SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS

Given the rarity and value of diamonds, it’s not surprising that some would seek ways to replicate...

Diamond Color Actually Means Lack of Color

The diamond color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A...

97% of Customers Read Online Reviews, Survey Says

Would you reconsider your attitude on consumer reviews if 97 percent of customers said they had...

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...

Data Age Business Systems Helps Pawn Shops Gear Up for Record-Breaking Holiday Sales as Users Reach $10 Million in eCommerce Sales

Data Age Business Systems, the developers of PawnMaster software, continues to bring Pawnbrokers...

These 6 Things Will Improve Your Retail Customer Experience

If you’re looking for repeat business as a retail company, one of the areas you absolutely need to focus on is customer experience. How a customer feels — not only when she is in your store, but also when she interacts with your brand online or after the sale— will...

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Pawning, Selling and Trading Firearms

“Pawn, Sell and Trade” As part of the pawn business model, it goes without saying that a shop can expect to not only see firearms heading out the door, but also being brought in by customers for pawning, sale, trade, or even gun-smithing...

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3 Habits Every Small Business Owner Should Have

When you’re a small business owner you wear many hats. Maker, promoter, accountant and yes, the face of the brand. When it’s just you and maybe one other person representing your company, what you do matters. How you conduct yourself in public matters. A lot.  It’s...

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4 Big Considerations Before Expanding Your Small Business

Expanding your business can be a challenging time. When you’re opening a new store, taking on new clients or looking for ways to grow the number of products or services you offer, you’re going to feel like you’re under quite a bit of pressure. However, if approached...

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Pawn Shops Improve Lives

By a show of hands – how many of you got into the pawn business so you could help people? How many wanted to be the sole salvation for some families in a time of crisis?  Instead of making money, who of you wanted to make a difference instead?  I would suggest that...

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eBay Launches Search Filter for Guaranteed Delivery

eBay is advising sellers to opt-in to its new eBay Guaranteed Delivery program and provides the three steps sellers must do in order to participate. eBay said Wednesday it has begun rolling out the program to buyers, who will be able to filter search results to...

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Why “The Extra Mile”?

Here at Data Age, there are many of things that we do as a company to stand out when it comes to how we provide for our team and for our customers. I am fortunate enough to not only work closely with our customers on a daily basis but also with all departments...

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Refining Views – The Market

Nobody knows what the markets are going to do. They’re like an elevator; the markets are going to go up, and they’re going to go down. I keep an eye on it every day. I watch CNBC, I look at KITCO and Bullion Desk, I talk to fellow coin guys and jewelers and...

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14 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

We’ve all been there: A project or task doesn’t go the way you thought it would. This can affect not only the business result, but also employee morale. So how do you pick up the pieces? We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an organization...

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Google Changes Coming in October 2017

Why is Google Doing it? This is an attempt to push more folks to upgrade their websites to allow for a secure browser connection and greater online safety for all. Savvy online shoppers know to look for a secure link before entering their credit card number. A...

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A 10 Step Facebook Marketing Strategy

There are 2 billion people connecting  on Facebook every month. What’s more, 800 million people like something on the social media site monthly. Those are two good reasons to adopt this 10 step Facebook marketing strategy. Remember, your Facebook Ads will be the...

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Employees as Advertising

There’s an old adage about advertising that I still remember to this day: Probably half of the advertising dollars you spend are wasted...and you don’t know which half it is. So instead of frustrating myself more, I stopped advertising and focused on my employees. I...

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Gold is Not the Problem

As you know, we love the pawn industry. A few weeks ago, we presented and exhibited at the NPA Convention in Las Vegas I heard something very disturbing.  I must have heard at least 200 owners talk about how they are not making money the way they used to in this...

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eBay Announces Fall Marketing Campaign

eBay provided information about the key areas it will focus its marketing efforts on this fall, choosing to promote smartphones, fashion, Motors, and Halloween-related items. eBay advised sellers to ramp up their fourth-quarter selling by “prepping now, listing your...

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72 Present of Small Business Owners Feel Overwhelmed

Small business owners have too much to do in too little time. Not surprisingly, a majority of them (72 percent) feel overwhelmed by their roles and responsibilities. That’s according to a new survey by management consulting company The Alternative Board. Data from the...

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