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Use These Simple Hacks to Get The Best Prices at Pawn Shops

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Pawn shops will come in handy when you need cash now, but prices will depend on your item’s resale value or current market value. Even with antiques, e.g. vintage guitars, a pawnbroker will need to validate its value. Therefore, it really helps to know what your item is worth.

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To better your chances, try submitting to multiple local pawn shops for fast cash on Submitted items get seen by dozens of shops, and you can receive cash offers in real-time. For example, if you have a guitar, specify the age, make and model, and take a good photo. You may have exactly what a pawnbroker wants, so give as many details as possible.

These tips will get you cash offers faster:
  • Find a pawn shop that is interested in your item. (!)
    • Give clear Details:
      1. Usable: “New,” “Like New,” “Used.” (Does it work?)
      2. Year and model number.
      3. Color and size.
      4. Antique or historic value. (If applicable.)
  • Submit photo of your item:

When you start getting offers, review them carefully and decide which pawn shop you want to do business with. If a pawn shop sends you a message asking for more details, answer them promptly for they’re probably interested in what you got!

Most popular items on PawnGuru:

  • Watches
  • Gold jewelry
  • Handguns
  • Smartphones
  • PlayStations
  • Xbox consoles

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How to Get The Best Prices at Pawn Shops
Learn how to get pawn shops to offer the most money for your item! These tips will surely help you to get the best prices at pawn shops.
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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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