The last time we sent metals to Rio we used USPS priority mail, with
delivery confirmation and insurance. It was about 2.5 kilos, mostly
silver, and it never arrived at it’s destination. We filed a mail
theft report and the insurance paperwork, but the problem was there
was no way to prove what was inside the package and its worth without
some kind of invoice or reciept. Obviously there is no invoice or
reciept for scrap until it is refined, but considering our
predicament, Rio very kindly provided an estimate of the price of the
metals inside the box on an official looking letterhead and we
submitted it with our insurance claim. To our great surprise, 6
months later we got a check for the full amount. I know many people
have not been so lucky with insured mail.
I guess my point is be careful not just where but HOW you send your
scrap. Mail carriers who deliver to precious metals refiners know
when they get a small heavy box it could be full of gold or silver.
We have a bunch of scrap again now and we’re procrastinating on the
refining because the last time was such a nightmare. Besides
recommending hoover and strong for refining what is the safest way to
send scrap (or other valubles) in your opinions?