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Friday, September 14 2018
Is There A Difference Between Selling and Pawning?

Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between selling and pawning? Maybe you have never stepped foot in a pawn shop and are curious about how they work. At Cash Express, we offer a huge variety of items for our customers and we’re always ready to help explain the process, too.

  • Selling

Many people like selling items at pawn shops because there are no strings attached. Just like you might sell an item at a yard sale or in an online store, selling involves setting a price and then, in most cases, letting the item go to the first paying customer. Many people enjoy selling because it’s a quick and simple process. If you sell your item to a pawn shop, you aren’t expected to do anything after the transaction. Pawning, on the other hand, is a little different.

  • Pawning

Most people like to think of pawning as a loan placed on collateral. Whatever item you put up for money is called the pawn. Many kinds of items can be pawned, such as precious metals, gemstones, watches, jewelry and firearms. Electronics and power tools are also popular items at most pawn shops.

Instead of selling your item outright to the pawn shop owner, in the case of pawning you borrow money against the particular item. The most money that you will likely receive on a pawned item is about 10% of its total value. Most pawns are good for between 60-90 days. The pawn shop will hold your item until you pay back the loan in full. Most pawn shops also charge interest as well as a storage fee.

Pawn shops have been around for years and if you’ve never checked one out, now might be the perfect time. At Cash Express of Philadelphia, we are always ready to help our visitors have a satisfying experience, whether it’s through buying, pawning or selling. If you want to shop for quality items at half the price of regular store prices, then check out Cash Express.





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Tuesday, August 28 2018
How to Decorate on A Budget

Have you always loved to decorate your home? Maybe you enjoy decorating but have the impression that it is an expensive hobby. The truth is that decorating can be a fun and affordable hobby when done the right way. At Cash Express, we know that people value their hard-earned money, which is why we have a few tips to help you decorate your home on a budget.

  • Get a plan in place.

Pawn shops are great places to find home decorating materials. As the adage says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” By giving yourself a few hours to explore various pawn shops in your area, you can browse from the wide selection of items that you might not find anywhere else.

Do you want to decorate your bedroom first? Do you have a new kitchen in mind? Whatever your preference, make sure you have some sort of plan in place before you start. Prioritize what you want to purchase so that you can stay within your budget. Make a list of any furniture that you are looking for and then place them in order from most important to least important.

  • Consider vintage finds.

Pawn shops always receive furniture that many people consider vintage or retro. These pieces are usually more durable than contemporary pieces. Some people like to repurpose vintage furniture finds by giving them new life with fresh paint jobs or chic embellishments. Since many vintage pieces are sought after, you can even think about selling whatever you buy for a profit further on down the road.

  • Have fun with unique décor.

Buying your budget furniture form a pawn shop also has advantages because it gives you the opportunity to add some flair to your space. Purchasing unique trinkets and decorations can make your home feel like a special retreat. Look for finds such as lamps, picture frames, vases and wall art to create a fresh and inviting look in your space. All of these items can be purchased for greatly reduced prices at a pawn shop like Cash Express.

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Tuesday, August 14 2018
Pawn Shop or Yard Sale?

Have you ever wondered if a pawn shop had better merchandise than a yard sale? At Cash Express, we take pride in bringing the best items to Philadelphia. With convenient hours and central location, Cash Express is the premier pawn shop in the entire downtown area. We take pride in offering only the highest quality goods to all of our customers and include jewelry, electronics and antiques in our inventory.

While it might seem that yard sales are the prime place to sell and purchase used items, you might want to consider a pawn shop, instead. Pawn shops don’t just broker pawn loans. They also offer an extensive collection of merchandise to browse from. The next time you have your mind set on a yard sale, you might want to consider a pawn shop instead.

  • No setup required

One of the primary benefits of using a pawn shop is that you don’t need to set anything up. Think about all of the work that goes into a yard sale. You have to wake up at the crack of dawn to set up tables, then you need to price and place your items. During the yard sale, you also have to make sure that you can answer your customers’ question and you probably need to watch for shoplifters, too.

