There are other dealers where you can purchase the gold for less per gram. Some of them, such as Pamp Suisse are LBMA accredited refineries. The difference with the Karatbar is due to the security built in. Pamp Suisse does not offer the security technology that Karatbars offers.
In 1993 UBS bank from Switzerland announced the creation of the Kinebar which is the hologram feature on the back side of the gold. This was the first time in history that people felt comfortable removing their bullion from the vaults. Prior to that, the gold stayed in storage because it would lose value once if it was not under the bailsman's watch.
As of January of this year (2015), Karatbars has created a much safer and secure product than anyone in the marketplace. All of our gold still has the hologram, but we also use DNA technology where the gold is bathed literally in a unique DNA bath. We also have Genetic Markers hidden in the card and gold itself which can only be seen by black light technology.
Our lamination process is second to none!!!! In the beginning we had the refineries produce our gold with the same lamination which UBS and Argo Heraeus use. Unfortunately, we had issues with the laminate peeling. This led Harald Seiz to find the highest lamination technology in the world. He purchased the machines and hired the staff whereas we now seal the gold in-house at our corporate offices.
I would challenge anyone to hold a UBS 1 gram Kinebar next to a 1 gram Karatbar.... There is absolutely no contest when it comes to quality and security. I would also challenge anyone to find a gram with this technology that is being sold for less. Karatbars will be from $5 to $20 less per gram than any other reseller from what I have seen.
I will post a video following this note to share with you why the security technology we use is so valuable and why gold whether it be produced by Karatbars or any of the kinebar dealers (Argo Heraeus or UBS) is being sought after by so many gold bugs.