pawn shop questions
February 14, 2008 12:27 PM Subscribe
My first time at a pawn shop: basic questions about pawning an iPod and other recent electronics.
posted by anonymous to work & money (12 answers total)
First, I'm sure pawning is the best choice for me right now (not craigslist or ebay), and I already know this is a bad situation I should take care not to be in again. I'm just asking to find out about pawn shop mechanics.
To the pawn shop I'm bringing these things, all excellent conditon:
- an iPod Nano (2nd generation 8GB/black)
- a digital video camera (that's averaging c. $220 used on ebay)
- a digital still camera (that's averaging c. $70 used on ebay)
Question 1) Would it matter if I bring my original packaging for these things -- especially for the iPod since those are so commonly stolen? And do I need to bring the iPod reset to its factory state, or can I leave my stuff on it? (I have no personal info, photos or purchased songs on it, just regular mp3s.)
Question 2) Can you make any guess about the cash I might get offered (at a pawn shop in NYC, where I'm pawning not selling outright)? For example, do you think I'm likely to get loaned at least $50 total for these three things?