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Happy Holidays!
Greetings to all NPA members:
As 2013 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 2013.

Rare $1,000 bill on 'Pawn Stars' becomes Old Man's keepsake
Las Vegas Sun
From Feb. 5: "Pawn Stars" hero Rick Harrison was thrilled with his purchase of a rare $1,000 bill from 1918, but his father, Richard "Old Man" Harrison, didn't want it resold. A customer who had been given it by his grandmother brought it into Gold & Silver Pawnshop, and according to The History Channel's top-rated show, the C note was one of 150 printed.
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Rick Harrison: Pawning his way to the top
Forbes
From May 29: For centuries, people have used various forms of barter, exchange, and pawning for quick access to money. Despite advances in currency and technology, the practice is still around today and more relevant than ever thanks to the hit TV series "Pawn Stars".
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Pawnshops: The poor man's bank
FOX Business
From Oct. 24: In this news video, Money Mizer CEO Robbie Whitten on why people are turning to pawnshops for loans instead of banks.
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It is now a crime to unlock your smartphone
The Atlantic
From Jan. 27: By decree of the Librarian of Congress, it shall henceforce be ordered that Americans shall not unlock their own smartphones. The penalty: In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. … That's right, starting this weekend it is illegal to unlock new phones to make them available on other carriers.
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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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Pastor arrested in 3 Kentucky pawnshop slayings
The Courier-Journal via USA Today
From Oct. 9: A church pastor was arrested in the slayings of three people last month in a central Kentucky pawnshop that placed a nearby college on lockdown. Police in Danville, Ky., said they arrested Kenneth A. Keith, 48, of Burnside on three counts of murder and one count of robbery after officers searched the Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside where Keith is the pastor, the church parsonage where Keith lives and Gold Rush Buyers, a jewelry store Keith operates in Somerset, according to a news release from the police department.
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Ancient coin sold on 'Pawn Stars'
WDRB-TV
From Feb. 26: An Austin, Ind., man was on national TV after he sold an ancient coin on the reality show "Pawn Stars." Ryan Payne says he paid a couple hundred dollars for a shekel coin and others which date back a couple thousand years ago in Jerusalem. Some say it was a widely used coin with historical value in the days of Jesus and Judas.
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Hopkinsville, Ky, pawnshops fall victim to fake gold
WTVF-TV
From May 13: Gold is in high demand, with prices estimated around $1,400 per ounce, but buyers beware. Two pawnshops in Hopkinsville, Ky., are the latest targets of apparent thieves trying to pass off fake gold as real.
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    Should you get a small business loan from a pawnshop? (The Washington Post)
Southwest-area pawnshop specializes in luxury merchandise (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond resorts to melting own gold (BBC News)

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Colorado pawnbroker arrested on 455 counts
The Pueblo Chieftain
From Jan. 26: A pawnbroker was arrested for allegedly violating bookkeeping laws. According to Chaffee County Undersheriff John Spezze, Michael Eugene Shaffer, 53, the owner of Mountain Pawn and Gun in Salida, Colo., was arrested for investigation of 455 counts of violation of required acts of pawnbrokers because he could not produce documentation required by state law.
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First the gold bugs got stung, now the pawnshops
The Wall Street Journal
From Jan. 1: Plenty of fingers have been burned as the price of gold fell to near three-year lows this year, from small investors who bought into the gold bug story to big gold miners who loaded up on debt as the metal's price shot upward. And here's one more victim of the price collapse: pawnshops. Stores that buy gold jewelry from cash-strapped customers, or accept is as security for a short-term loan, take a degree of risk on movements in the gold price during the period they hold the items. Plenty of that risk is factored into the prices pawnbrokers are willing to offer. But even then, a big gold price drop is going to sting.
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Charge filed in 30-year-old slaying of kind-hearted Fort Worth, Texas, pawnshop owner
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From March 7: In a world where profit is often king, pawn shop owner Melvin Lavine's compassion trumped the usual way of doing business. Though required to hold onto pawned items 90 days, Lavine preferred to wait 120 days to give customers a little extra time to raise the money to reclaim their possessions. He accepted sometimes bizarre or worthless items — including old shoes — just because he knew some customers were in desperate need.
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