How To Deal And Nogotiate With Pawn Shops

How To Deal And Nogotiate With Pawn Shops- Pawn Stars, a reality television series filmed in Las Vegas, chronicles the day-to-day activities at the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. The pawn shop is a 24-hour family-operated business and currently holds the title of the #2 highest-rated reality show behind MTVs Jersey Shore. The show is broadcasted in over thirty countries worldwide and is described by TV Guide as being “one part Antiques Roadshow, a pinch of LA Ink and a dash of COPS.”  In addition to following the interpersonal conflicts between staff members, the show dedicates a major portion of their attention to the staff’s interactions with customers.

Most pawn shop customers feel that their items are undervalued and are consistently searching for the best deal or bargain. The customers of the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop are no different. While in some cases customers genuinely believe their “fake” items are genuine, other customers seem to freak out over nothing. Regardless, the show is entertaining to watch and filled with enough hilarious and dramatic moments to be considered somewhat of a soap opera geared towards antique collectors and hobbyists alike. To aid in the ease of customer transactions and contribute to more realistic expectations, the stars of Pawn Stars have come up with the following things to keep in mind when browsing for the best deal in a pawn shop.


Prices Are Negotiable, But Not Too Negotiable:

When conducting business in a pawn shop, it’s important to remember that the prices you see on items aren’t necessarily fixed prices. Usually, pawn shop owners are willing to offer items at discounted prices if your disposition is positive and your demeanor respectful. On the other hand, pawn shops are businesses and still need to make money. If an item is priced at $2,000 and you ask that it be discounted to $500, don’t be surprised if the pawn shop employee laughs at you or even asks you to leave the store. Asking for a discount is okay, and at times, even warranted. Just try not to insult the pawn shop owner with unreasonable expectations.

Be Honest:

If you have an idea of how much your item is worth/how much you’d like for your item, be up-front with the pawn shop employees. If you research your item, find out its worth and ask for a fair amount. Chances are, if the pawn shop is honest and reliable, you won’t be disappointed with the payout. While pawn shops have been known in the past for ripping off customers and offering much less than items are actually worth, this can be avoided by performing rudimentary research prior to entering a pawn shop. Pawn shop owners are good at what they do and can spot a clueless customer from a mile away. Educate and protect yourself from becoming just another victim in the pawn shop scheme.

Don’t Be Afraid to Shop Around:

Whether you’re looking to purchase or sell an item at a pawn shop, chances are you’re looking for the best deal. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be frequenting pawn shops and would be purchasing everything new, instead. If you feel you aren’t being offered what you want or are browsing for a better price, don’t be hasty. The experts on Pawn Stars agree that an entire day should be set aside for pawning, and whoever offers the best price should be the pawn shop you conduct business with. Or, if your lazy, sell your extra stuff to scrap buyers. So whether you’re selling or buying, a pawn shop can be your best friend, especially if you keep the above tips in mind.

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2 comments to How To Deal And Nogotiate With Pawn Shops

  • Johnny

    I loooove pawn shops. I usually hate shopping but pawn shops and army surplus stores always have the most interesting objects in the world, and no two stores are ever the same. Definitely modern day treasure chests

  • Rebecca

    Cant wait to check this show out. I have a ton of old gold jewelry to sell, and I dont want to get scammed!

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