At a pawn shop, you don’t need to worry about any of this. There’s no need to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, you don’t need to worry about displays and you also don’t need to worry about people stealing your valuables. A local pawn shop, such as Cash Express, will take al of the time and aggravation out of the entire process.

  • Easier money

You can spend all night preparing for a yard sale and then only reap about $50 in profit. If you paid a local newspaper to advertise, then you need to factor in this expense, as well. At a pawn shop, you benefit from receiving instant money as long as the pawn shop that you go to believes your item has value.

  • Understood value

Many people who own valuable items don’t know how much they are actually worth. At a yard sale, you might end up selling something of value for only a few dollars. When you take your belongings to a pawn shop, you stand a greater chance at gaining more profit because an industry professional’s opinion will help determine the value of whatever you’re selling.

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Friday, July 27 2018
How Pawnshops Determine Value of Goods

Have you ever wondered how pawn shops determine the value of items in their shops? At Cash Express, we provide local customers with the best pawn shop experience in the Philadelphia area. We know that people are often curious about how pawn shop owners set their prices, so we’ve got a few insider facts to help explain.

Pawn shops see a wide selection of items come through their doors. Because of the volume of items that they must deal with on a daily basis, they need to consider a wide range of factors when setting their prices. Pawn shop owners take into account the condition of the item and even the circumstances of the seller when they make an appraisal.

Oftentimes, in-house, third-party brokers are consulted to help store owners make a decision about prices, yet most often, they consult with online resources and Blue Book databases to help provide them with an idea as to what the current market value is. Pawn shop owners try to be as resourceful as possible to ensure that they set fair prices for all of their goods.

Generally speaking, most pawn shops deal with a wide variety of items, such as electronics, antiques, jewelry, musical instruments, sporting goods, and watches. Many carry household tools, DVDs, video games, and watches, as well. Each kind of item has its own unique considerations, but they all have a current market value. Most pawn shop owners consider the market value, in conjunction with the condition of the item. They also consider other details like the accessories and the packaging of the item. Many pawn shop owners also consult with eBay and Craigslist to get an idea of the current market value of particular items.

Most pawn shops who sell a lot of jewelry have someone in their shop with expertise about this industry. They know how diamonds are cut, they understand how the weight of gems factors into their value and they also know what the current prices are for both silver and gold. Most pawn shops use a percentage as a guide for how they price their gold. Pawn shops usually have experts that help them handle antiques, as well.

Interestingly, pawn shop owners also have a tendency to consider each seller’s unique circumstances regarding the item at hand. For example, a pawn shop owner might place value on a particular item based on how important or sentimental it is to the seller. A shop owner might also price based on the frequency of visits from the seller.




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Friday, July 13 2018
Negotiation Lessons

Have you ever walked into a pawn shop and wondered if you could negotiate the price of an item that you liked? If you are curious about how pawn shops work and how you might be able to negotiate an item that you have your eye on, then Cash Express has a few tips to help get you started. Cash Express is Philadelphia’s premier pawn shop for local customers and beyond.

Whether you are buying something from a pawn shop or whether you are selling something to a pawn shop, the room for negotiation always exists. Dollar amounts are always involved with a transaction, and most pawn shop owners will do what they can to satisfy a customer’s requests, especially if it means that they can establish a long-term relationship with the visitor.

The good news is that on most occasions a pawn shop owner will negotiate on the price on an item, whether it’s an item that you want to buy off the shelf or whether it’s an item you want to sell for cash. A helpful tip to remember is that pawn shop owners are willing to be flexible, but it doesn’t mean that they appreciate over-negotiation.

Of course, everyone wants to save money whenever they can. The trick is knowing how to negotiate for something without haggling to the point that you annoy the shop owner. Many people are under the impression that pawn shop owners don’t pay anything for their items and that they can sell them for any price they desire. The truth is that pawn shop owners must pay for whatever items they bring into their shop and they try to set these items at reasonable prices for their customers.

The bottom line is that pawn shops are businesses and they aren’t going to give away their items for free. At the same time, with some respectful negotiation skills, you can expect to pay less than the sticker price for most items in a shop. It never hurts to try your negotiating skills, but it’s important to know how much you’re going to ask for an item. Don’t expect the full value and make sure that you factor in the value of the item, whether it’s one you’re trying to buy or whether it’s one you’re trying to sell.

