As I've pointed out multiple times in the past, you can't eat gold. The same applies to silver too. Allowing scam artists to trick you into buying gold or silver (gold or silver that you don't actually possess) is just throwing your money down the drain unless you have plans to emigrate elsewhere and are looking for something that can be converted to your new nation's currency. Otherwise you're much better off purchasing real assets -- things that can be used to create stuff that can be traded for food and other goods if everything goes to hell in a handbasket. If you buy a potter's wheel and teach yourself how to throw pottery (and lids for the pottery that can keep out mice and rats!), for example, you have a skill that can be used to create stuff that can be traded for food and other goods in the event of a collapse. Gold and silver... bah. You can't eat it, and nobody will accept gold or silver in exchange for food, so what good is it?
-- Badtux the Economics Penguin