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What Is A Pawn Shop

by | Oct 6, 2020 | Blog

A pawn shop is a business or shop that loans a certain amount to individuals who bring in items and goods that have considerable value, which they leave behind with the pawn shop. Popular examples of different things that an individual might leave include (but are not limited to) gold, jewelry, watches, musical instruments, cameras, computers, or television sets.

The valuable items that individuals leave behind at a pawn shop are referred to as collateral. The individual can get their loaned item back from the pawn shop if they fully pay back the cash the shop loans them and they pay the interest as well on the loan. The Interest is a specific fee you have to pay for using someone else’s cash for a set defined period. If the individual who has borrowed cash from the pawn shop does not or is not able to repay the interest and loan within a time limit ( that is already agreed-upon by both parties at the start), the pawn shop can sell the item to someone else (usually another customer) in order to get back the cash they originally loaned.

In order to stop petty thieves from making use of pawn shops as a means of getting cash from stolen goods, the majority of the pawn communities have laws in place that require individuals who bring in precious items to the pawn shop to show legal identification, like a drivers license or other government ID. Pawn shops also employ digital tracking systems and submit reports to law enforcement on all pawned items daily in order to curtail thieves from pawning items.

If you have ever thought of pawning something but are not sure if it is “safe” – make sure to read our post “Are Pawn Shops Safe” to learn more.

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