Cash4Gold Offers Blogger $3,000 To Remove Negative Post

Want to get rich in blogging? Just write negative posts about sleazy companies and wait for them to bribe you to take your post down. That’s what the Cockeyed blog learned after blogging about their experience in using Cash4Gold’s servicess…

…where the gold buyer offered them a price that was 1/3 of what they could get at a local pawn shop. Subsequently, Cockeyed’s post became the number 3 Google result for Cash4Gold. A SEO rep for the company sent Cockeyed two emails offering money to take the post down or make it more positive. The second email offered “a few thousand.”

Shoot, how do we get in on that action? Our archives would be worth their weight in gold, after we melt them down.

Cash 4 Gold would like to melt down and recast their reputation [Cockeyed]
PREVIOUSLY: How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Cash4Gold

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  1. floraposte says:

    cash4retraction.com is still available.

  2. cheesebubble says:

    suddenly, i hate everything …and i’m gonna blog about it!

    • DeltaTee says:

      @cheesebubble: It’s too late, I’ve already got it covered. And I wasn’t even looking for money!

      • chuckv says:

        @DeltaTee: Isn’t that the basis of this website?

        • dragonfire81 says:

          @chuckv: To a point. This website posts complaints that center around seriously unfair or mishandled customer service stories, not just “company X refuses to break policy and give me this bigass discount I deserve for being a good customer!”

          INDIVIDUAL blogs, where anyone can just up and write how much of a “ripoff” company X is are just online ranting. A blog like this is more structured.

    • eh_remraf says:

      @cheesebubble: Just don’t blog about monster cables. They’ll sue your ass instead of offering money.

  3. sleze69 says:

    “They did something similar by joining (OTHER CONSUMER AFFAIRS WEBSITE)’s advocacy program”

    What’s the other company that sold out?

    • deadandy says:

      @sleze69: RipOffReport.com

      • APFPilot says:

        @deadandy: so i dont understand does ripoff report accept payment to remove reports?

        • deadandy says:

          @APFPilot: kc2idf has it right on the money (har har). If you read the link, you’ll now see a giant pile of how awesome Cash4Gold is (written by Cash4Gold and the RipOffReport editorial staff) followed by a tiny paragraph of how much they suck (written by an actual consumer).

      • kc2idf says:

        @APFPilot: They didn’t remove it (per their own policy) but buried it in something that reads like a press release, and then made sure that there was so much noise that the original complaing was overwhelmed. See here.

        • mac-phisto says:

          @kc2idf: dude, no kidding!

          i always knew there was something sleazy about that site. how exactly do you think that conversation went?
          -hi, my company’s listed as ripping people off on your site & i want to get it off.
          -no problem! simply mail a press release, a flash drive with an advertisement & a gold bar (or cash equivalent of 400 troy ounces). we’ll take care of it for you.
          -thanks!

          • PresidentBeeblebrox says:

            @mac-phisto: I always wondered why it was that RipOffReport.com would allow any complaint about any company in the world to be posted with no editing or vetting, and refuse to take down negative reports, but yet “certify” Cash4Gold as “safe”.

            I like how RoR characterizes their “investigation” of Cash4Gold. Does getting paid to remove bad press count as an investigation?

    • NitrousO says:

      @sleze69: I almost want to see the consumerist do an article about this.

  4. moore850 says:

    There’s an uncomfortable distinction in morality between paying for a sales pitch and paying someone to take down what could be seen as an “anti-sales” pitch.

  5. larrymac808 says:

    I had no idea my dignity and ethics were worth that much!

  6. johnva says:

    You know it’s a real recession when all the companies trying to scam people out of their gold come out of the woodwork. Seriously, who would ever think that sending off your gold in the mail and getting the person buying it to tell you how much it’s “worth” would be a good idea??

    Now, where’s my $3,000? I’m a star commenter here!
    (Kidding, lawyers…)

  7. audemars says:

    What if you take the money, change that post and then just make another post telling people how shady they are?

