Spring Cleaning! Pawn or Sell Items?

February 17, 2020 - Pawn Resources

If you got a head start on spring cleaning be sure to pick up the cash lying around – and I don’t just mean actual dollars and coins.

With the exception of seasonal items, anything you have not used or benefited from in the past few months might be a convenient way to earn some cash. Why don’t you give that boost towards your vacation fund?

More and more people who have never been to pawn shops before are becoming interested in these short-term solutions. Reality shows aside, pawnbrokers can testify to this and are happily able and willing to assist customers looking to cash in without the need for stardom. Online services such as, Amazon, Craigslist, and eBay offer methods to getting rid of used stuff; however to some folk it may be more about getting quick cash and not joining the millions of competitors online. Check out the facts below so you can make an informed decision on whether or not you want to use a pawn shop.

Pawn Shops Have Three Functions

  • Large & Small Collateral Loans:  

    You bring in an item of value, guitar, snow blower, power tools, or laptop to a pawn shop, if the Pawnbroker is interested in s/he will offer you cash in while holding onto your product in storage. Upon agreeing to the loan amount, you receive a ticket detailing the terms and conditions of the cash loan. The cash amount of a pawn loan will be a portion of the value of the item you brought in. When you repay the loan you to the Pawnbroker, you get back your item as you had previously left it.

  • Buying Used & New Items:

    You bring in your item of value, old jewelry, PS4, a few Blu-rays, or a Walther handgun to a pawn shop to simply sell. Depending on a  Pawnbroker’s interest in buying your item will depend on the shop’s clientele. If there’s a local demand for the particular item and more importantly if the market value of the item can allow for a profit at resale, will influences every Pawnbrokers decision. While pawn shops buy items often, the main part of the business is giving loans. Pawn loans allow for pawn shops to earn more profit potentially. Therefore, it is more desirable in the business.

  • Selling Items like a Retail Store:

    You need to get a lawnmower for the summer, a laptop for work or you’re interested in finding a new guitar. All the items that pawn shops have collected through purchases or by customers not repaying their loans will eventually be placed on store shelves for anyone to buy. Since these items are typically obtained at a low cost to the shop, customers can benefit financially by getting items in various categories discounted. Get a 60” SmartTV for 50% less the full-price market value or save a few hundred dollars with a brand name guitar.

Not All Pawn Shops Are Created Equal

As with every financial institution, pawn shops are heavily regulated at the local, state, and Federal levels. The NPA has previously reported that the national average pawn loan to be $150 and that 85% of all pawn loans are paid back. Interest rates will vary per pawn shop depending on your location. Every state is different, but interest charges are usually lower than credit card interest, utilizing a pawn shop never affect your credit. Many Pawnbrokers will be flexible to accommodate individuals in a financial struggle. Be sure to come prepared to a pawn shop by knowing the local and state laws, and educating yourself on your items current market value. This way there won’t be any disparities or assumptions on your item’s worth, and you can better negotiate a cash offer that isn’t far-fetched and instead more to your liking.

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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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Caleb Hart

April 29, 2015, 5:56 PM

I didn’t know that pawn shops are growing in popularity. I am recently divorced and still have my wedding ring. Of course I don’t want a symbol that reminds me of my ex-wife. Does anybody know how to find a pawn shop in the area in which you live.

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PawnGuru (@PawnGuru)

April 29, 2015, 7:23 PM

Hey Caleb,
PawnGuru finds people multiple cash offers from local pawn shops. It’s free to use and will find you great offers without the need to carry an item from shop to shop.

Watch our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTHnudF3Blk
Submit an item here: https://www.pawnguru.com/submit-pawn-request

– PawnGuru

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Grant Harper

May 13, 2015, 10:29 PM

I have been cleaning out my home lately and I have quite a few things that I would like to get rid of. It would be really nice to be able to sell them to a pawnshop. It sounds like selling to a pawnshop would be really nice because then you can get discounts on other items. This would be great, because right now I am looking to get some used appliances to add to my home. It would be interesting to see if the pawnshop had some of the items that I needed. Thanks for the great post!

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PawnGuru (@PawnGuru)

May 14, 2015, 5:11 PM

Your welcome Grant Harper! Let us know if you have any questions.

– PawnGuru

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Brandon Roberts

August 17, 2015, 1:09 PM

I really appreciate you talking about this. My wife and I just got done cleaning our apartment last week, and we found a ton of things that we don’t need anymore. We were thinking about pawning them, but we weren’t too sure on what that would do for us. So thank you for clearing up some of our confusion about pawnshops. Because now I have a pretty good idea on what would be the best option for us to do.

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Max Jones

July 20, 2017, 3:30 PM

I’m glad that you talked about some local pawn shops selling things like a retail store. We’ve been looking for some things for our yard work, so I think that being able to check our local pawn shops for a lawnmower like you talked about would be worth a shot before we would go out and pay top dollar for one. I’m going to have to try and think about local pawn shops a little bit more and figure out what would be best for us to try and find there in the future!

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Ridley Fitzgerald

August 24, 2018, 11:56 PM

It’s good to know more about pawn shops. I like how you said that they can pretty much buy anything, depending on their interest. We’re cleaning out our basement, so I’ll have to find a pawn shop.

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