What is a pawn shop?

What is a pawn shop?

Lots of people have seen pawn shops. They are the things in movies and on TV where people go to sell their items. Though they often don’t show all the aspects of what a pawn shop is. Pawn shops have been around since the ancient Greece and Roman times. A pawn shop originally was intended as a place where people could go to trade an item of value for a loan. The intent is that the item will be returned to the owner as soon as the loan is paid off, and if it is not the item will then go up for sale by the pawnbroker to cover the cost of the initial loan. The loan part of a pawn shop is not something that movies or shows often show.


Entering a pawn shop is usually for one of two reasons. Either to pawn/sell an item or purchase one. While pawnbrokers are historically used for short term loans, selling items that you can not find a buyer for is also one of the functions of a pawn shop. Which is why often when you approach a pawnbroker with an item they will ask you if you want to pawn or sell it. For people looking for cheap goods, a pawn shop can often offer quality items. Because the pawnbroker is looking to not only make money off the loaning of money, they will also be looking at what the resale value of an item is. This means that an object will be looked over thoroughly and priced accordingly. This ensures that as long as they are a reputable pawnbroker, like the people at Alexander Coin and Pawn, the items will be in good working condition. Also because the items that they sell are often second hand, they will not be priced at or above the cost of new, unless the item is unopened or the value has appreciated over the years like collectibles.

What if an item is stolen

Lots of people believe that local pawn shops are used by criminals to sell their ill-gotten gains. While this might be true for disreputable companies, reputable companies like Alexander Coin and Pawn take steps to ensure that items that are sold are not stolen. Pawn shops work closely with local police to make sure that items they take in have not been reported stolen. They also have a period where items that they have purchased are held so that local police have a chance to check them to make sure they are not stolen. Extensive record keeping is also another step that pawn shops take to make sure their items are not stolen. Lots of these steps have also been made into law.

Items for Sale

Most people expect to see everything and anything inside a pawn shop. While you might be able to see everything inside a pawn shop, odds are you will find a lot of everyday items. Electronics, Jewelry, Watches, and Antiques/Collectibles are the most common things that you will see inside a pawn shop. Other Items like Musical Instruments, Sports Equipment, and Gaming Systems are common, but the types that are available change greatly. Pawn shop stock can change from week to week. Because people come in and buy items and others, bring in different items to sell. If you are looking for a unique piece in the Des Planes area at a great deal, then head to Alexander Coin and Pawn often so that you don’t miss out.

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