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For some, pawnshops are a lifeline, especially during an economic crisis

May 15, 2020
With tens of millions of people filing for unemployment since the outbreak of COVID-19, pawn shops have seen a modest uptick in business, becoming essential to some communities.
A woman wearing mask walks past a pawn shop on May 7.
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The global economy and your local pawn shop

Jul 15, 2013
Our nation's pawn shops can sometimes be a good measure of our economy.

Pawn shops experience boom in hard times

Jan 10, 2013
The Great Recession has seen a sharp rise in the number of pawn shops in the U.S. There's also been a change of image as better-off people increasingly turn to the institutions to pawn luxury items.

Pawn shop smarts

Dec 28, 2012
There are countless resources for those of us who want to be better money managers. But comedian and commentator Tim Bedore says the pawn shop is also a good place to go to learn some important lessons about personal finance.