Pay ’em and Play ’em

As I travel across this country touring pawnshops from coast to coast, the most common challenge...

The Secret Sauce to Beating Your Competition with Reviews

It’s been reported that for every star a business gets, it will see an increase of approximately...

89% Percent of Women, 79% of Men Will Shop In-Store This Year, Study Says

The news about the “Retail Apocalypse” is not encouraging, but Fundera has released a new...

Why Pawn Shops Need Technology

The success of a pawnshop is reliant on many factors. In today’s world, countless technologies...

Simple Holiday Ideas to Increase Foot Traffic

Sometimes the best way to draw shoppers in can be with the simplest events or decorations. Your...

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Pay ’em and Play ’em

As I travel across this country touring pawnshops from coast to coast, the most common challenge facing owners is rising inventory levels.  Their monthly sales are simply not keeping up with the amount of “pulls”, also known as inventory added through forfeited loans...

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The Secret Sauce to Beating Your Competition with Reviews

It’s been reported that for every star a business gets, it will see an increase of approximately 5-9% in business revenue. So if an increase like that sounds good to you, start paying attention to those reviews. What would be the benefit of a 5-9% increase in your...

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Why Pawn Shops Need Technology

The success of a pawnshop is reliant on many factors. In today’s world, countless technologies exist that help improve exposure and traffic, encourage professional education, utilize e-sales channels and, above all, empower pawnshop owners to achieve what they set out...

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Simple Holiday Ideas to Increase Foot Traffic

Sometimes the best way to draw shoppers in can be with the simplest events or decorations. Your holiday ideas don’t have to cost a lot of money to build store traffic. Here are a few ideas to gain a little extra foot traffic

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Fake Gold

To the right is a gold chain that GEIB received in with a melt lot. We noticed the chain, along with a few other pieces but something about this piece in particular just didn’t add up to being "RIGHT", so we went a little further on this rope chain. For the record, we...

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5 Tips for Planning Your Upcoming Year

As year-end approaches, business owners often get pulled in many directions. In the retail sector, this is when sales typically peak. This finds many business owners working more hours in their shops while spending the little free time remaining readying for the...

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The Importance of Cybersecurity in Your Small Business

Cybersecurity is a major concern for today’s small businesses. But that doesn’t mean that all small businesses have to approach cybersecurity in the same way. Small Business Trends caught up with Michael Kaisser of the National Cyber Security Alliance at Nasdaq...

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10 Myths About Moving Your Business to the Cloud

When you first propose moving your small business to the cloud, you’re likely to get some pushback. A small part of this resistance is the opposition change always brings. People like the status quo more often than not and do not want to shift their way of working....

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SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

Given the rarity and value of diamonds, it’s not surprising that some would seek ways to replicate their beauty. In recent years, laboratory-grown or synthetic diamonds have become more common, more advanced, and harder to detect.

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Diamond Color Actually Means Lack of Color

The diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. GIA’s D-to-Z diamond color-grading system measures...

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97% of Customers Read Online Reviews, Survey Says

Would you reconsider your attitude on consumer reviews if 97 percent of customers said they had read reviews for local businesses in 2017? Well, that is one of the findings of BrightLocal’s 2017 Local Consumer Review Survey. For small businesses, the gain or loss of...

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Gold recovers lost ground as dollar steadies, stocks

Gold recouped some of the previous session's hefty losses on Monday as the U.S. dollar steadied and uncertainty over a U.S. tax reform plan stoked risk aversion, pulling equities from their recent record highs. Prices remained stuck in a narrow range, however, as...

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10 Tips for Standing Out From Competitors in Business

There’s no one right way to stand out in business. It takes creativity and innovation. The methods vary but the goal is the same — to distinguish yourself and beat out the competition. Members of the online small business community have plenty of insights into what...

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Why You Need to Be Advertising on Amazon

E-commerce is as important for product discovery as it is for purchase Think about your most recent shopping experience. If you’re like most consumers, you probably did most of your research online. You may have checked out product specs, read some online reviews and...

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