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Consumers turn to pawnshops to pad holiday budgets
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More and more shoppers are trying to pad their holiday budgets. Pawnshops nationwide are seeing an increase in the number of pawns this month. At Kirk's Pawn in Oklahoma City, business is up 12 percent. More




Pawnshop vigilance pays off in hard cash
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Pawnshop owner Michael Sattinger can spot the type. Sometimes a rough-hewn, burly guy will step into his shop with a posh engagement ring. Or maybe a twitchy, rail-thin teen will approach him with a car stereo. Sattinger sends them away, because if he buys a stolen item from a customer and the police confiscate it as evidence, he knows he'll lose whatever he paid for it. More


With the price of gold at an all-time high, people turn to their jewelry
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With the price of gold at an all-time high, people turn to their jewelry. It's a modern-day gold rush — in reverse. As people continue efforts to weather the recession, more and more are turning to personal effects such as jewelry, family heirlooms and even wedding rings for sources of quick cash due to the skyrocketing value of gold, now more than $1,100 per ounce. More


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Pawnshops seeing record loans
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Across the Western Slope more people are counting on pawnshops to make ends meet. Grand Junction, Colo., pawnshops say people often come in looking for a 100 to a couple thousand dollar loan. "Yeah we do here the stories behind the loan...there doesn't seem to be any one thing that takes precedence over the other. They just need the cash. They can't get a loan at a bank. This is considered a poor man's bank," said, Larry Bruner, the manager of Big J Jewelry and Loan. "Jewelry, guns, and instruments are all common items pawned. Pawnshops say it doesn't matter the price. People are just looking for money." More


Exclusive interview with "Pawn Stars" star Rick Harrison
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What do you think of when you hear the word pawnshop?  I think of a dark, dusty, shop owned by a seedy individual in a less than desirable neighborhood where people go to exchange some valuable item because they're hard up for cash.  Well, my impression has completely changed after watching a few episodes of the History Channel's Pawn Stars and talking with one its stars, Rick Harrison. More




Gold isn't the only metal
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Though gold's getting all the attention, investors will find opportunities in silver, copper and platinum. Many metals will thrive as the dollar falls. Tom Lydon, head of Global Trends Investments, says a weaker dollar will make commodities prices cheaper for foreign buyers using stronger currencies and that demand will increase from companies overseas. More


Yakima pawnshop business is so good, customers line up outside
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Owners of Ed and Moe's Pawnshop of Yakima,Wash., say the last three weeks have been busier than ever with people trading their goods for loans. "This morning from about eight thirty to noon we were just absolutely beseeched by people they were waiting at the door to get in here," said Paul Plughoff, the owner. "Quite a lot of people waiting and we were helping them as they came in, it was busy," said Jesus Rosales, an employee. More




Cashing in on modern-day gold rush
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Thomas Streett patiently waited in a cubicle at Smyth Jewelers in Timonium on a recent Saturday as a sales associate examined two gold rings and a gold pocket watch he brought in for sale. The verdict: The high school ring he bought in 1955 for $17 fetched $186. The wedding band from a marriage that ended more than 40 years ago was worth about $65. His grandfather's watch was merely gold-filled, and Smyth wasn't interested. But Streett was pleased. More


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The price of pawning, what deals can you get?
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With Christmas slowly approaching,  people are on the prowl for those hot holiday must haves. News Channel 11 took a look and found some unusual places to get discounted deals and big bargains, but the question is, are you willing to pay the price for pawning.  That's right, pawnshops. There's more than a dozen around Lubbock, Texas. More
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