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Agora Commodities review from an actual purchase 2014-09-21

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From an actual purchase of 21st September 2014, a review is posted.
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I made a test purchase from Agora Commodities on Sunday night, September 21, 2014 at 9:11pm.

Results: Agora Commodities review Sep 21 2014

Spot Price
Silver
Store PriceShipping (Calif
to
Florida)
Add'l
Fees
Total Cost Above SpotTotal Cost DeliveredDays to ShipTotal Days Order-to-
Delivery
$17.44 21sep14$19.52Priority Mail Flat Rate®: $5.60No fees$2.85 delivered$20.2914

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1 Ounce Canadian Maple Leaf Silver Coin

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1 Ounce Canadian Maple Leaf Silver Coin

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Step-by-step review

Here is a walk-through of the purchasing experience on the Agora Commodities shopping cart. This will be a very detailed review of the buying experience at Agora Commodities, to include any quirks or weirdness I may have encountered during the process.

This time I’m purchasing a 1 Ounce Canadian Maple Leaf Coin, one of the most popular choices for investing in .9999 pure silver.

Selecting the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

Selecting the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

 

Agora Commodities home page

Agora Commodities home page

To make this purchase, I started from the Agora Commodities link on the home page of BuyGoldWithBitcoin. I arrived at the Agora Commodities home page, where I navigated to Products, then Silver and located the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin.


The coin showing in the cart

When the View Cart button is clicked it shows one Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin in the cart.

Clicking the Add To Cart button under the coin, a red checkmark appears.

Clicking the Add To Cart button under the coin, a red checkmark appears.

Clicking the Add To Cart button under the coin, a red checkmark appears.

When the View Cart button is clicked it shows one Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin in the cart for $19.52 with $5.60 added for Priority Mail Flat Rate.


The currency displayed in bitcoin.

The currency displayed in bitcoin.

Changing the selector to Bitcoins

Changing the selector to Bitcoins

At the top right of the page, you can change the currency selector to “Display product prices in Bitcoins.”

The amount changes to B⃦0.0490.

(That’s a bitcoin symbol. In case you can’t see it, it looks like the capital S on the dollar sign with vertical bars, but uses a capital B instead. It may not display correctly on your computer and appear, as in this screenshot,  like a square coded symbol.)


Once on the cart page, you can check that your purchase items and quantities are correct.


Proceed To Checkout

Proceed To Checkout

While you’re on the cart page, you can use the selector to switch between displaying the amount in dollars or bitcoin.

Here I clicked Proceed To Checkout.


Filling out the Billing Address.

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Filling out the Billing Address.

Filling out the Billing Address.

Filling out the Billing Address.

I filled out the Billing Address.

On this page you can log in if you are a returning customer.

I left the box checked that says, “Ship to billing address.”


I checked the box to choose Pay With Bitcoin.

I checked the box to choose Pay With Bitcoin.

At the bottom, I checked the box to choose Pay With Bitcoin.

The Priority Mail Flat Rate® was showing B⃦0.0140 in bitcoin.

(That’s the bitcoin symbol again. It doesn’t display correctly on these screenshots.)

The order total was B⃦0.0500.

I continued through the checkout.

I checked the box that said, “I have read and accept the terms & conditions.”

Then I clicked the Place Order button.


I copied the payment amount just below the Pay With Bitcoin button.

I copied the payment amount just below the Pay With Bitcoin button.

The BitPay purchase widget

The BitPay purchase widget

I was shown the BitPay purchase widget, which was showing a total for my order of B⃦0.0500 bitcoin.

I noted the place to copy the payment amount just below the Pay With Bitcoin button.


Blockchain.info home page

Blockchain.info home page

Blockchain.info wallet page

Blockchain.info wallet page

In another window, I opened my bitcoin wallet that I have on Blockchain.info.

Once at the home page, I clicked on Wallet in the main menu at top.


Log in with your secure identifier and password combination.

Log in with your secure identifier and password combination.

I entered my password and clicked Open Wallet.

I entered my password and clicked Open Wallet.

The next page allows you to log in with your secure identifier and password combination.

I entered my password and clicked Open Wallet.


The wallet is open showing the amount of bitcoin in the account.

The wallet is open showing the amount of bitcoin in the account.

The wallet is open showing the amount of bitcoin in the account.

I clicked the Send Money tab.


We're now on the Send Money page.

We’re now on the Send Money page.

We’re now on the Send Money page.

In the Quick Send form, you can send a payment to a bitcoin address.


 I clicked on View Address to get the bitcoin address I would send payment to, and copied it.

I clicked on View Address to get the bitcoin address I would send payment to, and copied it.

