Cash in on your rare valuables
Many of us of invested in rare articles such as watches, jewellery, coins and other valuable items or have been passed on these items as family belongings. Now might be the time to assess the value of any of these and other items you have stored at home or safely in deposit boxes to see if the value associated with them means that it is a good time to realise the return on these investments or belongings. You may need cash for other purchases or may simply want to diversify your portfolio of assets partly into cash which can then be invested in other items or in money market accounts.
Whatever your reason for needing and using earned cash on the sale of valuable belongings, there are a number of mechanisms and avenues for selling these assets and receiving cash as payment. Private sales are one mechanism, selling to collectors another mechanism and then there is the use of high end pawn shops. Private sales and sales to collectors can be risky. Unfortunately the honesty and security of selling your assets using these mechanism is risky and there are likely to be instances where you feel you are not getting a fair price or are being pushed into a sale when you don’t think it is worth it. In addition private sales and selling to collectors may take time and the longer the time taken the less the real value of the sale. Pawn shops are thus a useful alternative, and often highly recommended alternative, to selling your assets safely and knowing you will typically get real value from your assets.
When selling to a pawn shop, or using their other services such as pawn loans or collateral loans, one still has to be careful and do your homework. You want to ensure you are using a highly reputable pawn shop with experienced appraisers and an honest customer ethic. Ultimately you will be selling items of value and you want the negotiation and sales terms to be fair and honest. There are many unscrupulous pawn shops and pawn shop owners who are looking to exploit your valuable items for their financial benefit and it is important that you don’t fall into this trap.
You will however find a handful or more pawn shops in major cities across the United States that are reputable and frequently recommended by previous customers. It is a pawn shop such as this that you want to utilize when selling your high end valuables. A good pawn shop will deal in high end brand names across the jewellery, watches and coins sectors. When researching pawn shops, one recommended action is to view what is on display and the brand names associated with their current inventory. A pawn shop dealing in Rolex or Breitling watches, is unlikely to have achieved this kind of stock without honest and ethical buying and valuation processes. Similarly a pawn shop dealing in Cartier or Tiffany jewellery will have worked hard to get to the level of dealing with such high end products. A pawn shop that is diversified in its stock, that may include fine and valuable art, rare and vintage musical instruments, is also a very good indicator of the ethics and reputation of a pawn shop and will indicate that this pawn shop will provide you with the fairest treatment.
A key element of a successful pawn shop is their valuation and appraisal expertise. If they don’t have this experience and knowledge, they would have gone out of business a long time ago as they erroneously over- or undervalue items, which they would then struggle to recoup their costs or eventually face a backlash from previous and current customers who will have done their research on their valuable item. Although bit is difficult to assess a shops expertise in valuations and appraisals, one technique, and again a highly recommended technique, is to obtain quotes from a minimum of three sources. You certainly don’t want to sell at the first store your visit as you may well being doing yourself and the item or items a major disservice.
Good pawn shops will buy valuable items that have resale value. Typically their purchase decisions aren’t limited to specific categories but they will not encroach on established second hand sales items such as common cars or other electronic machinery that will have been used and have a significant depreciation associated with it. You will get most value out of a good pawn shop when you are wanting to sell jewellery, watches, items made with gold or silver, art and other items you won’t typically find in a supermarket or department store. Many of us may have a Frank Mueller watch that has been passed down from a grandfather or great grandfather. Although the watch may have sentimental value, its value may have now reached maturity and now would be the time to sell. Even your grandfather or great grandfather would not just understand, but would very likely recommend that you take the cash. He worked hard for his investment and he would want you to benefit from that.
If you are reluctant to sell valuable items, then good pawn shops will offer loan services or pawn loans that use your valuable items as collateral. This is one way to obtain cash that you may need and still retain ownership of the item, provided you, of course pay back the loan. The item is used as collateral in this case and you essentially hand over ownership temporarily to the pawn shop. You will pay interest on the loan that the pawn shop uses as an income stream. If you are to use this particular service, you want to ensure that you are covered legally and that the protection of your items is covered against loss and theft. It is vital that you pay increased attention to the reputation and standing of a pawn shop where you will use a pawn loan. You don’t want to use loan shark type pawn shops or individuals as you would be taking unreasonable risk. An honest, ethical and reputable pawn shop will offer secure storage and insurance of your held belongings thus providing reciprocal trust that you will pay back the loan while they carefully hold your valuable item or items.