    • Shadowfire says:

      @audemars: I assume you’d have to sign some sort of contract, but yea…

      *delete post*

      *New Post* I just received my $3000.00 check from Cash4gold.com! They only tried to rip me off, so no big deal… bribe money is awesome!

    • parkavery says:

      @audemars: I’m guessing there would be a contract involved that would prohibit this, just as there are for most settlements (we pay you and you can’t talk about it any more).

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        @parkavery: with a few grand to spare, i can pay someone else to talk about it for me. of course it depends on the wording of that contract….

  8. Yossarian says:

    I’d take the cash, particularly if I could convince them that “a few” == 5.

  9. cmdrsass says:

    If Cash4Gold can afford a Superbowl ad, then they can certainly afford enough lawyers to force Rob to comply.

    It will be the same thing that happened to infomercialscams.com. DirectBuy couldn’t get them to remove the link to hundreds of negative comments on the first page of google results, so they sued them and forced their removal.

  10. Blueskylaw says:

    Gold futures rose Friday to their highest level in more than three months as investors sought the safety of the metal following government data that showed the U.S. economy contracted the most in 27 years during the fourth quarter.

    Cash4Gold stands to make an even bigger fortune if they can get negative reviews off the net, because one thing that more people are doing is checking the net for bad reviews before conducting business with a company.

    • johnva says:

      @Blueskylaw: Not to mention that with gold prices high and consumer desperation equally high, there are a lot of willing targets (though, again, it’s beyond me why they would go to this company if they could do better even at pawn shops). Just offer ridiculously low amounts for gold in exchange for money jobless people are desperate for, and you’re going to make tons of profit. I just don’t get the mentality of letting the person buying from you set the price. It’s not like there is a monopsony in gold buying.

  11. UnicornMaster says:

    As much as I would like to take $3000 for a few minutes work, I think this post needs to stay up just to inform all of those people getting scammed by C4G. Unfortunately only a small percentage of people will actually do the research, and probably a lot of people who really need the money are getting screwed.

  12. B1663R says:

    OMG seriously, Google Cash4gold and see if you can spot the fake reviews that sound like sales pitches.

    just read some horror stories from here.

    really reputable company i must say o_0

    • dddoistutter says:

      @B1663R: Holy crap…these stories are awful…I hope these vultures are shut down by SOME government entity. Also, it’s a shame NBC is going to run their add during the Superbowl…it’s like taking blood money…

  13. Jillian Tate says:

    It’s not Cash4Gold doing this – it’s the goons at their interactive marketing company. Theoretically, said goons have the blessing of C4G to engage in this “online reputation management”, but realistically, they may not. This is pretty lazy and stupid as it is. It’s just re-ignited the original negative publicity. But it probably would have cost a crapload more than $3K to develop a SEO strategy that would push the negative listings off the 1st page of Google searches.

  14. szeno says:

    Let’s all google Cash4Gold, and click the link to Cockeyed, I think that will keep his article on the top of google search result?

    • JRock says:

      @szeno: If you’re logged in to your Google account, you can click the “Promote” button next to the link. Every little bit helps! ;)

    • Triterion says:

      @szeno: I want to give that guy at Cockeyed a reward for not accepting the buy off, do they accept paypal?!

    • hhole says:

      @szeno: That would be so awesome to C4G’s Super Bowl ad generate a ton of business. I’ll be clicking from every new IP address I come across.

      C4G TFSU!

    • TVarmy says:

      @szeno: Actually, what would really get them is if everyone put up a link to Cockeyed’s article with the word “cash4gold.com” or “cash4gold.”

      What happens is that Google’s robots will read it, and assume the page on Cockeyed is a great source of info on “Cash4Gold.” It’s called Google Bombing, and that’s why for a few years if you Googled “failure” you would get George W. Bush’s website. However, Google claims they changed something in the algorithm to prevent that from happening, but even they aren’t too confident in it.

  15. Mr-Mr says:

    Well, this could open the door for the company to claim black mailing. So, at the end, the guilty company that got the bad review can claim that the blogger would only change his/her review in exchange for money.

