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Meet the most stylish pawnbroker in town
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Who knew that a pawnbroker could be so glamorous? Lauren Kaminsky is the 22-year-old vice president and head of sales at the EZ Pawn Corporation, a family-run business based in New York. Kaminsky's latest project piqued interest: curator at Manhattan's Beauty and Essex lounge/restaurant. The drinking and dining area is actually hidden behind a pawnshop ... and that's where Lauren comes in. Here's a glimpse into Kaminsky's day-to-day life. More



Cash America: What a deal
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With traditional credit remaining tight, the pawnshop operators are filling the void. Cash America International Inc. recently raised fiscal 2011 earnings guidance after it surprised on the second-quarter Zacks Consensus Estimate. More

Pawnshops vs. traveling gold buyers
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VideoBrief Gold prices are soaring. That's prompted many of you to go through your jewelry chests to find old, unwanted gold to sell to pawnshops, jewelry stores or gold buying businesses that pass through town. It's that kind of company that has some local business owners upset. More

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Pawning Rolexes to make payroll
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Squeezed by tight credit and tempted by record high gold prices, small business owners are finding an alternative to the bank: the pawnshop. More than half of the customers at online pawnshop, Pawngo, are small business owners, said Todd Hills, CEO of the Denver-based company. More
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Ex-cop turned shop owner shares pawn stories
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During his 10 years as a Waterbury, Conn., police officer, Doug Mineo spent a fair amount of time in pawnshops and realized that business "fills a niche in society," providing small, short-term loans that help people through tough times. So when a bad knee forced the 50-year-old into retirement a few years ago, opening a pawnshop seemed like a good idea. More

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Groupon executives boost Pawngo.com
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Todd Hills was sitting at his desk, trying to figure out how to take his fledgling Internet pawn business to the next level, when he got a call from Brad Keywell, co-founder of deal website Groupon. "He tells me, 'We're just very excited about what you're doing. We're building the same model, which is scheduled to launch in March. Why don't you fly to Chicago to meet with us?'" More

Pawnshop economy on fire
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VideoBrief Jim Cramer sheds some light on what the debt deal will mean for you.



Local pawn stars see brisk business
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Rod Henderson has owned Ben's Jewelry and Loan in Lake Elsinore, Calif., for more than 20 years. He said he believes that the reality show "Pawn Stars" has helped remove the stigma that has become attached to pawnshops. More

It's my job: Fargo pawnshop worker says TV shows boosting interest
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Surrounded by an eclectic array of animal pelts, guns, musical instruments, power tools and more, Jason Bahls spends his days at Used-A-Bit Sales & Pawn helping customers make ends meet. "You see all walks of life come through. Everyone from street people to judges," Bahls said. More


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