Helping Items Maintain Their Value

camera-711040_960_720Sometimes, you know what you’ve got. Whether it is an antique piece or art or jewelry or even a collector’s item, people can wind up having a valuable object on their hands. It could be sold right away (and in the case of items solely valuable due to their immediate popularity, should be) or you may want to hang onto it for the future. After all, having a priceless item is like having a savings account.

But in keeping the item, it needs to be cared for. While antique items can appreciate with age, if they get damaged, this factor is negated. So care needs to be taken if one wishes to get top dollar for these items in the future, and not have to settle for a fraction of that down at a local pawn shop in Davie. So let’s take a look at some ways to help keep items at their best and most pristine.

First let’s talk about temperature. Hot and humid rooms can ruin everything from paintings to electronics. So ensure that valuable items are kept in a room that averages in the low 70’s.

Sunlight is also quite damaging. The sun can bleach the color out of most everything given enough time, and if this is an investment you plan on sitting on for some time, then you’ll need to keep it out of direct sunlight to keep it pristine.

Dust is another enemy of preservation. Dusty surfaces can become sticky and depending on the original material, hard to clean. So keep items covered and away from as much dust as possible.

Finally, there is air itself. Oxygen can be corrosive to certain substances, so wrapping items in plastic sheeting (a kind that does not stick or cling) can go a long way in preventing damage.

What Pawn Shops Are Really About

We have mentioned going to a Hollywood pawn shop in several articles before on this site, as a suggestion to finding cheaper items. This idea is sometimes rejected by people who have the idea that a pawn shop is not a legitimate business. This idea isn’t completely unwarranted, granted there have been many a stolen item sold at this type of establishment. But there are laws and regulations that control these shops and keep things as legit as possible.

So before you utterly dismiss using what could be a good option for buying and selling items quickly, check out the video below to learn a bit more about exactly what these establishments are all about.

Tips For Selling Your Stuff

information-1481584_960_720Many people have discovered that it is really not all that hard to sell their unused items either online, or through a garage sale or pawn shop as an alternative to throwing them out. This allows for some income to be made and who doesn’t need a little bit of extra cash? So this has inundated the markets with second hand items (which is great for those looking to make purchases on the cheap).

But it also presents a problem of so many people selling the same exact thing. So now there is competition and a sea of others selling the same items for potential buyers to have to sift through. So how can you make your items or listings stand out and sell for more?

It’s not all that hard, actually. With a few simple tips, you can create a successful item listing:

  1. Make sure the item has been thoroughly cleaned. This goes for online listings (before taking the photo) and for selling directly like at pawn shops. Clean, attractive items can sell for more.
  2. If you need to post photos, post a lot from different angles with good lighting. Dim lighting can make the item look less valuable, and many photos from different angles instills confidence.
  3. If doing an online listing, use proper keywords in the description. Include the model number (for electronics) and common names for the item. If you are selling an iPhone, mention the words, “iPhone”, “Apple”, “smartphone”, “64GB”, etc in the listing.

Doing the above can really help to make your listing appear in the search results (or help it stand out in pawn shops like, instill confidence in the buyer, and also get more money for the item. It’s only a few things to follow, so take the time and do them to maximize your income.

Getting Better Deals: Pawn Shop Haggling

Any businessman worth their suit knows that good communication skills are essential to business and success therein. You need to be able to clearly communicate what you need and be able to listen to clients and creditors to be able to make things work out. But communication also has another use in business, and that is in the realm of getting things for less.

Think about it. When you go to buy a used car, are you going to just pay the sticker price right away or are you going to try to see if they can’t give you a bit better of a deal? Of course, you are going to haggle to try to reduce the price. And this haggling can also be employed at any Ft Lauderdale pawn shop to get better deals on items therein.

So to help you out in this if you aren’t already an expert haggler, here are a few tips that you can use to try to get a better price.

First, simply ask the clerk if they can’t do any better on the price of the desired item. Only ask them that and then be quiet and let the mull it over. They may give you a better deal right there. You won’t know unless you ask.

Next, you can try getting two items for cheaper than individually. Let’s say there are both a TV and a video game system for sale. Make the clerk an offer for both (of course for a lower price than each individually). The ideal of two sales may entice the clerk to letting go of the items for less.

Try these two simple tips out the next time you are bargain hunting at your local pawn shop and see how much you can save.

Ideas For What To Do With Old Phones

slider-154173_960_720The holidays are approaching, and many people will be getting a shiny new phone for Christmas. But in the excitement of getting the new device (the the pain in the rear of having to reinstall all your favorite apps) you don’t really think about what to do with your old phone. Into a drawer it goes, and then you find it months later with a swollen and dead battery.

So should you throw the old phone out? No! There are plenty of things you can do with it.