If you are needing extra cash for whatever reason, then using the services of a good pawn shop is highly recommended. Perhaps bank costs on loans are too costly or inflated, perhaps you don’t want the credit score effects of a loan reflected or you are looking for simpler, more efficient access to cash. In all these scenarios, a pawn shop is very much a viable alternative. You will almost certainly have something of value within your current possessions and assets that can either be used for collateral against a pawn loan or is of such value that you will receive a very good return on having invested are retained ownership over a period of time. If you have any items such as high end watch or jewellery brands that you no longer used or were an investment in the first place, then these items are highly sort after by reputable pawn shops. The process of getting your cash is simple. Pay a visit to a few recommended pawn shops in your area and have your assets that you want to sell valued. Good pawn shops will employ professional, experienced appraisers who will give you a fair and legal value for your asset or assets. If you agree to sell then you will have a check when you walk out the shop. Perhaps the asset has sentimental value or you believe that it will increase in value with time, then you can use the alternative option of using the asset or assets as collateral. You will hand over your items, which will be securely stored and insured against loss and theft, and you then agree on and sign the terms of the loan agreements including interest payments. Again you will walk out of the shop with a check that you can then cash and use for any purpose you see fit.
Using a pawn shop to obtain cash is a simple and largely effortless process and the majority of us will have something of value that can be sold on or used as security. Pawn shops are a simple, quick and reliable, when using a reputable shop, of obtaining cash that may be unavailable through banks, may be to costly to obtain from financial institutions and have no effect on your credit ratings or credit scores. Now might be the time to take stock of your smaller assets and determine what you really need or want to keep and what can be cashed in. Once you have done that then ask for pawn shop recommendations or visit a few shops in your neighbourhood to get quotes. You may be pleasantly surprised and what your return will be having held on to some of your valuable items.
Sell it, Buy it, Loan it
Many of us have the misunderstanding that pawn shops are the dark, uninviting, back-alley shops that movies, TV shows and the rest of the media have led us to believe. Movies and TV shows have most often represented pawn shops as frequented by criminals where they pawn their stolen goods for cash that they then go on to use to fund even more crime. They are often depicted as dark, smoke filled shops found down forgotten streets that most people don’t even know exist. But this image of pawn shops is largely media created as it suits their depiction of something they don’t understand and makes for an easier movie or TV show plot. Most pawn shops look and feel nothing like the stereotype and are welcoming, light-filled, professional shops that many of us shouldn’t even think twice about going into and availing ourselves of their services. Many a pawn shop has also undergone a deliberate image change from a family run type of store to a shop that looks more like it should be a branch of a large corporate bank or financial services company. Your local pawn shop is now more likely to be found on the nearest popular shopping street or in your local mall.
Your local pawn shop is a very useful and highly viable alternative to buying second hand goods or selling your small but valuable assets for immediate cash or putting your more precious assets to work by using them as collateral for a pawn loan. Pawn shops provide an excellent service that means we can avoid using banks for loans, avoid changes to credit scores that we have built up by using banks and other financial institutions and often obtain lower cost, less risky loans or simply make cash through the sale of unwanted assets or assets that will provide a substantial return on our or our families investment.
Your local pawn shop will offer three distinct services. The first is the simplest and involves buying second hand goods of value that can often be used as an investment that may grow in value in the future. A reputable pawn shop will stock goods of collectable or investment value that other clients of the pawn shop have sold to them. High-end pawn shops will often stock branded jewelry, designer watches and other rare or collectible goods that have been sold to the pawn shop. Many of these goods will be sold at current market values based on the expert valuation done by the pawn shop. The market value of these products will have been determined attributes such as precious metal or precious stone content, the demand from collectors and rarity or designer manufacturer. These products are not your standard jewelry or watch that you buy in your local department store but are investments that are meant to be put to work and grow in value with time. Yes, you might find a great watch that matches your suit and tie or a piece of jewelry that complements your ballroom dress. That is an added bonus but most of the time the products you buy from a high-end, reputable pawn shop are meant to be kept safe in order to cash in on the investment return at a later date.
