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3. When pawning jewelry always weigh your items yourself. I've known some pawnbrokers who will switch real diamonds for fake ones. A cheap diamond tester will help you.
I would never recommend anyone pawn their stuff. There are too many other venues to hawk your wares and get decent money all over the internet. This is like pay day loans and all of the other businesses designed to take advantage of people in a crunch.
I know someone who went on Pawn Stars once with a rare video game. That show is completely scripted. No one is striking it rich at the pawn shop.
Question for the OP. Why is it that everything in a pawn shop is marked up so high except the guns? Most of the shops I have been to searching for games have crazy prices on things like old computers but you can buy SKS all day long for $125.00 which while not a really pricey gun they do go for more than that generally. Is it just a matter of demand and being able to get a quick turn around or are they just paying so little for them to begin with?
I bought a hunting rifle at the pawn shop. It looked kind of ratty, but had a nice scope on it. Almost looked like it was rusted on the barrel and had smudges on the stock. Got a deal on it, then took it home to clean it. Turns out, it had deer blood all over it and it cleaned up like new. Now I have a fine looking .308.