I just bought my first American Liberty 1 oz silver for $50(did I pay too much for it? ) at a local dealer. Thing is I question if it is too late to get in the game of buying silver? What is the best ways to buy silver without going through a dealer, and avoid mark up fees. Only options I know is http://www.apmex.com or SLV but SLV is just ETA I rather have the real thing. I know buying silver in bulk gives you a small discount but I want to buy Silver at its true market cost. Heard also find 50 cent coins pre 1964(90%) and 1965-1970(40%) find them at stores,walmart,etc or even where you work. If the dealers can go through the Mint getting silver wholesale why can't I? hell with them making profit. All it is the coins just sit there to look pretty in a walk in shop. I rather follow the steps what the wealthy people do to aquire silver. I highly doubt they spend their time at flee markets(no offence) or local dealers. They have ways getting silver somehow at wholesale cost. I'm going to be joining the military soon I'm planning on using 90% of my worthless paper salary to build a portfolio but I rather trade cash for assets that don't devalue. Than let the cash sit in the bank, and become less of its value. I just dont want to get ripped off. I just want to know where, how, and when to buy silver. I had $50 sitting in my scottrade so I bought 1 SLV for giggles. One thing I do fear is buying at the wrong time like now. My ultimate question is buying silver right now is the missing point or not? so I buy several thousand dollars of silver in the future. I fear is then the Fed takes money out of circulation to give the markets more purchasing power, and silver plumments. The Fed isn't stupid they first inflate then rob everyone by deflation then the cycle repeats. I just need some advice on investing in silver in these tough times.