As the founder of PawnGuru, I’m always surprised by what people want to pawn and sell – and what pawn shops want to buy and loan on.
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Last week a man in Florida tried to pawn a jet pack. Right around the same time, a woman in Detroit discovered and sold a beautiful vintage Corvette in a house she’d bought sight-unseen. And a computer programmer sold his Google Glass on PawnGuru just last night.
These are the stories of the coolest merchandise we’ve seen on PawnGuru, the biggest service for getting consumers multiple offers from pawn shops in the entire world.
Jet-Lev Water Propelled Personal Jetpack
You were probably hoping for something straight from Tony Stark’s basement – when we saw “jetpack” flash across our screens in the office, we were too. Alas, consumer jetpacks haven’t quite caught up to Iron Man’s jet and rocket propulsion systems. One of just a couple hundred made, the Jet-Lev is painted like a shark and designed to ferry its user over seas and lakes. A hose pulls water from just under the surface to a propulsion system (strapped to the user’s back) that fires a fierce stream back down. It’s strong enough to keep a fully grown man 20 feet in the air.
If you’d like to see it in action, we highly recommend checking out the company promo:
1978 Yellow Corvette Pace Car
100% as cool as it sounds. Many people don’t know that you can pawn or sell a car to a pawn shop. But we’re sure glad the Vette’s accidental owner did! Having been left alone for years (we’re not sure how many), this ‘78 Vette came in needing serious interior work and fresh wheels and tires. But its gorgeous body convinced a local shop owner to drop $10,000 for it the same day.
People pawn and sell electronics every day on PawnGuru – from TVs to Playstations to Macbooks. But the rarest electronic gadget we’ve seen was a barely-used Google Glass, which was sold just last night. When we called the customer to ask why he wanted to sell it, he told us he was a computer programmer in Detroit who wanted to start saving cash to buy an Oculus virtual reality system!