Gold closed today at $1276, silver at $1954, platinum at $1349, and palladium at $665. Gold and silver were both down today with platinum and palladium both being up in price. While all 4 metals, which are used in varying amounts by film photographers and printers, are down substantially over the past year the raw cost to us in terms of film or toning solutions have remained constant if not to have increased. While I can see some justification for film (a decreasing market and the continued high cost of maintaining the production infrastructure), I don't see why the cost of the other three metals have remained (in my case) constant or to have increased. Does anyone have an answer to this?
I am not sure if I follow your figures. Are they all priced per ounce? If so why is silver priced higher than Gold and Platinum - a typo?