2,300 Buddhist Amulets and Counting…

We still have over 2,300 Thai amulets that we need to sell! We are considering another massive sale this Summer, same as our usual annual sale, but not sure how to go about it. Ideally we would sell the amulets by the tray – there are 40 amulets per tray. Problem is, the cost of each would be a lot for individuals that wanted to take advantage of the amulet sale. Those looking to buy bulk items would be really very happy because we could offer forty amulets at a time for a deep discount – around 50%.

Our main site is: Thai Amulet Sales >

Our Shop is: Thai Amulet Sales at Shopify >

We looked at our statistics for the past 6 years, and the growth of visitors coming to our tiny site has really grown steadily. Business too is going along well. Still, we are considering selling the website so we can better focus on some other projects that are doing even better than this business. Filling amulet orders isn’t difficult, and it isn’t very time consuming either, but it does take us away from our other pursuits.

If you would like to talk about purchasing this business – let us know. The price would be under $30,000 USD. This takes into account a multiple of monthly net and our amulet, necklace, bracelet, and other items in inventory. Another scenario is, if we don’t sell the business, we need to ramp it up considerably so we have a reason to focus on it. Ideally the sales would be about 3x what they are now. This would give us a good reason to continue the site because it would grow to a size that makes it our primary income business. If you would like to talk about investing in the business, let us know too.

:) Joy B.

Thai Amulet Sales Changes

Reverse side of solid silver Buddha amulet from Thailand. Gold Buddha, silver background and Jatukam style amulet from Thailand temple. Green granite Buddha in Somdej style. Luang Phor Tuad stone carved amulet - very rare. King Bhumibol is on the reverse side of one of our solid silver amulets featuring Buddha. Solid silver collectors edition Buddha amulet (pendant). Lovely style! The most lovely Buddha statues we've ever found If nobody buys this one, ok, we are happy to keep it!

Hi all!

We are announcing some changes for 2015. We started this little business almost 7 years ago now. We never expected so many great customers to find us during this time. We never expected to make this any sort of business at all. Very nice how it worked out, and we’re committed to making it even better.

Starting with the website. There are a number of amulets, necklaces, and a couple of bracelets that are not in stock anymore. We haven’t got them stocked, the temples we visit, don’t have them either. The website is just HTML based and hard to edit. We are going to switch to a wordpress site, but it will be quite customizable. We’ll add a shopping cart to it so you can order with confidence again. The Paypal buttons we use on our site are buggy. The code changes in our html editors, and we have to go through and pick out one little blip that causes the entire page not to work. If the Paypal order system isn’t working, you aren’t ordering and we’re not able to send anything out. Not a good sales scenario!

So, we are building the new pages now and we’ll switch over to the new ThaiAmuletSales.com site within about 3 weeks. That’s wishful thinking. There are over 200 pages we have to rebuild in WordPress. Maybe more like 5-6 weeks. Lol.

What it means for you:

  • coupon codes we can give you to take a discount off your amulet order in certain circumstances
  • sort amulets by price or category!
  • faster loading pages because you wont have to use the pages that have hundreds of amulets listed, you can sort them by 20 per page, 50 per page, depending on how fast your internet connection can display the amulets and other items.
  • better photos – we’re taking hundreds of photos to revamp all that we have now!
  • a very nice add to cart experience and you can checkout with Paypal as a customer or just use your credit card for a one-time payment, no Paypal account needed
  • free shipping, same as always
  • free blessed Buddhist bracelets from the temples, same as always
  • free necklace, same as always
  • international tracking for amulet orders over $40-50

So, it will be quiet here for new posts for a little while until we can get this all setup. Did I say 5-6 weeks? Maybe 8 weeks. LOL. We’ll do our best, but this is a very big project and we don’t exactly have free-time to spare.

If there are amulets, necklaces, bracelets, figurines, yant flags, murals, wall hangings, statues, or anything else you want to see but haven’t found at our site yet, do let us know!

Sawasdee ka!

JB

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History of Thailand Buddhism

There is a great write-up, an overview of Buddhism in Thailand that can be found at Wikipedia. Usually Wikipedia is hit and miss for accuracy on specific subjects, but I read over this one and it seems pretty right on. There is much that I couldn’t verify – but what I could, is quite well done.

Wikipedia’s History and Government involvement in Buddhism in Thailand

If you are looking for our information pages on Thai Amulets click a link below:

Below we have history about some important Buddhist figures and concepts.

Click one to see more:

The Buddha – Happy Buddha 

Jinaraj Buddha – Somdej Buddha

Kwan Yin – Ganesh 

Nong Kwak – Luang Phor Tuad 

Jatukam Ramathep 

 Thai Black Magic – Buddha Relics

16 New Thai Amulet Necklaces from Thailand Added!

We just added another 16 different amulet necklaces to the main necklace page here:

Thai Amulet Necklaces ->

We added some nice ones that we have never offered before, some of which we think will become buyer favorites quickly. Keep in mind that when we give away free necklaces when you purchase a Thai amulet, we are giving away a necklace that best matches your amulet, and also matches the price range of the amulet. If your amulet was under $30, you will probably receive one of the $5.95 necklaces for free. If your amulet was more, you might receive one of the others. If you buy an expensive amulet (over $60) you can choose the necklace you receive – except the two necklaces priced at $39.95 each.

