Review: Scottsdale Silver

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Website: www.scottsdalesilver.com

Scottsdale Silver is a private silver mint based in Scottsdale, Arizona. They mint their own rounds, bars and ingots and just recently also started selling Silver Eagles and Fiji Taku coins (in addition to Pamp Suisse gold).

Scottsdale's website is easy to navigate, but doesn't explain all the options available to you as well as it could IMO. They do clearly show their credit card versus cash prices. As of the moment, they offer free shipping within the USA for orders over $500.

In addition to accepting payment by credit card, check or wire transfer, Scottsdale Silver is one fo the few mints/dealers that also accepts payment via PayPal. PayPal payments are charged at the same rate/premium as credit card orders. Their website as of the moment doesn't mention the PayPal option until you are ready to checkout with their shopping cart system.

In my experience, their packing and shipping has been fine. I've never had any problems with any orders. They sometimes include some promotional materials in the packaging like a Scottsdale Silver refridgerator magnet or such. The ones I have recieved were classy as far as that goes.

Pay attention when Scottsdale Silver tells you shipping is delayed 2-3 weeks (which is clearly displayed before you even put anything in the shopping cart). I have found their estimates to be pretty accurate.

Scottsdale's prices seem to be pretty average. Last time I checked, they were not quoting prices based upon the live spot price. Their prices tended to move in steps based upon the spot price in 15-20 minute intervals. Sometimes, this affords you an opportunity to buy silver at Scottsdale at a better price than other dealers. Sometimes, it means their prices are a bit higher.

Their own minted products are very high quality. They consistently command a premium over other generic (private mint) silver on ebay.

I signed up for Scottsdale's promo emails, but have rarely received any. They don't put their products on sale very often! Must not need to given that they seem to chronically have a 2-3 week delivery delay.
 

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I have also had a positive experience with Scottsdale. There shipping time was accurate and the packaging was well done. Next time I order from them I will be ordering some of the new Kilo bars they have.
 

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Their designs are excellent, I especially like the 1oz coin and might have to place an order.
 

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Scottsdale is now offering a 1/2oz silver round. They sent me an email on Friday, but to an account that I don't check that often. They have a sale that ends tonight (Sunday) at midnight. If you buy a tube of 20 rounds (10 troy ounces), you can use coupon code 555 to get $5.55 off your order.
 

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I've only ever made small purchases at a time. The packaging was a plain, thick bubble wrap mailer with stiff carboard inside. No one could tell what was inside. I don't recall what the label / return address said.
 

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How discrete is their packaging?
I haven't ordered from here in a few months but if I recall the company's name was blacked out on the return address. There is nothing on the outside of the box to indicate there are PM's in the box. No lion or logo or even the word silver on the outside, so its pretty discrete. Also, no one could tell what was in the box because they put thick bubble packing between the bars which are wrapped in bubble wrap, so there is no clunking around.

Quote from Scottsdale Silver website:
Each package is fully insured and typically requires a signature upon delivery.
 

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Scottsdale Silver are now offering five gram bars. They are promoting them as stocking stuffers. Nothing better then a gift of silver to begin to raise awareness for family, friends, and co-workers
 
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Placed my order 3 weeks ago and they shaved off a couple of days on delivery.

Very pleased with their performance and those 10oz stackers are amazing to see.

A secret formula the sales guy told me and I'll definitely be one to tell you I am very impressed with them.

I have never seen such a crazy sheen/shine on a silver bar.

I think I even see rainbow-esque hue.

(btw..new member..Hi! I'm Q! )

-Q

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A secret formula the sales guy told me and I'll definitely be one to tell you I am very impressed with them.
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No matter how I diagram that sentence, it just doesn't make any sense. ???
 

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Yeah sorry there PMB.

Sometimes my words get a head of myself.

What I'm trying to say is when I was speaking with the sales guy, he mentioned their 10 oz stackers go through a shine using a secret formula.

I'm not sure if its chemical, or certain combinations of polishes, or something with the way the machine spits it out.

All I know is they are beautiful, as you can see, and if you twist them just right you can catch a bit of rainbow across the surface.

Very nice pieces and I'll definitely be a buyer again.

-Q
 

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Great looking stackers! I think Scottsdale has some of the nicest designs of any mint.


Welcome to the board, MQ!
 

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Thank you DDBMB!

I fear I'm falling in love with them and need more.

So if the banksters would be so kind I'll certainly indulge. :p

-Q
 

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Tyvm banksters!

40 oz on the way!

Thank you sirs...may I have another!


-Q
 

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While I love their bars more then anyone else, they charge quite a premium on them. I tried buying when silver was at 22 the other days and they wanted 27.5 per oz.. Gainesville I found some 10oz bars for only 24.5/oz shipped... all about da monies in my book.. GLTYA
 

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Strange there ILT...I only paid $4 above spot and got free shipping.

Most dealers online are averaging $7 above spot.

Though Bulliondirect is still doing only a couple of dollars above spot ASE's.

Guess it depends.

-Q
 

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Well I thought it only fair to update my order.

It's been exactly 4 weeks and no delivery.

I emailed them and received this:

Hi Q, :p

Demand has been very high for the past month or so, so it is taking us a bit longer to fulfill orders than we had estimated. The good news is, we have stackers coming out of production daily and looks like your order is in line to go out by Tuesday May 21 or earlier. You'll receive an email update with tracking upon shipment.

We greatly appreciate your patience in this crazy market.

Best Regards,

Scottsdale Silver
I still trust them and appreciated the quick email reply.

I'll update as soon as I receive the bars.

-Q
 

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Scottsdale has a unique new product coming available in a few (?) weeks. The item is a physically typical 1oz silver bar produced by Scottsdale with their name, the crowned lion logo and a neat little anti-theft thingie on one side and the effigy of QEII, the name of Niue Island and a $2 denomination on the other side. It's both a rectangular legal tender Niue coin and a 1oz Scottsdale silver bar at the same time.

They released it at the World Money Show in Berlin and they're currently filling European and Asian orders. After they get through with that initial rush, they'll be making it available on their website. Their phone rep told me it'll be priced around the same as an ASE.
 
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