Pawn Brokers

Using Pawnbrokers in New York

Pawnbrokers New York offer secured loans to people who use personal property as collateral. Operating out of a store, they hold the item for an agreed upon period of time. If the person receiving the loan pays back the loan price plus the agreed interest within that time, they receive their property back. If they don’t, the pawn shop sells the item to cover the cost of the loan. Some professional pawn brokers also engage in direct buying of items to sell in their stores.

One of the key benefits to those needing loans is that the credit reporting process is not involved. Because all loans are backed by property and the pawnbroker is assured they won’t lose money, they do not perform credit checks. This allows people with bad or no credit to get a loan they otherwise wouldn’t be able to get. It also allows people with better credit to avoid lowering their credit by having additional inquires added to their credit report.

The first step in the pawn process is the assessment of the item. When the customer goes to the pawnshop, a pawnbroker will use their experience selling similar items as well as other sources such as online pricing reports to determine a potential selling price based on the condition of the item. In some areas, the pawnbroker is also required to be alert to the possibility that items brought to them may be stolen and may need to copy a photo ID or submit lists of items brought to them to local authorities to check against stolen property reports.

After the assessment, the pawnbroker will set a loan amount. This will often be much lower than the purchase price of the item. This is because potential purchasers are not willing to pay nearly as much for used items as they are for new items. There is also the risk the item will not sell or would need to be sold to a wholesaler or scrap handler at a much lower price. Therefore, the amount of the loan will need to be less than what the pawnbroker thinks they could sell the item for so that they are protected from losses if the loan is not repaid.

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