Tips on properly posting your items

January 14, 2020 - Pawn Resources

Presentation is important, whether you’re going out on a date, interviewing for a job, or even attending a cosplay convention.

The same goes for trying to sell or pawn an item to pawn shops on PawnGuru. To get the best buck for your item, you need to present it right. Pawn shops aren’t going to to waste their time, money, and energy on items that don’t capture their attention. To help you get the highest possible offer for your item, here are a few tips on how to properly present your item.

Gently clean your item

An item that looks visually unappealing will generally get you few to no offers. If you’re trying to pawn or sell a laptop or an iphone that is dusty or dirty, pawn shops are more likely to give you very little. This is in part because it suggests the item wasn’t taken care of – meaning it’s likely to have other, unseen damage.

If the item you’re trying to sell is an antique, then you can most of the time get away with it. And you don’t want to damage an antique by trying to clean it too harshly. Which is why you should make sure you clean your item the right way. For instance, polishing of jewelry can sometimes hurt the value of it. If you polish your gold watch or silver ring, some of the gold or silver can come off decreasing the weight which then decreases the value. For items such as those, I recommend wiping off dirt with a paper towel and water and let pawns shops worry about polishing.

Take high quality images

The image of your item is probably the most important part of your post. When taking a picture of the item you wish to pawn or sell, go to a well lit room to take the picture. Using a camera in places that are not well lit will require you to use a flash, which can create too much glare and obscure important details.

Add any paper or boxing

Pawn shops love the total package. Every time a pawnbroker looks at an item to buy or offer a loan on, he or she is considering the risk that your item might not sell. Having paperwork and the orginal packaging of the item makes them more inclined to give you a higher offer. It improves their confidence that the item is legitimate and authentic, and thus the probability it will sell.

Detailed Descriptions

A detailed description of your item in the is also an important part of your posting. You want enough information on the item so that the pawn shop has a good idea of what they’ll be getting. On the other hand, don’t write a description that is incredibly long, because that may discourage pawn shops from reading it. 3-4 sentences is usually enough to give the correct amount of information on your item. You always want to have in your description where, and when your item was bought with what your item is and does and if it has additional features.  

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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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