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Monster twister leaves Alabama pawnshop in ruin
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In scenes reminiscent of the kind of destruction wrought by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the jumbled rubble of shattered homes and businesses lay entangled with crushed cars, uprooted trees and downed power lines. ... The tornado reduced the Quik Pawn shop in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to rubble no higher than 3 feet high, studded with planks of wood and tires. More
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Pawnshops? Give 'em a try
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I'd never been in a pawnshop before, and was only vaguely familiar with how they operate, writes Patrick Gabrion, Times Record business editor. So I decided to check out Jamison's Trading Post & Pawn in Bath, Maine, a relatively new business and asked owner Don Jamison to explain the ancient profession of buying and selling. More

Fender introduces pawnshop series guitars
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Fender introduces the new Pawn Shop Series guitars: the Fender '51, Fender '72 and Mustang Special. These instruments draw inspiration from the eccentric and sometimes wildly innovative Fender creations of the mid-'60s to mid-'70s era that sometimes found their way to the outside world, and into the more esoteric pages of Fender history. With this adventurous spirit in mind, Pawn Shop Series instruments emerge as all new Fender guitars with a boldly creative alchemy of diverse Fender components. More

With silver soaring, attics give up small fortunes
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As investors send prices soaring for not only gold, but now also silver, consumers have been unearthing ancient stashes of silverware, teapots and jewelry from long-discarded beaus, and trading them in at pawnshops or selling them on eBay for cash. More and more cash, in fact, as weeks go by. More

Gun dealers oppose theft check    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scott Scharf buys guns, sells guns and has no problem telling police officers where he gets his firearms.But Scharf, owner of Scotts Gunsmithing in Glen Burnie, Md., doesn't want to pay a dime to report it, let alone the $450 license county police demanded. "I've already got all these licenses that we have to do business," Scharf said. "To me, it seems like the county is just after money." More

First Cash turns focus to pawn operations
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First Cash Financial Services recently took another step in moving away from the payday loan business to focus on its bread-and-butter pawnshop business. Citing changes in the regulatory environment, the company reached a deal in March to sell all 10 of its payday stores in Illinois for at least $19 million. More

Gold's at a premium, and pawnshops are hopping
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If you've been holding on to that old broken gold chain or that shimmering earring which has long since lost its match, now may be the perfect time to part with those once-loved treasures, as the price of gold has increased to an all-time high of $1,500 an ounce in recent days. More


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Pawn America offers warranties on used computers, phones
St. Paul Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Pawn America is offering warranties on the second-hand merchandise it sells, as it tries to alleviate customer fears about the true history of items like cell phones, TVs and computers. The company said it is offering an extended service plan to electronics, computers and other items at its 18 locations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. It expects to offer the plan at its Wisconsin stores later this year. More

Arkansas pawn fined for incomplete item records
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Corner Pawn Shop, in Conway, Ark., closed its doors recently after a compliance check conducted by Conway Police Department detectives revealed more than 140 infractions. More


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TLC cashes in on a trend with 'Pawn Queens'
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Some industries flourish in tough times. Like almost no other, the pawn industry has come to the fore in recent years, buoyed by the ongoing rough economy — and the rising number of TV shows working off the "trash to treasure" principle. More

Pawnshop restates interest in West St. Paul, Minn., strip mall — City reacted last year with moratorium
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A West St. Paul, Minn., strip-mall owner again is trying to sell the idea of a pawnshop to city officials. Robert Street Square co-owner Laura Gill and a representative for Max It Pawn pitched to the city council the shop's continued interest in West St. Paul. More

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West Virginia community passes pawn ordinance
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The Kanawha County Commission in West Virginia passed an ordinance that will require pawnshops in unincorporated parts of the county to register detailed information online for items bought and sold in their stores. The ordinance won't go into effect until June 10. More

Walmart brings back guns to many stores
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We can hear it across the country: Hey, honey, could you pick up some butter? And while you're at it what about a Remington 12-gauge? Walmart is resuming gun sales at half its stores across the United States in a bid to attract male buyers and revive its appeal as a one-stop shopping destination. More

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Spike in precious metal's value spurs owners to cash in
Pocono Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's a gold rush under way. After shooting past $1,500 an ounce, gold is at an all-time high, as worries about the U.S. economy, growing debt and an endangered credit rating sent investors seeking the security of precious metals. But it's not that gold is going up, East Stroudsburg, Pa., financial consultant Mike Savage said, "It's that the dollar is going down." More

Pawnshop coming to set up in Harwood Heights, Ill.
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A pawnshop chain is planning to open a shop in Harwood Heights, Ill., but is waiting for the village to grant it a business license. "I have a signed lease with EZPAWN who plans to move into the vacant space previously occupied by Blockbuster at Harlem and Gunnison avenues," said Sam Zitella, owner of the Harwood Square strip mall. Zitella said he is not concerned with the reputation of pawnshops. More

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