    Disclaimer: I’m neither a lawyer, nor have played one on tv.

  16. rmacy says:

    Another great thing about C4G? [threeeasypayments.blogspot.com]

  17. jeblis says:

    You’re the website that took the bribe. C’mon I know it was you.

  18. JohnDeere says:

    damn when i complained about buy.com not combining shipping all the refunded me to get me to change my review was one items shipping charge. i knew i should have held out for more.

  19. mike says:

    This is full of win!

  20. shaken_bake says:

    Do I have this right? People mail their jewelry to this company without any indication of how much they will be paid for it, and have no recourse if they’re not satisfied with the price? What kind of BS is this? How can anyone complain they’re getting ripped off when they’re willing participants in this scam? More power to C4G!

    • DePaulBlueDemon says:

      @shaken_bake:

      The original blogger was testing their services. He didn’t fall for the scam, he wanted to see how the company operates.

    • dddoistutter says:

      @shaken_bake: Yeah! Screw the victim!

      Woman was walking alone in the dark? She had it coming!

      Ripped off by an identity thief? Shoulda checked your accounts more closely!

      Some desperate schlub sent in his valuables because he trusted a commercial on network television? What an idiot! I hope he starves! Good job, scammer!

      :eyeroll:

  21. Michael Conant says:

    I always wondered about Cash for Gold and was curious how many people were stuffing their gold into their envelope and mailing it off, oblivious to what it might really be worth. I also wonder about the safety of sending jewelry through the mail that way. Perhaps they have some insurance set up or something?

  22. Pixelantes Anonymous says:

    My answer to the company would be:

    “How much is it really worth to you? Let’s talk.”

    There’s no way $3K is even near the number.

  23. Brad Carter says:

    This happened to me about a month ago. The guy who runs Blue Frog Mobile asked me to take down an old article I’d put up about him back in 1995. He offered me $1,000. Here’s what I replied to him:

    [www.phonelosers.com]

  24. hhole says:

    Rob Cockerham is a one man crusader for both consumer rights and the mundane (How Much Is Inside). His distaste for MLMs, telemarketers, door to door sales and his infamous “torn-up credit card application that was taped up, sent in and approved” would make any of the Consumerist nation proud.

    In fact, it was through Cockeyed.com that I found the Consumerist.

    I smell a guess commentator from the West Coast in the near future? Ben, Meghann, did you get that?

  25. jgodsey says:

    who is stupid enough to mail their jewelry to ANYONE? the post office steals enough mail thank you very much. You think half these packages are going to GET to these vipers?

  26. CarpForAll says:

    Then where do you get rid of your old jewelry? I’ve got 5 12x12x12 boxes full of jewelry I’ve inherited from relatives over the last 20 years. No pawn shops near me, and I don’t think the mall store would take it in.
    Suggestions?
    I’m tired of looking at these and money would be nice.

    • pollyannacowgirl says:

      @CarpForAll: Well, I passed a family-run jewelry store in my neighborhood who posted a sign in the window that they are buying scrap gold. I live in a wealthy Manhattan neighborhood (although I am rather poor myself).

  27. sumgai says:

    I have never used this service and I can’t imagine being as dumb as the people on their commercials. “I sowld awl mah gawld aftah mah 8th mahridge und dawt cash!” Yenta FTW!

    The guy in their commercial is obviously a crook. Sorry to be so judgmental, but anyone who sends jewelry through the mail is insane. Just because they have a barcode on the package doesn’t guarantee it will get there. Even if it does, what’s to stop them from claiming the package was ripped open during shipping and they received nothing?

    Even if they do receive it, once they have it in their hands, they can tell you, “We value this ring at $5.95. Here’s your cash!” It’s like giving the keys to your trade-in to the new car dealer while you’re negotiating. Don’t do it!

    Anyone who gets screwed by these guys pretty much deserves what they get. The best way to protect yourself is to be smart and avoid these scams all together.

