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First the gold bugs got stung, now the pawnshops
The Wall Street Journal
Plenty of fingers have been burned as the price of gold fell to near three-year lows this year, from small investors who bought into the gold bug story to big gold miners who loaded up on debt as the metal's price shot upward. And here's one more victim of the price collapse: pawnshops. Stores that buy gold jewelry from cash-strapped customers, or accept is as security for a short-term loan, take a degree of risk on movements in the gold price during the period they hold the items
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Ezcorp cuts guidance, plans to close 100 stores due to lower gold prices
The Wall Street Journal
Pawnshop operator Ezcorp Inc. plans to close more than 100 stores and expects to fall short of its fiscal third-quarter guidance due to the drop in gold prices. Ezcorp's April forecast called for earnings of 47 cents to 52 cents a share for the quarter ended June 30 and full-year earnings of $2.55 to $2.80 a share.
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'Pawn Stars' co-star Rick Harrison: Over-regulation must end
CNBC
Rick Harrison, co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and a co-star of the History Channel reality series "Pawn Stars," told CNBC that over-regulation is creating a bad business environment and that a policy change is needed before anything can get better. Harrison also said the current economy is being fueled by cheap money. "Basically, you have the government regulating and making business more difficult, and you have the Fed trying to compensate for it. It can't go on forever that way," he added.
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'Pawn Stars' Star: I'm thinking of selling some of my personal gold at a loss (Business Insider)


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Thieves take over $900,000 in watches in 30 seconds
ABC News via Yahoo
Police in Atlanta have been searching for a bold band of burglars who smashed a jewelry store case and stole more than $900,000 worth of watches in about 30 seconds at a mall store. The entire heist was captured by security cameras, and the footage has been released by the Atlanta Police Department, which has appealed to the public to help it identify the thieves.
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NFIB: Small business regulated to death
National Federation of Independent Business
Small businesses currently bear a disproportionately high cost, compared with larger businesses, to comply with federal regulations. A 2010 Small Business Administration study shows small businesses pay 36 percent more to comply than their larger counterparts, at an average cost of $10,585 per employee.
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Colorado pawnshop owner unsure about returning gun magazines
The Denver Channel
When Rod Brandenburg opens his downtown Longmont, Colo., pawnshop, he will have to decide whether or not he will return high-capacity magazines to owners who pawned their guns. Brandenburg claims, under the new high-capacity magazine gun law, passed by Colorado lawmakers in March that returning a high capacity magazine would break the law.
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Related article: Pawnshop owner: Customers cannot reclaim higher-capacity ammunition magazines (Longmont Times-Call timescall.com)


'Pawn Stars' acquires 1st edition copy of 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea''
The Huffington Post
On "Pawn Stars," a customer brought in one of the rarest books out there: a first American edition copy of Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea." Most of the first editions were lost in The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Only about 50 copies are thought to currently exist. Gary, the owner, wanted $10,000 for the book, which he had professionally restored. Of course, Corey Harrison wanted to have it authenticated
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Exclusive whitepaper: Amazon's local strategy
MultiBriefs Staff Writers
With its sights set on a profitable 2011 holiday season, online retail giant Amazon made a bold decision. Having millions of customers armed with smartphones and Amazon’s barcode-scanning feature, it chose to offer customers 5 percent off purchases if they went into a local store, scanned items for price and then went home empty-handed — retailers be damned. Thus began showrooming. And as Amazon captures local store data only to encourage consumers to buy online, it does so at the expense of the local retailer.
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Pawnbrokers thriving as poorest Aussies bear brunt of slowdown
Bloomberg
On a sidewalk in Sydney's Bankstown neighborhood, where unemployment is more than double Australia's average, Dave Cox pulls the starter cord of an edge trimmer to prove it works as he tries to sell it to pawnbroker Cash Converters International Ltd.
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Violent pawnshop robbery in Phoenix caught on video
KSAZ-TV
Surveillance video has been released of a pawnshop robbery that got violent in Phoenix. On May 20, five men carrying guns entered the Cash America/Super Pawn at approximately 10:05 a.m., then ordered employees to get on the ground.
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8 words to avoid when selling
Inc.
Over the two years, Geoffrey James, author of business-related books, has read hundreds of sales messages and heard dozens of sales presentations. Probably 90 percent of them are full of words that are both trite and ineffective. Here are the worst offenders.
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Gold rallies after record quarterly plunge
FOX Business
Gold rose on Monday, Julu 1, after posting its biggest quarterly fall on record, as the dollar steadied and equity markets eased ahead of U.S. economic data, this week which should give more clues on the country's monetary policy.
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Potential legislation regulating Binghampton, NY, pawnshops
WICZ-TV
Binghamton, N.Y., police are urging the county legislature to come up with new regulations for local pawnshops. Police said a registry of sellers, as well as a hold period that would prevent shops from selling jewelry for a period of time, would help curb criminals from quickly flipping stolen items at these stores.
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What the pawnbroker knows
Inc.
Les Gold, the entrepreneurial star of the cable series Hardcore Pawn, on what his pawn emporium has taught him about business, succession, and economic forecasting.

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A mind-blowing number of counterfeit goods come from China
Business Insider
Amidst ongoing concerns about an undervalued yuan, growing Chinese military presence in the Pacific, and suspicions about Beijing-sponsored hacking into western computer networks, add this one to the list: China has been confirmed in its position as the world's leading counterfeiting superpower.

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Gold slips to 34-month low as precious metals slide on fed view
Bloomberg
Gold plunged to a 34-month low, set for a record quarterly drop, as improving U.S. economic data strengthened the case for the Federal Reserve to reduce stimulus. Silver futures fell to the lowest since August 2010.

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Online Pawn Shop and Georgia Title Pawn leader opens 6,000-square-foot office
PRWeb
Online Pawn Shop and Georgia Title Pawn Loan leader ePawnMarket.com is excited to announce that they have just moved into their brand new 6,000 square foot processing and fulfillment center. "Due to the dramatic growth of our Online Pawn Shop Division and our Online Georgia Title Pawn Loan Division we naturally thought moving into a new and larger location would better serve the needs of customers," states Andy M. Anderson, Director of Processing and Logistics.
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