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    Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Today I went browsing around for a necklace I want to buy for myself over in Hat Yai. I went to one of the common Gold shops (your typical red colored shops). I got a quote on this one necklace which to my surprise was 33,000 baht! I am not confident in spending that amount of money on something that may not even be real gold. How can you tell?

    Then I went to another shop which sells silver. I saw a nice necklace which was going for 2000 baht. Still, I wondered if its real or fake?

    How can you tell people? Also, has anyone on here bought a gold or silver necklace before in LOS?

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    You can be pretty damn sure, but before you buy research it mate. Gold is at an all time high and you are buying pretty near pure gold that has been fashioned. Its sold by the baht weight. One baht is about 14.5 or 15 grams. And the price is based on the current price of gold. You can ask to see the baht weight price and its about what 12,000 baht I guess now. So you must have been looking at a Mr T piece. The work shouldnt ever be more a small figure, I dont know how they do it. No more than 10 -12 percent for the labor of making the article. Google it up, I'm watching the kids and typing.
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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Don't:

    Ask a tuk tuk driver / bar girl to accompany you to the shop.

    Visit a gold shop in or around Pattaya / Silom / Banglampoo

    Do:

    Hold the item up to the light and pretend you know what you are doing

    Make an imaginary phone call while viewing an item and then act like the shop is trying to con you in a subtle way (good body language), in my experience this brings the price down to something more realistic.
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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    It wasn't a Mr. T piece!, AO! It was a cool looking style though. So its pretty damn pure? That's good to know AO. Thanks

    DJ, I am not that naive!......lol Take a bar girl or tuk tuk driver ........what a rookie move!

    What about silver?

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    But at the price you are talking it should weigh a good amout. You are looking at 2.5 baht and labor. Ask them to verify this. I like the anchor links myself.

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Depends if it is 96 or 99.99% as well.

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    go into the shop, select the piece you want. then bite it, this will show the operator you mean buisness.

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    1 baht in gold is 15.2 grams. You can ask them to weigh it, 2 1/2 baht is 38 grams. They have scales and weigh them. I would visit a couple of different shops. I guess I have been lucky where I have bought gold because every shop I have went to is owned by the parent of a student of either me or my wife. The last time I bought a baht chain the goldsmith charge was just a couple of hundred baht, if that, as AO said, very ridiculously low.
    Are you actually reading this? Do you think I care?

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat
    Don't:

    Ask a tuk tuk driver / bar girl to accompany you to the shop.

    Visit a gold shop in or around Pattaya / Silom / Banglampoo

    Do:

    Hold the item up to the light and pretend you know what you are doing

    Make an imaginary phone call while viewing an item and then act like the shop is trying to con you in a subtle way (good body language), in my experience this brings the price down to something more realistic.
    Because of what you are saying, I say:

    DON'T....buy gold.


    I juzt don't feel safe enough to buy it.

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    I don't see the point of wearing gold, I wasn't brought up by my parents to wear it so why start now?

    I sure haven't bought no bargirl any bracelet that's for sure.

    Bet some of you have on your long journey into TEFL-ism.....

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Gold as jewelry is tack tack tacky, as an investment...another story.

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    I wasn't brought up by my parents to wear it so why start now?
    Did your parents bring you up to wear cordoroy trousers or flares?

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman
    go into the shop, select the piece you want. then bite it, this will show the operator you mean buisness.
    Once bitten would it be considered bought regardless if it was real or fake?
    get some Hairy Lemon in ya

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Gold is an investment you can wear to most Thais. That simple

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    Re: Gold and Silver, how do you know if it's real?

    Quote Originally Posted by zack
    Once bitten would it be considered bought regardless if it was real or fake?
    Good point. If you damdge it, you are asking for trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey
    1 baht in gold is 15.2 grams. You can ask them to weigh it, 2 1/2 baht is 38 grams. They have scales and weigh them. I would visit a couple of different shops. I guess I have been lucky where I have bought gold because every shop I have went to is owned by the parent of a student of either me or my wife. The last time I bought a baht chain the goldsmith charge was just a couple of hundred baht, if that, as AO said, very ridiculously low.
    So how much did you pay for your necklace, Whitey? Its nice to know people in the business. Students parents will generally take good care of you.
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    What about silver? What do I need to consider when buying it?
    Last edited by traveler2; 12th September 2006 at 11:32. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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