SD Bullion (sdbullion.com)

SDBullion is the most recent of our reviewed online dealers, having been in operation only since the end of 2012. They had started earlier in the year but, at first, they were only accepting orders by phone. The company was created by the Silver Doctors, whose mission is to educate the public on hard assets and preparation for crises.

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Products offered

Silver
All the popular coins are offered, including the American Eagle, the Maple Leaf, the Austrian Philharmonic, the Chinese Panda and others. They also offer a large variety of privately minted coins and bars, and generic rounds. Maximum weight offered is 100 ounces.
Gold
American Eagle, Maple Leaf, Krugerrand, Philharmonic and other popular gold coins, plus other privately minted coins and bars, up to ten-ounce bars.
Other
PlatinumAmerican Eagle coin
Ammunition and survival food

Prices

Premiums are low, but not as low as some others who specialise in precious metals, since the company also sells survival food and ammunition. And their prices vary with quantities. For example, one American silver Eagle is offered now for $2.89 over spot, but if you order more than 1,500, you will pay $2.35 over spot.

Shipping

Shipping is done by either UPS, USPS or FedEx, and the costs are not clearly indicated on the website, though they are now promoting a $7.77 offer. They ship across the continental United States.

Payment options

The preferred option is bank wire transfer, which is necessary for all orders above $20,000 and for all international orders.
Personal and cashier’s checks and postal money orders are also accepted.
It is possible to pay by credit card for orders under $1,000 in Canada and the United States.
Currencies accepted : US dollar (USD), canadian dollar (CAD).

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Advantages

>> Wide variety of products including investment grade gold and silver coins
>> Articles on their website from the Silver Doctors about hard assets and preparation
>> Suitable for a first-time purchase

Disadvantages

>> No storage solution, either on- or offshore
>> Shipping costs

Conclusion

If you are to purchase a small quantity online, have it delivered to your door, and are not worried about paying the best price, SD Bullion will « do the job ». However, since SD Bullion does not offer any storage solution, whether at home or offshore, we feel that it is not ideal for the serious investor. The company, however, might be suiting to someone interested in precious metals and survival food and such.