Gold has always been an integral part of any celebration or festival in India. The rise in the price of the yellow metal is gradually making affordability difficult. Various companies have come up with gold jewellery schemes to attract buyers. Companies are even offering to pay an instalment every year. The customer will own the jewellery after the completion of the tenure.
Mrs Sunita from Delhi wanted to buy 20 grams gold for investment, but she did not have enough money for the purchase. The jeweller offered a scheme under which she could buy the gold jewellery after one year at the prevailing market rate after paying 12 monthly instalments. The jeweler also offered to pay the 12th instalment after Mrs Sunita pays the 11 instalments on time. It means that for jewellery worth Rs 60,000, she will have to pay Rs 55,000 in 11 months, and Rs 5000 will be paid by the jeweller. She thought it was a good option as she anyway wanted to buy the gold for investment.
Benefits of a gold jewellery scheme:
The only benefit that a buyer gets in this type of scheme is that he gets to pay in instalments. However, a buyer has more to lose than to gain.
Why not to buy gold under the scheme:
Following are the limitations of buying gold through this scheme:
|Parameters||Gold jewellery||Gold biscuit|
|Quantity||10 grams||10 grams|
|Purity||22 carat||24 carat|
|Making charges||Up to Rs 30 per gram||Nil|
|Resale value||Lower due to impurities||Full return value|
Other attractive options:
The buyers have many other options to buy gold at a cheaper cost and at a better quality. Some of the options include:
The basic flaw in the gold jewellery scheme is that jewellers not only earn interest on the buyer’s instalment but also sell the jewellery after earning a handsome margin. For 20 grams gold jewellery, the jeweller earns Rs 600 making charge and sells 22-carat gold at the rate of 24-carat gold. So he earns approximately 8 per cent extra by selling gold of 22-carat purity.
For the jeweller, this scheme is a win-win situation as he gets the chance to sell his product, and at the same time he earns interest on the customer’s instalment. Buyers, who cannot distinguish whether they are buying gold as jewellery or as an investment, are always set to lose out in this type of deal.
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