Fake Thai Amulets, Thailand Scams, Ebay Scams

We just spent the last 2 hours looking at eBay for Thai amulets. Wow… it’s frightening what has happened there. We don’t usually sell anything on eBay – we have tried in the past, but we don’t understand so much how to sell there. I think we’re better just to have our own amulet site and sell Thai Buddhas and other sacred amulets on our own here and at our other sites – AllBuddhas.com, ThaiAmuletSales.com.

What we found was really quite sad. Amulets we sell here for $30 to $90 USD are being sold on eBay for $150 to $400 USD. These are exactly the same amulets as we have… we know this because we have been selling amulets for 4 years and there are no secrets in the industry. Every amulet seller knows where to get the amulets from.

We saw ebay sellers calling their gold colored amulets – PURE 22K gold poured and crafted. Unbelievable really, when the price of gold these days is at $1,600 USD per ounce… the amulets at the size they were, would have been selling for far less than the current price of gold. Does that make sense?

No, of course not. The amulets are not pure gold and we are 100% on that… do you know why?

There ARE NO pure gold amulets of that type made in Thailand. Really, there aren’t any made.

The only pure gold amulet you will see in Thailand is shaped like a coin – it can be big or small, but usually no bigger than a 10 THB coin or so. Sometimes bigger – yes.

But, there are no solid gold figurines of Buddha being sold in Thailand that we have EVER seen. They just don’t exist.

Likewise, there are VERY few silver Thai amulets – meaning, made of pure silver… the reason is… Buddha amulets are supposed to be made of gold – gold plating, gold paint, whatever, but the color of Buddha is always supposed to be gold. So, when you see solid silver Buddha anything – it is likely not made at a temple.

We sell only a couple of silver colored Buddhas and we were surprised to find them. I don’t know why they were made, but westerners love the silver Buddhas and we can never find enough of them.

The ebay seller that was selling “Solid Gold Poured BUDDHAS” had 12,000+ perfect feedbacks… now, how can that possibly be?

It’s because nobody cracks open their amulet to look. If they did, what would they find?

Usually the amulets that are made in Thailand are made of a metal like bronze, brass, copper, tin, pewter, or iron. They are then either gold plated, or painted gold.

Again, there are no solid gold Buddha figurine amulets in Thailand – that we have seen.

Likewise the cases of amulets are almost never solid gold.

WHY?

The case is to protect the amulet. Gold is very weak… it is like lead. It dings and scratches VERY easily. It does not make a good case.

There ARE solid silver cases though – which are a little bit harder, and can be quite beautiful. We have some.

Typically the cases are gold plated or dipped. We have both.

If you are buying amulets at eBay – please stop. I was going to say, “Be careful” – but, there is no way to be careful. I am sure the amulets we looked at today were almost entirely – fakes. They were not bought at the temple. They were not worth anything near what they were listed for sale as.

Much better for you to come to Thailand yourself and choose amulets from a temple… Or, find a seller that gets amulets from the temple – like we do.

There is no other way to guarantee you have authentic amulets that are worth what you paid. Truly… I wish it was different, but there are scammers on ebay like we cannot believe… and it’s sad to see such a thing because Buddhism is a such a great way of life.

Sad to see people take advantage of others – in the name of Buddha, and Buddhism.

Good luck to you, metta, and good karma!

J&V

Thai Amulet Note – Our Buddhist Sites

We have a number of Buddhist websites, but I don’t think we’ve ever listed them together in one place for buyers to view and come to a conclusion whether we are really Buddhist and interested in selling authentic Thai amulets.

www.Jhana8.com – here I wanted to write about my journey of meditation over the years. There is nothing about Thai amulets here, just a journal about different meditative experiences I’ve had in and out of the jhanas.

seemlessness.thaipulse.com – the original Buddhist meditation journal and collection of experiences. Some videos and mp3’s are here that might be interesting to you if you are into vipassana, anapanasati, other meditation.

www.gurugone.com – here I give a very simple set of steps for meditation that anyone can follow. Guru not needed.

www.ThaiAmuletSales.com – the main site – you are on the blog right now, not the main Thai amulet site.

www.ThaiAmuletSales.com/blog/ – this is the Thai amulet blog site you are on right now. Here is where we release updates, new amulets, other new information that will be helpful to you as you search and research the proper Thai amulets to buy.

thaibuddhaamulets.blogspot.com – the original Thai amulet site. We started this just as a way to get information out about the amulets that were in our area, without thinking we would sell these amulets. Then we go the idea to sell them too – and it’s been 3 years of wonderful times!

