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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:24 PM
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Have you ever bought anything in a pawn shop?
Or have you ever pawned anything?

After casino gambling became legal in Mississippi, pawn shops popped up everywhere. I feel guilty even when I browse at pawn shops, because I know that the stuff got there because someone was desperate for cash.

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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:27 PM
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1. yes, several musical instruments
musicians are notorious for pawning their instruments.

so are parents who'se kids gave up playing in high school.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:28 PM
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2. I bought my ex a really nice guitar in a pawn shop.
That's how we spent Saturdays--perusing the pawn shops for guitars and amps.

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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:27 PM
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13. Same here. Musical instruments were a good deal at the pawn shop.
I couldn't afford new instruments and there were always decent looking ones in the pawn shop windows.
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:28 PM
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3. A gun, that I used to rob a liquor store where I got arrested and had to pawn my watch to make bail.
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TheFriendlyAnarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:30 PM
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4. Why didn't you just repawn the gun an restart the vicious cycle?
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:49 PM
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7. The gun was seized and not returned to me until after the trial. I used it ot rob a 7/11 so I could
get my watch back.
:eyes:
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TheFriendlyAnarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:16 PM
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11. It all makes sense now. . .
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:35 PM
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16. good
Edited on Thu Mar-15-07 03:35 PM by ohiosmith
stick em up!
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:38 PM
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5. Yup!
Edited on Thu Mar-15-07 02:39 PM by Breeze54
I bought a small, cheap, color tv! It had been there a while.
I don't think they can sell pawned stuff right away.
They have to allow time for the pawner to buy it back.

I pawned jewelry and a camera once.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:39 PM
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6. I pawned my video IPOD
but only because I had wheels and knew I wouldn't need my favorite bus-toy for awhile. I got it back ASAP because I don't want to be stuck riding the bus without it!
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 02:50 PM
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8. The movie "Spaceballs".
For 3 bucks, I can't complain.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:01 PM
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9. A bike, some records and a few tools
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:06 PM
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10. Maddy, have you ever shopped at Hudson's?
Not quite a pawn shop but quite a shopping experience. Its amazing how much stuff falls off trucks. I go to the one in Picayune two or three times a year. They always have something "new" and exciting.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:32 PM
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14. I do. And "Dirt Cheap" too.
My Dad goes to the "Dirt Cheap" in Natchez several Thursdays each month to look at tools...that's when the tool shipment always arrives. They get tools from Harbor Freight and Cummins.

I shop at the Hudsons in Hattiesburg when I'm over there. I bought some Ethan Allen furniture there for a steal a couple of years ago.

My last Dirt Cheap aquisition was a Presto popcorn popper--the electric kind with the big bubble top. Got it for $10.

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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:38 PM
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18. "Dirt Cheap" in St Louis is a liquor store chain.
their ad jingle: a guy in a bird suit saying "Cheap cheap! Fun fun!"
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:48 PM
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19. "Dirt Cheap" here has the stupid bird theme, too.
:D
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:20 PM
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12. My ex husband pawned all my valuables
Not that I had many. He pawned -

my antique gold pocketwatch
my original cast of a Civil War statue
my matching emerald and diamond ring and earrings (worth roughly $6000)

He used all the money he got to buy drugs. Charming fellow. :sarcasm:
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:33 PM
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15. Dang, skygazer.
I'm sorry. :hug:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:36 PM
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17. I chalk it up to experience
And in future, I'll buy my own damn jewelry. That was his excuse - because he bought them for me, he could sell them out from under me. :wtf:
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 03:49 PM
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20. The rationale of a junkie.
I'm sorry you went through that. I kinda had the same experiences with an alcoholic ex.

I treat myself to jewelry once in awhile these days, and I dare anyone to take it from me.

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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 05:12 PM
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21. I'd like to buy a saxophone for my son (we're renting one now)
but I wouldn't want to take it away from someone who really hoped to get it back.
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 07:30 PM
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25. They dont put the stuff out for sale to the general public
until the original pawn ticket has expired. By that time the original owner had no intentions of picking the item up, or it was stolen property to begin with, or someone just needed some quick cash and sold some unwanted items.

I never feel guilty when shopping at a pawn shop, and have bought my son several guitars there.

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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 05:22 PM
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22. power tools and misc construction stuff.
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 05:35 PM
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23. I witnessed this exchange before:
Pawnbroker: Burnt my fingers, man.

Louis Winthorpe III: I beg your pardon?

Pawnbroker: Man, that watch is so hot, its smokin'.

Louis Winthorpe III: Hot? Do you mean to imply stolen?

Pawnbroker: I'll give you 50 bucks for it.

Louis Winthorpe III: Fifty bucks? No, no, no. This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail!

Pawnbroker: You got a receipt?

Louis Winthorpe III: Look, it tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, and Gstaad.

Pawnbroker: In Philadelphia, it's worth *50* bucks.

Louis Winthorpe III: Just give me the money.

Louis Winthorpe III: How much for the gun?
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ganeshji Donating Member (401 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 07:22 PM
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24. I used to deal with pawn shops on both ends.
I have found some deals in the pawn shop and I have lost a fair amount of crap too. I quit going because I started feeling guilty about it for much the same reasons you stated. One particular incident bothered me. I went in looking for a cheap replacement speaker for my stereo. I looked up on the wall, and, prominently displayed, was a prosthetic leg. I asked the owner about it and he told me that some guy had come in and was desperate for cash so they did the deal. I asked him if it was long ago and he said that it was four months ago and the guy had been paying the interest on it every month since because he couldn't afford to pay off the principal. I asked him if I could pay it off and he could call the man to come get his leg. He refused, claiming that it was illegal for him to allow that. He seemed much more interested in keeping the guy on the hook for a while. It just seemed like a really shitty deal and it changed my attitude about doing business in the pawn shop.
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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 08:41 PM
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26. Pawned a rifle to pay to take my son to Duke Children's for an important appointment...
Edited on Thu Mar-15-07 08:42 PM by benEzra
last year. Yes, it was highway robbery (they gave me $125 for a $500+ rifle), but it was that or miss the appointment--if you make enough to pay taxes, Medicaid is a pie in the sky, unfortunately. Bought the rifle back two or three days later, after payday ($27.50 fee, AND had to pay for the background check to get my own gun back, plus the BATFE Form 4473 rigmarole).

But, I bought that rifle brand new at a pawn shop when I was 18 or 19 (I'm now 36), so it was full circle, I suppose.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 09:33 PM
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27. I buy CD's
Since I can't legally download free music I buy it used from a pawn shop. Screw the RIAA. Those bastards will never get a dime out of me!
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 10:08 PM
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28. years ago (when I was quite young
and didn't yet think about the circumstances as to why things were pawned) I bought a small set of bongo drums. I have no idea what ever happened to those drums. I don't feel too guilty as the price was low (and I can't think that what the original owner pawned them for was very much, nor the original price - they were pretty basic.) But in retrospect - I hope that they didn't have special sentimental value - to later go through multiple moves to the point where I can't say at which point they were 'lost' (they may be in a family basement where a few boxes of things I need to get back to in order to sort and get rid of things still sits.)
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ironflange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-15-07 11:31 PM
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29. I used to work in one
It wasn't a very pleasant experience. We had one of only two in the city, and it wasn't exactly busy. This was in the mid-1980s. Now, there are at least 50 of them, and they all seem to be going strong. What does that say?

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