In this day of recession, isn't it good to know there are still companies out there helping to ease the plight of our unemployed? Heart-warming, isn't it?
One in particular has recently taken to saturating our TV screens with numerous advertisements, the likes of which run something like this:
"Do YOU have any unwanted gold you no longer need? Why not send it on to us in our specially pre-paid and insured envelope? We will value and purchase it by return of post. It's quick, it's easy, and NO fuss guaranteed."
Testimonials follow from satisfied and happy folk who have apparently gone and done this very thing, such as this one from a widely-beaming, teenage cutie-pie;
"I sent off my old wedding ring and I couldn't believe how much I got for it!"
(Rather begs the question, would she have been so hasty to divorce had she only but known?)
Eh, just hang on one cotton-pickin' minute.. UNWANTED gold? Aside from serial brides, who the hell wakes up one morn to think, "Blimey, that chest of bling just has to go, God, I really don't want that bunch of old heirloom at all, what on earth was I thinking of?"
Unemployed target audience?
Any gold items?
No questions asked?
Well okay, call me Lil' Ms.Cynical here..
Either they are punting to the desperately strapped for cash out here, or..
Isn't this just an open invitation for house-burglars to turn their booty into instant cash?
Well, I reckon it certainly has found a gap in the market. After all, it can't be that easy to always find such an obliging fence.
No fuss guaranteed? Maybe what they really mean is, "No FUZZ guaranteed". With the assurance every item is smelted down, it must be so very reassuring to know whatever you send on is rendered completely untraceable.
Wonder if word of it has spread down at The Old Dog and Duck yet?
But seriously, is it just me, or do you find this kind of touting more than a wee bit worrisome?