Now, the first thing you may want to check is if the phone is still worth anything. If so, you may want to sell it online or take it to a pawn shop (like this one: for some easy money. But, there is always the alternative of making it into something more.

You could easily turn it into a security camera for your home. There are a few different brands of software that will turn an old phone into a WiFi security camera. It will require a little bit of tinkering with the settings, but it is cheaper than any other security camera solution out there.

You can also have fun and turn it into a mini arcade machine. Get some games and a little creative DIY work can turn it into a little tabletop arcade cabinet, complete with Bluetooth controller. Fun and easy.

Finally, you can easily turn your old phone into a wireless mouse and keyboard for your computer (if it is an Android phone). There are apps that let you do this and it can be very useful if you hook your computer up to your TV as a home entertainment system.

The Cheapest Way To Get A Gaming PC

motherboard-386669_960_720Video games are a big part of many people’s lives. It is no longer just something for kids, as many of those kids who started off playing games are now adults. In fast, the average age of people who play video games is in the mid 30’s. So it has truly become a full blown pastime for everyone.

But video games can be expensive, and I’m not just talking about the games themselves. The hardware to play them is typically hundreds of dollars. So while most gamers are now adults with their own money, it can still be a pretty steep price to pay.

But, there is a way to play games for cheap, and that is to build your own gaming PC. PC gaming is no longer a niche market, and there is no other system that can play as many games, and games for PC can be a lot cheaper than for consoles.

Building one can take a little bit of know-how, but there are lots of guides that you can find. The main thing you will need is an existing computer that you will later upgrade. You can find fully operational computers on ebay or by going to a local Hollywood pawn shop. Once you have this basic working system, the 3 things you will need to upgrade are the graphics card, the ram, and possibly the CPU. The graphics card is a must, so depending on what you first bought, this whole build can cost less than $200 and play today’s AAA titles.

Another plus for playing games on PC is that your old games will always work. As consoles get updates, they are not always backwards compatible. That means that your old library cannot be played unless you keep your old consoles around. With PC, this is not a problem.

I have no problem with consoles, mind you. I just feel that contrary to popular belief, if you want to play games on the cheap, the PC is definitely the way to go.

A Few Haggling Techniques

greeting-1296493_960_720Whenever you’re buying something from either a Davie pawn shop, a flea market or a garage sale, you need to be ready to haggle to get the best deal possible. Just because something is already being sold for cheap doesn’t mean that you can’t try to get an ever better deal. So to do this, you need to know how to haggle a bit. And to help you out, here’s three techniques.

The first is to simply ask the seller, “Can you do any better?” when inquiring about the price of an item. This makes your intent to buy present (but not too positive) and throws the ball in their court. They may say no, but there’s no harm in asking. So give it a try and very often, you’ll find that you can get a lower price just by using that one simple question.

The second technique is to try to get two items for less than each individually. If you are interested in buying at least two of the items a seller has, then make them an offer for the both. Like if they are selling a TV and a DVD player, say, “How about $— for both?” The seller may be enticed enough at the idea of selling two (or more) items that they may take your offer right there.

Finally, there is tugging at the heartstrings of the individual. Explain why you really like the item, but how you just can’t spend the asking price. Depending on who you’re talking to (and the level of authenticity to your story) you just may be able to shake a few bucks off of the original asking price. This technique isn’t for everyone, but there’s still no harm in trying if all else has failed.

Taking Buying And Selling To The Next Level

mobile-phone-1595784_960_720Most people are completely unaware of the possibility of being their own boss, and having their own company through online retail. With the amount of websites where you can post your items and the audiences that you can get, there is plenty of opportunity to make money selling. What’s more is that if you are a bit adventurous, then you can find products to sell quite easily and make a good profit online. So let’s take a look at how this works.

First, understand how the basic principle of this system goes: one can hunt down items at places like flea markets, Hollywood pawn shops or garage sales, and then clean up and sell the items online for a profit. This can be a very effective way of making money. Obviously you need to have some kind of idea as to what kinds of items sell well and for a good price, but even someone with no knowledge can use their phone to look up items while shopping.

There are a lot of different places that you can find items to sell. These include:

  1. Garage and yard sales
  2. Flea markets
  3. Clearance sales
  4. Liquidation sales
  5. Craigslist

Even online retailers like ebay can turn up deals where you have the potential to resell.

Once you find some items, you will need to clean them up and nicely photograph them for your listing. The more pictures, the better. Even if there are blemishes or dents and scratches, photo these too and be honest in the listing (this will earn you a good reputation).

Then it’s up to you to do a bit of research and see how much to charge for the item. You can see what other people are charging, but you really want to see how much the ones actually being sold cost. Maybe everyone wants to sell a particular item for $100, but the only ones that sell are priced at $70. Take your time and do your research.