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Why the unbanked are a goldmine for pawnshops
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The unbanked are finally getting noticed: From Wal-mart and Target, to check cashing services and pawnshops, NetSpend and Green Dot to American Express, banks and non-banks alike are scrambling to attract these low-risk, highly lucrative potential customers. Even as rising checking account fees drive some out of the traditional banking system altogether, alternative financial services providers clamor for those that banks reject. More




National Pawnbrokers Association starts grass roots campaign to support pawnbrokers on a national level
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As part of the National Pawnbrokers Association's continuing endeavor to integrate new grass roots campaigning platforms into their legislative and advocacy efforts, the association has launched a new call to action using Rally Congress, at act.nationalpawnbrokers.org. The call to action focuses on educating lawmakers about consumer information privacy and protecting Americans' access to short-term, small dollar loans. More

Dynasty Jewelry and Loan named Small Business of the Month
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Dynasty Jewelry and Loan, located in Norcross, Ga., was honored as the Gwinnett Chamber's Small Business of the Month for March 2012. "Everyone at Dynasty is committed to providing great quality and reliable customer service, through what we term 'The Dynasty Difference,'" said owner Ben Levinson, who is also vice president of both the Pawnbrokers Association of Georgia and the National Pawnbrokers Association. More

Masked trio charged in Seattle-area pawnshop robbery; gunshots fired
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The three Seattle-area teenagers accused of trying to rob a Burien, Wash., pawnshop are all facing first degree robbery charges. Prosecutors say Deaundre Dillard, 18, Julian Holiwell, 19, and Zakee Woodard, 17, stormed into Burien's Pawn X-Change wearing dark clothing and black masks. The men, who were armed with handguns, forced two employees to the ground and demanded money from a safe, according to charging documents. More

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A working life: The pawnbroker
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People turn to Michael Wormack when they have joys to celebrate and disasters to bear. He helps them realize their weddings plans and organize their funerals. Often, armed with tea bags and a bourbon cream, he counsels them through abuse, penury and bereavement. It never occurred to me before that priests and pawnbrokers have so much in common. ... Wormack, 26, is the manager of H&T Pawnbrokers in Tottenham, north London. More

College students need money: Should they pawn valuables?
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Pawnshops have gotten quite the makeover in the last couple of years. Once plagued with the stigma of being dangerous and full of stolen goods, pawn shops are now more accepted and almost trendy thanks to reality TV shows highlighting the business and the enduring weak economy. More

'Pawn Stars': Lucky Luciano's ring?
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On "Pawn Stars" a would-be seller discovered that in the world of antiques and collectibles all good yarns have to be backed up with solid documentation. He approached the Harrisons with an elaborate signet ring that he said had once belonged to mobster Lucky Luciano.
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La Familia Pawn in Florida revenue tripled in 2011
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Winter Park, Fla.-based La Familia Pawn & Jewelry reported record revenue in 2011, just it's third year in existence. Last year, the chain opened four new stores in Florida and Puerto Rico, making it a total of 19 stores in Central Florida, Miami and Puerto Rico, and added 69 workers, said a news release. More

Top 10 consumer complaints
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For the 12th year in a row, identity theft was the number one consumer complaint — irking consumers more than debt collectors, imposter scams and shady credit repair companies. Out of the more than 1.8 million complaints the Federal Trade Commission received last year, 15 percent &mmdash; or 279,156 — were about identity theft. More
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Make a buck pawning these items
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Every episode of "Pawn Stars" shows somebody trying to sell or pawn something that's weird. Believe it or not, there's actually some money to be made from some common household items. More

Police say pawnshop ordinance is working in Madison, Wis.
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Madison, Wis., police are tackling a growing problem of stolen goods showing up in the pawnshop and secondhand dealer market. But police said a month-old city ordinance is already making a difference, and a pawnshop owner said it's protecting his customers. More

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Kansas pawnshop see boost thanks to hit TV show on History
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Bart Kellum has seen some unusual items come through the door of his Newton, Kan., pawnshop — from 10-inch tall silver roosters to a cross-eyed, stuffed bobcat to a 1920s German-made music box bird cage with moving birds. He's even had people ask to pawn airplanes and a Caterpillar dozer. More

Thief digs through 5 layers of brick to enter Ohio pawnshop
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Police said that a person was caught on camera digging through five layers of brick wall to enter a Columbus, Ohio, pawnshop. Investigators entered Lev's Pawn Shop at about 5:30 a.m. to find that a thief gained access to the building by entering an abandoned church next door.
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