Finally, a TFMR Bullion and Coin Affiliation

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It has been over a year in the making but it is finally ready.

So many of you have supported my efforts and you know how grateful I am for each donation and pageview. To recap, after the initial success of the blogspot site, I rather sheepishly began to include Google ads after about a month. (https://tfmetalsreport.blogspot.com/2010/11/very-encouraging-day.html) Almost immediately, it was suggested that I add a "donate" button so that people could freely give money to the site. I thought this was crazy but I did it anyway and hundreds of you have generously donated your hard-earned money in support. It was then also suggested that I establish a bullion and coin affiliation. The thought from several Turdites was: "I buy bullion and coins all the time. With an affiliation, at least TFMR could benefit from my purchases". This sounded like a reasonable idea, too, so I went off in search of the ideal company with which to partner.

Before I go on, let me state this clearly: There are a multitude of very good companies out there. Some, like Provident, advertise on this site and this new partnership should not discourage you from their services. They do a great job and should always be a part of your physical metal purchase process. ​That said, I had to pick one so, after significant due diligence, I settled upon Gold Bullion International. For background on GBI, you can check them out here: https://www.bullioninternational.com/. You may also recall this FOFOA piece which I first linked back in September of last year: https://fofoa.blogspot.com/2011/08/treasure-chest-2-game-changer.html

But then there was a problem. GBI was working on several other corporate initiatives at the time and was not ready yet for a retail affiliation with little ole Turd. I could have gone the easy route and moved on but that wouldn't have been the honest thing to do. I wanted to work with GBI so I was forced to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait some more.

Along the way, a retail platform emerged. For scale and efficiency, GBI decided to develop what they call the "Hard Assets Alliance". By going this route, GBI was able to offer affiliation services to a whole host of websites similar to TFMR. Today, I'm happy to announce my affiliation with the Hard Assets Alliance and I hope you will give it your consideration.

First things first, however. Please take 15 minutes to listen to the attached podcast. I'm joined by Ed D'Agostino of Hard Assets Alliance and Joe Yasinski of GBI (he's a Turdite, by the way). Hopefully, the podcast will answer many of your initial questions. Then, please head over to the HAA site. You can use this link:

https://www.hardassetsalliance.com/clk/cl/11/?affid=TFM&guid=&cid=

There's also a permanent ad for the service that I'm placing on the right side of the homepage. Clicking either the link or the ad will direct you to HAA and tag you as a referral from TFMR.

Thank you all for your continued support of the site. I hope you find this new service to be beneficial for all your stacking and preparation needs.

TF

  282 Comments

Mr.Grey
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:00pm

First?

could it be

My life may now be complete.

Be Prepared
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:01pm

Onward and Upward..

Way to go... Turd....

thurd aye
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:02pm

i'll take anywhere top ten.

i'll take anywhere top ten.

kingboo
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:05pm
ReachWest
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:07pm

Great news Turd - Thanks.

Great news Turd - Thanks.

Mr. Fix
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:10pm

Go Turd, go!

Go Turd, go!

Silver bear of very little brain
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:11pm

Last, for now

Last for now.

Anonymous
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:12pm

Removed comment

Removed comment.

bernard
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:45pm

I really don't understand this Hard Assets Alliance thing

Of all the companies you could've chosen, I really don't understand this choice, other than there must be the profit motive. If there is the profit motive, then clearly we are better off working with lower margin dealers. Let's be real, I went to the Hard Assets Alliance link and from what I can discern, it is an electronic trading platform for digital metal? Or am I wrong? Maybe you could explain this a little bit more Turd, I am quite confused...

Nick Elway
Aug 10, 2012 - 12:49pm
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