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What would Mickey do?
The New York Times via StarTribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Maryland teachers were instructed to engage children by crouching and speaking to them at eye level. Chevrolet dealers were taught to think in theater metaphors: onstage, where smiles greet potential buyers, and offstage, where sales representatives can take out-of-sight cigarette breaks. A Florida children's hospital was advised to welcome patients in an entertaining way, prompting it to employ a ukulele-playing greeter dressed in safari gear. These personal service tips came from the Disney Institute, the low-profile consulting division of the Walt Disney Co. Desperate for new ways to connect with consumers, an increasing array of industries and organizations are paying Disney to teach them how to become, well, more like Disney. More
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'Pawn Stars': Rare Abraham Lincoln campaign token
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The "Pawn Stars" recently found themselves face-to-face with a piece of political history. Rick Harrison identified the artifact as a rare Abraham Lincoln campaign token from 1864. He even suggested that the president himself may have touched it as he handed it out to a supporter. More

Oldest pawnshop in Boston celebrates 100 years in business
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Suffolk Jewelers & Pawnbrokers is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The pawnshop has anchored Boston's historic South End district since its opening in the early 20th century. Suffolk Jewelers & Pawnbrokers opened in 1910. It is the oldest pawnshop in Boston as well as in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the largest store of its kind in New England. More

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The big business of pawnshops
WSAV-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forget banks, for many folks these days getting a loan is a simple as digging in your jewelry drawer or picking up your car title and heading down the street. As the economy has gone down, business at pawnshops keeps going up, and the cash keeps flowing in. "We try to play the market. That's how we make money," said Eric Richman, president of Welsh Pawn in Savannah, Ga. More

Pawnshops, San Antonio Police Department partner up with 'win-win' crime-fighting tool
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With the rise in property crimes sweeping the Alamo City, Texas, the San Antonio Police Department and the San Antonio Pawnbrokers Association have joined forces using a sophisticated crime-fighting tool to recover stolen goods. In 2007 SAPD purchased licenses for use of Leads Online, a computerized software program designed to track property pawned or sold to its local pawnshops. More



Southern California pawnshop gives away guitar
The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Earlier this month, Popular Pawn in Rialto, Calif., gave away a guitar to a church worship band. The owner, who runs several pawnshops, said he believes that even in this trying economy, it is necessary for businesses to give back to the community. More

Who pays more for your gold, a pawnshop or jewelry store?
The Hartford Courant (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want to gamble on the value of your gold jewelry, coins or silver? Then skip the research and take it to a Hartford, Conn., pawnshop or jewelry store for a quick payoff. In mid-February, TBL shuttled around Greater Hartford with two gold coins and a Tiffany silver bowl — a stash valued between $1,100 and $1,200 — and received offers as low as $704 and as high as $1,006. The best of the dozen offers was not from a jewelry store or coin shop or an in-between gold-and-diamond exchange. More

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US data points to weaker economic momentum
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U.S. consumers boosted spending only modestly last month and a gauge of Midwestern business activity fell sharply in April, suggesting the economy entered the second quarter with less steam. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.3 percent last month, just below the median forecast in a Reuters poll. More

Cash America rides higher loan fees to $41.5M net
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Payday lender and pawnshop operator Cash America International Inc. said its first-quarter net income rose 14 percent as it benefited from higher loan fees and service charges. Shares rose $2.52, or 5.9 percent, to $45.40 in midday trading. More

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Gold steadies near two week-high
International Business Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Precious-Gold remains steady near two-week high trading as it approached strong resistance around $1,670 levels. The yellow metal is affected by many factors, yet the most important are the progress in the U.S. economy, or in other words opposite to the dollar movements, and the latest developments in the European debt crisis. More

Buy, sell, loan, pawn: The world behind the doors of
Dan's Pawnshop in Canada

West Edmonton Local    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bells hang from the front door. Old records fill the entrance on the right side. The wall on the left is covered in multicolored guitars, one an unexpected bright azure. Further into the aisle there are handheld video games and PlayStations in a locked cabinet. At the end there is a counter where Dan Tarrabain usually stands when a customer arrives. More



Pawnshops cracking down on sellers of stolen property
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Robbery is just one of the many obstacles that jewelry buy-back stores and pawnshops face. "It will say Aaron's Rental on a computer. People will scratch that off, and make it seem like they own it. But if they do that, the computer is considered stolen merchandise," said pawnshop manager Patrick Farlow on Colorado Springs, Colo. People trying to sell property owned by a rent-to-own store, like Aaron's Rental, is just one of the many ways people try to rip off pawnshops. More


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