So, you need some money right away. For many, that means a trip to the local pawn shop. The problem is, you might not know how much your item is worth.
Hopefully, by the time you’re done reading this, you’ll know what you need to sell to earn the amount of money you need. These prices aren’t written in stone, and hopefully, you’ll be able to get that much out of what you have for sale. Remember, something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it.
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What can you sell to earn $500?
High-end watches are always a big hit with pawn shops. Watches that are made by Rolex, Omega, Cartier, and other high-end brands tend to be a good investment. Just make sure that the watch is working correctly when you take it to the shop. Don’t try to sell a busted watch.
If you’re unsure if your watch is worth much, take it to a local jeweler for an opinion (either the pawnshop or the jeweler can appraise for free).
Firearms that are in your name
If your firearms are in your name, you can take them to a pawn shop. Not all pawn shops buy guns, so you’ll need to call before bringing your firearm into the store. If the pawnshop is willing to buy your weapon, then you can get about half of what it’s worth.
If it’s a particularly rare gun or has a lot of value because of its condition, then the pawnshop might pay you as much as 70% of its value.
Large-screen high-quality TVs sell pretty easily
You’ll need a TV worth at least $2,000 to get $500, and it will need to be new. Just make sure that it’s a new television and not one of the old, battered TVs you have sitting around the house. Anything in good working order sells for $100-$500 and is worth more if it has a great picture.
Jewelry is something pawn shops always buy
We’re talking pretty much gold and diamonds, but other jewelry can fetch big numbers. This jewelry needs to be in good condition, though. Jewelry with dents or beaten up and missing some parts tends to not sell for much.
Gold is also easy to sell in pawnshops
Gold tends always to be popular with pawn shops. This is because gold bars are super easy to sell, and you won’t have any problems finding a buyer at the current market price.
You can sell your car or truck to a pawnshop
If it’s in your name, then you can take it to a pawn shop. Expect to sell your car for about $1,000 or less. Remember that the vehicle might need to be in pretty good condition if you want to sell it for more than $1,000; you’ll have to do it elsewhere.
Pawnshops are all about fast money, and they’ll pay you as little as possible for your car.
Gaming computers and laptops can bring in $500 or more
If your laptop is newer or has a powerful enough graphics card, you might be able to sell it to a pawnshop. Gaming computers are always a hit, and they too can bring in top dollar. Just make sure that the computer is in good working order.
Artwork can bring in $500 or more if it’s a good piece
Artwork can be worth a lot of money, depending on its condition. You can take great, rare paintings to a pawn shop, and they might give you as much as $500. High-end artwork like sculptures is also welcome at most pawn shops.
What can you sell or pawn for $200?
You can expect $200 for a game console with several games
If you have the latest and greatest game console with several games, you can expect to get $200 for it. Ensure that the console is in good working order and shouldn’t have any scratches, dents, or other problems. If the games are super popular, you won’t have any problems getting rid of it all.
A tool chest full of tools can bring in $200
If you’ve got a tool chest full of really nice, expensive tools, you might be able to get $200 for it. The best tools to sell are those that mechanics use since those are the ones most in demand. You can also sell them for more money if they’re in pristine condition.
Top of the line digital cameras can fetch a good price
Digital cameras are always worth a lot, and they’re in high demand by pawn shops. Expect to get about $200 for a digital camera with a decent enough zoom. Take the camera into a pawn shop, and you’ll be sure to get that much out of it or more.
Fur coats are a hit with some pawn shops
If you’ve got a fur coat that’s in good condition, you can get $200 out of it. You won’t have any problems selling a fur coat to a pawn shop. The same goes with leather coats, but it’s hard to get $200 out of a leather coat.
Sporting equipment is always in demand
If you’ve got an excellent set of golf clubs, then you can get $200 or more out of them. The same goes for fishing gear, hunting gear, and other sporting equipment that’s in good condition. It all just depends on how much people want it.
There’s a good demand for power tools like drills, saws, and more
You’re not going to get $200 out of one power tool. However, if you have an extensive collection of power tools, you might be able to sell all of them for several hundred dollars.
Collections of sneakers are also hot items
You’ll need to sell several pairs of sneakers to get $200. However, the right sneakerhead will take them off your hands if you have enough pairs of highly sought-after sneakers.
Collectibles such as antiques can fetch several hundred dollars
It’s all about condition and subject matter when it comes to collectibles. If you have a scarce, mint condition collectible that’s in high demand, you’ll get as much as $200. It’s usually easy to sell items like this to a pawn shop; make sure that it is valuable.
What you can pawn or sell for $100
It’s easier to get $100 because everyone has something in their house that they can get at least that much out of.
Tablet computers and smartphones can fetch $100
The tablet computers and smartphones tend to be a hit with the pawnshops, especially if they’re in good working order. So expect about $100 for any tablet computer or smartphone that’s in good condition.
Mountain bikes are highly sought after by pawnshops, and you can easily get $100 for them. Of course, it all depends on the condition and the brand of the bike.
Washers and dryers can bring in $100
If you’ve got a washer and dryer in good condition, you can easily get $100 apiece for them. You won’t make much more than that unless the machines are in really good shape.
You can get $100 for your treadmill or home gym equipment. It all depends on what you have. You can also expect to get $100 for a stationary bike, elliptical machine, or other similar workout equipment if it’s in good condition.
Pawnshops buy air conditioning units
Air conditioning units can be a hassle to sell on your own, and you’re not going to get much money for them. However, if you take the unit to a pawn shop, they’ll most likely buy it. It all depends on its condition.
Tattoo equipment used by professionals is in high demand
Tattoo equipment used by professional artists can make as much as $100. Pawnshops buy stuff like this all the time, and you shouldn’t have any problems selling it.
Home entertainment systems
You can get $100 for a home entertainment system. As long as it’s in good condition, you should expect to get $100 for it. You’ll make more than that if it’s a really expensive system.
A few words on the difference between pawning and selling
Pawning is where you get a cash loan on your item. Let’s say, for example; you have an expensive piece of jewelry that’s worth several thousand dollars. A pawnshop will gladly loan you several hundred dollars.
A pawn is a loan, but there’s a big catch with it. Let’s say you got a $500 loan on your jewelry that’s worth $3,000, and you don’t pay it back. However, the pawnshop gets to keep your jewelry because you used it as collateral for your loan.
Selling your item is exactly what it sounds like, and you’re selling it for money. You’re not taking out a loan, and you’re never expected to repay anything if you sell your item. After the transaction is done, everything is over, and you can go enjoy your money.
Only pawn something if you know you can pay the money back
You’re better off selling the item than you are pawning it if you know there’s a possibility of never paying off the loan. You’re giving the pawnshop free money if you don’t repay the loan, and your item is worth much more than the loan amount.
Pawnshops are a great place to sell your stuff or get a loan if you’re in dire need of fast cash. However, it’s best to find someplace else to sell your stuff if you can wait. You’ll get much more money because pawnshops are notorious for paying as little as possible for something.
Even selling your items on eBay or Craigslist can bring you more money than going to a pawn shop if you have the time to wait for the right buyer to come along.