Refining Matters: Focus on the Pawn Industry

The pawn industry enjoys a unique relationship with United PMR. As the largest US-owned primary...

Amazon to start collecting state sales taxes everywhere

On Saturday Amazon (AMZN) will start collecting sales taxes on purchases in the last four states...

Small Businesses Take Center Stage at Facebook Summit

Facebook has introduced a new way for Pages to connect with Instagram and another to widen or...

Behind the Counter: Qualifying Customers

When it comes to running a successful pawn business, one of the most important skills for a broker...

What is WiFi Marketing and How Can it Help Your Small Business?

WiFi marketing is being touted as the latest must-have for your small business toolbox. There’s...

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How To Use Technology for Its Highest and Best Use

For many of us, a standard calculator was our first introduction to technology. Therefore, it’s understandable why we still use technology predominantly for the purpose of automating mundane tasks such as mathematical functions, when we can be accomplishing so much...

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The Big Picture in Precious Metals

We’ve been focusing in on the shorter term charts for the precious metal complex for some time now which is important but we also need to keep a very close eye on the bigger picture as that over rides the shorter term charts. You really have to know the big picture...

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$20K reward offered to solve smash-and-grab firearms theft

A $20,000 reward is being offered to find the person responsible for burglarizing a northeast Georgia pawn shop and making off with firearms. Investigators believe that a church van stolen from Atlanta was used in a smash-and-grab burglary at Gene’s Pawn Shop in...

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19 Words That Will Make People Like You More

Want to make a better first impression and engender positive feelings that last a long time? Focus on what you say as much as what you do. First impressions can lead to lasting impressions. So to improve, a lot of people will tell you to dress better, read more (so...

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Hot Ice: The Tortuous Tale of the Pear-Shaped Diamond

The thought struck Steven Zaretsky during a party two years ago, when he looked over at his wife and the 7.35-carat, pear-shaped diamond hanging on a thin chain around her neck. It had been a gift from her father to her mother, and later, to her. What was it insured...

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EZCorp investigated by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

​In a filing with the SEC, payday lender and pawn shop chain EZCorp Inc. disclosed it has received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, taken in February, is part of an...

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Top 10 Benefits to Working in a Pawn Shop

Being a pawnbroker means to be a lender, a banker of sorts. Pawnbroking is the oldest form of consumer credit. Pawnbrokers extend cash loans secured by merchandise which is pledged. The borrower has a fixed amount of time to come back and repay the loan and redeem...

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Rewards offered for leads in pawn shop gun theft

CORNELIA, Ga. (AP) — Federal agents and a trade group for the gun industry are offering $20,000 in rewards in hopes of solving the theft of firearms from a pawn shop in the northeast Georgia town of Cornelia. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...

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2014 Spring Seller Update: Seller standards update

Updates to seller standards designed to reward great service with more sales. Sellers who provide the great service that creates better shopping experiences and repeat sales stand to benefit from updates to seller performance standards coming with the August 20 seller...

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Stop Calling Tablets ‘Mobile’

Stop me if you've heard this one: Two guys are sitting in a Starbucks. One is tapping away on his Macbook Air. The guy next to him is busy pecking as well, on a keyboard attached to his iPad. Yet only one of these two are considered to be on a "mobile" device. Article...

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