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New Hampshire pawnshop owners accused of retail crime ring
The owners of two Nashua, New Hampshire, pawnshops are charged with felony receipt of stolen goods after police busted what they describe as a retail crime ring. The owners of Family Pawn and Nashua Pawn could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
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Living on the edge, Manatee County, Florida, professionals learn the stresses of a low-income life
An unemployed mother of two teenagers tried to explain to the pawnbroker that she needed to sell her grandmother's wedding ring to make the rent, telling the broker its value, but that it was priceless to her. All she needed was $100 to survive another month, but to the broker, it was just another ring and he offered her $40 or no deal. It was just one of many scenarios that played out at the First Baptist Church where the Manatee Community Action Agency in Florida hosted a poverty simulation in partnership with the Manatee County School District.
Pawnshop records led to theft arrests in Lebanon, Indiana
Lebanon police in Indiana said pawnshop records led to the theft arrests of three people. Brandon Cooper, 23; Shane Altic, 20; and Leslie Johnson, 25 were arrested after police believe they stole or fenced items stolen from several homes and vehicles in Lebanon.
Nashville, Tennessee-area eyes limits on where payday businesses can locate
Along Nashville, Tennessee's thoroughfares such as Gallatin and Nolensville pikes, the volume of cash advance, check-cashing and pawn shops are rivaled only by the number of fast food restaurants. One shop often sits next to another in these working-class and low-income neighborhoods. Their quick and steady rise in Tennessee has fueled critics who say they feed off the financially vulnerable, often minorities, and hurt property values and redevelopment opportunities.
1 gold Apple Watch reportedly costs more than 10 new iPads
Apple's new smartwatch starts at $349, but but how much does it cost if you want something a bit more high-end, like, say, the 18-karat pink- or yellow-gold version? You could be shelling out between $4,000 to $5,000, according to a new report from French Apple blog iGen. Take a second to process that.
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Silver lining in precious metals' rout catches out coin mints
A tumble in silver prices to four-year lows has triggered a global scramble by consumers to purchase silver coins and bars, as the spread between the price of the metal and gold reaches its widest in five years. Retailers and distributors in Asia and the United States said they were struggling to get supplies of items such as Canadian Maple Leaf silver coins.
4 tips to get your customers talking about you
Word-of-mouth a powerful marketing tool for growing your business. One of the biggest challenges — with greatest rewards — is encouraging your customers to talk about you and your product.
How to spot a fake luxury watch
Collecting luxury watches is an expensive hobby. With some brands costing upward of $1 million, it can be tempting to try to find the best deals out there. But collectors have to be very careful — counterfeit watches are not only flooding the market, but they keep getting more and more convincing.
True or false? Blogging will save your business in 2015
Blogging can save your business. True or false? Let's face it, probably false. Without exceptional products, services, expertise, lead generation and customer service, a business will not flourish. Blogging is not a miracle for poor best practices. Still, blogging can revitalize a business that is lacking in branding outreach and positive awareness.
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