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Buying Bullion Online vs. In-Store

buying bullion online vs. in store

If you’re a bullion investor, you are likely always on the lookout for a good deal on gold or silver. And broadly speaking, you have two main ways to buy bullion: Either online, or locally through a bullion dealer or coin shop.

Which option is best? The answer, as usual, is “it depends”. Here’s what you need to know.

Buying Bullion Locally

Buying gold and silver locally is most investor’s preferred method. This approach offers several key benefits.

Browse before buying: With a coin shop or bullion dealer, you will have the opportunity to browse the shop for the latest bullion issues, collectible coins, and more. Plus, you can physically hold and examine each option in your own hands.

Knowledgeable advice: You can also ask any questions that you have, or simply chat with friendly representatives. Employees at coin shops like Bellevue Rare Coins are well trained and ready to provide helpful advice and answer your questions.

Same-day purchasing: With a store, you can walk out in a matter of minutes with your items. There’s no need to wait for shipping (or pay for shipping, for that matter!)

Competitive pricing: Buying locally (at least with Bellevue Rare Coins) ensures that you’re getting a good deal. Our pricing is very competitive on all the common bullion items, from American Silver Eagles to gold bars. You can view our live pricing page for details.

Privacy: Stores also offer enhanced privacy over online retailers. You can pay with cash or a check, and remain anonymous if you prefer.

Buy, sell, trade: Stores like Bellevue Rare Coins are also in the buying business — which means you can sell any items that you want while you’re in store browsing our bullion selection. You can even swap items out if you want.

No risk of loss or damage in the mail: When you buy online, there’s always a small chance that the package could get lost or damaged in the mail. Some retailers offer insurance, but it might cost extra. Buying bullion locally eliminates this risk.

Appointments available: Walk-ins are always welcome. But if you prefer privacy, or personalized support, BRC allows you to schedule an appointment online.

Buying Bullion Online

The other option is to buy from an online retailer. There are benefits to this approach, as well.

Wider selection: At least with some retailers, you can find a wider selection of items when you shop online. This depends on the retailer, however.

Discreet shipping: While items do have to be shipped, as long as you shop with a reputable retailer, your items will come in an unmarked box. Often, packages will need to be signed for.

Convenience: The main benefit is that you can shop from home, and have items shipped directly to your door. Just look out for shipping fees!

Buying Gold Online vs. Locally

So, what is the better option?

In most cases, it’s best to buy gold locally. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have, browse items in-person, and walk out immediately with your items in hand.

Of course, it depends where you shop. If you’re in the greater Seattle area, come to Bellevue Rare Coins for the Northwest’s best selection of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion.

If you live elsewhere, be sure to check customer reviews of coin shops before you buy. And if you live in a remote region, buying bullion online may make more sense.

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    321 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm
    Saturday & Sunday Closed
    Phone: 425-454-1283
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    Lynnwood, WA 98037
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    Phone: 425-672-2646
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    Issaquah, WA 98027
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    Phone: 425-392-0450
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    Tacoma, WA 98402
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    Phone: 253-328-4014