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"Price Per Ounce" In Context

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When it comes to commodities priced "per ounce", the two most quoted products are silver, and of course gold. But in a broader context are these prices a lot or little? How do some other less known commodities stack up to the world's two most precious metals. Here are the prices for a wide universe of other compounds which are also priced on a "per ounce" basis...

  • Copper: $0.24
  • Silver: $33
  • Beluga caviar: $345
  • Gold: 1,700
  • Carbon 60: $2,495
  • Cocaine: $4,791
  • Namibian uncut rough diamonds: $98,490
  • Plutonium Oxide: $165,500
  • Soliris (anemia drug): $533,000
  • Human eggs: $157 trillion

That said, we doubt any of the above have the wealth and capital preservation capabilities of those two most popular shiny metallic objects which may or may not be edible, but have survived the rise and fall of nearly 3000 paper currencies over the ages.

Source: Wired


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Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:17 | 3043946 chistletoe
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Is there NOBODY


who noticed what "Evian" is backwards?

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:20 | 3043954 saulysw
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Really, the price of crude per ounce should be there too.

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:57 | 3044067 JohnG
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About 12.8 cents.

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:35 | 3043992 Iam_Silverman
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I wish that this list was geared more towards the comparison of PM's and Semi-PM's to commodities that are staples for human consumption - not luxuries or off the wall splurging.

It would be nice to know how much Au or Ag or Cu to stack for coffee, cocoa beans, beef, pork bellies, etc.

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:51 | 3044043 mt paul
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one hundred dollar bills

2800.00 $ per oz

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:53 | 3044053 trader1
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that is some over-priced toilet paper!!!

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:55 | 3044060 Stuck on Zero
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Since we're talking about the price of commodities how about the price per ounce of 1 dollar bills.  At 1 gram for each dollar a Troy ounce yields 31.1 grams or:

1 Troy ounce of Dollar Bills = $31.10.

That is a cheap-shit commodity.



Fri, 12/07/2012 - 18:00 | 3044074 trader1
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fractional dollar bills?  hmmm...where are those accepted?

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 18:37 | 3044153 Stuck on Zero
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If you think about it ...  as long as the Treasury doesn't cheapen up the paper in a Dollar bill they will always remain at a constant $31.10 per ounce.  Why that's probably the steadiest price of any commodity in existence.


Fri, 12/07/2012 - 19:05 | 3044208 trader1
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got wood?

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 20:28 | 3044446 are we there yet
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A toilet paper roll is about 6 ounces give or take. Say $200 per toilet paper roll.

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 18:40 | 3044163 yourapostasy
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If the average silicon memory chip is about 5.6 mg, then with the current highest-density mass-market sticks of 16 GB DDR2-667 PC2-5300 selling at no less than $360 and as much as $720, assuming the chips themselves are 50% of the cost of that retail package, that works out to $113,905-227,809 per ounce. More than the uncut rough diamond example, less than the drugs example, and depreciates faster than any of the examples given. This makes gold look dirt cheap by comparison.

Gold, bitchez!

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 21:00 | 3044522 Monedas
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"Why buy human eggs .... when cum is so cheap ?" .... Anderson Vanderslut Cooper

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 04:17 | 3046566 Yen Cross
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Monedas/ you are like Stewie in Family Guy/ Insanely intelligent, with no regard for others.

Yes, I get your point.

 I could make a comment, but that would just be fuel for Iceland/

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 21:08 | 3044541 Rustysilver
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How much is political bull $hit / ounce.  I hear a lot of it. If I could only repackage and sell it to anybody.

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 23:14 | 3044822 egoist
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I presume CO2 will show up on the list in a year or 2.

Sat, 12/08/2012 - 01:58 | 3045064 Bansters-in-my-...
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Wanna buy some human eggs,man....

Wired is right.

Sat, 12/08/2012 - 02:46 | 3045107 merizobeach
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"Wired is right."

They also published an article called "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us".  Fascinating:

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