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County protects consumers from traveling gold shows

SAN DIEGO – In these tough economic times, many people are tempted to get some extra cash by selling their jewelry. Advertisements in local newspapers and store windows offer seemingly easy, quick cash to the unwary seller.

Inspectors with the County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures are helping to ensure that buyers and sellers are protected during the economic recovery; which includes staying abreast of rapidly advancing technologies.

There are several things a seller should be aware of before they agree to sell their gold:

• Is the scale approved legal-for-trade?

• Is the scale tested and sealed by a sealer?

• Is the weight indicator visible to the seller?

• Is the buyer a licensed weighmaster?

• Is the quality of the metal correct (18k vs. 22k)?

• Is the weight being rounded down?

Last year, County inspectors visited approximately 260 jeweler scales at pawn shops, jewelry stores, traveling road shows and shopping mall kiosks to make sure they were complying with regulations.

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