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Businesses focused on 2011
Flagstaff Business News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to 43Things.com, the most popular 2011 New Year's resolutions are lose weight, be happy and save money. But what about people's business New Year's resolutions? A survey of some Northern Arizona businesspeople reveals some of the most popular resolutions. "Our resolution, because we've been so successful, is to pay it forward," said Bob Geile of Pawn Management Group-Arizona Franchises. Geile, a managing member of the wholly-owned family business, oversees seven SuperPAWN franchise stores from Flagstaff. More



Illinois shop owner discusses pawn business
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To John Lewis, the cast of Pawn Stars are heroes. "Pawn Stars, with Rick Harrison at the helm, has shown people something we knew all along: that pawnbrokers are cool," Lewis said. "Rick and the crew at Gold and Silver Pawn have transformed the image of the American pawnbroker." Lewis' passion for the stars is unsurprising given his vocation; he's the owner of People's Choice Cash & Pawn, a local shop that hopes to overcome common misconceptions about the business. Lewis is quick to point out that his store is not at all similar to the way pawnshops are often portrayed. More

Pawnshops: Home to treasures and deals
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When it comes to finding a bargain most people shop sales, hit thrift stores or check out deals online but don't rule out local pawnshops. A 19-inch Samsung flat screen TV for $100 — less than half the retail price. A brand new special-edition Wii package for $185, compared to more than $250. Depending on the pawnshop, you can find everything, from bicycles to motorcycles, generators to guitars. More

First Cash reports record 4Q net income
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First Cash Financial Services booked record earnings for the fourth quarter and for the full year as a troubled U.S. economy boosted traffic at its pawnshops and new locations were opened in Mexico, the pawnshop operator said. Fourth quarter net income was $19.56 million, or 62 cents a share, compared to $14.99 million, or 49 cents, during the same period last year. More

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History's 'Pawn Stars' draws record 7 million viewers
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History's reality series Pawn Stars and American Pickers found audience treasure Monday night (Jan. 24), with each show securing audience records and leading the network to cable's best ratings performance for the evening. Pawn Stars, which follows a family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, drew a network record 7 million total viewers and 3.7 million adults 18-49 during its 10:30 episode, according to History officials. More
Related story:  'Pawn Stars' vs. 'Hardcore Pawn' (Television Without Pity)


Gold eases as Egypt rally loses steam
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Gold eased after posting its largest daily gain in eight weeks and while the market did encounter some safe-haven buying on the back of the unrest in Egypt, this was expected to be temporary. Gold is set for its worst monthly performance since December 2009, driven down by the improving tone of some key U.S. economic data, growing investor confidence and a near-record decline in holdings of metal in exchange-traded funds. More



Glass eye one of most unique items pawnshop has seen
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With the popularity of shows like "Antiques Roadshow" and "Pawn Stars," and the current economy, Auburn, Calif., residents are looking to buy, sell, consign and pawn a number of treasures. Ron Solomon, owner of Auburn Jewelry and Loan, said people take out collateral loans on a variety of items on a daily basis. More

Man tried to sell me fake gold
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Police say a Boston man picked the wrong mark when he tried to sell him fake gold jewelry at a grocery store. The man approached William Pace and offered to sell him a bracelet and chain marked as 14 karat gold for $100. Two problems — Pace is the police chief in Randolph, Mass., and he owns a jewelry store. More

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Pawnshop chains are gaining new respectability and profits
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Years ago pawnshops conjured up images of Skid Row, thieves trading in stolen jewelry, and down-and-out people hocking their valuables for hard cash. In 2011, pawn and loan chains are gaining new respect. They're filling a niche that most banks don't provide: offering modest loans. More

Egg Harbor Township authorities looking to regulate shops
in New Jersey that buy precious metal

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Any time a Egg Harbor Township, N.J., shop purchases a precious metal item, it will be required to take a digital photo of it, record a description of the jewelry, and take down the identification information of the seller, Police Chief Michael Morris said. That information would be sent instantly to the Police Department. More

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