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What Are The Disadvantages of Pawn Shops?

Updated February 21, 2017

If you need quick cash, going to a pawn shop is one option. Pawn shops give you money in exchange for your items. You can pawn anything, including clothing, electronics and jewellery. There is always a risk when working with a pawn shop; you might get less money than you ask for, or you might lose your property. A pawn shop can be a quick solution to a money shortage, but be careful when dealing with a pawn shop.

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Possibly Not Getting Full Value

Pawn shops have to gain a profit from the items they buy and resell. So when you take a valuable item to a pawn shop, the shop will give you less money for it than the shop hopes to sell it for. For example, if your gold diamond ring is worth £325, the pawn shop might offer £130. Even if used jewellery looks brand new, it might have depreciated, according to Best Lookup.

Buyer Beware

If you are going to a pawn shop to buy, beware. You might not always get a good deal. A pawn shop might sell an item for more than normal retail price. Do your research before going to a pawn shop. That item you are interested in might be cheaper through the Internet.

You Can Lose Your Property

When you sell your items to a pawn shop, you can get them back if you are current on your payments. Pawn shops also work as lenders; they use your valuable items as collateral for your loan. If you do not repay that loan, the pawn shop has the right to sell your items. In most cases, a pawn shop will give a certain number of days to pay the money. Failure to pay back the loan will result in you losing your precious items.

You Might Be Denied A Sale

The pawnbroker has the right to reject the items you want to sell. This can be distressing if you need quick cash. If the pawn shop doesn't see value in your items, it will not accept them. For example, the pawn shop might determine that your item is fake; you keep that property but don't get cash.

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About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Ashley Leonard has been writing professionally since 2007. Her articles have appeared on rsportscars.com and various other websites. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marymount Manhattan College.

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