"We Buy Gold." How Shops Are Faring, Post-Gold Crash

People walk by gold jewelry displayed in the window of a store in the jewelry district in New York City Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

During the recent gold rush, when prices surged from $900 to $1,800 an ounce over the course of three years, gold-buying businesses seemed to crop up everywhere. It wasn’t just jewelry stores and pawnbrokers that advertised their willingness to buy. “Cash for Gold” signs in barbershops, dry cleaners, and gas stations were common.

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