About Pawing

About Pawing

In today’s society, many people depend on pawnbrokers to help them meet daily financial needs not offered by other institutions. Pawn customers represent the working families of America who periodically experience an unexpected need for short-term funds. Pawn loans keep the electricity on, the rent paid and cars running with full tanks of gas.

This growing, competitive industry is constantly working to enhance the image of pawnbrokers, while offering needed services to their communities. Today’s pawn stores are attractive, welcoming places to do business. Most of them are family-owned and operated stores that offer superb customer service. Although pawnbrokers are primarily small business owners, they can also be larger, publicly traded companies that help to add to the professional status of the industry.

Working with law enforcement helps ensure the safety of pawn customers and their property. Pawnbrokers comply with all federal, state and local regulations and laws. In most jurisdictions, they provide local law enforcement with data on all transactions on a daily basis.

Pawn History

Pawnbroking is not a new practice nor does it appeal to just one social class. As humankind’s oldest financial institution, pawn loans can be traced back at least 3,000 years to ancient China as well as early Greek and Roman civilizations.

During the 14th Century, King Edward III of England is said to have frequented pawn stores in Europe. Queen Isabella is reported to have pawned her royal jewels to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World. Traditionally, the pawnbroker’s symbol is three gold spheres hanging from a bar.

This stems from St. Nicholas, referred to as the patron saint of pawnbroking. He is reported to have left three bags of gold so the daughters of a poor man could afford to marry, thus saving them from a life of slavery or prostitution. Later the tradition transformed the bags into three gold balls, which became the symbol of pawnbrokers.

Who We Serve

Pawn customers have regular jobs, from working in hospitals to home construction.

They support our country and its economy by working in government, teaching our children and caring for the elderly. Just like you, pawn customers have dreams; want better lives for their children and a stronger sense of security. However, they also have pressing bills and unforeseen financial issues.

According to GAO analysis of November 1999 Census SIPP data, as many as 55 million people (28% of US adults) are unbanked. Other studies show that 32 percent of pawn customers borrow only twice per year to help cover unexpected expenses.

The Average Pawn Customer

  • Age: 36
  • Household Income: $29,000
  • 80% are employed
  • 82% have high school diploma or GED
  • 33% are homeowners
  • All ethnicities

How the Pawning Process Works

Put simply—customers pledge property as collateral, and in return, pawnbrokers lend them money. Pawn loans are made on everything from jewelry to electronics.

If the pawn customer chooses to redeem the loan, the collateral is returned upon repayment of the loan plus the regulated fee. The option to redeem the collateral remains with the customer until the expiration of the contract. If the customer elects not to redeem his or her collateral, there is no credit consequence to the borrower and the items are sold at a value price to retail consumers.

  • The average pawn loan is $80.
  • Contract periods in New York State are 4 months with no a 0-day grace period.
  • Applicable fees and allowable interest rates are set by the individual states.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Pawn?

A loan backed by something held as collateral. You can get your item(s) back for the amount borrowed plus interest, or keep the money and we keep the collateral.

What Do I Need For A Loan?
  • State ID: Non-Expired Drivers License, Passport…
  • Collateral: An item of value we agree to accept and hold against your loan. Gold & Silver are golden here, other items we may or may not be interested in.
How Much Money Is My Collateral Good For?
  • On Precious Metals & Jewelry: About half of the melt value, value may be added for diamonds of value, smaller, low grade diamonds are worth gold weight.
  • On Other Categories: About one third of the market value.
Why Isn’t my Collateral Worth Its Full Value?

On a pawn, assuming there was the full 4 months of interest on it, we need you to have incentive to pick up your items. Meaning that after 4 months, your item needs to end up costing less than market value to help ensure that it is picked up. Our money is obligated to be tied up for up to 4 months by NYS law, no exceptions. Even when buying outright for the purpose of reselling, we don’t pay what we’d sell it for, because we need to make money

How Long Do I Have?

4 Months. If within the 4 month window, no money is due until you pick up your pawn. If you need more time, you can pay off the full 4 months interest, and extend it another 4 months.

How Much Is The Interest?

The more you borrow & the longer you take to pay the loan back, the more the interest will be. It is a fixed, monthly finance fee on the loan, it does not compound.