If you are not familiar with a Pawn Shop, many people wonder whether it’s best to pawn or sell at a pawn shop. The answer depends on several factors related to your item you are considering for pawning or selling. If you have never used a pawn shop before, it’s important to first understand the difference between pawning and selling.
Simply put, pawning is when you pawn an item, you are taking out a loan using your valuable as collateral. Selling is when you sell an item at a pawn shop. You just bring in your item for sale.
Today people have an option of receiving pawn loans on items of value to them for quick cash. This is a short-term collateral loan of 30 days with the ability to extend the terms. If you have never been to a pawn shop in the Tri-cities of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia (Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol), then you may have some questions about how a pawn shop and pawn loan operates. Learn more from this recent blog, “Need Cash? Consider a Short-Term Loan at Your Local Pawn Shop”.
Are you interested in getting cash for an item that you own? Reputable pawn shops like Albert’s specialize in small short-term loans. Albert’s Pawn is highly regulated, and all the terms of business are clearly stated in Tennessee government regulations. Talk with one of our trained employees to discuss options and information about getting a short-term loan on one of your treasured items. If you need cash, you can consider pawning vs. selling your items?
Best Items to Pawn
- Gold, jewelry and coins
- Guitars and other musical instruments and equipment
- Firearms, including rifles, shotguns, and pistols
- Laptop Computers & Tablets
- Flat Screen TVs
- The Latest Video Games and Systems
- Power Tools
When you sell an item at your local pawn shop, you bring in your item for sale. You and the pawnbroker reach an agreement on the sales amount that the pawnbroker will pay you for your items. Once the transaction occurs, with cash in hand, you leave and have no further obligation to the pawnbroker. The pawnbroker now owns that item.
Deciding Whether to Pawn or Sell Your Item
Significance of Item
To get started, you will need to consider whether you want to pawn or sell your item of value. Is it a family heirloom or something of significance to you? If so, then you’ll probably want to pawn it so you can get it back when you have the money to pay the loan off.
Value of Item
Another thing to consider is the value of your item. If you own a rare Fender Guitar, then what you have is collateral that will likely continue to increase in value. If you pawn the item, you retain ownership, and you will still have guitar down the road when it has appreciated in value. If you need cash in the future, you can secure another pawn loan using the item of value as collateral again. You can repeat the process again. See our blog about Fender — One of the Best Guitars to Pawn.
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Albert’s has been family owned and operated since 1927. No matter what part of the Tri-Cities you’re in we have a location to serve you. With two locations in Johnson City (Albert’s Loan Office and Uncle Sam’s Pawn Liquidation), Albert’s Loan Office in Bristol and our newest store, Albert’s Pawn in Kingsport – getting top dollar for your items for pawn loans and finding that item you’ve been looking for at an unbeatable price has never been easier.