Should You Pawn or Sell a Used Crossbow?

February 02, 2020 - Guns & Other Firearms

Your used crossbow can do more than collect dust in your home. It can make you money!

Crossbows are one of the hottest commodities for pawn shops across the U.S. They sell quickly, will usually land you a good profit.

With pawn shops, you also don’t need to go through the hassle of selling it yourself. In-person exchanges take away your valuable time, and selling a crossbow online is worse.

Different states have different laws when it comes to crossbows. You can get in trouble if you ship it without considering the laws.

Luckily, pawn shops take that responsibility and get you your money quicker. Keep reading for tips on how to get the most money for your used crossbow!

Make Your Used Crossbow Look Like New

Like everything, you should clean the bow before trying to get it sold. Spending a few minutes wiping the dust off can be the difference between making a sale or not.

Pawn shop owners want their merchandise to look new. They also want to be confident that what they’re purchasing works. Turning in a dirty used crossbow makes the broker less confident that it has been well taken care of.

Brokers look to see if the bow was well taken care of. If it’s clean, they will be more likely to buy it. It’ll make it look like it was well taken care of, and will be functional for its new owner.

Know When Demand Is High

Hunters are the biggest purchasers of crossbows. So when hunting season comes around, pawn shops will pay more money for used crossbows. They have to meet demand, and you will be able to share in the profits.

Keep an eye on your state’s hunting season. The season usually starts with archery sometime in late August. In the run-up to the season, and immediately after it starts, hunters will want new gear.

Location, Location, Location

Hunters also like to hunt as a family. When their children get old enough to hold a bow, hunters will want to teach them.

It can be hard for kids to use a regular bow. Parents usually start them out with a crossbow, since it’s easier to handle.

That means you will want to pawn your crossbow in a store that attracts families. You may not get as good a price at any old pawn shop as you would at one that caters to families.

Making Money Is Just That Easy

When you go into a pawn shop, you should be prepared to negotiate for the best price. Brokers are business-people.

You can play into that. Convince them that your used crossbow will sell quickly and highly, and you will walk out with a thicker wallet!

It’s easier than it sounds, too. Just clean up your used bow, go in at the right time and use the right place. It’ll maximize profit for you and for the pawn shop.

And if you feel ready to get rid of your used crossbow, we can help you today!

David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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