Retailers Will Close on Thanksgiving Spelling Good News for Small Business

Want some good news for the holidays? Small business owners should be happy to hear that many...

Guest blog: Tips on Testing Jewelry Scrap Part 1

There is a continuing evolution and sophistication regarding the types of jewelry alloys you will...

Dave Larson named Director of Client Development for Data Age

Data Age Business Systems, developer of PawnMaster, the industry-leading pawn management software,...

Refiners vs. Smelters: The Benefits of Using an ACTUAL Refiner

Do you know the difference between a Refiner and a Smelter or Buyer? If you don’t, you’re not...

Instagram Removes Like Counts, How Should Marketers Adjust?

Instagram has a rollout program to measure what happens if they eliminate likes. It started in...

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Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, almost as bad, they attend, but talk to the three people they already know. This is shortsighted, says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk....

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Chicago looking at unlocked cell phone crackdown

Plagued by cell phone thefts, especially on the CTA, Chicago aldermen endorsed a measure Monday that would require those who make money off unlocking the devices to keep records on their customers. Read report here

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New ordinance possible for Hopkins Co. pawn shops

County Attorney Todd P'Pool introduced a draft for a new county-wide ordinance concerning record keeping and the ability of law enforcement to track shop inventory to make sure stolen merchandise isn't being sold.   Read more

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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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