Items Pawn Shops Don’t Want to Buy from You

February 02, 2020 - Pawn Resources

At PawnGuru, we’re all about helping pawn customers get the most cash for what they pawn or sell.

However, there are some items that are more likely than others to get rejected by a pawn shop when you ask for an offer.

In this post, we’ll tell you which items pawn shops are least likely to give you money for. If you are disappointed to see that a certain item falls on this list because you were hoping to pawn or sell it, don’t worry. We put together a blog post called Best Things to Pawn for Quick Cash and this should serve as a good backup resource for you to learn what else you can pawn.

Continue reading to learn what pawn shops don’t take so that you can save yourself time in the pawning process and get the most cash possible today!

Common Items Brought to Pawn Shops that Don’t Get Offers

As a platform that helps facilitate millions of dollars in offers for pawners, we also collect a lot of data that shows common items people attempt to pawn that often don’t receive offers.

The reasons why pawn shops give less offers for some items can vary. This could be due to the poor condition of a specific item, a lack of consistency with what the shop resells and many more reasons.

Take a look at this list of items below that pawn shops most frequently turn down.

  • Baseball cards
  • Pearls
  • Motorcycle helmet
  • Alternator
  • 22-inch rims
  • Refrigerator
  • Basketball cards
  • Crutches
  • Disney VHS tapes
  • Old cellphones (newer iPhones and Androids would be an exception)
  • Dresser
  • Jordan shoes
  • Oxygen tank
  • Transmission
  • Sofa
  • Tanning bed
  • Tattoo Equipment
  • Sewing machine
  • VHS tapes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Broken TV
  • Dress
  • Chandelier
  • Dryer
  • Radiator
  • LG Tribute 5
  • Mirror
  • Hospital bed
  • Table
  • Painting
  • Safety harness
  • Tungsten carbide ring
  • Car amp
  • Piano
  • 24-inch rims
  • Baby swing
  • Grandfather clock
  • Typewriter
  • Gucci shoes
  • Formal dress
  • China
  • Bedroom Set
  • VCR
  • Desktop computer
  • Propane tanks
  • Power chair
  • Phone cases
  • Baby crib
  • Electric stove
  • Ugg boots

How to Have a Successful Pawn Experience

To pawn an item successfully and get the most money possible, we again suggest you read Best Things to Pawn for Quick Cash. Once you are familiar with the items that you can sell for a decent chunk of cash at a pawn shop, follow the steps below to pawn your item easily on PawnGuru.

At PawnGuru, we provide you with an online space to list your item for bid. It doesn’t cost you anything, and once you have your item listed, pawn shops in your local area will receive notice. This allows you to get multiple cash offers that you can compare, all in one place. Read on to learn how to do this!

  1. List your item online at PawnGuru—it’s fast, free and easy!
  2. Watch offers roll in from pawn shops in your area
  3. If you see an offer you like, accept it!
  4. Visit the pawn shop with your item to finalize the offer and get cash in hand

David Stiebel
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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May 11, 2018, 12:25 AM

This was a really good review and lesson learned for someone just learning how to sell items on the Internet. Thanks so much for your honesty and quick lesson.

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