Find out the shop’s return policy.
Reputable pawn shops will have a return policy, Krupnik says, so inquiring about its terms and conditions is one of the easiest ways to verify the establishment is on the up and up.
“If [a shop] has no return policy, you should probably refrain from doing business with them,” he advises, unless the item is being sold on clearance or there is a defect the shop owner is telling you upfront about.
For more on how pawn shops have changed recently, check out MainStreet’s Q&A with Rick Harrison, star of The History Channel’s popular show Pawn Stars.
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