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Amagi Metals review from an actual purchase 2013-09-22

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From an actual purchase of 21st September 2014, a review is posted.
Throughout the year we have seen a sharp increase in our overall Bitcoin-paid sales. As of now about 30-40% of our total business is through Bitcoin customers and we thank you all so much! We are currently working on ways to educate our fiat currency customers on Bitcoin as well as find ways to transfer dollars into bitcoin easily in the future (ie: Bitcoin ATM in our showroom, easy wallet set ups over the phone, etc.) We can't wait to show you more! -- Amagi Metals
Amagi Metals has redesigned their website with many new features! “Our customers will be impressed by the simple design and won’t have to visit numerous sites to retrieve all the information they are looking for in the precious metals and cryptocurrency world. Amagi wants to truly simplify the experience of buying silver and gold with our new features.” - Stephen Macaskill, CEO
Stephen Macaskill CEO of Amagi Metals can be heard on this YMB Podcast.

I made a test purchase from Amagi Metals on Sunday night, September 22, 2013 at 10:34pm.

Results – Amagi Metals review – Sep 22nd 2013

Spot Price
Silver
Store PriceShipping (Denver
to
Tampa)
Add'l
Fees
Total Cost Above SpotTotal Cost DeliveredDays to ShipTotal Days Order-to-
Delivery
$21.56
22sep13
$24.68Standard Shipping $2.50Bitcoin process fee $0.28$5.90$27.4613

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Step-by-step review

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

Silver Selections page begins with Amagi Metals

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Silver Selections page begins with Amagi Metals

Silver Sections footer tab

Silver Sections footer tab

To make this purchase, I started from the Silver Selections tab in the footer area of the BuyGoldWithBitcoin homepage. It links to the page which includes all the Amagi Metals selections in silver.


 

Silver Eagle within silver selections array

Silver Eagle within silver selections array

Within the Amagi Metal’s silver selections array, I clicked on 1 Oz 2013 American Silver Eagle Coin which showed a price of $24.66. (Taking these screenshots delayed the process considerably, so that the price was actually $0.02 higher by the time I checked out.)


Amagi Metals American Silver Eagle Coin cart page

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Amagi Metals American Silver Eagle Coin cart page

A new window opens at the Amagi Metals shopping cart page showing the American Silver Eagle coin. Availability: In stock $24.67


Choose currency to show price in bitcoin

Choose currency to show price in bitcoin

Choose which currency is displayed

Choose which currency is displayed

At the top right of the page, you can set the currency to display in bitcoin and it changes to say:

Availability: In stock B⃦0.1998

(That’s a bitcoin symbol. If you can’t see it well, it looks like the dollar’s capital “S” with vertical bars, but uses a capital “B” instead.)


Amagi Metals American Silver Eagles cart page displaying in bitcoin prices

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Amagi Metals American Silver Eagles cart page displaying in bitcoin prices

At that point, the page looks like this, with everything displayed in bitcoin prices, including the bulk purchase rates.


Set quantity and click the Add To Cart button

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Set quantity and click the Add To Cart button

Click the Add To Cart button after setting the quantity.


Shopping cart page says, "Your purchase was added to your shopping cart."

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Shopping cart page says, “Your purchase was added to your shopping cart.”

You are automatically taken to your shopping cart which says in the green area,

“The 1 Oz 2013 American Silver Eagle Coin was added to your shopping cart.”


View your purchase in dollars at any time.

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View your purchase in dollars at any time.

You can still switch between currencies at this point. Here is how the page looked when displayed in dollars.


Unit price and subtotal in bitcoin, showing additional bitcoin transaction fee

Unit price and subtotal in bitcoin, showing additional bitcoin transaction fee

Unit price and subtotal in dollars

Unit price and subtotal in dollars

You’ll notice that when displayed in bitcoin, there is an additional fee of 0.0003 BTC (bitcoin) added to cover the Amagi Metals transaction fee. As the bitcoin price at the moment was around $123.00, this comes out in dollars to around a $0.036 transaction fee, or just under 4 cents.


