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Musical Instrument Gift Day and The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeping music alive in America's schools
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On Dec. 6, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) will sponsor its fourth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, during which pawnbrokers from around the country generously donate musical instruments to organizations in need.

This year, NPA is working closely with The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates both new and quality refurbished instruments to under-funded music programs. These programs lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss and/or provide students on waiting lists, or who have to share instruments, with instruments of their own.

Our event is held on December 6th in honor of St. Nicholas Day and National Pawnbrokers Day. St. Nicholas was famed for his generosity and his charity to the poor and is the Patron Saint of Pawnbrokers.

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As shoppers begin the mad dash to fill the empty space under the Christmas Tree one out of every three families will find themselves in debt. Consumer experts predict a 25 percent increase in families needing help with their debt come January, mostly due to Christmas shopping. A debt Williams said is avoidable. Shoppers are now beginning to move their Christmas attention from the big time retailers, to the local pawnshops. More

John Wayne's senior year high school yearbook was bought for a dollar on 'Pawn Stars'
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A man who picked up John Wayne's high school yearbook for only a dollar at an estate sale brought it into the "Pawn Stars" to see what they thought of the rare item. Wayne's name was Marion Morrison back then, and the guys at the shop quickly discovered that he was all over that yearbook. More

Black Friday with a Silver Lining
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Join us at Max Pawn of Las Vegas as we host a Black Friday With a Silver Lining Event with special guest Seth Gold from truTV's Hardcore Pawn. All proceeds from the event will benefit the community's Cashman Middle School. More

On 15th anniversary of a North Carolina pawnshop murder, victim's family pleads for answers
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Fifteen years ago this month, two Craven County, N.C., men were brutally murdered at a pawnshop where they worked. Today the case is still unsolved. Now, one of the victim's parents is pleading that anyone with info to come forward to bring the killer to justice. More

Max Luxx Coat Drive — A Superstorm Sandy relief effort
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Join Max Pawn in supporting those impacted by Superstorm Sandy by donating new and gently used coats, sweaters, jackets, blankets, hats, scarves and gloves. More

Gold prices steady on hopes for US fiscal talks
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Gold traded steady following its biggest one-day rise in two weeks, supported by hopes of a U.S. solution to its fiscal problems and Middle East tension, but weighed down by a firmer dollar as a result of France's rating downgrade. Financial market sentiment has improved in the past two days after U.S. lawmakers expressed confidence that Congress could reach a deal to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in early 2013, which could otherwise trigger another recession. More

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Burglars busted by alert pawnbrokers
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When Shannon Partain and his girlfriend Patches Branson went into Moultrie Gold Buyers in Georgia, investigators say their plan of scoring some quick cash went south real quick. "They actually told them they couldn't take the stuff without an ID. So they left the jewelry there and went to go get an ID," said Investigator Shannon Hart. Employees there had been tipped off about some stolen jewelry and called the cops. More

In customer service, faster is not always better
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Service level should never be mistaken for how good the service delivery was. It is a very important productivity metric, since staffing and scheduling decisions are made as a result. However, it is not a measure of how good the experience was in the eyes of the customer. Unfortunately, few companies consider how satisfaction with the contact itself impacts how customers feel about how long they waited, and instead just focus on the number of minutes or seconds. But that's not always how the customer sees it. More

City leaders in Cape Girardeau, Mo., OKs pawn ordinance
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Add Cape Girardeau, Mo., to the growing list of cities requiring pawn shops and some other secondhand dealers to inventory their purchases for tracking by law enforcement agencies. City council members met little resistance as they unanimously approved adding a requirement for all pawn shops in the city and, any new businesses that buy and sell secondhand goods, to use a computer system known as Leads Online. More

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Sleeping with a knife under her pillow wasn't enough anymore. Denise Barra needed a gun for protection. Fearing more stringent gun laws could soon be enacted after the reelection of President Barack Obama, the single mother of two stopped by an East Naples gun shop to get educated and maybe purchase a new weapon for her bedside table. More

Armed robbers target guns at pawnshop in Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Armed robbers seem to be getting bolder. Two robbers in Council Bluffs, Iowa, weren't after cash and cigarettes — but guns. "This was brazen," said Detective Ron Branigan with the Council Bluffs Police Department. More

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