They were called the "Great Canadian Roadshow" last I seen... taking out full page newspaper ads with extremely rare items pictured along with their values. This would prompt people to bring in their stuff... seeing a silver dollar worth thousands... and arriving with hope, but typically being fleeced especially on gold and silver items.
They are the Canadian division of a U.S. company called "Treasure Hunters Roadshow"(< corrected in edit). I will find the link to a newspaper reporter's test of this company... the results are, well, sad really.
Worse, there was a lineup for the 9 days when this
outfit was in my town. And there are plenty of local companies buying gold and silver at a decent/fair rate... they have newspaper adds as well, yet the name chosen, and the ads placed by this outfit just packed these folks in... and a lot of older individuals... like I said, sad really.
The link I will provide... I had printed out the article(and another) and presented it to the front desk of the hotel hosting the show. He said that the atmosphere was almost intimidating with the setup for having items appraised(eg. like sitting in a lawyer's office!), and that more than a few people had left just shaking their heads.
An educated consumer, well... I just don't know. I wanted to post something in the lobby and tell these people to shop local. Well, that wasn't gonna happen, but the article I gave the front desk did stay on the desk.
>>> edit... Just to back up some facts VVVV.http://www.simcoereformer.ca/Articl...px?e=2784582
>>> 2nd edit... What I was flappin' me gums about! VVV.http://www.theexaminer.com/main.asp...ticleID=3679
The Canadian version of this company as mentioned above, just did a major tour in central Canada. Just google the news items to see where they've been. Oddly enough, the local press seem to always report on ONE astonishing find... after their gone!
>>> 3rd edit... I make mistakes when I get all flabblasted and try to type too fast... I will now talk like a stereotypical western, grizzled prospector for the rest of the day... tarnations.