So I stopped into the Action Pawn on South Fort Hood street, here in Killeen, the other day. This was the first time I've been inside a pawn shop in years. Maybe I just had unrealistic expectations or something, but as I was browsing the aisles of merchandise, one thought stuck in my mind ...
Dang, this stuff is way more expensive than I thought it would be.
Don't get me wrong, I didn't think it would be like a yard sale or something. I understand that it's a business, who's goal is to turn a profit. But seriously, most of the camera equipement I saw was nearly as expensive as the brand new version. Same thing with the lawn mowers .. I saw one, that was a "self propelled" .. but the self propel part didn't work .. and it was still $150!
It's probably a good thing that I wasn't actually planning to buy anything. I went in more out of curiosity than anything else. I suppose it was a productive visit in one sense though ... now I know not to put the pawn shop on my list of places to hunt for a bargain next time I do need something.
My curiosity may not be totally quelled yet though. For my next experiment, I may have to bring in something to try to sell. Just to see what kind of a mark-up they really have. Then again, I can probably think of 20 better things right off the top of my head to spend my time on.
Oh well, as least I got my picture of the day out of the way ;-)
Keep havin FuN!