Pawn or Sell Your Skateboard?

February 01, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

Pawn shops can come in handy when we’re in need of quick cash.

The thing is, our items that have value aren’t always ones we want to get rid of for good. The nice thing is, you don’t have to lose your item forever.

You have the option to pawn or sell your items. Pawning entails you giving the item over to the shop in exchange for some cash. When you want the item back, you pay the shop a little more than they gave you initially.

Selling is when you completely offload the item for cash. For the skaters out there who need some quick cash, a skateboard can fetch a pretty good price at a pawn shop. If you’re trying to pawn or sell skateboards, we’re here to teach you how.

Should You Pawn or Sell Skateboards?

Before you sell the board, ask yourself if you’re going to use it again. The price you get from selling it will be about the same as pawning it, except you won’t have the option of buying it back.

Pawning is the better option if you’re feeling any apprehension about losing the skateboard. If you pawn it and realize that you want it back, you can just buy it from the shop. Selling does not give you the same option.

The choice is yours, but if you have any doubts, pawning is the way to go.

How to Make the Most Money

There’s going to be some variation in payment depending on the specifications of your board. There’s not much difference between skateboards for most people unless it’s brand new and all of the parts are extremely high quality.

You could try to explain to the pawnbroker how valuable the individual parts are. For example, you may have paid a little extra for trucks, wheels, bearings, and grip tape when you purchased the board. Unfortunately, you’ll make more money if you focus on the exterior of the deck and grip tape.

Make It Look Newer

You can help the appearance of your deck a lot by doing a couple of simple things. Take a towel and some rubbing alcohol to the bottom of your board, trying to work out all of the scuffs that might be present. A lot of rails and curbs will leave marks on the board that can be scrubbed off.

Also, if your board has been left out in the rain or tampered with a great deal, it’s likely that the grip tape is going to be a little wonky. If this is the case, consider buying some new grip tape and putting it on. While it will be a small investment, it could significantly up the reward that you get.

Finally, scrub down the trucks and wheels, just getting off any extra damage that you can. You’ll want to spray a little WD-40 on the bearings too. This will allow the wheel to spin longer when the pawnbroker inevitably spins and checks how long it goes.

These things could boost the value by ten to twenty dollars, allowing you to roll out of the shop with a decent chunk of change. If nothing else, give it a shot and see what they say.

Have Anything Else to Sell?

If you are in need of money fast, you should definitely consider pawning or selling. If you’re wondering whether you should pawn or sell skateboards, make sure you’re making a decision you won’t regret.

Items you have an attachment to are the items that you should look into pawning, and we can help you check if it’ll be worth your time.

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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