing (small bars), that's probably not a completely crazy way to buy or sell.

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