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A Guide to Pawning and Selling at Pawn America

When in a financially difficult situation, you may consider pawning or selling your items. After all, both methods can help you get the money you need. But how can you know if you should sell or pawn your belongings?

To help answer this question, the experts from Pawn America, the leading pawn shops in Minnesota and Wisconsin, are happy to share their advice.

They outline both processes to help you decide which is best for your situation below.


When you decide to sell an item, you forfeit your ownership of it in exchange for cash. Pawning, however, does not mean you lose ownership. When you pawn an item, you give your item to the broker as collateral for cash. If you pay the loan back before the timeline expires, you can retrieve your item.


In most cases, deciding to pawn an item results in an agreement between you and the broker. This agreement usually specifies the specific amount of time in which the pawn shop expects repayment. However, if you sell the item, you will not be bound by any time nor repayment constraints. It is also important to remember that you will pay interest on the loan, which will accumulate over time. 


If you decide to pawn an item, you will likely receive less cash than what your item is worth. Selling, however, typically means you will receive a larger amount of money. Keep in mind, though, that even if you receive less cash to pawn an item, you will reclaim the item as soon as you repay the loan.

When residents of the surrounding areas of one of our Minnesota or Wisconsin stores want to sell or pawn an item, they turn to Pawn America.

Serving the community for more than 30 years, these pawn shops are committed to helping you receive the best value for your items. Whether you want to pawn jewelry, diamonds, electronics, or antiques, these professionals can help. To find out what you can get for your item(s) fill out the Get A Quote form on our website or call the store nearest you. https://www.pawnamerica.comBLOG