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Old 07-30-03, 09:54 PM
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
All the time, You can't beat the deals and sometimes you find some great OOP stuff.

yup, me too
Old 07-30-03, 10:10 PM
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So I decided to go to the pawn shop on the way home. Weird,...now that I think about it, I've never been to a pawn shop. Went to the one on Golf Links & Pantano here in Tucson. Some place called Quick Pawn. So I walk in, and the first thing that hits me is the row upon rows of guns and rifles. Wow, someone is sure getting ready for war. :-) Not only that, but every single employee there was packing. Not concealed, since that is not legal here, but out in plain view,...since...THAT is legal. Heh. Arizona laws crack me up. You can't have beer on stage at a club, but you can carry a gun (though, not at all clubs). Anyways,...back to the pawn shop. I walked over to the DVD section that I noticed up on a spinning rack. The guy behind the desk was watching me. Seriously watching me. Did he think I came in to rob the place? Anyways, no hello, no goodbye, no nothing. Is this normal? Or am I just too used to good customer service from other establishments.
Unfortunately, I did not find anything good at the pawn shop. My friends though tell me, that this particular pawn shop is kindof a strange one to go to. They also mentioned about the gun carrying clerks, even before I said anything. hehehe. nice.
I'll have to try some others around town.
Oh yeah, in case anyone wonders about prices,...I didn't see any DVD over $10. Though, nothing I needed.
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i would but i dont know where any are around here. anyone know where some good ones are in SoCal?
Old 07-30-03, 11:00 PM
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Originally posted by atari2600
i would but i dont know where any are around here. anyone know where some good ones are in SoCal?
Check out that link I posted earlier in the thread near the begining. It'll tell you where the pawn shops are anywhere in the US.
Old 07-31-03, 10:41 AM
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Most of my collection is from pawn shops. Great source for OOP or Criterions. Here's some of what I have found:
Seven Samurai - CC $9
Rashomon - CC $8
Flash Gordon - $5
Recently picked up 6 Special Edition James Bond Films for $7 each.
X-Files Season Set for $40(can't remeber which one though)

I have to agree with the poster in reference to the trashy stores as well as trashy service. Some are betters than others though so I would not base your opinion on 1 or 2 stores as they differ in quality substantially from one store to the next.

I've found that Flea Markets are also a good resource. Found the Sleepaway Camp Box Set for $7. Sealed Close Encounters 2-disc for $9.

In reference to the scratched disc problem, I have found a store - CDWarehouse that resurfaces DVDs & CDs. They also have a coupon on their website that allows you a free DVD or CD resurface. Here's the link:
http://www.cdwarehousemn.com/deals.htm

Sorry only good for people in the Mpls/St.Paul Metro but they have a corporate website also which is:
http://www.cdwarehouse.com

Don't know if they offer the same type of deals nationally though.

Good luck & Happy hunting!
Old 07-31-03, 03:25 PM
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Originally posted by NoirTech
Anyways, no hello, no goodbye, no nothing. Is this normal? Or am I just too used to good customer service from other establishments.
Unfortunately, I did not find anything good at the pawn shop. My friends though tell me, that this particular pawn shop is kindof a strange one to go to. They also mentioned about the gun carrying clerks, even before I said anything. hehehe. nice.
I'll have to try some others around town.
Oh yeah, in case anyone wonders about prices,...I didn't see any DVD over $10. Though, nothing I needed.
You have to understand...pawn shops are not usually run by 'respectable' people. The ones I am familiar with are in NYC, CT, and Chicago. Put it this way...they don't like you and you don't want to like them. The majority of what is for sale is stolen. Small items like DVD's CD's etc are easily turned over and put right up for sale. You can go in every week and find something different. I do not buy from them because I would be supporting theft. Not everything is stolen but the majority is. Usually the big ticket items are held in the back or off-site for a certain amount of time before they are put up for re-sale or traded.

There are items that are legit for people who needed money quick. However, from my experience with people I know who worked for pawn shops you are supporting unlawful things.
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If the morality and legality issue bothers you, ask what their policy is for buying from you. If they ask for some form of ID, like the used CD stores I go to, then I have no qualms buying from there.
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I've never found a pawn shop that carries DVDs. The last one I called didn't even know what a DVD is. They said they had them and when I went there it turns out he was talking about CDs.
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I'll be hitting 3 Pawn shops in the coming two weeks so I am hoping to find some gems. These pawn shops are in the midwest and I am almost positive they don't have a clue! I am hoping they have a couple gems.
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No dvd deals to speak of. However, this thread set me back $150 for vintage Fender P-Bass, in beautiful condition. Originally priced @ $279, I traded in an old SLR camera & my old, old no-name bass for the difference. Very
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To put off going to Pawn Shops because you feel they are unlawfull most of the time is insane. All of the pawn shops I go to are very nice looking places, at times like a small store, very clean, and great and friendly people working there.

