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The ugly, scary year in Apple iPhone and iPad thefts
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Apple iPhones and iPads have become the new must-have item — for thieves. Innocent smartphone and tablet owners have increasingly become crime targets, and law enforcement is taking steps to protect them and deal with other assorted acts of crime sparked by Apple's product popularity. More

'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison on fame, imitators and why his fiancée will never be on the show
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Rick Harrison has no complaints these days. His hugely popular reality show, "Pawn Stars," has just been renewed for another 80 episodes, and for the first time in his life he's living with a house full of women: his fiancée, Deanna Burditt, and her three teenage daughters. "I have three boys, she has three girls &mash; we're literally the Brady Bunch!" Harrison says, laughing. Being outnumbered by women has been a bit of an adjustment for Harrison, who grew up with two brothers and has three sons who are 9, 27 and 29 now. "If you live in a house full of women, they're a lot more brutal about making you clean up than a house full of guys!" More

Pawnbrokers upbeat at NPA United Kingdom annual conference
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The National Pawnbrokers Association's United Kingdom annual conference and awards took place earlier this month, focused on the theme of excellence in pawnbroking. The conference – the 81st to be held – took place in association with the Birmingham Assay Office, which dubbed the event "a lively affair with pawnbrokers generally upbeat and positive as their businesses continue to prosper." More

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Gold holds near $1,710 on global growth concerns
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Gold prices held near $1,710 an ounce as concerns over the global growth outlook supported demand for the metal as a store of value, but losses in the broader financial markets kept a lid on gains. More

Economy and television shows make pawnshops cool again
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Marilyn Vigil watched patiently as the pawnshop employee weighed the several gold chains she hoped would amount to a needed loan. Unemployed for months despite a newly earned master's degree, Vigil worried about upcoming expenses with the onset of cooler weather. "The economy's not getting any better, and winter's coming, and I need tires for my car," said Vigil, an Arvada resident who visited EZPawn in west Denver for the first time. More


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Cash America's revenue up, income hurt by charges
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Cash America, a pawnshop and payday lender, reported a big drop in earnings but still beat Wall Street's expectations for the third quarter. The company said the profit decline was largely because of one-time expenses related to trimming operations in Mexico. Revenue jumped about 10 percent from a year ago, and the company expects future growth will be fueled by a need for loans. Cash America International Inc. makes money from loans to consumers, from service fees and from selling jewelry, electronics and other goods in its pawnshops. More

Pawn chain to set up shop in West Allis, Wis.
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A growing chain of pawnshops plans to open its first southeastern Wisconsin store in West Allis, Wis. Pawn America plans to renovate the former Moline Jewelry and Loan pawnshop, said Shawn Mueller, a city planner. The Burnsville, Minn.-based retailer plans to spend $400,000 on remodeling the 8,200-square-foot building, he said. More

Manchester, NH, pawnshop ordinance helps city catch thieves
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City police defended a controversial city ordinance that requires Manchester, N.H., pawnshops and dealers in second-hand goods to report goods they buy for resale and hold on to them for 30 days in case the person selling them is trying to use the shop to "fence" stolen goods. Pawnbrokers, coin dealers and other sellers of second-hand merchandise say the ordinance's requirement that a fee be paid and each item entered into a database is burdensome. They also say that it forces them to tie up their cash in inventory that has to be held for 30 days before it can be sold. More

Interview with a professional motorcycle flipper
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Pawn Stars. Storage Wars. American Pickers. The American public has discovered the vicarious thrills of modern treasure hunting via these popular television shows. And legions of amateurs are even now scouring the country's flea markets, pawn shops and classified ads for the motherlode in a postmodern treasure hunt. Whether you're hustling motorcycles, antique clocks or Beanie Babies, the basic principles of flipping merchandise are the same: buy low, sell high. More

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Police raid Charleston, WV, pawnshop, 1 arrested
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Charleston Police in West Virginia have raided a pawnshop on the city's west side. Charleston Police reported that an investigation uncovered 32 items weren't properly documented with police. A city ordinance requires pawnshop owners to enter serial numbers, makes and models of anything brought through a pawnshop's door. More

Gun sales, concealed permits on rise in Wyoming before general election
Casper Star-Tribune Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the nation's best gun marketers, according to Wyoming retailers, lives on the East Coast in a huge house. "Obama was the best gun salesmen we've had," said Irvin Walker, owner of Triggers Gun Shop in Mills. "That could very well happen again (Nov. 6)." More

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