Friday, December 11, 2009

The Pawn Shop

I went to a local pawn shop to sell some old video game equipment yesterday. I was hoping to get a bit of Christmas money. Holy crap what a twisted little world Pawn Shops are. I worked at a Bail Bonds place once, so I am not totally clueless, but was still in a bit of shock yesterday. First of all there was a kid in there I knew, trying to pawn stuff, I really doubt he was doing that to buy his Mom a Christmas gift. Then they offered me $20.00 for equipment that retailed at $700.00. I thought to myself "Who in their right mind would do that"? Then the Pawn Shop world started to became crystal (Crystal being the operable word) clear to me. Who would do that? A person desperate for money to buy drugs or alcohol (by the grace of God go I) or on the brighter side a single Mom trying to feed her children. I once pawned some very special earrings to feed Beau, so I do understand it's not always bad. When I came clean and told the sales guy I was going to write a story on his shop he got a bit nervous. He made a decent trade with me. I asked if they give more money in trade and they normally don't, which is a bit disturbing. I asked him if he was aware of the fact people often pawn things for drugs and he answered "Yes, but I like to go with the belief that there are more good people out there than bad" Cody was his name, nice kid really. I asked what items they sell the most and they told me tools and DVD's. I walked away thinking it may be a really great place to shop, they had some great stuff at really reasonable prices. The only problem is I then had to ask myself how much of it is stolen?

4 comments:

  1. Did you know that Pawn is one of the oldest professions around and before the credit card was the #1 source of consumer credit. People forget what life was like before the credit card. If you had a child in the hospital or a broken car and no credit where would you go for money? By the way everyone thinks their crap is worth $700....

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  2. Interesting. I once pawned my violin, worth about $2,000 at the time (now much more!) for $5 to buy a quart of vodka. At the end of a week, I bought it back--$8...what a ripoff.

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  3. An old profession, but so is prostitution. Old doesn't make it right & legal doesn't = moral. It's a bit too parasitic for me & open to easy corruption. When extremely desparte I've been able to come up with alternatives, & don't go there looking for deals. I guess we all have the right to patronize or not.

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  4. That's great that you could find alternative wipsnide, but other people don't have many options like you do. And btw pawn shops would give you good deals if you had some respect for what they do...

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