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Museum grade pawnshop to open in South Dakota
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The owners of The Clock Shop in Rapid City, S.D., will open what they call a natural progression for their business — a pawnshop. But Chris Johnson is quick to explain this is not your typical pawnshop. "Museum-grade," he calls it. Presidential Pawn has dark, plush carpeting and warm lighting from home-style fixtures, casting a glow on items like a 1940 Harley-Davidson, a set of Revolutionary War-era portraits and framed, signed letters from Elvis Presley. More

Budget-gift ideas at Phoenix pawnshop
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In today's economy, everyone is looking to save a buck. But what do you do when it comes to love? You don't want to skimp on jewelry, especially if you're planning to get engaged or buy an anniversary ring. Instead of thinking about a traditional jewelry store, try resale for a better deal. Stan Grossman, owner of Glendale Pawn & Jewelry in Phoenix, has some great tips for getting the most bang for your buck when shopping for your perfect Valentine's Day gift.

Kmart offers financial services in pilot program
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Twenty-three Kmart stores in the Los Angeles area and three other markets are testing financial centers where consumers can cash checks and pay bills. Kmart joins Wal-Mart in offering basic services to consumers who have little if any access to traditional banks. "We're looking at how to better utilize the real estate in our stores and to better serve our customers," said Shannelle Armstrong, spokeswoman for Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Kmart. Ten of the Kmart stores are in the Los Angeles area, seven in Illinois, five in Puerto Rico and one in Wisconsin. More


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Pawnshops in Eastern Kentucky town must install cameras
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Roddy Harrison, mayor of Williamsburg, Ky., says the city council passed a new ordinance for pawnshops to help their local police catch those who use the viable businesses for illegal means. "It does look like we're targeting pawnshops. Actually we're not. I think these are two tools that will help them. And help police," said Harrison.

TV's macho hunters and gatherers
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"Antiques" and "adrenalin" don't seem like they belong in the same sentence. But a new breed of television show makes the finding and selling of vintage items look like a life of adventure. Whether they are set in pawnshops or peer into the hitherto obscure realm of storage-unit auctions, these hugely popular series ditch the aura of tweedy refinement surrounding precursor programs such as PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" (based on a British import) and instead present antiquing as rugged, manly and all-American. More

'Pawn Stars' hit gold
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Alice Wojdan and Richard Benavides of San Antonio took a trip to Las Vegas, visiting the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop was on their list of things to do. Wojdan wanted to find out the value of a 1929 $5 bill from the Philippines, a 1905 Russian bill and American paper money from 1863. She also wanted to see the store, items and people made famous by "Pawn Stars," the reality show on the History Channel. Every day, people line up to get inside the family-run 24-hour pawnshop at 713 S. Las Vegas Blvd., a few blocks from downtown. More

Database to help police better track stolen goods at pawnshops
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A centralized database for pawnshops will soon help Newport News, Va., police try to track stolen goods more effectively. The city's nine pawnshops will email merchandise information to the new system, which tracks merchandise online nationally. Currently pawnshop owners report items individually to police every day. Most of the reports are picked up by a police officer or sent through the mail. Then they are sorted through to match stolen goods with crimes. More

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Gold rise in trading
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The precious metal is off for a bullish trend, after the recent drop in the metal's price lured investors to purchase the metal. Gold fell this month by more than 5.6 percent, signaling the worst start since 1997, but a report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed that managed-money fund's long positions in gold have dropped for three straight weeks. More

EZCorp net income rises to $27.4 million
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Austin, Texas-based pawn and loan giant EZCorp Inc. profited $27.4 on $218.8 million revenue in the fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, according to newly released earnings' report. The financial gain comes as the company plans a continued growth spurt in 2011. More

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7 small business storage trends in 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It seems like only yesterday that a one gigabyte hard drive was considered massive. These days, half a terabyte is the norm, even for small businesses. Here's a perennial trend you can count on: you will always need more small business storage. More

Virginia lawmakers consider more regulations for pawnshops
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Virginia politicians are considering more regulations on pawnshops. The proposal would require pawnshops to take a digital photo of every customer who pawns jewelry or other precious metals. A spokeswoman with the Bristol, Virginia Police Department says if this bill passes, it could help cut down on crime, especially metal thefts. Click here to watch the broadcast story. More

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