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National Pawnbrokers Association Gift Day 2013
PRWeb via Digital Journal
On Dec. 6, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is celebrating its fifth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, where pawnbrokers from around the country make generous donations of musical instruments to organizations in need. Learn more at GiftDay.org.
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Cash America to pay $19 million — most in refunds — in CFPB's first payday action
The Plain Dealer
Cash America will pay $19 million in customer refunds and fines for violating lending laws and then destroying records in an effort to keep the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from investigating. The bulk of the money — $14 million — goes to wronged consumers.
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Norwic, Conn., pawnshop owner to give away 20 motorized wheelchairs
WFSB-TV
A Norwich, Conn., businessman is getting into the holiday spirit by giving free motorized wheelchairs to people in need. Phil Pavone, owner of AZ Pawn, has given away 75 motorized wheelchairs over the past four years. This holiday season, Pavone said he plans to give away 20 more wheelchairs.
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'Pawn Stars' vs. 'Antiques Roadshow' infographic
PRWeb
Each week, more than 10 million combined viewers cozy up to the television and watch "Pawn Stars" or "Antiques Roadshow" — maybe both. These shows are one part history lesson and one part suspenseful uncovering of antique valuations, and given a real-world flourish by those who bring their treasured items for harsh evaluation.
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Bob Dylan releases new video for 1965's 'Like a Rolling Stone'
UPI
Iconic U.S. singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has posted an interactive music video for his classic 1965 song "Like a Rolling Stone" on his website. The clip invites viewers to flip through television channels to see various actors and TV personalities — such as Rick Harrison and Chumlee Russell of "Pawn Stars" — appearing to sing his song.
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Can 'electronic stop and frisk' keep your stolen iPhone from being pawned?
Gothamist
Apple products are the most common items stolen in New York City. Last year, they accounted for 14 percent of all crimes in the five boroughs. So far in 2013, 45 percent of all robberies involved mobile devices, more than half involving iPhones (many criminals forget to turn off the Find My iPhone app). Theft of the sleek devices even has a sleek name: "Apple Picking."
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Silver demand for jewelry fabrication to rise 6 percent in 2013
Rapaport
Silver prices in the first 10 months of 2013 have averaged $24.51 per ounce, nearly a 21 percent year-on-year decline, according to the Thomson Reuters GFMS Interim Silver Market Review, and GFMS is forecasting a full year average price even lower at $24.24 per ounce.
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Kansas City, Mo., area taking the lead in the online lending industry
Kansas City Star (opinion)
At least six federal agencies have embarked on a much-needed crackdown on Internet short-term lending, a burgeoning industry rife with abusive tactics.

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Gold prices rise on concern about Washington budget stalemate
Los Angeles Times
Gold prices rose for the first time in four trading sessions on mounting concern that U.S. budget negotiations will collapse and lead to a government shutdown.

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What the self-employed need to know about Obamacare
Entrepreneur
Sole proprietorships are among the millions of individuals expected to buy health insurance through the state-based marketplaces which will start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

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Online pawnshops for 1 percent turn conspicuous consumption into cash
Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine
Last year, Marc Kaye suffered a cash shortage. He had tuition to pay at three colleges — including Harvard and Columbia — and his insurance business wasn’t generating enough commissions to cover the bills.
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Should you fire an employee who lies?
Entrepreneur
Your trusted assistant exaggerated the experience section of his resume. Your top sales producer lied to you about a client's order status to cover her butt. The most obvious solution is to fire the liar, but is that always the best course of action?
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With Sony's huge PS4 sales debut, do consoles have extra lives?
Bloomberg Businessweek
After seven years of waiting for next-generation video game technology, there is apparently a lot of pent-up demand in the console market. Eager gamers snapped up more than 1 million of Sony's new PS4 consoles in the first 24 hours of the product’s North American launch, an impressive sales display.
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St. Paul, Minn., pair pawned stolen musical instruments for drugs, charges say
Pioneer Press
A couple suspected of stealing musical instruments from three St. Paul, Minn., college campuses were charged with theft.
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How to build relationships and stay in touch with professional contacts
Under 30 CEO
One of the most common networking challenges people have, myself included, is staying in touch with people. It's not enough to just meet someone once, you want to build a relationship over time for it to be valuable for both parties. Relationships require trust and rapport, which requires consistent contact over time.
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