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Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants calls Chinese counterfeiters producing fake precious metal coins a global epidemic with potential disastrous consequences
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The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants is calling counterfeit U.S. Silver Dollars, precious metal, coins, or bars, or counterfeit gold coins, a global economic train wreck waiting to happen, courtesy of the Chinese. Ten percent of China's gross domestic product is related to counterfeiting, and the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants fear the problem is much worse than anyone knows. More

In Central Florida, across nation, pawnshops go gangbusters
in tough times

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Pawnshops in Central Florida and across the nation are booming, spurred on by the struggling economy, high gold prices and reality television shows. And as the industry grows to $6.1 billion in annual national revenue this year, it is going mainstream, with billboards, customer parties and even Groupon deals. During the past four years, the number of pawnshops registered in Florida has jumped 22 percent to 1,442. More

East Tennessee pawnshop owner recounts shooting chaos; victim's wife recalls husband
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As they awaited Larry Snellings' funeral, his widow tearfully recalled the sad irony about the tragic way he died. His friend and employer also recounted the chaos that erupted during the recent shootout at South Clinton Pawn Shop in Tennessee. Snellings, 59, was shot in the left side of his neck with a new brand of .410 gauge shotgun by a customer who asked to see the weapon and then furtively loaded it. A police report said shop owner Ron Webber II heard a commotion, saw Snellings pushing the shotgun barrel away from him, and then watched as the gunman "stepped back and shot ..." More
Related story:  Son of accused pawnshop shooter shocked. 1 man is dead. (WVLT-TV)

EZCORP buys Money Mart stores in San Antonio
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EZCORP Inc. has purchased 15 pawn stores in the San Antonio area that were previously part of the Money Mart chain. The purchase price was not disclosed. More

Central Texas pawn stars
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It's one of the most popular reality shows on television: "Pawn Stars". The History Channel reality series is centered around a Las Vegas pawnshop and the colorful cast of characters that run the place. The rare items the store draws in can be pretty impressive, sometimes worth thousands. So KCEN-TV decided to find Central Texas' pawn stars to see how they stack up to the reality show portrayal.

Gold price hovers under $1,800
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The gold price dipped, trading lower by $7.00 at $1,781.50 per ounce. Gold prices have been relatively stable amid regime changes in both Greece and Italy. The resignation of Silvio Berlusconi from the post of Prime Minister initially led to lower bond yields in the fiscally-strapped nation, but sellers came in and sent yields higher. Italian 10-year bond yields traded at 6.61 percent heading into the opening bell on Wall Street. More

Cash America tries a new concept with remodel of old video store in southwest Fort Worth, Texas
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Not everybody's a fan of pawnshops, but Fort Worth, Texas-based Cash America International is trying to make its stores as attractive as any retailer in a mall, and its latest effort is on display in southwest Fort Worth. A former Blockbuster video store has been remade into Cash America's prototype for the future, sporting contemporary fixtures, colorful signage and kiosks for browsing the chain's eBay auctions and other loan services. More

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Pawnbrokers owe hit TV shows for polishing image
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Dan Lloyd Jr. sits in a leather armchair inside his new $2.5 million Milford, Ohio, store and reflects on the challenges of being a pawnbroker. He talks about the stereotypes and the idea that brokers stand in dingy little stores, selling stolen goods through barred-up windows. "We're constantly combating Hollywood's portrayal," said Lloyd, president of Facet Music, Jewelry & Pawn. More
Related story:  Pawn Stars: Volume 3 DVD review (Cinema Blend)

New legislation may require pawnshops to document every purchase in Oneida County, NY
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Burglaries are on the rise in Oneida County,N.Y., so much so that the district attorney is forming a county-wide task force to stop them. District Attorney Scott McNamara says every police agency in the county has signed on to be a part of the task force. More

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Brothers purchased the historic and iconic Happy Hocker Pawn Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brothers Josh and Adam Davis purchased the historic and iconic Happy Hocker Pawn Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. After opening its doors in 1979, the Happy Hocker soon became one of the most well-known pawnshops in South Florida. It was also the birthplace of Comp-U-Pawn, one of today's most highly-regarded pawnshop software. More

Down economy means an increase in gun and safe sales
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Many businesses are struggling to stay afloat in this economy, but one Bakersfield, Calif., business says it's the economy that has their customers rushing in. "A lot of people are worried about people breaking in and stealing stuff. They are worried about home invasions," Second Amendment Sports Assistant Manager, Jennifer McKenna said. Because of that idea, safe and gun sales are up. Several people are buying guns for the first time. More

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