Black Hills Gold
||Not really a time thing
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||Nearest outlets are in the Keystone
Mall and on the
|| We'd say
that having some Black Hills Gold is one of those
have" souvenirs from any trip to the Black Hills.
This multi-colored gold
jewelery can be had for as little as a few dollars
or as much as many thousands
of dollars. There are seven major manufacturers of
Black Hills gold and
their goods can be purchased from retailers just
about everywhere in South
We don't make any
recommendations about Black Hills gold because
everyone has his or her own taste and budget when
it comes to jewelery.
So we say if you see something you like and it
fits your budget, buy it.
Here are some hints about
buying Black Hills gold:
- Not all Black Hills gold is created equal.
Some items are stamped and others cast. Some
have detailed hand work, others not.
- Gold content in Black Hills gold tends to
be low. Twelve and 14 carat seems common.
Remember other metals, such as copper, give
the gold it's distinctive color so don't even
bother looking for 24 carat Black Hills gold.
- Designs tend to be varied and change
frequently so if you see something you
like and the price
seems fairly close to what you want to pay
don't try to find the item somewhere else ...
you probably won't.
- It's ok to haggle a bit when it comes to
prices, but remember that for most retailers,
the margins on Black Hills gold tend to be
small. You will see big reductions off
"retail" but retail prices tend to be inflated
anyway so the price that's marked it close to
what you should expect to pay.
- Factory outlets tend to have the worst
prices. The manufacturers don't want to
undercut the prices offered by their
retailers, so factory outlet prices tend to be
among the highest. As the saying goes: "Somebody
has to pay retail, that's why God invented tourists."
(Note: If you are traveling on a tour bus and
they take you to a Black Hills gold factory,
remember that the tour operator gets a cut (
...err "commission") on every sale.
- Pawn shops can have the best prices on
Black Hills gold and prices can be haggled
down to barely above the value of the gold
content of the piece. But if you are not
familiar with the world of pawn shopping it's
easy to get taken. 'nough said!