Pawn shops are becoming more and more popular places to save some very substantial money on items of top quality. Jewelry, home electronics, tools and collectibles are just a few examples where items can be purchased at 30%-60% lower than even the “Big Box” store prices. Gold 2 Green offers excellent info on this.
So what does the smart shopper need to learn before they begin their first shopping trip to pawn shop?
1) Ahead of your visit: Is there a good Internet presence in the pawn shop? A quality, well maintained website containing useful information is a great indicator of a first-class shop. The store has an online store? This is a great way to sample the store’s selection before making a visit.
2) Do the workers remember you as soon as you walk through the door? First impressions are critical in virtually everything and if you get a friendly acknowledgement inside the store within the first few steps then that’s a pretty accurate indicator that the store is very customer-focused.
3) Do others go shopping in the store or get loans? Although every pawn shop has the odd “slow time” it’s still a positive indication to see other customers in store. Do two visits, and never see anybody else? Drive several times, and never see a car in the car park? These could be signs that their customers or the local community are not very focused on the pawn shop.
4) Is the store well organised and clean? Many people in a shop are looking for this as their first priority and that is certainly important. After a rapid flood of shoppers, every store can get a little dirty, but most first-class pawn shops hang on to a very high level of cleanliness and order.
5) Is there plenty of items for sale on the showroom shelves and floor? This always represents a good sign. Lots of items indicate the shop within the community is vibrant and healthy. Contrary to common opinion, a significant proportion of items for sale do not originate from delinquent pawn loans, because many customers see the nearby store as a trouble-free place to transform discarded goods into cash by selling the items.
6) Now this last thing might sound quite unusual … but has the pawn shop a strong “feeling”? Is there a lot of smiles from the employees? Hear other customers laughing and saying something like, “Wow, I wanted one of those … (Insert item name here!) … for years?” Pawn shops should be places of fun. One of these shops’ fun aspects is the highly unusual, rare and daring we say, “Funky” treasures you can score for not much money. Do you see many things you absolutely love but are a little concerned about what people would think if you showed something like a whole set of brass animals playing musical instruments? Well, it sounds like you have found a very good pawn shop!