Tips for Making the Most out of a Pawn Shop

Assorted display of fine diamond and platinum necklaces, earrings and rings.

Not all pawn shop experiences are the same. There the ever changing inventory, which means you’ll rarely have the same experience twice, even when visiting the same pawn shop. Pawn shops can be a great place to save money and pick up quality items you need. Here are a few tips to make the most of every trip to the pawn shop.

1. Sell, sell, sell – A pawn shop is one of those rare businesses in which you can make money as easily as you can spend it. Make the most of your trip by bringing in an item or two of value you no longer use that you can sell in a pawn shop. Pocket the cash or use it to purchase the item you were looking for to begin with. You’ll be saving money, making money and cleaning out clutter all at the same time.

2. Negotiate – As pawn shops are often family owned businesses, pawnbrokers may often be willing to negotiate the price of items in their store. If you want to make the most of your pawn shop experience never buy, sell or pawn anything without asking to negotiate on the price. Pawnbrokers want to make their clients happy and build customer loyalty.

3. Keep in constant contact with your pawnbroker – If you are looking for a particular item or you collect a certain thing, you can always ask the pawnbroker to keep you on alert if that item comes in. Being friendly and open with the pawnbroker means you get a first look at things and you may even get better deals.

4. Frequent Trips – Frequent trips to a favorite pawn shop will help you establish that relationship with the pawnbroker. However, it can do much more than that. The inventory at a pawn shop is ever changing. You can catch the best deals when you become a regular.