Negotiating an offer that is fair is the name of the game. Inspect the item in question carefully and then decide if the price is already fair. Most pawn shops try to price items to sell quickly, so many of the prices are already reasonable. If you still feel as though you have good grounds for negotiating, then give it a try. What do you have to lose?

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Friday, June 29 2018
Saving on Big Brand Names with Philadelphia's Cash Express

            Are you interested in making some purchases but don’t want to pay the prices that you’d find in department stores? Cash Express of Philadelphia gives you the perfect alternative. Our convenient pawn shop is located right in the heart of Philadelphia and boasts a huge variety of high-end watches, jewelry, antiques, diamonds, precious metals, electronics and more.

            For those who want to buy items that are usually expensive when bought in stores, Cash Express offers the perfect option. We guarantee that as soon as you step inside our store, you’ll be impressed with he wide variety of unique items that we have for sale. Our inventory is constantly changing, too. This means that you always have a new opportunity to find something great when you pay us a visit.

            Our friendly store associates are always excited to provide you with the most efficient service possible and we always enjoy helping our customers find a great deal on an item that they might have purchased elsewhere for twice the amount of money. If you want to save money on name brand items, then stop in and find out why we’re the pawn shop leader of Philadelphia and beyond.

            Shopping at Cash Express is always made simple and enjoyable. Our store associates want you to leave feeling completely satisfied with your purchase. If you have a specific item that you’re trying to find, we can help you try to find it inside our store. Cash Express always works hard to ensure that all of our customers have a beneficial experience inside our store.

            If you want to find great brand name items for less, then stop in to Cash Express and find out how we can be of assistance. We offer convenient hours and a great location, so you can feel confident in your browsing. At Cash Express, we take customer service to an entirely new level and we always do our best to make you happy.




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Thursday, June 14 2018
Buying and Selling Your Jewelry with Philadelphia's Number One Pawn Shop

            Are you interested in making some extra money? Maybe you’ve noticed that you have a lot of unused or unwanted jewelry inside your home. At Cash Express of Philadelphia, we help each one of our customers find new and helpful ways to trade in items that they no longer have need or use for.

            If you’ve been curious about how to sell you jewelry at a pawn shop, then now is the time to find out to easy it really is. At Cash Express, we’ll walk you through the entire process and explain any questions that you have along the way. As the leading pawn shop in the Philadelphia area, Cash Express is always ready to help people buy or sell a wide range of items.

            One of the first steps when attempting to sell your jewelry is to get a sense of how much it’s worth. When dealing with gold, there are a few ways that you can do this. For gold pieces, check for a stamp that indicates if its 24K, 18K or 14K. These markings indicate the purity of your gold. Separate your pieces and then weight them. You’ll need to find out how much gold costs by checking the price at the World Gold Council website.

            If you decide to take your gold straight to Cash Express, we can have them evaluated, as well. Our professional store associates are always transparent about the weight and the value of your gold. We will then make an offer on the pieces. At Cash Express, we feel strongly that clients should be empowered when they sell or buy gold and jewelry. We abide by a high code of ethics and do our best to create a meaningful experience for all of our customers.

            If you have other kinds of jewelry that you would like to sell, you can have these appraised, as well. Online searches often provide current prices based on what the pieces are worth. If you have decided that you’d like to simply browse our shop to make purchases, then stop in any time and have a look at our current selection.

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Thursday, May 31 2018
Your Number One Stop for Luxury and Designer Accessories in Philadelphia

Modern-day pawn shops have come a long way. For many people, pawn shops provide a great way to purchase high-end items at a fraction of the cost of regular department stores. At Cash Express of Philadelphia, we provide a custom shopping experience for all of our visitors. In tough economic times, many people benefit from the low prices offered by pawn shops like cash Express. If you want to find something unique, stop in our store and see what we have to offer.