Shipping choices

Clicking the Get A Quote button displays the shipping choices.

Estimate Shipping and Tax

Enter your information in the Estimate Shipping and Tax box.

In the Estimate Shipping and Tax box on the lower left of the page, you enter your Country, State/Province and Zip Code. Then I clicked the Get A Quote button. The choices for this order were, in bitcoin:

USPS (Insured) – First Class Mail Parcel B⃦0.0170
United State Postal Service – Standard Shipping B⃦0.0202

(There’s the bitcoin symbol again.)

I chose the shipping method with slightly less cost, the USPS (Insured) First Class Mail Parcel.


Shipping in dollars

The shipping can be displayed in dollars instead of bitcoin.

While switching the currency to dollars, the difference in shipping methods is 40 cents.

USPS (Insured) – First Class Mail Parcel $2.90
United State Postal Service – Standard Shipping $2.50

And then something unusual: Inexplicably, in dollars the less expensive option is not First Class, but Standard.


Switched to Standard Shipping

We switched to Standard Shipping at this point.

I switched back to Standard Shipping at this point, saving 40 cents. Then I clicked the Update Total button.


Price including shipping

After clicking Update Total, the price including shipping is displayed.

The total price with $2.50 Standard Shipping becomes $27.16 delivered. I then clicked the Proceed to Checkout button.


Billing Information page

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The Billing Information page

On the Billing Information page, with the currency set to bitcoin, I filled out the billing information.


Bitcoin wallet at Blockchain.info

I have one of my bitcoin wallets at Blockchain.info.

To prepare for payment, I opened my bitcoin wallet ahead of time, which in this case meant opening a new tab or window for blockchain.info, logging in, and clicking on Wallet. With sufficient funds available, I switched back to the Amagi Metals page, made sure my billing information was filled out, and clicked the Continue button.


Standard Shipping selected

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Shipping Method page with Standard Shipping selected.

On the Shipping Method page, the option for Standard Shipping at $2.50 is selected automatically. On the right hand column the website displays your billing and shipping addresses, as you previously filled them out.

This is a good time to check for errors.


Bitcoin payment is selected.

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Payment Information page with Bitcoin payment selected.

On the Payment Information page, I then selected Bitcoins. It says,

“Once you select Continue, you will be given a total with the bitcoin address to submit payment. Please have your wallet ready to send payment. It is not recommended that you send payment via Coinbase.”

With Bitcoin payment selected, I clicked the Continue button.


Order Review page for bitcoin payment.

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The Order Review page shows a graphic to “Pay with Bitcoin.”

The Order Review page appears next, showing the order with Product Name, Price, Quantity, Shipping, Bitcoin Processing Fee, and Total.

Something unusual. The Bitcoin Processing Fee is now $0.28. It was earlier just under 4 cents, but here it is displayed as 28 cents. This brings the total to $27.45 including shipping and processing fees.

This page shows a “Pay with Bitcoin” graphic, provided by BitPay. Below that is the Amagi Metals Terms and Conditions. There is a box you must check to agree with the Terms.

The amount of 0.2223 BTC is displayed within the graphic. Just under that, in the center of the graphic, is an area to click labeled “Pay with Bitcoin.” I clicked that.


Error - The address wasn't understood.

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Error – “The address wasn’t understood.” My mistake.

Oops. It turns out, that’s where you click only after installing a Bitcoin client or application on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

I hadn’t installed one, so I got this error. I had preferred at the time to use my Blockchain.info wallet manually, without the convenience of one-click purchasing. I used the back button to get to the previous page without trouble.


Copying the address which will receive the bitcoin payment.

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Copy the address which will receive the bitcoin payment.

Now back on the page, I clicked on View Address, because I need the bitcoin address that receives the payment. The address appears just below the Pay with Bitcoin button. I selected and copied (Ctrl+C) that address to my clipboard, and went back to my wallet page.


