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Firearm fever spreads across Huntsville, Ala.; gun and ammunition shortages reported
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In the wake of school shootings in Connecticut and the resulting renewed interest in gun control demand for weapons, particularly AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles and the ammunition they take, has skyrocketed to levels not seen in years. People have been crowding stores that carry the weapons since the shootings and businesses including Larry's Pistol & Pawn, Gander Mountain, and WalMart in Huntsville, Ala., were either sold out of the rifles or experiencing extremely short supply. More



'Pawn Stars' impact?: Pawnshop operators see mixed influence from show
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While she isn't seeing the kind of high-end collectable that has become the staple of the History Channel show "Pawn Stars," Leslie McCoy says she is seeing an increase in the number of people coming into her Pocatello, Idaho, store, something she attributes to the show. "The pawn shows have drawn more attention to us, and people are now aware that pawnshops have more than just guns and ammo," said McCoy, pawn manager at Vickers Western Stores & Pawn Shop. "They know we have an array of things, so they are more willing to come in." More

Feds: Counterfeit money being manufactured using everyday office equipment
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Millions of counterfeit dollars are flooding cash registers, and more often than not, this "funny money" is being manufactured using everyday office equipment, federal authorities said. Heath Kellogg, a graphic artist known as "The Printer," his father and four other men were busted in November after authorities said the men produced more than a million dollars in counterfeit bills. More

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EZCorp wraps up GoCash deal
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EZCorp Inc. has finalized a $27 million transaction, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating that its deal to buy GoCash LLC has been inked. The Austin, Texas-based pawnshop operator reported that 1.4 million shares of common stock were issued in connection with the acquisition of GoCash and certain affiliates. More

Gold's dilemma in 2013
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While stocks ended 2012 and started the new year off with a bang, gold has been notably absent from investor euphoria as of late, as risk-taking favors equities over metals in the near-term. There is no doubt that gold has been a phenomenal performer over the last decade, but it might be time to entertain the idea that the environment might get more challenging for gold as a leader relative to stocks. More



Chesterfield, Va., considers new zoning for payday lenders and pawnshops
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Chesterfield, Va., officials are considering efforts that could restrict pawnshops, along with alternative financiers that offer cash advances. The cash advance businesses and payday centers are located all over the Richmond area. And although some residents don't mind that such businesses exist, it could soon be a challenge to find such institutions in Chesterfield County. More

'Pawn Stars', 'Storage Wars' headed to Amazon Prime in A+E deal
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Amazon announced a new content licensing agreement with A+E Networks to add popular shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Storage Wars" to its Prime Instant Video service. The deal brings previous seasons of shows from A&E, bio, History, and Lifetime to Prime. The newly added shows are also available to non-Prime members for purchase through Amazon Instant Video. More

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Author completes 'Pawndemonium'
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Author Jeff Quinn has just completed his most recent book, "Pawndemonium," based on his experiences while employed at The Pawn Place in Show Low, Ariz. Incessantly in pursuit of thought-provoking topics and interesting characters, world-traveling author Jeff Quinn decided a pawnshop might offer an ideal backdrop for his quest. He wasn't disappointed. More

Pawnshop exec in Singapore took gold bars from vault
The Straits Times via AsiaOne    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Singapore pawnshop employee who helped himself to about $465,000 worth of gold bars, jewelry and cash was sentenced to five years' jail. Customer service executive Desmond Kee Chia How, 27, owed money to a loan shark and was looking for a way to pay. More

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