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Oscar among upscale items at Beverly Hills, Calif., pawnshop
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Pawnshops are going upscale and nowhere is it more evident than in Beverly Hills, Calif., where people are putting up wine to awards for collateral for loans. In this video news article, CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at what's selling, adding "just because you're the 1 percent doesn't mean you have good credit or have time for a bank to decide whether to loan you cash. You need it now." More
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Yuppie Pawn Shop in Kirkland, Wash., is now a tavern, too
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It's a well-known fact to most bartenders: People drink in a good economy and people drink in a bad economy. So went the thinking of Brain Lurie, co-owner of The Yuppie Pawn Shop in Kirkland, Wash. About a year ago, Lurie and his business partner, Karen Moskowitz, transformed about a third of their existing pawnshop into a tavern, serving 50 different types of beer, an assortment of hard alcohol and food. More

Pawnshop acts as bank for some
Herald-Times via LoanSafe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The TomCats in Bloomington, Ind., is big — with a find-anything merchandise mart on the ground floor and on two floors above, those items being held in pawn and not for sale — all neatly bar-coded, tagged and shelved. Five vehicles, sundry lawn equipment and a slew of ladders are out back, along with a couple of sheds that are also collateral for the small personal loans that pawnshops specialize in. More

Borrowing against your stuff
The Journal Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You've paid the bills; the bank account is nearly empty. Then, like a wedgie courtesy of the universe, your engine gives out and you're left without a car. Or, you break your leg and the furnace blows. Or, Christmas rears its expensive little head. Whatever the circumstances, coming up short financially happens to everyone. More

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Can Baltimore's 'Ball Boys' be the next 'Pawn Stars?'
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The new ABC reality TV series "Ball Boys" opens with the motto: "Every great moment in sports leaves something behind." This network series set in a Baltimore sports memorabilia shop tells the stories of what happens to some of the stuff left behind. More

Gold tracks oil higher, gains may be capped
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Gold rose more than half a percent after firm oil prices prompted safe haven buying from investors and speculators, while technical buying also resurfaced after bullion bounced from its weakest level in two months. But gains may be capped by worries that a plan by main consumer India to double its import duty could cause a temporary slip in purchases. Silver tracked gold higher, while platinum prices stayed at premiums to bullion on supply concerns. More

DFC Global Corp. completes acquisition of pawn store chain in Spain
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DFC Global Corp., an international diversified financial services company serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers for over 30 years, announced the acquisition of Super Efectivo, which provides pawn loans in Spain. More

Pawnshop robber gets life in prison
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A Georgia man who robbed a Gainesville, Fla., pawnshop in March 2011 and tied up the clerk was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the charges earlier this week. Dylan McNair, 26, of Snellville, Ga., became the third suspect in the case to be sentenced. McNair was convicted of robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery. More

Pawn America is right for Minnesota community
South West Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For some people, a pawnshop can be a quick fix to a big problem. For others, a pawnshop conjures up a sordid market for stolen goods. In Inver Grove Heights, Minn., however, the first foray into pawning has been anything but quick and leaves little room for shady practices. The city will add its first pawn store this summer after being approached by Pawn America last fall. More
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''Pawn Stars': 13 things you didn't know about
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The back room of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop looks exactly as "Pawn Stars" fans might expect, with one very notable exception: one massive wall is lined, floor to ceiling, with boxes and boxes (and boxes) of t-shirts. Since the debut of the hugely popular reality show "Pawn Stars" in 2009, it seems everyone wants to walk around with images of fan favorite Chumlee emblazoned across their chests. More

Canadian advertiser seeks redemption as a pawn king
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article advertiser gets a boost in Web traffic through exposure on a Canadian reality show. The advertiser is a pawnshop in Brampton, Ontario that operates under the name Pawn Kings Inc. The pawnshop owner was a featured contestant on an eight-part reality show that recently aired nationally on CBC television in Canada called Redemption Inc. More


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Pawn shops keeping tabs on San Antonio crooks unloading stolen goods
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When a crook steals an item, it's often unloaded at a pawnshop to make some quick cash, police say. But now, San Antonio pawnshop employees are helping to fight crime with a new program launched by police. "For many years, pawnshops got a bad reputation of being fences for stolen property," said Capt. Chris Andersen, San Antonio Police Department night commander. More

Pawnshops spread to Internet
McClatchy Newspapers via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a sputtering economy, cash-strapped consumers are flocking to a new way of getting quick, short-term loans: online pawn stores. It's yet another instance of online retailers pouncing on the turf of a brick-and-mortar industry. More

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