At Cash Express, you can expect to find cell phones, jewelry, tools and computers, among other items. If you need a short-term loan, we can help you out with that, as well. Gems and precious metals have a fairly well-defined market price which lays the foundation for their pawn value. The price of gold fluctuates, but when it’s high, you can find some great opportunities at our pawn shop, located right in Philadelphia.

If you’re interested in finding beautiful handbags or purses, then call Cash Express and we’ll help you find something that looks great. Our sales associates always do their best to see that each one of our store visitors leaves with something unique, stylish and affordable. On the hunt for a particular designer watch, such as Rolex? Cash Express can help you find these items, too.

If you have a special family member who you’d like to buy a gift for, then Cash Express can help you find something great. Our store has convenient hours and located right in downtown Philadelphia. If you have never checked out our shop, then come in and browse. We get a wide selection of items on a daily basis, so you never know what you’ll find when you step inside. Cash Express is always ready to help people find unique goods, so give us a call or stop in and find out what we can do to be of assistance.

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Monday, May 14 2018
High-End Items for a Fraction of the Price

Everyone likes to save a little bit of money when they’re out shopping. Buying items from a second-hand store or a pawn shop like Cash Express of Philadelphia is a great way to get deals and find unique items for sale. The talented store associates at Cash Express are always ready to help people find great deals at a fraction of the price that retail shops advertise.

Do you have any special items in mind that you want to buy? At Cash Express we can help you find great items for less money that you would spend anywhere else. What’s more, we even offer high-end items that would often be sold for twice the amount in a regular store. If you want to capitalize on some great offers, then stop in to Cash Express and find out what we have to offer.

Do you like video games? With all of the new titles coming out these days, there’s no need to pay full price for expensive games that we carry in our store. As long as you have a little bit of patience to wait for the first wave of players to trade in their games, you can stop in and pick up a bunch of favorites at a fraction of the original cost.

How about some tools? If you’re in the market for a new hammer-drill, an air compressor or even a ladder, we might be able to help. Second-hand tools from a pawn shop like Cash Express cost less money than the brand news tools found at local hardware shops.

Sports equipment is also easy to find at a pawn shop/ If you want to try out a new sport, but aren’t ready to invest in brand new, often expensive equipment, then stop in to Cash Express and find out what kind of gear we carry that can be used for your ventures. We often carry skiing, kayaking, weight training and golf equipment for great prices.

Some people like to visit pawn shops to find musical instruments, as well. At Cash Express, we often receive interesting musical pieces that people buy for half the cost of regular music store prices.


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Monday, April 30 2018
What Can I Sell at Philly Pawn Shop Cash Express

Are you thinking about pawning your unwanted belongings? If so, you’re in luck. At Cash Express of Philadelphia, we help all of our customers find the best ways to make some quick cash. Our store is located right in downtown Philadelphia and we have convenient hours for those who want a flexible shopping experience.

Many people are interested in selling some of heir unwanted belongings, but they’re not sure what pawn shops accept. At Cash Express, we’ve got a few ideas to help you get the ball rolling. If you have questions, you can always ask a store associate to give you a few pointers, too. At Cash Express, we even offer loans for those in need of quick cash.

In general, you can pawn virtually anything that has value. Exact items will vary from shop to shop, but as a general rule, universally accepted items include electronics, musical instruments, jewelry and antiques. Pawnshops have to ensure that they do no accept stolen property which means that you’ll want to carry proof of purchase for your items when you bring them in to pawn.

Most pawn shops will not accept items that are obvious replicas, such as fake designer purses. They also generally do not accept books or clothes, either. Yet pawn shops do accept gold jewelry. Most pawn shops aren’t interested in watches unless they are valuable. If you have a Rolex, Cartier, Chanel or Piaget watch then you might have some luck, but otherwise the pawn shop will probably not be interested. Most pawn shops will also accept coins and currency like silver dollars, half dollars and American eagles. Rare paper money is usually taken, as well.

Pawn shops will also buy power tools that are in good shape. Most of the popular brands include DeWalt, Milwaukee and Bosch. If you’re looking to pawn a circular saw or a power drill, they will probably be accepted. Computer equipment and printers are often taken at pawn shops, too. Televisions are generally accepted, as well as video game consoles, such as PlayStations and Xbox devices.       




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