Feel like Chinese tonight?

  So, we were talking about places to eat on Maui, and one among us said, “Do you realize that since Dragon Dragon closed, there are no Chinese restaurants on Maui?” At least, not outside West Maui and Kihei. China Boat has been around nearly 25 years, serving a fairly limited menu of Chinese Mandarin […]

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Anti-scam for Internet sales

Another insight from this year’s National Pawnbrokers Association convention. This one came during the roundtable on Police Confiscations, but the speaker did not identify himself, so I don’t know whose good advice this is. When selling electronics, like a laptop, over the Internet, he said he puts an identifier somewhere hidden on the item. He […]

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Anti-scam for Internet sales

Another insight from this year’s National Pawnbrokers Association convention. This one came during the roundtable on Police Confiscations, but the speaker did not identify himself, so I don’t know whose good advice this is. When selling electronics, like a laptop, over the Internet, he said he puts an identifier somewhere hidden on the item. He […]

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Pawn your sneaks? Sure, why not?

You can do it in Harlem now. A 16-year-old kid with 200 pairs of sneakers had the idea. It works about like any other pawn, which is to say, if there is a market for used goods, a pawnbroker somewhere will make a loan on them. As we say at our Maui pawn shop, we’ll […]

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Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing

As Smokey Robinson so wisely taught us long ago. It appears that the magic of “Pawn Stars” is limited to the actual Gold & Silver Pawn Shop cast, at least if you value the opinion of critic Steve Bornfeld. There’s a Vegas show called “Pawn Shop Live!” that’s supposed to be a spoof of the […]

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Purse matching

Jordan Tabach-Bank is one of the best pawnbrokers at getting media attention, so we are happy to piggyback on his skill by linking to a piece at Pawn Times about pawning Hermes bags. Kamaaina Loan also takes high-end  bags for loans, and we are not quite as snooty as Tabach-Bank’s Beverly Pawn, which takes only […]

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Fixing the price

As Kamaaina Loan blog has often said, we (and all other pawnbrokers) are at the mercy of the international gold market. We have no way to influence the price. If we offer you $500 on Monday because gold is selling at, say, $1300, and it goes down the next day to $1200, that’s our risk. […]

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Searching for Mr. Goodpawn

OK, so this is a little bit Inside Baseball, but if you cannot navel-gaze about pawnshops on a pawnshop blog, where can you do it? When searching for news to use on the Kamaaina Loan blog, several times a week, I use Bing and Google to search for “pawn shop news.” Curiously, most of the […]

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