Great for Poured Silver!
I've ordered more from APMEX than any other dealer in the last couple months, primarily for their diverse selection of poured silver, which I've fallen in love with lately. They have the best online selection of poured silver I've found anywhere and carry more mints than any other dealer. Their pricing, specifically for poured silver, is very good, considering the markup that the mints themselves place on poured silver. It's been a blast getting stuff from APMEX, and their shipping time is quite good. As for gold and silver coins and bars, which are closer to commodities than poured silver, APMEX's pricing is average at best. I haven't found much reason to get coins or bars from them, though I did order one each of a 5-ounce and a 10-ounce PAMP Suisse silver bar because I could hardly find them elsewhere. Their inventory is very diverse and fairly thorough for an online dealer. For poured silver...none better. For everything else, they're competitive but not the best. That said, I've never had a problem with their customer service or the quality of their products.
Overall good, but seemingly shady tricks sometimes
I have placed several orders with APMEX, but recently one gave me pause: I purchased a name brand (Englehard) bar for $213. After waiting several weeks with the order in a "Processing" status (they held order long beyond their estimated ship date), they informed me of an "inventory issue" with the bar I had purchased and that they would not be able to ship it as they were out of stock. I requested that the order be held until the bar was back in stock. They declined to do so, and we arranged for a replacement shipment of silver coins worth $213.
Suddenly, two weeks later, that bar is "available" again ... only now they jacked up the price to $273. (Current spot at $16.98, almost exactly what it was when I originally ordered.)
Look, I understand that high demand would cause the price to go up, but I think it is a dirty trick to fail to fulfill orders at the lower "locked" price and then suddenly "find" inventory just days later and offer it at a major premium.
I Got What I Wanted
Quick to ship and quick to arrive when paying by wire.
Great bullion company!
Always a good product that shows up quickly. Good customer service and reasonable prices, great bullion buyer as well. bought nearly all of my stack from them, and will keep buying until ive a reason not to.
Would Use Again
Honest and reliable customer service. I am happy with my purchase.
A wide array of selections
Apmex is a great distributor of precious metals. If I am looking for a specific coin or round, they would be my first stop to see if I can find it. Large selections and a reasonable price are some good things about Apmex. The bad though is they are not the cheapest. And if you are like me and only spend $100-$250 an order, you will find that the shipping kills any deal you come across. They do however run specials here and there for free shipping on specific items. So if you can catch the deal and the market is at a good spot to buy at, you can get a great deal from them.
I experienced shipping/processing times are about 11-13 business days in total when sending them a check immediately after an order has been placed. So not too bad.
2015 ASE tube
This order was a pre-order for 2015 eagles, so i placed the order in early January, but received my coins on the 19th, from shipping announcement to my door was very quick. Apmex has a "shoebox" they ship tubes in and this protects the tubes very well.
Previous shipments from Apmex have also been very quick and and well packaged.
Improvements:electronic check implementation would be very nice
Apmex are probably the number one dealer for most people, the issue is that they have some of the highest prices, with the exception of world coins. The prices on their world coins are quite competitive, and actually, their 10 ozt kooks are the cheapest on the internet when you factor in S&H, fees, and other crap from other websites. I'm not sure about other coins they have, but when it comes to straight, cheap bullion: shop elsewhere. Props to their shipping, CS and overall buying experience though; shipping was fast, the packaging was great, and I got a cool Apmex box with some catalog stuff in it. I'd shop at Apmex all the time if their prices were better all around.