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Pawnshops with a twist
WLNY-TV
Michele Savoia loves his motorcycle and his 1958 Chris Craft, but he couldn't afford both. So he came up with a plan to use his first love to help finance his new love and turned to a pawnshop looking for high-end items. … Tom McDermott, chief executive officer of Borro USA, says his company fills a lending void by providing low-interest collateral-based loans.
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Florida pawnshop caters to women
The Tampa Tribune
One of only a handful of female pawnbrokers in the state of Florida, Lauren Myhre knew she was on to something when she opened She Money Pawn shop two years ago. Her husband Kevin opened his Tampa Gun & Pawn in 1979, and over the years, Lauren Myhre noticed a trend.
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Discovering its own 'Pawn Star' in Oxford, Miss.
HottyToddy.com
Suppose a person needs a few bucks to tide themselves over until the next paycheck? Or you're looking for a gift for that special someone, but don't want to spend a boatload? Well, that's where Oxford Pawn Shop owner W.A. Allgood says he can help in a pinch.
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Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement
FOX News
A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.
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Secondhand market for personal electronics is hot
Star Tribune via The Columbus Dispatch
As electronic devices proliferate, retailers are seeing record numbers of used laptops, smartphones and tablets being sold for quick cash or credit. Best Buy Co. launched a trade-in program in 2009 for items such as cellphones, video games and computers, and it's getting more popular every year.

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'123456' replaces 'Password' on annual 'Worst Passwords' list
Small Business Trends
The number combination "123456" replaces the only slightly more obvious "Password" at the top of the "Worst Passwords" list compiled annually by password security company SplashData. The list of 25 is compiled from millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year.

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10 YouTube alternatives for small businesses
Small Business Trends
YouTube recently began rolling out unlimited video streaming for all users. The Google-owned video site has been demonstrating the worth of online video to individuals and brands alike for years, and has stood out as the go-to video sharing site above its competition.

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Suspect ID'd in $28,000 Montco, Pa., pawnshop heist
The Philadelphia Inquirer
An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect who allegedly made off with $28,000 in gold jewelry during a Montgomery County, Pa., pawnshop robbery in May. Police have made several attempts to take Ja'Kwan Emarcus Gardner, 22, into custody.
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Pawnshop regulations in Montana county try to keep thieves away
KCFW-TV
To make sure pawnshops aren't receiving or selling stolen goods, they have strict regulations to follow. Earlier this month, KCFW-TV reported how Sean David Smith was accused of trying to pawn someone's Purple Heart. It happened at Over the Hill Gang Pawn Shop, and the owner knows a form he's required to get sellers to fill out can stop a suspected thief.
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Swiss company turns cremated human remains into diamonds
Fast Company's Co.Design
History is filled with rich rulers who were buried blinged-out in emeralds, diamonds, and other precious gems. But it's only recently that humans themselves can literally become precious stones. Swiss company Algordanza compresses human ashes into what they call memorial diamonds.
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Re-inventing the bullet: Ammunition manufacturer shows off deadly new round for self-defense use
Al.com
If you've spent much time chatting with firearms aficionados, there's a good chance you've heard one of them weigh in on carrying a .45 caliber self-defense pistol versus investing in one chambered for nine-millimeter rounds. Nine-millimeter nuts brag about the number of rounds their weapons can carry. Most full-sized nine-millimeter handguns come with double-stacked magazines that carry 15-20 rounds each.
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What's your style? The science, art, and Zen approaches to business
Under 30 CEO
The Professor. The Poet. The Prophet. Which management style will inspire your employees and fulfill your long-term goals as your venture grows? While it might be an oversimplification to consider only three management styles, many leaders gravitate toward these stereotypes, and their organizational models follow suit.
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Pawn operator First Cash Financial sees profit jump
Dallas Business Journal
Arlington, Texas-based First Cash Financial Services said that business was up up in 2013, with full-year net income rising to $84.5 million from $80.9 in 2012. Diluted earnings per share rose to $2.86 per share from $2.72 per share in 2012, the company said.
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Thieves take $8,000 watch from Wisconsin pawnshop
Madison.com
Two men looking at an $8,000 watch at a Madison, Wis., pawnshop fled the store with the timepiece while being chased by a store clerk, police reported.
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