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Join industry leaders from across the US and the world to gain skills to strengthen your business
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The National Pawnbrokers Association Convention Pawn Expo 2012 is the most comprehensive gathering of educational speakers, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers in the industry. Don't miss out on this tremendous opportunity to grow your business, ask questions, learn from experts, and network with fellow pawnbrokers. The event takes place July 17-19 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Nation's '1 percent' turn to pawnshops for quick cash
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A pawnshop next to the likes of Hermes, Tiffany's and Chanel on Rodeo Drive would have, just a few years ago, been an unheard of sight. But the classic pawnshop, where you sell or get a loan for your jewelry to pay back later, is making waves in the most unlikely of places, tony Beverly Hills, Calif. The recession has proven that even the richest of the rich fall on hard economic times and, now, when they need fast cash, more and more of the nation's "1 percent" are electing to trade in their jewels. More

Pawnshops looking to cash in on Cleveland casino
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The "bling" is back in downtown Cleveland. What "Pawn Stars" of Las Vegas has done for bringing the back-room business to Main Street, Cleveland brokers are hoping the new Horseshoe Cleveland Casino will do for them.

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Counterfeiter caught selling to famous Detroit pawnshop
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He might qualify as one of Detroit's dumbest criminals. Kenny "Boom" Smith was busted by the U.S. Secret Service for making and passing counterfeit money. Smith must have thought his funny money skills are pretty good because he attempted to sell both his counterfeit cash and his counterfeiting machine to a pawnshop. Not just any pawnshop, either. More

Parisians pawn furs, antiques to make ends meet
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While the French electorate has put its faith in a new president to turn around the country's economic fortunes, some cash-strapped Parisians are turning to time-honored methods to make ends meet. Nicole Rocher is among the crowds of Parisians that line up daily up to pawn their wares at the famous Credit Municipal, which has operated in the city since the 17th century. She is hoping to offload some of her possessions, including furs and a clock, for cash to boost her dwindling retirement fund. More

World's second-oldest profession goes online
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Todd Hill took a 3,000-year-old offline business and brought it into the digital age. Hill, a 25-year veteran of the pawn industry, made the leap from running a 30-store brick-and-mortar operation in Colorado and Utah to the online world in 2009 when he founded, the first full-service online pawn shop in the U.S. To date, Pawngo has loaned more than $7 million dollars in 50 states. More

Suspect charged in pawnshop stabbing
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Marietta, Ga., police charged an 18-year-old man with aggravated assault with intent to murder in the stabbing of a pawnshop employee during a robbery. Tomas Lopez Torres Jr., of Marietta, had been arrested for the armed robbery of a Chevron gas station, police said. During questioning by detectives, Torres confessed to the April 14 attack at The Hock Shop. More

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Gold ticks up on bargain hunting; off 4-month low
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Gold edged up as bargain hunters lifted prices from four-month lows, but gains were capped as an inconclusive Greek election raised the risk the country could exit the euro zone and fanned fears of a worsening debt crisis in the region. Gold has moved in tandem with riskier assets this year as the turmoil in Europe sent the euro to multi-month lows and investors turned to the safety of the dollar, analysts said. More

Kalispell, Mont., pawnshop fighting stolen items problem
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A Flathead Valley, Mont., pawnshop is improving security measures to prevent stolen items from coming into the store. First National Pawn in Kalispell has recently seen a big increase in the number of stolen items coming into their store. About five stolen items would come into the pawn shop a month a few years ago, but now employees say they see about five stolen items a week. More


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Alabama community pawnshops work with police to solve crime
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Police in Bay Minette, Ala., said there could soon be more arrests in the burglary ring that led up to the death of a 17-year-old girl in April. The suspects allegedly broke into homes, storage units and an area school to steal anything of value. Items like a stolen tanning bed were found by authorities in pawnshops. JB's Pawn Owner Thomas Hayes said police did not visit his Bay Minette pawn shop as part of the investigation, but said he has had patrolmen come to his store looking for stolen goods before. More

Pawn shops proliferating
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They come with tools and trinkets in hand, with TV-fueled dreams of cashing in or the simple desire to get a few bucks for gas and groceries. Driven by the still-struggling economy and highly watched cable shows, people increasingly are stopping at the growing number of Eau Claire, Wis., pawnshops. More

Pawnshop decision delayed after Kalamazoo Township Planning Commission deadlocks in Michigan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Members of the Kalamazoo Township Planning Commission in Michigan will decide again whether to allow a controversial proposed West Main Street pawnshop, after six commissioners present deadlocked when voting. More

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