08 January 2013

Gold - in one gram portions

For the dedicated survivalist ("prepper"), there are now forms of gold available that are designed for "retail" use.  If you need to leave your shelter to buy ammunition, you probably don't want to be carrying with you bars of bullion (or even one-ounce coins at - currently - $1,600 each).

The Combibars shown above are precisely scored (in the fashion of Kit-Kat bars) to allow one-gram wafers to be snapped off.  At current prices a gram would be about $50 (but there's no telling what they might be worth in a dystopian world).  They are also available in silver. 

Their current popularity is fueled not so much by fears of an apocalypse as by fears of economic instability and currency collapse, as described by Reuters:

Elsewhere, demand is particularly strong among Germans, still scarred by post-World War One hyperinflation, when money became all but worthless and it took a wheelbarrow full of notes to buy a loaf of bread.

"Above all, it's people aged between 40 and 70 that are investing in gold bars and coins," said Mesaric. "They've heard tales from their parents about wars and crises devaluing money."

Nonetheless, as developments in the euro zone lurch from one crisis to another, demand for gold that can be sold in vending machines is also growing. Since the launch of the machines, which operate under the name "GOLD to go", 50,000 customers have withdrawn more than 21 million euros in gold. The average buyer is male, over 50 years old and well off.


  1. If you're prepping for a doomsday where the very concept of currency goes out the window, then your pieces of shiny metal aren't going to help much as a substitute.

  2. Gold bugs kind of drive me batty, but this seems OK in moderation. If your debt load is near zero and you are already investing for the long term in other assets that have shown reliable growth (such as stock & bond index funds) then I see nothing wrong with a little self-insurance in the form of a Kalashnikov and a few grand worth of these to bribe your way onto a flight / buy gas in the event that your region become unstable.

    Although I personally won't buy any gold until the price comes down a bit more from its recent stupidly high levels.

  3. Their current popularity is fueled not so much by fears of an apocalypse as by fears of economic instability and currency collapse

    And by it being hyped to paranoid/scared audiences by cynical media figures who often also have a financial stake in it. See all the right wing pundits on Fox, and conservative radio shilling for scammy, fraudulent gold dealers: "Goldline"


  4. They'd make a fun pair of earings,
    Beyond that,
    just a waste.


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