  28. metaled says:

    Ripoffreport.com…Could that be the “consumer protection site” he mentions having already paid off? They do everything to advertise them and hide the real complaints under their support for them!

  29. metaled says:

    @sleze69: @kc2idf:
    You will also notice they carry full-color paid advertisements for cash4gold and they are “Certified Safe” by Ripoff Report. Looks like ripoff report could be sued if someone gets ripoffed by cash4gold. I started looking into this scam last week when I ran the cash4gold name through ripoffreport (even mentioned it here). They don’t even hide the fact they were paid… Cash for gold is one of their biggest advertisers! Isn’t there something illegal about what the consumer protection site is doing? Like the BBB taking money from companies it is taking complaints about?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I was decieved. Sent a solid gold watch from 1948 and was offered 250 dollars. Later appraised for 25 to 4,000. There is no excuse for this and I will spend much more than that to out their questionable buisness cons,{oops, I mean practices} to out this conning of the poor who are the main customers of this company due to these economic times.

  31. Anne Boleyn says:

    Ok I gotta repost this from a site detailing the Cash4Gold scam:

    “I am a former employee of Cash 4 Gold. I did not know much about the company before being hired. On my first day of being hired, I was taught the “Cash 4 Gold Scam” from beginning to end.
    1. The “refiner’s pack” that is used for you to put your jewelry is “insured for UP TO 100 dollars, ” according to how much they feel your items are worth, NOT appraised at
    2. We receive your “Refiner’s Pack” within 3-4 days, but we are instructed to tell you that it takes “7-10 business days, for us to receive your pack, ALTHOUGH your package has already arrived.
    3.Your jewlery gets appraised by hand/magnifying glasses/
    a small weight pad, and a bottle of mystery fluid, which your items are then give a value for. Not million dollar equipment or specially trained jewelry experts.
    4. Although the payment (check) for your item is dated within 24 hrs of testing your jewelry, we sometimes DO NOT actually send out the check until up to 3-4 days later.
    5. We claim a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or your jewelry returned, BUT THE CATCH IS, that the guarantee is contacting us within 10 DAYS from when your check is DATED. (This begins with the time it takes for the accounts payables dept. to issue the check and also including the transit time for you to receive your check in the mail. **** NOTATE THE COMMERCIALS THAT STATE U GET YOUR CHECK IN 24 HRS.***
    5. IF you are lucky you will receive your check around the “7th-10th” bus iness day, AND more then 97% of the time Customers are outraged when they lay eyes on the amount of the check. Some Customer’s even receive a check for 0.01 cents. (TRUTH) Thats including items of great value (Diamonds, Platinum/ Gold and Sterling)
    6. They sometimes even receive your valuables and like them so much THAT we CLAIM to not have received the items just so the “TOP” people or even “FAVORED” people can get first dibs on your items. From which point we issued an INSURANCE CLAIM for UP TO 100 dollars. GOD FORBID your items are worth more then a 100 dollars, and when you call in to check on the status of your items, we tell you ” YOU SHOULD”VE ADDED EXTRA INSURANCE ON YOUR ITEMS.” We do not have an actual Insurance company, they use customer service reps as the claim department agents.
    7. For those who receive there check within the 10 day frame, GOOD LUCK with trying to get in touch with a cust. srvc. rep before your 10 days are up. Which after your 10 days, your items are “ALREADY MELTED” or NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR RETURN.”
    8. For the “LUCKY” people who do get in touch with us within the alloted time frame, we already know what you are calling about. Customers want their items returned, because there
    check amount is so insultingly LOW. The first thing a Rep will ask you is “HOW MUCH WERE YOU EXPECTING TO GET BACK?” This way we can know how much to “BONUS” you.
    Definition of a BONUS: We issue low checks just to have you call us back if you are smart enough to realized that you just got scammed. For the smart one’s we are paid to offer u a bonus up to 3x the original amount of your check and you accept. For ex: Sally Smith receives a check for $27.86 for a rolex watch(which we dont issue value for), a class ring, a ring with diamond chips, a pair of earrings with emeralds, as well as a few sterling silver pieces, and maybe a few items that were really of no value. Now Sally Smith calls the cust srvc dept, where she speaks to a rep who seems so concerned and will see if she can do better with the amount by speaking to a “SUPERVISOR”. We then place the caller on Mute, and speak to our neighbors or doodle on a sheet, or twiddle with our hair for about 45 seconds, while we are supposedly speaking to our supervisor about Ms. Smith’s complaint. We then come back with an offer to “BUMP UP YOUR MELT DATE or any other lies the cust srvc reps can think of, and offer you a total amount of $53.20 which is a little under double the amount of your original check. In which case if you accept, the cust srvc rep makes a 15.00 bonus off of your transaction. If the cust srvc rep offers you under triple the amount of your orig check, she makes 10.oo in bonuses.
    9. If you accept the offer, the deal is done, and you are told that the call is recorded(which most of the time, the record button does not work.)Just a way to make your feel binded by a verbal contract. IF you do not accept the deal, you have to return your check, and it takes sometimes up to a month to receive your items back after we receive the check.
    10. If you only want the items that we do not find of any value back, you have to pay a 10.00 shipping and handling fee to have your own items returned, which varies depending on sales for that week. IF sales are good, there is no fee, when we are slow, you must pay.
    Cash 4 Gold is definitely not a trustworthy or credible company to do business with. You are almost better off taking your items to a local pawn shop or shopping around for other companies. With the economony the way it is, Cash 4 Gold seems to be a way out of financial stress for some, but in actuality becomes a stress of its own. I would advice you to think twice before sending in valuables or items inherited and of sentimental value. Its not worth it. I am not doing this as a way of Bashing their money making process :) but more so to warn everyone.”