The second service that a good pawn shop will provide is to buy your movable assets. As mentioned previously, pawn shops will buy products such as watches and jewelry that have collectible, rare or precious metal and stone value. Pawn shops will also buy collectible guns, rare or collectible motorbikes and other goods that are not readily available in your nearest mall or shopping street. A reputable pawn shop is not the place to sell your three year old TV or last year’s Swatch watch.
Many people have been handed down jewelry or watches or may have bought these kind of items ten or twenty years ago as a treat or reward for a success. We may have worn the jewelry or watches for a year or two but we have now put them in the safe and haven’t looked at them for years. It could well be the time to take them out of the safe and assess their value for a potential sale to a pawn shop. Pawn shops are always on the lookout for jewelry, watches and other high value items that they can then sell on in their pawn shop or to other buyers such as collectors or precious metal and stone dealers. The owners or managers of a pawn shop have a deep understanding of the collectors and rare goods markets and will have employed expert evaluators to assess the value of products and items that come through their stores. If you have any valuable jewelry, watches or other movable items in your home then it is well worth having a pawn shop assessor look at your products. These assessors will be looking for gold, platinum or even silver content in your jewelry. They will look at the karat value of the metal and the overall weight of the metal present. They will be looking at the clarity and size of the diamonds in your jewelry and, based on the current global value of these traded goods, determine a very good estimate of the market value of your jewelry. The same exercise is carried out for watches, guns and even art. In these cases there may be a collectors market for these items that will pay what is deemed to be a market value. Collectors of watches are looking for designer brands such as Rolex, Tag Heuer and Breitling that were manufactured in limited quantities, have specific design features or are sufficiently old and rare that their value now far exceeds what it was thirty or forty years ago. Similarly, known artists will have developed a collectors following and their art can fetch considerable value now, particularly you have a work of art of theirs from their early days and which you may have paid very little for as the artists were struggling to build their reputation. If you think you may have a piece of jewelry, a watch or art piece that fits the criteria described above then you may want to have its value assessed at a pawn shop. Have them item or items assessed doesn’t mean you have to sell the item or items but it could provide you with financial options that then need to be weighed against their personal value to you.
The third service provided by pawns shops is a pawn loan. This is a service worth considering if you would like cash for other purposes but don’t want to ultimately let go of an asset that has meaning to you or your feel it continues to grow in value. A pawn loan allows you to use an asset of value as collateral against a loan provided by the pawn shop. You will need to hand over the asset to the pawn shop in exchange for the loan but the pawn shop is obligated to safely store your item or items and insure them against loss, damage and theft. The advantages of a pawn loan are that they are often more cost effective than bank loans, are shorter term than bank loans, are not dependent on nor effect credit scores and are an easier and simpler process of obtaining a loan than at other financial institutions. The loan amount will be dependent on the value of the item or items that you provide as collateral and you will be able to walk out of the pawn shop door with your cash loan as soon as you have signed the loan agreement and handed over the collateralized assets. You will pay interest on the loan and if you do not pay back the loan and associated interest you stand to lose your collateralized assets but the advantages of pawn loans far outweigh the minimal risks that you face. Pawn loans are heavily regulated by federal and state laws and thus assuring you of the legitimacy of the loan and your legal rights. A pawn loan is well worth considering if you have asset investments of value at home yet do not want to give them up.
Pawn shops have undergone a revolution of late to overhaul and reverse the stereotypical image created by the entertainment and media industries. They have revamped their stores and their business models in order to provide reputable, higher-end service offerings to the general public allowing the public to buy, sell valuable second-hand assets or take out loans using these assets as collateral. There stores now resemble a cross between a bank branch and a jewelry store and their staff are friendly, professional and highly knowledgeable. Their stores are now being relocated to suburban shopping streets or malls and you are just as likely to find a coffee shop next to your local pawn shop as you are a bank. If you are looking to buy or sell or use valuable assets of yours for a pawn loan then pay your local pawn shop a visit.