if i may ask. a while back there was an interesting discussion regarding the purchase of silver bars. various stores were mentioned, first majestic etc. i would appreciate knowing what the options are when it comes time to sell these? are there places that give better rates? (purchase prices don't seem to be consistent). does the branding matter? and lastly, is there an advantage in buying coins over bars?

also, thank you all for the informative posts. this is a great board.