How to Become a Gold Dealer

Three Methods:Getting StartedBuying GoldSelling Gold

In times of economic uncertainty, many people want to buy and sell gold either to make quick cash or to purchase a stable investment. Either way, you can make a lucrative living as a gold dealer by following a few tips.

Method 1
Getting Started

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    Decide what kind of gold to buy. You may decide to purchase scrap gold, jewelry or coins.
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    Research the competition. Check out the competition both in your geographic area and on online auction sites. Your will want to look for what the competition isn’t offering so that you can provide your customers with unique value.
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    Develop a business plan.
    • Write an executive summary for your business. This is a concise statement of the business’s purpose.
    • Include a more detailed description of the business, including marketing plans, competition assessment, operating procedures, personnel, and an insurance summary.
    • Compile your financial data. If you have no business history, create statements to project your revenue.
    • Assemble all supporting documents. This includes a copy of your lease if you plan to use a storefront, your tax returns, your licenses and legal documents, and the resumes of your personnel.
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    Obtain financing for your business if needed. Talk to a loan officer from your local bank or credit union about your loan options, and bring your business plan with you.

Method 2
Buying Gold

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    Learn to test the quality of gold.
    • Test gold with a magnet. Gold does not have magnetic properties.
    • Test gold with a fine steel file. Gold is easy to file, but the file will bounce off of other metals.
    • Purchase acids for testing. Follow the instructions on the package to test the gold for genuineness, testing in an inconspicuous spot to prevent visible damage.
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    Follow market prices. You can find the daily market prices of gold on many brokerage websites.
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    Obtain a scale. You will need to purchase a jeweler’s scale that weighs gold according to pennyweight (1/12 of a troy ounce) rather than simply weighing gold in grams.
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    Buy gold from customers. Many customers are happy to sell their gold jewelry and coins to a respectable dealer.
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    Purchase gold at trade shows. Many dealers at a trade show will give a price break to someone who is just getting started in the business.
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    Purchase gold in large volumes. Large volume purchases tend to have a lower price per ounce.

Method 3
Selling Gold

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    Market your business.
    • Try online advertising or search engine marketing by contacting a marketing expert or by using Google AdWords.
    • Advertise in respected trade publications like Gold World.
    • Advertise in your local newspaper or online news portal.
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    Choose your premium. You may choose to charge between 1 and 5 percent of the value of the gold for each sale.
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    Decide whether or not you want to negotiate prices with customers. Many customers enjoy the negotiation process, but you can decide whether or not you want to bargain.
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    Consider becoming an Authorized Purchaser with the United States Mint. This lends your business an air of authority, but the requirements you must meet are a bit strict:
    • Have a business net worth of at least $25 million for the past 3 years.
    • Be in business for 5 years or longer.
    • Become certified by a CPA who is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


  • Try hosting gold parties. You will pay guests for gold that they bring in to sell at the party, and then you will sell the gold to a refinery that will hopefully pay you a higher price than you originally paid for the items.


  • Most states require you to check your customers’ photo IDs before selling gold to them, so make sure that you understand the laws of your state.

Things You'll Need

  • Business plan
  • Financing
  • Supplies for testing gold including a steel file, magnet, and acid testing kit
  • Scale

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