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Getting The Best Value At A Pawn Shop

petit-cochon-tirelire-eurosWhen it comes to buying things secondhand, there is always a particular given, and that is that you’re trying to get something for the best price. No, you’re not looking for necessarily the newest model or edition, nor the best available. You’re simply looking for something that will fit your needs, and your budget. And whether you’re looking for tools, a TV, computer, gun, jewelry, or anything like that, a pawn shop is a great place to look.

You can usually find good deals right on the shelves on the listed price. But you can actually drive those prices down a little bit more. Here’s a few haggling tips:

  1. Always ask if they can “do better” on a price. You have to remember that a pawn shop is taking in items and selling them for more, so there is probably a little wiggle room on the price. The best thing you can ask is if they can give you a better offer, even if it’s only $5 or $10 you save, it’s still saving.
  2. If you want more than one thing, try haggling down the price of one first. If no results, ask if they can give you a deal if you buy the two items. You may be able to make them an offer. If you want the TV and Blu-Ray player, say, “How about $X for both?” You’ll find that the idea of selling two items will probably entice the sales associate to giving you that discount.
  3. Bring something in with you for trading purposes. If you have something that you don’t mind getting rid of, bring it. Like if you’re trying to get an internet ready TV, bring in your old DVD player. You may be able to use it to reduce the price of the TV. Remember that bartering plays a big role in the best pawn shop.

 


Where To Go For What

garage saleIn one’s quest for finding secondhand items (whether it be for finding interesting, vintage things, or simply to save money) one will come across loads of different venues where these items can be purchased. Pawn shops, flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, etc. all are good sources for these types of things. But which one is best for which? Well, let’s make it easy for you.

Clothes

Buying secondhand clothes is a great way to find interesting ensembles, and also save money. It’s also good for shopping for your children (as they usually grow out of clothes in a couple of months). The best places to find vintage clothes are thrift stores like Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Other places like flea markets don’t usually have enough of a selection of clothes to warrant going there specifically for clothing.

Electronics

Whether you’re looking for a television set, stereo, video game console or movie player, you’ll save a ton if you buy used. As the electronics market is huge and ever-changing, you have a lot of options here. You can hit up a pawn shop in Hollywood, thrift store, and even regular retailers will often sell used stuff (especially video game stores). Searching online for a refurbished item will also yield lots of results.

Furniture

This one is a little bit trickier as furniture varies. You usually won’t find a bed (though the frame possibly) but mostly old couches, chairs and tables. Garage sales and moving sales typically carry some furniture. Flea markets are good for this too. Some of the larger thrift stores may carry furniture but call before you make the trip. Honestly, sites like craigslist.org are the best for finding used furniture.

 


Upgrading Your Home Entertainment Setup

power-button-on-tv-remoteIf a home had a centerpiece, it would definitely be the entertainment center. This usually comprises the television, disc players, stereo and video game consoles. It’s where the family and invited friends sit down to enjoy some entertainment together, be it a game, movie or some video game action. So this is obviously an area where people like to have the latest and greatest gadgets. Unfortunately, many will go out and needlessly spend thousands of dollars to buy upgrades. Here’s a little tip: you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a killer home entertainment system!

As the items you’ll be looking for are so common, you’ll be able to find them (often very inexpensively) in loads of different places. So let’s check out some of the best places to look for discounted home entertainment items.

First we have pawn shops. You can literally find everything on your list here. From TV sets, to Blu-Ray players, to video games, most every Hollywood pawn shop carries these items. So you may just look around various shops in your town to find everything you need that way.

Another great way to find these items is by visiting local garage sales. Moving sales especially. People are often trying to get rid of items as they will no longer have space for them, or they themselves are planning on buying the latest and greatest (and also most expensive). So this is another good place to find the devices you want.

Of course, with electronics, you have the option to frequently buy refurbished items. These are items that were bought, returned and then re-certified by the factory and are now being sold at a discounted price. An internet search like “refurbished *****” will yield loads of results.

So you see, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the things you want.

 


An Easy Way To Sell Your Unused Stuff

money-13519512176yLWhen looking to make a little bit of extra money, one frequently unused avenue is that of selling possessions that you don’t use anymore. Probably, the reason that more people don’t use this money-making method is because of the potential hassle that can be involved in it. For example, if you wanted to sell more than just a few items, you’d probably have to have a yard sale. For it to be successful, you’d have to  advertise it (whether by putting signs around the neighborhood or posting about it online) and then after dragging all your stuff outside, spend the day sitting there hoping to sell. The bad thing about yard sales is that people expect to find things for super cheap.

You could use a service like craigslist and try selling your stuff in that fashion. This could work, but if you have a lot of things, you’ll need to be constantly taking phone calls and making appointments with people. There is also a bit of potential danger as you will be meeting people you don’t know, and for a single woman, this may not be the wisest thing to do.

However, if you have anything of value (old jewelry, electronics, tools, etc.) you can just load your car up and go to a pawn shop. This is a place where you can often sell almost anything of value and get money right away. Many people don’t really know how pawn shops work, so you could take a look at this article to get a better understanding: http://www.uspawnjewelry.com/#!faq/mu8qo. This method allows you to be done in an afternoon, without the need for any real prep work.

This not only can put some needed cash into your pocket, but cal also help you to free up space in your home to make room for new decoration ideas, or just to have some more space.


The Truth About Pawn Shops

pawnIn many of the articles on this site, I advise people as to where they can buy or sell things for a good price. One of the places that I mention frequently are plan shops. Personally, I’ve had a lot of luck and good experiences going to these types of establishments, but I’ve come to understand that many people consider them to be “seedy places where they can easily get ripped off”. I can understand the mentality. Many learn shops are located in rough areas and the thought of people desperate for money for whatever reason comes to mind. And while that is certainly true at times, there is more to the story than that.

First off, pawn shops provide a place where one can get rid of some unwanted items easily. If you’re moving, or upgrading household items, pawning them is a much better solution than just throwing them away. No, you’re not going to get the maximum value for your things as if you were to sell it on your own. The store is, of course, trying to make a profit. But you would have to find buyers for all of your things and that takes time and effort. So you do pay a bit for the convenience.

Next, pawn shops are a great place to go to find some types of items on the cheap. Things like the usual jewelry and watches, but also electronics and tools and more. A lot of bargains are to be had there.

Finally, not every pawn shop is located in a rough neighborhood. Many are but they can also be found in regular places that anyone would feel comfortable visiting.

So think twice before you dismiss this type of business altogether. Pawn shops have been around for hundreds of years providing a service to their communities.I’ve been to plenty of them, like this pawn shop Miami located, as well as others and have had plenty of good experiences.