Thai Amulet Note – Bangkok vs. Other Temple Amulets

This is a short note to tell you something about the way the Buddhist amulet business works in Thailand. I don’t know it all – and will readily tell you that, however, there are things I’ve learned through the years about Thai amulets that will help you choose the right amulet for yourself or for a gift.

Thai amulets are basically one of two kinds:

1. Made in Bangkok by jewelers to sell for as much money as possible.

2. Made in rural temples, or in Bangkok by authorized Buddhist temple monks or laypersons, that are sold only by the temple and blessed by the temple abbot.

We sell only amulets in the #2 category.

Thai amulets are a gigantic, thriving business in Thailand. There are amulets for every sort of ailment, luck, bad luck, and of every color and design, every material you could think of. Selling amulets in Thailand is a massive and sometimes dark industry where replicas are sold as originals for many thousands of Thai Baht to unsuspecting buyers.

We never wanted to become a part of that side of the business. What we wanted to do, and what we have done  – is create a place where people like you can buy authentic temple created or temple commissioned amulets that are blessed by the Buddhist abbot, and are genuine and as pure authentic as you can find.

If you buy online you don’t often know what you’re getting.

If a website is selling old amulets – that might be a clue that they either – don’t know what they are doing, and so are trying to sell something  just to make a quick dollar. Or, they might be genuine, authentic old amulet sellers that have great amulets to sell.

How would you know?

I wouldn’t know, and I’ve been here for years now. I would say that the only way you are going to really “know” the amulets are genuine is to deal with the people. Are they living in Bangkok? Or, living outside Bangkok? I have found that the vast majority of online Thai amulet site owners live in Bangkok and are more interested in the dollars they can make with Buddhist amulets. They are not concerned with who blessed the amulets and will make things up to tell buyers to get them to buy. The name of the game in Bangkok is to SELL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Quality? Doesn’t matter.

If you are buying amulets – be careful. There are many Thai and western Thai amulet sellers alike that aren’t concerned about what they are selling. We here, are concerned and we only sell amulets from two temples here in Southern Thailand.

If you are interested in seeing amulets we have for sale, go to our main site (www.ThaiAmuletSales.com) and browse Thai amulets for sale. :)

Thai Amulet Note – Solid vs. Plated Gold Cases

I wanted to let Thai amulet buyers know something about the way things work in Thailand for buying amulets. When you first buy an amulet you are probably wondering if the case that holds the amulet is 14k, 18k, 22k or plated 14k, 18k, 22k gold.

Here are some tips:

1. 18K and 22K gold is too soft to make a strong Thai amulet case so you will likely not see them. Gold is like lead – very soft and picks up scratches and dings easily. That isn’t what you want in your jewelry.

2. Thai temples outside Bangkok do not, or more clearly, I haven’t seen them make in 6 years – any solid gold cases for amulets. I don’t know why that is – perhaps to Thais they don’t expect their amulets to be of solid gold because they usually are not. The temples, to save money and production costs – use gold plated amulet cases instead.

3. The 14K gold cases, and occasionally you will find an 18K gold case – are made by jewelers, not monks and not ordered by a temple outside Bangkok.

4. All of the Thai amulets we sell here at Thai Amulet Sales have gold plating – which lasts for a long time with care, and is quite economical compared to 14K gold cases.

5. A 14K Gold case and a 14K gold plated amulet case are much different in price. If you bought a 14K pure gold case you would likely pay over 100-150 minimum for the amulet. With gold plated Thai amulet cases, we can offer them much more reasonably.

Thai Amulet Note – Your Own Amulet Business

Many people are looking for a business opportunity and don’t know how to get started. I have a suggestion…

Thai amulets!

We have been in business for four years now. We have sold Thai amulets to buyers from almost every country in the English speaking world. We have really enjoyed sharing Buddhist amulets with buyers across the globe. You could also come to love it, I think.

We can help you get started if you need it. There is a lot to know about Thai amulets and while we don’t know it all – nor should anyone say they do – we know quite a bit, and more than enough to competently help you start your own online Thai amulet business from wherever you are in the world.

Sourcing – we can source the amulets for you from our local temples and send them to you buy DHL Worldwide or some other major carrier in bulk.

Focus – we strongly suggest you focus on one amulet category – for instance – Buddhas. Or, “Ganesh amulets” or some other type. The reason is, the competition to break into the market is getting stiff and you will have a much quicker time of getting ranked in the search engines by targeting a smaller niche than the larger “Thai Amulets” niche – which is saturated.

You might choose to sell just Takrud amulets, or just Luang Phor Tuad amulets… maybe just Somdej Toh amulets. Up to you.

If you have an interest in starting your own Thai amulet business, or buying this one – do let us know by writing thaiamuletsalescom@gmail.com and we’ll get right back with you.

We have considered selling this business, but would not do it without a fair price. Write us if you have an interest…