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Millennials use alternative financial services
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Under-banked millennials are using alternative financial services such as these at similar rates regardless of income level, according to a survey out today by Think Finance, which develops financial products for the under-banked. Half of those in the lowest income group surveyed, earning less than $25,000 a year, said they used a prepaid debit card in the past year. That was the same percentage as the highest income bracket — $50,000 to $74,999 a year — says the survey of 640 under-banked millennials. More



Pawnshops find their image has been enhanced by
popular reality TV show

The Huntsville Times via Alabama Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gather your spare gold and jewelry, your extra electric blowers and X-Box 360s, yearning to be free of the clutter in your garages, closets and drawers.Gather them all, clear some space and make some money. Take them to the place that has been dressed up by a reality television show, sanitizing an image once stained by popular culture — movies and crime shows on TV, mainly. Pawn shops. They're not just for the destitute anymore. More

2010 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl ring sold to pawnshop
Post-Crescent via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want a rare piece of Green Bay Packers history? Pawn America sent a tweet and picture of a 2010 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl ring in its possession, causing a stir among Packers fans who wanted to know the seller. "This is probably our coolest piece at Pawn America Appleton!" the Wisconsin pawnshop wrote on Twitter, the micro-blogging social media site. "An authenticated 2010 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Ring!" More
Related video:  Neenah, Wis., man buys Packers Super Bowl XLV ring from pawnshop (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune)


Sleep Stunt on Market Street Benefits Maui Charities
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A temporary bedroom has been erected in the display window of Kama'aina Loan in Wailuku, Hawaii, and is benefiting Maui charities who send volunteers. Richard Dan, owner of Kama'aina Loan — Maui, Hawaii's oldest pawnbroker — has dreamed up a creative way to drive awareness of his business, while supporting Maui charities. More

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Former embalmer accused of stealing, pawning teeth from the dead working on deal with prosecutors
Longmont Times-Call via The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Brighton,Colo., man accused of using his position as a contract embalmer in the Denver metro area to steal gold teeth from bodies and cremated remains in order to pawn the teeth is working toward a deal with prosecutors to settle charges. Adrian Kline is facing felony pawn brokering violations and two misdemeanor counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker. More

Arrest made in 2001 cold-case pawnshop slaying in New Hampshire
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As the years passed with no arrest, the brother of a slain Manchester, N.H., pawnshop owner and real estate broker found shot to death in his bed nearly 12 years ago refused to sit by idly.n Robert Jodoin, whose brother George was killed, nagged the Auburn police, the state police and the attorney general's office — year in and year out. Recently, his persistence — and the efforts of a veteran investigator — were credited in helping provide a breakthrough in the cold case. More

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Pawning is the new wag accessory
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So, why are the wealthy turning to pawning their belongings, and what sorts of things are ending up in the hands of the lenders? There are any number of reasons why the well-heeled may find themselves with a cash shortfall. In the current environment, bonuses are thin on the ground, and some have grown to rely on them. They may assume a big bonus will pay the Christmas bills or for the summer holiday. When it doesn't materialize they need the cash in a hurry, and they have the assets just lying around to be taken advantage of. More

Former pawnshop worker heading to 'American Idol' finale
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Over 90 million fans voted, and Phillip Phillips, the former pawnshop worker from Leesburg, Ga., and Jessica Sanchez, the home-schooled high school student from Chula Vista, Calif., are the final two contestants on "American Idol." More

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TV shows boost interest in pawn business
Alexandria Echo Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some pawnshop owners may question the "reality" in two popular reality television shows – "Pawn Stars" and "Hardcore Pawn" – but many are happy the shows are running, nonetheless. "Our traffic has doubled since those shows started," said Dan Tillberg, who works at Viking Pawn and Pay Day Loans on Broadway in Alexandria, Minn. More

Gun sales set blistering pace in Tennessee, US
Nashville Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The business of guns is booming. Firearms are more popular than ever, said gun store owner Bill Bernstein, who has had trouble this year keeping the shelves stocked at East Side Gun Shop in East Nashville. More



'Pawnshop' for rich booming in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Jewelry worth thousands of dollars. Valuable art, watches, and sports memorabilia. Even titles for collectible cars. These are just a few of the items that are winding up in a Scottsdale, Ariz., pawnshop where people take their high-end valuables to get a little extra cash. More

UK pawnbrokers attracting new custom
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James Constantinou and his staff hear all sorts of tales. "Some find it a little bit shameful, but others come in and want to tell you their whole life story. A lot of people want to tell you about their predicament," he says. "It is almost like they need to tell someone. You do hear a lot of stories - divorces, redundancies, a lot of heartbreak tales." But Constantinou is not a counsellor, police officer or a priest. He is a pawnbroker. Or, more exactly, a high-end pawnbroker. More


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