    • larrymac808 says:

      @squidboots: Some Customer’s even receive a check for 0.01 cents.
      Hey now, this is Consumerist, we’ll have none of that Verizon math here. Also, an apostrophe still does not mean “look out here comes an s”.

      • Anne Boleyn says:

        @larrymac808: Congratulations, you’re a pedant! FYI, I copied and pasted this from another site. I figured the information held in it was more important that the grammatical mistakes. If you have nothing better to do than to nitpick then I feel pretty sorry for you.

        • Philthadelphian says:

          @squidboots: FYI, I copied and pasted this from another site.

          Well if you’d made this clear in your first post, larry would never have had to….

          @squidboots: Ok I gotta repost this from a site detailing the Cash4Gold scam:

          oh, never mind.

        • larrymac808 says:

          @squidboots: Lighten up, Francis. Sorry I didn’t change the “@” line to be more descriptive of the source. If you have nothing better to do than whine about an offhand comment that was clearly tongue-in-cheek than I feel pretty sorry for you.

  32. Cash4GoldCEO says:

    My name is Jeff Aronson I am the CEO of Cash4Gold.com,
    I first off would like you all to know I hade no knowledge of the offer made by our former SEO company, who we have not been affiliated with for some time. Cash4Gold is a service company, Thats why we offer a 10 day guarantee if for any reason your not happy with your check, we send back your merchandise. We also state clearly on our web site there are selling methods that can net you out more money. We provide a service to those looking to for a safe secure easy transaction without leaving the house. Everyone please enjoy the superbowl and thank you for the oppertunity to give my side.

    • johnyeros says:

      @Cash4GoldCEO:
      I would be afraid to walk down the street if I was you. This is america where people are free to buy and own gun. Rolling around in those million or bilions is wonderful until somebody walk up to you and give you their peace of mind. It’s not too late. Close down the company, give some of that money to charity and save some for yourself and consider yourself lucky you live in a country where douchebag such as yourself are able to get away with such deceiving business model.

      YES you didn’t force anybody to send their GOLDS in but this is desperate time for us and you’re playing on their weakness.

      Anyway, good luck, and by the way — try to lose some weight because you look like the sleazy fat bastard from NJ.

