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Happy Holidays!
Greetings to all NPA members:
As 2012 comes to a close, the National Pawnbrokers Association would like to wish you a joyous holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide our readers with a look at the most popular articles from 2012. Our regular publication will resume on Tuesday Jan. 8.

Willie Mays uniform fetches $31,000
USA Today (Aug. 22, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All of us need to do some attic cleaning. Count it a good day when you get on "Pawn Stars" and go home with a check. On an episode of the History Channel show, a uniform touted as a Willie Mays game-worm uniform was brought into the shop. More

'Pawn Stars' buy rare Les Paul for $90,000
Mahwah Patch (Feb. 3, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Les Paul guitars have made their way from Mahwah, N.J., where their creator lived for much of his life, all around the world. In January, one landed on reality TV. A recent episode of The History Channel's 'Pawn Stars,' which features a family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas, featured a rare Les Paul brought to the shop by Mary Ford's nephew. More

Video: Oscar among upscale items at Beverly Hills, Calif., pawnshop
CNBC (March 20, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pawnshops are going upscale and nowhere is it more evident than in Beverly Hills, Calif., where people are putting up wine to awards for collateral for loans. In this video news article, CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at what's selling, adding "just because you're the 1 percent doesn't mean you have good credit or have time for a bank to decide whether to loan you cash. You need it now." More

The ugly, scary year in Apple iPhone and iPad thefts
Network World (Oct. 8, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apple iPhones and iPads have become the new must-have item — for thieves. Innocent smartphone and tablet owners have increasingly become crime targets, and law enforcement is taking steps to protect them and deal with other assorted acts of crime sparked by Apple's product popularity. More


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The 5 unwritten rules that will kill your business
American Express OPEN Forum (Aug. 14, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forget reality television's "Pawn Stars," real estate now has its own pawnbrokers who'll swap your family silver for cold, hard cash. Less than two months after its launch in the U.S. borro has established itself in the new and emerging category of personal asset lending. More

Texas pawnshop owner works to change industry's image
Longview News-Journal (Aug. 19, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jeff Mercer said his Cash Capital Pawn in Longview, Texas, will offer patrons traditional pawnshop services in a clean, wholesome environment. "We are not your ordinary pawnshop," Mercer said in August. "We are working hard, investing a lot, and are determined to change the image of the pawnshop." Mercer said the shop opened in April with the customer in mind — focusing on quality power tools, new and used firearms, televisions, a broad range of electronics, musical instruments, games, DVDs, jewelry and gold and silver. More

Brief history of the American pawnshop
Bloomberg (Feb. 9, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cable television has lately been bringing the art and science of owning a pawnshop to life — even for those fortunate enough to experience it only vicariously. But pawning has been integral to Americans' financial lives for centuries. History Channel's "Pawn Stars" features the oversized Harrison family and their Las Vegas pawnshop, Gold & Silver. Old paper currency, antique pistols, classic guitars and works of art are typical of the items offered up for appraisal there, making the series seem like a less genteel version of "Antiques Roadshow." More

Pawnshops for prosperous accept wine as collateral
Reuters (Feb. 22, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Along with family jewels and fine art they will accept wines as collateral for loans to help ease cash shortages of businesses and people on all rungs of the economic ladder. "You'd be amazed by how many wealthy individuals have terrible credit ratings," said Jordan Tabach-Bank, head of Beverly Loan Co. in Beverly Hills, Calif. More

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Why the unbanked are a goldmine for retailers, pawnshops (Feb. 28, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The unbanked are finally getting noticed: From Walmart and Target, to check cashing services and pawn shops, NetSpend and Green Dot to American Express, banks and non-banks alike are scrambling to attract these low-risk, highly lucrative potential customers. Even as rising checking account fees drive some out of the traditional banking system altogether, alternative financial services providers clamor for those that banks reject. revenue off the interest spread. More

Michigan pawnshop owner says woman offered sex act by her daughter and herself for payment
WXYZ-TV (Jan. 17, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In January, a Southgate, Mich., pawnshop owner says a mother who came to his store offered both herself and her young daughter for a sex act instead of a payment. The shop's owner called police and protective services. More

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