‘Tis the Season for Pawn Shops

‘Tis the Season for Pawn Shops

from www.8newsnow.com

LAS VEGAS – This is the season for bargain shopping. Retailers offered deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday but pawn shops actually offer deals throughout the holiday season.

Fans of pawn store shopping say they can get designer items for a great price. One shopper buying designer boots for his wife says she may not even know where he got them.

“She may not know. I think when a girl opens a Louis Vuitton box or a Gucci box, they are happy,” shopper Jesse Fonseca said.

Pawn shop owners say shows like Pawn Stars and Pawn Kings has helped eliminate the stigma of the typical pawn shop.

“Pawn shops are sexy. So, they have wet the palate for people who may not necessarily go in to a pawn shop before,” Max Pawn owner Michael Mack said.

He also says buying something that is pre-owned doesn’t mean it has lost any of the luster.

“We call them “pre-loved”. Pre-loved refers to handbags by Chanel, Hermes, and Gucci. You can buy it a fraction of retail but it still comes with the box,” Mack said.

For shoppers, it is about buying high-end gifts at low-end prices.

“For me, it is like the difference between buying a brand new Mercedes-Benz, driving it off the lot and someone who buys it from someone who drove it off the lot,” shopper Mitch Weinstein said.

Mack does advise that people ask questions about an item before they buy it. He also says people should know the store’s return policy and about any warranties.

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