I know that owning a metal ETF (SLV, GLD) only gives you exposure to the underlyingf price swings, but is not the same thing as owning the metal. I also know that if you wanted, you could take delivery on the physical contract, but those contracts are too rich for my blood, so here's a few questions: 1) What are some reputable online dealers for silver/gold? I prefer to be able to purchase in smaller increments (coins, 1oz bars, etc). One blog I read listed ApMex as an example. Can you also get stuff directly from the US mint? 2) What can you expect to pay for the privilege of owning the actual metal? I know you'll pay a premium, but what should you expect from a reputable dealer? Thanks much for your input. (and if there's already a good thread on this, please point me in that direction).