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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Exclusive: Payday lender subpoenaed in U.S. criminal probe

(Reuters) - A U.S. grand jury has subpoenaed a company that a federal regulator has said is at the center of a deceptive payday lending scheme, a source familiar with the matter said. AMG Services Inc was subpoenaed as part of a criminal probe conducted by the office...

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Pro athletes in dire financial straits turn to KCK pawn shop

Don Budd has been buying and selling championship rings from cash-strapped athletes since the 1980s. While he sells some sports memorabilia, Budd also keeps them so that the athlete can regain their beloved ring once they get on better financial footing. Read on

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Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far Behind

Americans — even many of the poorest — enjoy a level of material abundance unthinkable just a generation or two ago. That indisputable economic fact has become a subject of bitter political debate this year, half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a...

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You’re not a jeweler! Why not admit you are a pawnbroker? If my experiences have value, I suggest it can be very difficult to make that admission. My pawnbroking peers will appreciate the following example that underscores the difficulties involved with such an...

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Pawn shop charged with failing to record purchases

A Poconos pawn shop specializing in the resale of diamonds, jewelry and other goods allegedly failed to report its purchases to authorities as required under state and local laws to prevent the sale of stolen goods. Read on

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Should You Disclose That a Diamond’s a Trade-In?

We have heard a lot lately about recycled diamonds. At an informative discussion on trade-ins last week at the American Gem Society Conclave (ably summarized here), a retailer raised a loaded question: Must a jeweler disclose to a consumer if a diamond, or piece of...

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Florida pawn shop owner gets 1 year in federal prison

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL) -- A North Florida pawn shop owner is sentenced to one year in federal prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of selling firearms to a convicted felon and a single count to selling a firearm to someone under the age of 21. Read report...

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Zakk Wylde’s custom guitar recovered

A custom-made, $10,000 guitar stolen in March from heavy metal rocker Zakk Wylde’s tour bus outside The Chicago Theatre has been recovered after being sold to a Chicago pawn shop, Wylde’s manager confirmed Saturday. Article here

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Gold Prices Rise as Clashes Erupt in Ukraine

Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. Early Friday, the Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian...

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US Rare Coins: 1792 Dime and Silver Center Copper Cent Patterns

Perhaps the most famous of all patterns is the ‘Silver Center Copper Cent’ of 1792. It is certainly the most famous non-gold pattern. The 1792 dime patterns, then each referred to as a “disme,” are famous and desirable, too. U.S. cents were not struck until 1793 and...

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