  33. pollyannacowgirl says:

    My husband and I always crack up at these commercials. Like other posters have said, who would send their gold in an envelope addressed to GOLD4CASH? That’s like writing “Cash enclosed” on the envelope.

    I just can’t believe people do that. It has nothing to do with being poor or strapped for cash or ANYTHING except lack of common sense.

    • metaled says:

      @pollyannacowgirl:
      It’s more common than you think, you would be surprised at the millions of dollars worth of old coins, stamps, banknotes and jewelry that travel via US mail. Not surprising that quite a few postal workers get busted for stealing them out of the mail all the time. Gold is sent through the mail all the time, not just to recyclers (refineries), but also from jewelers and jewelry stores.. Just think about how much gold those home shopping channels mail out every day!
      When you think about it, it is much safer to mail insured gold than it is for a bank to send a stack of blank checks or credit cards out to your house.
      I’ve mailed coins to grading companies, gold to refineries (from prospecting)…always registered/insured. It makes perfect sense and is how business is done (I wouldn’t trust UPS!). I personally can’t think of a more secure way to get it across the country… A lot of money has always gone through the USPS, that’s why they are targeted by thieves since they began! But I would never send it to C4G, maybe a rock on their dime ;)

  34. Haltingpoint says:

    While I doubt it is accurate as they re a privately held company, Hoovers says they have around ~$1mm in revenue and 2 employees and are based in FL. I’m guessing they make a lot more than that.

  35. wildhare says:

    Well here you go on the stupid consumer front:

    would like to say that I submitted my return kit for Cash4gold and was horribly disappointed. The process was by no means quick. It took 15 days before my money was ever posted to my account. I never received any sort of notification that my package was received, or an estimate as to the value of my belongings. I mailed nearly $800.00 worth of gold and silver and got $19.00 back. I was furious!!! Now, 3 days later I have been calling non-stop and mysteriously can’t get through to their company. I feel this entire process was a scam and am mad at myself for not doing better research. I am disappointed and feel that I have been ripped off with absolutely no recourse. I would’ve been better off taking my valuables to a pawn shop.

    A H
    Enterprise, AL

    Taken from: [www.complaintsboard.com]

  36. __Ken__ says:

    So what happens if you take it down, get paid, cash the check and then post the whole ordeal?

    Should I expect a few thugs to come knock at my door?

  37. RichardSS says:

    Maybe cash for gold might offer consumerist.com a settlement check now, as this topic ranks 8th on Google for “cash4gold”.

    [www.google.com]

  38. Rick Kleinvehn says:

    There are legitimate gold/diamond buyers out there. We pay triple what cash4gold pays, been in business 20+ years. ASK people what they pay per gram before you sell. At $925 gold we pay $15.71/gram (24.35 per dwt), which is 90% of the gold value. If you don’t ask, you will probably be taken advantage of. ALWAYS check folks out at bbb.org before doing business. In the case of cash4gold you would have known immediately to steer clear.

    Rick
    cashfordiamonds.com
    richardallenjewelers.com/webuy

  39. Scott Funk says:

    Did anyone else here these knuckleheads actually bought a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl? Losers…

  40. ceejeemcbeegee is not here says:

    Heh… those cash for gold commercials are slimy. I’ve ven had a few friends have “gold parties” where you bring your gold and an appraiser cuts you a check for it’s value. I saw one of these people write a guy a check for $1800. I always wonder, if they are buying your crappy rings for $1800, how much are MORE are they selling it for?

  41. faintandfuzzies says:

    How can people be such morrons dealing with companies like this?!? They are all legal scam artists!

  42. Cash4GoldInc says:

    Here’s more info on Laratro:

    [cash4gold.blogspot.com]

    As Jeff Aranson mentions, his actions were done independently and without the knowledge and approval of the company. The company still takes responsibility for his hiring and suffers the consequences of his actions.

  43. Kay Friesen says:

    i found out the hard way they lost my jewlery or so they say no payout for me i quess