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Guitars help returning soldiers recover
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VideoBrief Atlanta's Shepherd Center has become a national leader in developing highly effective therapies for seriously injured combat troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The center's therapists use the acoustic guitar to help injured troops regain coordination after returning from war. The only problem was the rehabilitation hospital only had two guitars… Until now, when the National Pawnbrokers Association were among those who stepped in. More

Pawn Stars of Bloomington, Ind.
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A 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card hangs on the wall above Jack McCrory's office door at Ace Pawn Shop in Bloomington, Ind. The card sold at an auction for $82,000 in 2009. Unfortunately, the one in McCrory's shop isn't real. "That's what we call an F.L.E.," McCrory said. "A fine learning experience." More

Small businesses use book clubs and barbecues to retain staff
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A pawnbroker running a book club to retain staff? Sounds like fiction, but that's one of the strategies employed by entrepreneur John Thedford to help keep his employees happy. Thedford, owner of La Familia Pawn & Jewelry, a chain of high-end pawnbroker shops, deploys some unusual team-building practices, in addition to monetary incentives, to entice top workers to stick around. He's hoping they won't be sniffing out new jobs as a nationwide hiring freeze starts to thaw. More

Credit crackdowns are an opportunity for pawnshops
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As you may remember, the financial crisis caused a lot of credit card issuers to crack down on the credit quality of their portfolios — lowering credit limits, denying new applications, even canceling cards, even though the customers weren't yet delinquent. … This has proved a boon for the pawnshop industry. More


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Pawnshop technology helping deputies recover stolen items
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VideoBrief Pawnshops now have new technology that allows Lee County deputies in Florida to search for stolen items online. The sheriff's office launched the new program in December, and they say they've had great success with it. It requires pawnshops and second hand dealers to enter their items online. More

Proposed 'cash-for-gold' shop rules have one owner speaking out
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In the wake of discussions by Egg Harbor Township Committee in New Jersey about a possible ordinance change regulating the way "cash-for-gold" merchants operate, most store owners were keeping quiet when it came to their thoughts on the potential change. However, Frank Devlin, the owner of Frank's Jewelers in the Shore Mall, let it be known that he is not happy with the township's plan, particularly the transaction fee that might be imposed on shops to pay for the new system. More

Wireless video surveillance: Opening the door
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The video surveillance industry has taken giant steps towards infrastructure digitization. This trend continues because digitization enables them to replace the limited capacity and capabilities of analogue transmission networks with the innumerable opportunities provided by IP networks. In particular, IP-based systems offer easy integration and interoperability with a multitude of other systems, enabling the development of a range of innovative telecom infrastructures. More

Investors have $102 billion bet on gold, silver gains
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After the worst January for precious metals in two decades, investors still have a $102 billion bet on higher prices, hoarding more gold than all but four central banks and more silver than the U.S. can mine in almost 12 years. More

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Diamond's are indeed a girl's best friend — especially when turned into sash
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Diamonds are the quintessential symbol of love. They adorn the crests of wedding rings worldwide, and there's still no more steadfast declaration of love than the gift of diamonds, be it in ring, earrings, necklace, or bracelet. However, just as Cash for Diamonds USA's Valentine's Day commercial touts, sometimes our significant others buy us the worst gifts! More

Teens rob man who just left pawn shop and return to same shop
to sell stolen goods

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Two Florida teens robbed a man and stole his Wii console minutes after he got it out of hock, and then returned to the same store to pawn the machine again, Tampa police said. Alert clerks at the Cash America Pawn Shop recognized the game and took photos, thumbprints, and detailed information from the suspects. Police easily tracked down the teens and arrested them. More

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