Should You Pawn or Sell Your Jordans?

January 22, 2020 - Clothing, Accessories and Handbags

Jordans can be an addiction– that’s no secret.

For decades, Jordans have been a hot item for millions of people, and thousands of us were those kids that always got the new pair, even if our old one was just fine.

But what happened to all of those old pairs of sneakers that we lost touch with when new Jordans came out? Are they still lying around in your mom’s basement? Or are you still buying new Jordans and have a few perfectly fine pairs lying around?

You can pawn or sell Jordans for cash if they’re in the right condition, and we’re here to teach you how.

Should You Pawn or Sell Jordans for Cash?

Bringing your shoes to a pawn shop is a great way to get a decent value for items and leave the store with cash in hand. It’s a direct process and there’s no waiting around, unlike selling things online or elsewhere.

There are a few things that you need to do before you go ahead and sell those sneakers. The first thing is to look at them and assess the damage, then take the steps below to tune them up into their finest form.

1. Clean the Jordans Well

This is really the main thing that you need to do before you take the shoes to a pawn shop. Look around the shoes and try to identify any scuffs or discolorations. Then, look around your house for one of the following: toothpaste, nail polish, baking soda, or a little bit of alcohol.

You can grab a damp towel or a toothbrush and add a little of whatever cleaning material you can find. Lightly brush or scrub the scuffed areas and give the rest of the shoe a little love as well. There’s likely a faint coating of dust and dirt that is difficult to see but will certainly bring down the value of the shoe.

2. Make ’em Look Nice

If your shoes were just lightly worn, you won’t have too much do to in the way of cleaning and adjusting, but some shoes might need a little more love. If the laces are discolored and torn, for example, you should try and find another set of laces that match the color.

You should also take a look at the sole of the shoe. It may have holes, rips, and discolorations. If this is the case, go ahead and buy a cheap sole that looks nice and put it in the shoe.

The sole is where a lot of the odor comes from in shoes as well, so swapping the sole will make the item seem a lot more new. Doing all of these things ups your chances of selling the Jordans and making a good amount of money on them.

If You’d Rather Sell Than Pawn

You have to make the decision between pawning and selling when you enter the pawn shop. If you have an item that you don’t want anymore, you should sell it. For example, if your Jordans have no use for you and you don’t have an attachment to them, sell them.

If you’re in need of cash fast and have a valuable item, you should pawn it. When you pawn something you can buy it make from the store with some interest. You’re just using the pawn shop as a way to take out a small loan.

If you’re doubting the decision to sell your Jordans, you should just pawn them and see if you want them back later. There’s no harm in that, and the interest on the loan is typically pretty small with items like shoes.

Don’t Stop There

If you want to sell Jordans for cash, you should bring a few other items to the pawn shop while you’re at it. Get all of that old stuff off your hands and make some money while you’re doing it!

If you’re interested in learning more about pawn shops, we have all the information that you need.

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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