Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Okay, sometime's it's not Shakespeare. A headline in today's business section of the Providence Journal prompted my title: Consumers rush to sell gold dental work. In case you've been living in a cave, the price of gold has soared to record highs lately. Still, cashing in your teeth seems to be a questionable tactic since you'll only mine about $40-50 per crown. I remember back in the early 80's when silver spiked and people rushed out to sell their family's heirloom silverware. Perhaps these same people are now going for the gold, whether it's the family jewels or the old chompers. With no silverware and now no teeth, guess they'll be eating a lot of rice. Hmm, maybe not, since rice prices have also hit an all-time high. If you're serious about giving up your eye teeth, keep in mind that your glittery fillings also contain cheaper metals. Still, it might be preferable to selling ancestral gold knick knacks emblazoned with the family escutcheon, or grandma's wedding ring, which possibly have sentimental value. As someone quips in the aforementioned article, "I haven't seen anybody with sentimental teeth." Me neither.

All that glitters is not gold. Shakespeare.

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