How To Get The Most At A Pawn Shop

guitar-265141_960_720Pawn shops can be a great place to get quick cash for your stuff. They can also be a place where you can pick up items on the cheap. In either case, if you know what you are doing, you can maximize your savings or payout with a few simple steps. So let’s look at how to get the most out of your trip to a local pawn shop.

First we will look at selling items. Make sure to thoroughly clean the item. Dirty items look less valuable, so no matter what it is that you are bringing in, clean it up first. Also, you should do some research on how much the type of items you are bringing in typically sell for. This will give you an idea of whether or not you are getting a bum deal. Remember that a pawn shop is a business, so selling to an individual will usually pay out more, but you should have some idea before walking in. Lastly, when they offer you a loan amount for your item, simply ask if they could give you a bit more. You will usually be able to get a few bucks more.

For buying items, also ask if they can do any better, that is to say, sell you the item you want for a little bit less than the ticket price. Don’t make them an offer right away, but ask what they could do and see where that gets you. You can also try getting a deal on multiple items. If you want more than one item, offer the sales associate  X dollars for both (obviously less than the two ticket prices together). Very often you can strike a good deal like this.

Also don’t forget that you can often sell unused gift cards at pawn shops to get cash for those that you would probably otherwise never use (!gift-cards/cnwsb).

Armed with this knowledge, you can have a very profitable or frugal experience at your next pawn visit.