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Also, moka pots and french presses ftw.

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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post
 

 

Hmmm - good idea.  These are all 14k gold-filled and I was gonna flip 'em on eBay but might be easier & faster to just sell for melt value.  The buttons retail for $700 per set and the links for around $275, so ~ $3k retail...wonder what the melt value would be tho - surely way less than retail. ??  Either way I gotta get rid of some of these sets - I have 13 more sets but they're just the normal gold plate. 

 

Standard retail? Yes probably. Because your factoring in the metal work done to the gold on top of the fact that they are Ben Silver buttons that carry a premium. Secondary market, your price has already diminished despite it being gold, because they are not sealed new, your not an authrorized seller, and you need to find someone who wants that exact set and will pay a price close to that. There's a full set now that has a 225 BIN, pure 14k with a Dog engraved. Now mine might have been a higher karat, but they had no brand and I had 2 buttons from the front and 3 small cuff buttons, 2 from 1 side and 1 from the other, and I got a substantial amount more than that auction, and thats offering 4 more buttons that I had. If anything, taking a set of those in and letting them do their little tests on them and give you a melt value is worth it. You may not get exact market value, but they need a little wiggle room and they'll play you cash on the spot. I'm not saying what to do with your crazy amount of gold buttons, but I'm just saying it's worth looking into, cuz it might be worth it to just unload them all like that rather than have to deal with trying to sell them for a price you feel is fair and they deserve.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
 

Also, moka pots and french presses ftw.

 

 

Aeropress or espresso machine for me. My preferred caffeine delivery elixir is a triple Americano in a 16 ounce travel mug.

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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post
 

Standard retail? Yes probably. Because your factoring in the metal work done to the gold on top of the fact that they are Ben Silver buttons that carry a premium. Secondary market, your price has already diminished despite it being gold, because they are not sealed new, your not an authrorized seller, and you need to find someone who wants that exact set and will pay a price close to that. There's a full set now that has a 225 BIN, pure 14k with a Dog engraved. Now mine might have been a higher karat, but they had no brand and I had 2 buttons from the front and 3 small cuff buttons, 2 from 1 side and 1 from the other, and I got a substantial amount more than that auction, and thats offering 4 more buttons that I had. If anything, taking a set of those in and letting them do their little tests on them and give you a melt value is worth it. You may not get exact market value, but they need a little wiggle room and they'll play you cash on the spot. I'm not saying what to do with your crazy amount of gold buttons, but I'm just saying it's worth looking into, cuz it might be worth it to just unload them all like that rather than have to deal with trying to sell them for a price you feel is fair and they deserve.

 

The first thing I did was hop on eBay to buy that 14k gold button set for $225, but they too are 14k filled, not pure...retail on pure is $4k.  I'll probably call a place first and see if they're even interested in gold-filled buttons; if I find a place, bring 'em over and see what they have to say.  Were yours 18k, or 18k gold-filled?  

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Work day thrift fit.

Converse x Varvatos hoodie (from Spoo)
Chuck Norris Tee (Thrifted)
Lucky Jeans, (thrifted NWT)
Loro Piana Quilted Cashmere (thrifted)




LP slippers are so awesome.
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I too am a fan of blue bottle. Every now and then I'll grab a bag from stumptown as well. I've tried a few different brewing methods but a simple pour over does the trick for me.
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The first thing I did was hop on eBay to buy that 14k gold button set for $225, but they too are 14k filled, not pure...retail on pure is $4k.  I'll probably call a place first and see if they're even interested in gold-filled buttons; if I find a place, bring 'em over and see what they have to say.  Were yours 18k, or 18k gold-filled?  

Oh and your plated ones won't do you much good at a jeweler, they do scratch tests, and when the gold diminishes, they're no real value to them unless you can find out a mens jeweler who may be in the market to buy these types of items, but that means the value of those are derived from the gold plating and the brand name so eBay is your best and probably only bet with those. Oh, my apologies, my terminology is lacking in this field, I figured gold filled meant they weren't plated and were fully 14k buttons. Mine were 18K solid.

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The guy was confused and didn't understand why someone would make and buy suit buttons of pure gold, thought they had to be cufflinks or something 

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More MCM...
#mcmmondays
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Also, moka pots and french presses ftw.

Talking moka pots and French presses, found these today:


Alessi 8 cup French press.

Italian moka pot, dunno the maker but it's really nice, well made and makes excellent coffee.
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I'm sick of keurig coffees and looking for some recommendations on good coffee brands. I'm a coffee newb and trust y'alls opinions more than most.

You've got a ton of responses, but I thought I'd chime in.  Nespresso is actually amazing coffee.  They care very deeply about the coffee they put in the capsules and their machines are made to make the best of the brew.  That would be baby steps from Kuerig to the world of grind your own bean coffee.  I'm working with the Chemex Ottomatic right now and it's pretty great (process, still have to figure out the right beans for it).  We have Nespresso for one shot/backup.

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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post
 

 

 

Aeropress or espresso machine for me. My preferred caffeine delivery elixir is a triple Americano in a 16 ounce travel mug.

 

I used to love having an espresso machine. Harder to come by one right now unfortunately as a student. I might make that plunge sometime though. I loved making americano's as well. That's pretty much what I drink.

I end up making them with a moka pot sometimes anyway.

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Originally Posted by Jompso View Post
 

Oh and your plated ones won't do you much good at a jeweler, they do scratch tests, and when the gold diminishes, they're no real value to them unless you can find out a mens jeweler who may be in the market to buy these types of items, but that means the value of those are derived from the gold plating and the brand name so eBay is your best and probably only bet with those. Oh, my apologies, my terminology is lacking in this field, I figured gold filled meant they weren't plated and were fully 14k buttons. Mine were 18K solid.

 

Re: the plated ones, yeah I've sold plenty of those on eBay and already knew that's what I'd be doing with them.

Ben Silver gold-filled are only 1/20th 14k (which are what I have, and probably not even worth scrapping for melt value).  They also sell solid 14k, which are the $4,000 sets - when you said a guy was selling a set on eBay I was gonna jump all over them but they were only 14k gold filled.  One day, I will find solid!

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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post

On the slight coffee derailment note...

I'm a fan of good coffee when I'm out but always (lazily) default to K-cups at home mainly because I don't have a grinder. I've got a french press but does anyone have a recommendation for a nice middle of the road burr grinder? Shoot me a PM if you don't want to get another coffee discuss started here.

Baratza Encore is a good starter in the range of nicer grinders. $130-140 new, or $99 refurbished on Baratza's web site when they have them in stock.
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Originally Posted by TheNeedMachine View Post
 

 

Re: the plated ones, yeah I've sold plenty of those on eBay and already knew that's what I'd be doing with them.

Ben Silver gold-filled are only 1/20th 14k (which are what I have, and probably not even worth scrapping for melt value).  They also sell solid 14k, which are the $4,000 sets - when you said a guy was selling a set on eBay I was gonna jump all over them but they were only 14k gold filled.  One day, I will find solid!

1/20th, definitely not worth it. Not only is the percentage minimal but I figure that labor needs to be factored in during the melt process to separate the metals from one another, opposed to simply melting one solid pure metal, which most likely factors into their price also. I'd just take 2 or 3 photographs of each, Full Shot, Closer detailed imaged of buttons, and the back of one, and then just mass list all of of them with essentially a sentence description which is all that's necessary, and undercut the other sellers by a little and just unload that way.

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