The majority of the times pawn shops are great places. I assume you just have been mixed up in the wrong ones.

As said before, ask them their policy about buying things from you.
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I've nabbed a couple of criterions at pawn shops:

Third Man - $8
Red Shoes $7

and have seen Armageddon half a dozen times.....unfortunately where I live now is total suck for finding deals...but Mesa, AZ had a couple of spots that were fairly lucrative....
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brizz - wher in Mesa? I live in Chandler, so I'm right there...any tips? I didn't even know pawn shops carried dvds, though i've never been IN a pawn shop. Hell, i'm going tommorow.
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Wow,..all of a sudden,...the AZ people start coming out for this thread. :-)
I'm gonna make it a point to visit some other pawn shops this weekend. I'll even give the one I went to just a few days ago another try.
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I used to live at pantano and speedway... but in ohio now
Old 08-01-03, 02:11 AM
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Originally posted by glassdragon
I used to live at pantano and speedway... but in ohio now
Weird. My wife is from Ohio.
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Anyone have any success, recommendations, etc.. in the Los Angeles/Hollywood/Glendale areas?
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Pawn shops remind me of Maynard, Zed and the Gimp...
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Something to keep in mind before you buy from a pawn shop: Just about any time someone sells stolen CDs or DVDs, they sell them to a pawn shop (or to a used CD shop). That way they get easy, quick cash and the product disappears quickly too. So if you are buying DVDs from a pawn shop, there is the possibility they may be stolen. (That's not saying ALL pawn shop DVDs are stolen, but some most certainly are.)

For me, personally, I'd rather not support that kind of business.
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Maybe that's where some of my DVDs that were stolen from me just a few months ago went to.
Same thing happenned to me when I moved two years ago. I lost my entire collection (approx. 300 at the time). Also lost my DVD player, receiver, etc... (good stuff too) Thank god my insurance covered it... the moving company totally blew me off...

Never even occurred to me that this stuff would end up in a pawn shop....
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Originally posted by SilverScreen
Same thing happenned to me when I moved two years ago. I lost my entire collection (approx. 300 at the time). Also lost my DVD player, receiver, etc... (good stuff too) Thank god my insurance covered it... the moving company totally blew me off...

Never even occurred to me that this stuff would end up in a pawn shop....
What did you do to make sure your insurance covered for your collection? Just supply them with pictures or what? How did that work? Im curious because Id like to know what I should do to make sure my stuff is protected.
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My homeowner's insurance was through State Farm and it was actually my homeowner's insurance that covered. I even bought the moving insurance and they didn't cover it.

Luckily they covered it without me sending them pictures (which I didn't have). I gave them all of the receipts for the electronics and only some of the receipts for the DVD collection. Again, luckily enough they covered it all with no problem all I had to do was itemize the more expensive DVD's and give them some of the DVD receipts.

I wouldn't say my method was a very good one though. My agent told me after the fact that I should definitley keep all the receipts and also take pictures of anything I own of value. I took his advice.
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i checked out a few pawn shops near me but all they carry is porn and for some reason i dont really like the idea of buying used porn.
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Where are some decent pawn shops in Chicago? I've searched all the thrift stores up and down Milwaukee Ave, but I didnt turn up much. No idea where to go for pawn shops that are worthwile (and in safe neighborhoods).
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Out in the burbs, bothanspy.
There's a few places called Disc Replay, they're a chain of independantly owned used CD and DVD shops and even have video games at some.
Just recently I picked up the Norah Jones CD and the Vangelis version of the Bladerunner soundtrack for $7 a piece. My wife found a copy of Ogre Battle for the N64 for $18. I assume that's a good price since she nearly tore my arm off to show me.

There's also a place called Cash Converters with three locations. They're a little more hit and miss, but I've picked up a few gems over the years. The one in Schaumburg used to have deal of 100 used CDs for $100.

Also, check the places like EB games and Software Etc in the malls, ever since the PS2 came out, they've started carrying used DVD movies.

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