National plans loan shark clampdown
Posted on: 10th November 2011 By Anita

From the NZ Herald, November 6th 2011. National will change the law to clamp down on dodgy loans by forcing lenders not to give loans to people who would face significant hardship in repaying them. A proposed change to consumer credit laws would set up a code of ethical lending, and require lenders to be…

Balazs Kiss and Suspect Emails
Posted on: 31st October 2011 By Anita

It's frustrating when competitors email and call us trying to find out what makes Gold Smart unique and successful. We posted recently about Balazs Kiss appropriating content, design, ideas, images and other intellectual property from our website. The copyright infringement was so blatant and obvious due to them duplicating large parts of our original copy…

Biting Gold Coins
Posted on: 25th October 2011 By Anita

Many people are curious to know why in the old days it was common to bite gold coins - or other kinds of items made of gold - to confirm whether or not they were real. This practical and crude method was used for the authentication of gold, since this metal is very malleable. Thus,…

Golden Food
Posted on: 17th October 2011 By Anita

When asking someone what can be produced by using gold as the material, the most common answers would be jewellery, bullion, coins, it can be used for decoration, in some electronic devices, etc. How about food??? That’s right. The custom of eating gold began with the ancient Egyptians, who thought it would bring improvements in…

Beware gold scams from Africa
Posted on: 10th October 2011 By Anita

At Gold Smart we are sometimes contacted by members of the New Zealand public who have been offered large sums of gold in return for sending money overseas to an unknown recipient for shipping. Lured by the possibility of improving their financial situation, internet users are easily falling into a trap engineered by the creative…

Balazs Kiss Engaged in Ghostwriting
Posted on: 4th October 2011 By Anita

It's disappointing for us to see another person attempting to copy our hard work and creativity. We have become aware that "Balazs Kiss" also known as "Peter Bal Kiss" (Wellington, New Zealand) was advertising on Freelancer.com for ghost writers to rewrite original copy and the design of our Gold Smart website. BalazsK states on Freelancer.com,…

Wedding season
Posted on: 28th September 2011 By Anita

Spring is finally here, after the cold of the winter months... and so begins another exciting New Zealand Wedding season. Choosing the right jewellery and accessories is an essential part of the details that make an unforgettable day. The items should be delicate and discreet and complement, never 'overpower' the dress. Keep an eye out…

EzyCash Gold Buyers Engaged in Copyright Infringement
Posted on: 3rd June 2011 By Anita

Ezycash Loans and Gold Buyers, Panmure, Auckland - www.ezygoldbuyers.co.nz have been found illegally copying content from our website. "Ezycash Gold Buyers" based at 30B Jellicoe Road, Panmure, Auckland East, have taken text from our website, changed our company name to theirs and called the information their own. See the below image for an example taken…

$770,000 Jewel Bandits Caught
Posted on: 3rd June 2011 By Anita

Two men traveling around New Zealand on Mexican passports are believed to have made two daring day-light robberies that netted around $770,000 worth of jewellery and gem stones from several jewellery salesmen. From The New Zealand Herald online: Two men accused of being part of an international robbery group which netted $770,000 worth of jewellery…

Gold Buyers – The Gold iPad 2: Yours for Only £5 million
Posted on: 30th March 2011 By Anita

As Gold Buyers in New Zealand we see some interesting jewellery items, however we are yet to have a solid gold iPad come through! We’d be happy if that did happen because we love the iPad and couldn’t think of anything better than wrapping it in 2.5 kilos pure gold (24ct). Here’s the full article:…