We went on a quick day-trip to one of our favorite temples and found a couple hundred Thai amulets to buy (as usual!) We will be posting them at ThaiAmuletSales.com main amulet store over the next few days.
This will be a big update because we also have other recent amulets we haven't put up yet either - so - over 100 different amulet types and styles will be featured on the new pages. We have been having a lot of trouble finding the same amulets over and over to sell to buyers.
The problem is that the temple doesn't make the same ones repeatedly. Not more than a few times usually. That means we have them, we make pages for them on the site - and then the amulets are no longer available. In this case we ask you to be flexible and order some other amulet, necklace, blessed bracelet, yant cloth, shirt, or other item.
We'll send you an email when this happens and you always have the option to request a refund of your order. If there is any particular amulet you want, you can always try to email us and request it. We are limited in what we get to the particular amulets we find at the temples near us - but, there are quite a few unique amulets we don't buy, but that are popular with Thais.
Again, if we cannot buy many of them at the same time - we usually don't buy them. Recently we have seen some other major amulet websites start selling amulets similar to ours. We know they are not genuine because the price is about 1/4 what we charge.
We buy the amulets direct from the temple - and we mark them up gently - and fairly. If you see amulets cheaper than ours - but similar in appearance, there is no question that the amulets must not be genuine from a temple. Or, the seller is selling at a loss, and you wouldn't see many amulets like that - only one by a seller at a time. Almost always the amulets are from jewelers and amulet warehouses - in which they have thousands made and can sell them for about $1.
These are not Buddhist amulets in any sense of the word, nor are they blessed. You can typically find these junk amulets on Ebay, Ebay stores, and other websites for around $8-15 for most of them. We well the same items for $25 to 40 usually - and if we marked it down any more - we wouldn't make a profit from the amulets. The quality of amulets you get from us versus those found on Ebay is quite different. As I said, the amulets we've seen on Ebay are $1-2 USD.
The amulets we buy from the temple are $10 - 25 usually, but they also have a selection of expensive amulets over $30 that we usually don't buy. On occasion, we buy them - and we have those priced at over $50 at ThaiAmuletSales.com and AllBuddhas.com. For the future we are considering focusing the site on high quality amulets having a solid metal.
For instance, solid silver amulets, solid brass, solid bronze, solid copper. We also love jade - and will be purchasing more solid jade amulets - both white jade and green and black jade, in the not too distant future. If you are considering buying an amulet from Thailand - we hope you choose to buy one that will last forever, and one that you can pass on to your children when you pass on. This is the Thai way, we have a number of amulets from relatives that have passed on and left them to us.
In general, you will pay $90 to 140 for amulets that will last forever. The solid silver amulets we have, solid brass, bronze, copper, and stainless steel - will last forever. We hope you see the value in purchasing amulets of this caliber. If you want to order more than one at this price range - let us know and we will see what discount we can give you.