Pasting bitcoin address into the To: box

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Paste the address into the To: box of the bitcoin wallet

Go to your bitcoin wallet

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Go to your bitcoin wallet

I pasted the address into the To: box within my bitcoin wallet.


Copying the bitcoin amount

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Copy the bitcoin amount from the Amagi Metals page.

Returning to the Amagi Metals page, I copied the bitcoin amount.


Pasting the bitcoin amount into the wallet

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Paste the bitcoin amount into the wallet.

Paste the bitcoin amount into the left side of the wallet Amount: box. On the right, the equivalent amount in dollars is shown as $24.71.


A blue progress bar appears

A blue progress bar appears.

Click the send payment button.

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Double check for mistakes, and click the Send Payment button.

Double check for mistakes!

There is no way to go back after this.

Click the Send Payment button. A blue progress bar will appear immediately for a few seconds, and you’ll hear one beep.


Your order has been received

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Confirmation page says “Your order has been received.”

The confirmation page says, “Your order has been received – Thank you for your purchase!”


The order confirmation can be printed.

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The order confirmation can be printed.

Link for printing the order confirmation

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The link for printing the order confirmation

Clicking this link will display an order confirmation that can be printed or saved.


Order confirmation arrives by email

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Order confirmation arrives by email

The confirmation email arrived immediately.


The order status shows "payment review".

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The order status shows “Payment Review”.

Going to My Dashboard at Amagi Metals, the status column shows “payment review”.


The status shows 'Received Payment'.

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The status shows “Received Payment”.

By 2:00pm the next day, the status column changed to “Received Payment.”


Tracking number sent by email

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Email with tracking number for USPS First Class arrived the same day.

The USPS tracking number arrived by email at 6:05pm the same day, just 4 hours after the payment was cleared.

It included a link for tracking the order through USPS First Class.


USPS Tracking page

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The USPS Tracking page confirms the delivery on Thursday, on the 4th business day after ordering.

The USPS Tracking page provided updates until the order was delivered on Thursday, on the 3rd business day after the order was received.


Coin as shipped in clear plastic sleeve.

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Coin as shipped in clear plastic sleeve.

Here is the coin as it arrived shipped in a clear plastic sleeve within the postal envelope.


American Silver Eagle as shipped by Amagi Metals.

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A one-ounce American Silver Eagle as shipped by Amagi Metals.

Here is a better scan of the actual coin. You can enlarge it to see the closeup detail on the coin, showing just a few light bag marks on the reverse.

It is a nice example of the ASE, one of the world’s most beautiful coins, the 2013 American Silver Eagle.


Packing slip

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Packing slip indicated not amount paid, only the contents shipped.

The packing slip was professionally done. It did not indicate the cost of the sale, but only the contents shipped without a declaration of amount paid.


John Galt Silver Rounds special - pg 2

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John Galt Silver Rounds special – pg 2

John Galt Silver Rounds special - pg 1

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John Galt Silver Rounds special – pg 1

A printed advertisement for a John Galt Silver Rounds special “as low as $1.89 over spot price” was attached to the packing slip with a rubber band.


Recent purchase review form

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The recent purchase review form arrives 3 weeks after purchase.

Three weeks later, the recent purchases review form arrived by mail with the question,

“You recently bought 1 OZ 2013 American Silver Eagle Coin, what do you think about it?”

In this way, the customer is encouraged to report their level of satisfaction with recent orders, which is a reassuring sign of good customer followup at Amagi Metals.

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Spot Price
Silver
Store PriceShipping (Denver
to
Tampa)
Add'l
Fees
Total Cost Above SpotTotal Cost DeliveredDays to ShipTotal Days Order-to-
Delivery
$21.56
22sep13
$24.68Standard Shipping $2.50Bitcoin process fee $0.28$5.90$27.4613

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