posted on May, 17 2011 @ 01:16 PM
I love blowing off steam with you guys. It's so cathartic. So here goes. I made a teensy weensy mistake in my checking account, and needed to take a
pawn loan for just a week til the next paycheck arrives. All I needed was $300 to make ends meet. I have a 1969 Gibson Heritage 12 string guitar. It
is very rare, the serial # is 3817. No, that's not a typo. It is worth a couple grand easy. If you know anything about guitars you should be drooling
Anywho, went to the best pawn shop in town(most reputable, knowledgeable etc...) Took the old Gibson in. The guy behind the counter takes a 2 second
look at it and says "not interested." My jaw hit the floor! I said "I only need a $300 loan." He said "Sorry dude, we only take guitars in mint
condition." My jaw went through to the basement(if they have one). It has some mild crows feet in the "sunburst" finish from age. Which is normal,
unavoidable, and does not affect the sound or value of the instrument in the least, and is actually termed "character" and adds authenticity to the
instrument. So more than mildly perterbed I said. "So you have no interest in a $300 loan on a $2000(minimum, quick sale) piece of collateral?" He
said "You can't prove that, that is the value." - OMG!!!! That is YOUR job, to know what the hell you are looking at!!! No I didn't say that. I
just politely said "Thank you for your time, I guess no one can be an expert at everything."
As I was headed back to the truck I remembered my old Isreali Arms Jericho pistol(not Mag. Research a real IMI.) in the glove box. I thought "What
the hell, I don't want to make another trip." I gave $375 for it brand new nearly 10 years ago. I took it in, and the guy grinned from ear to ear.
"I'll give you a $300 loan on that, sure!" So I looked it up when I got home, and they sell for $430 now, brand new. What the.... REALLY? I can get
a 80% retail value loan on a common gun, but not a 15% retail value loan on a rare guitar.
Even if you don't like guns, stock up on them anyway. People are stupid enough to give you too much money for them. Even pawn brokers, who'd a
Rare guitar: "Not interested."
Common gun: "Gyuh hick!!! Itsh a GUN!!!!" (while ejaculating in trousers) "Give him all da money!"
Crazy F'd up world.....