Back on the Agora Commodities BitPay purchase widget, I clicked on View Address to get the bitcoin address I would send payment to.

I selected the entire bitcoin payment address, and copied it to my clipboard with Ctrl+C.


Pasting the payment address into the To: field.

Pasting the payment address into the To: field.

In my wallet, I pasted (Ctrl+V) the address into the To: box,


Pasting Ctrl+V the bitcoin amount of 0.0500 into the left hand Amount: box.

Pasting Ctrl+V the bitcoin payment amount of 0.0500 into the left hand Amount: box.

On the BitPay module, copying Ctrl+C the payment amount in bitcoin.

On the BitPay module, copying Ctrl+C the payment amount in bitcoin.

Returning to the BitPay module, I copied Ctrl+C the payment amount in bitcoin.

I pasted Ctrl+V the bitcoin payment amount of 0.0500 into the left hand Amount: box.

The dollar equivalent of $44.88 was showing on the right, but I hadn’t noticed it was way too high.


Progress bar

Progress bar

I clicked the green Send Payment button, and the progress indicator quickly moved to the right and completed.

I heard one beep.


Two fields reset to blank after completion

Two fields reset to blank after completion

The Address: and To: boxes reset to blank after completion, but the dollar total remained.


"This invoice has been paid."

“This invoice has been paid.”

Returning to the Agora Commodities BitPay widget, there is now a green box in the middle that says,

“This invoice has been paid.”


Thank you. Your order has been received.

The next page reviews the order details, and says, “Thank you. Your order has been received.”

I clicked the button just below this labeled PAYMENT DONE, CLOSE THE ORDER.

The next page reviews the order details, and says, “Thank you. Your order has been received.”


Thank you. Your order has been received.

“Thank you. Your order has been received.”

The Agora Commodities cart now displays this page which says,

“Thank you. Your order has been received.”


Something unusual. I noticed that once the transaction was complete, I was unable to display the order in dollars. The currency selector seems disabled at this point.


Welcome notification for creating a customer account.

The welcome notification for creating a customer account. “Thanks for creating an account at Agora Commodities.”

Looking in my email, the first one received was the welcome notification for creating a customer account. “Thanks for creating an account at Agora Commodities.”


The same transaction when switched to bitcoin shows as 0.05 BTC

The same transaction when switched to bitcoin shows as 0.05 BTC.

The transaction showing in dollars as $20.29.

The transaction showing in dollars as $20.29.

In my blockchain.info wallet, I can see the transaction showing in dollars as $20.29 at time 22:44:48, and currently showing 34 confirmations from the bitcoin network.

The same transaction when switched to bitcoin shows as 0.05 BTC.


Email confirmation

Email confirmation

A few minutes later on Monday, September 22nd at 12:43AM, the confirmation email arrived saying, “Thank you for your order! Your order has been received and is now being processed.”‘


The order completion notification.

The order completion notification. “Hi there. Your recent order on Agora Commodities has been completed.”

The next day on Tuesday, September 23rd at 3:05PM, I received this order completion notification. “Hi there. Your recent order on Agora Commodities has been completed.”


On a previous order I received a USPS tracking email. There was no tracking email sent this time.


Package arrived by USPS

Package arrived by USPS

The order was delivered at 3:28 PM on Thursday, September 25 2014 by USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate®.

With the order being placed on Sunday night, it would be received on Monday morning. My coin was delivered to my door on Thursday, just 4 business days after the order was received by Agora Commodities.


Coin shipping in plastic sleeve

Coin shipping in plastic sleeve

Plastic sleeve in folded paper

Plastic sleeve in folded paper

Here is the coin as it arrived shipped in a clear vinyl flip sleeve inside the folded packing slip within a yellow padded USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate® shipping envelope. There was nothing on the outside of the envelope to indicate its contents.


Agora Commodities packing slip

Discrete packing slip

The packing slip was discrete, and did not indicate the price of the items. The cost of the order was shown as $0.05.


A one-ounce Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin as shipped by Agora Commodities.

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A one-ounce Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin as shipped by Agora Commodities.

Here is a better scan of the actual coin. You can enlarge it to see the closeup detail on both sides.

This is an enjoyably pristine Canadian Maple Leaf 2013 issue. A beautiful coin.


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There was no customer satisfaction follow up or further communication from Agora Commodities.


Spot Price
Silver
Store PriceShipping (Calif
to
Florida)
Add'l
Fees
Total Cost Above SpotTotal Cost DeliveredDays to ShipTotal Days Order-to-
Delivery
$17.44 21sep14$19.52Priority Mail Flat Rate®: $5.60No fees$2.85 delivered$20.2914

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