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Any tips for scoring deals at pawn shops?


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#1 alexdub

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:52 PM

I stopped into a local pawn shop today during lunch to see what kind of golf stock they had available.  While sorting through and endless pile of clubs that were older than my grandpa -- I spotted a gem: a *MINT* condition Ping JAS Tess.

It didn't have a price tag, and I figured there was no way on earth the camo-clad employee at the cash register would have any idea what a Ping JAS was...  so I offered him $15 for it.  He's like, "Hmmmm --- let me look it up."  He pulls up eBay and says that he would sell it to me for $200.  Hahaha.  My hopes were dashed.

My approach obviously failed here.  Anyone have any tips for scoring pawn shop deals?  Any negotiation tactics or ways to get around the "eBay lookup"?

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:55 PM

Cut their internet first?

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:01 PM

Between ebay and paypal fees and the time to box and ship, the seller will be doing well to get 75% of the ebay "sold" price.  If you are looking for flipping fodder you will have to chop another 25% out of that too.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 02:10 PM

Go back in 2 weeks and offer a decent low ball.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:55 PM

Read through this thread. If you can follow their method of decoding the price tags, it'll let you make an offer really close to the pawn shop's break-even number.

http://www.golfwrx.c...ty-at-pawn-shop

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 09:48 AM

There are two kinds of pawn shops, A blows stuff out, high employee turnover, pricing guy in back is clueless . You can get deals/steals here. Usually high volume store, or multiple locations

B is smaller, mom and pop or same 3 or 4 employees all the time
They try to hit a home run on every item, waiting on an idiot with money. They gauge prices by highest internet price they can find. Once i figure out a shop falls in the B category, I quit going there.


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 10:43 AM

Educate them that listings are not selling prices... have them look up recent sales while you are there. Remind them that ebay is going to take 10% off the top and paypal another 3%.

Offer them a price you can live with and if they balk, have them write down you name and phone number and tell them to give you a call if they change their mind and will sell it for your offer. You know and they know it's not doing them any good sitting around the shop.

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 10:57 AM

Guess it's not really surprising most people selling stuff for a living know how to do the same eBay searches we do.
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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:01 AM

Make them a somewhat reasonable offer to begin with and they don't jump on eBay to look it up. Bet you offered him $75-100 he'd have said sold

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 12:12 PM

Go to a minor league hockey game or better yet a MMA match to get the juices flowing and then go Monty Hall their a$$ with an attitude.

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