Shopping at local pawn shops is a great way to find some great deals on unique items and even collectible items that you aren't able to find in stores. However, before spending your day shopping at local pawn shops, you should consider these four tips to make your experience the best it can be:

  1. Research Value: If you know what specific items you are looking for, it's best to research the value beforehand. However, if you don't have plans to buy any specific thing, it's best to bring along your smartphone to look up the value of items you are interested in purchasing once you get there. This way, you have negotiating power and you aren't paying significantly more than what you should be. 
  2. Don't be Scared to Negotiate: Pawn shops know that buyers are going to likely negotiate on the price of the item. For this reason, it's important not to be intimidated to negotiate on the price since they are prepared for this. Plus, it's exciting to negotiate for both you and the pawn shop sellers. It's an experience that many people go to pawn shops for. 
  3. Understand the Fine Print: Before you agree on a price, it's important to understand what comes with the item you are purchasing. For example, if it's an antique, historical item, you may want to have the guarantee or authenticity. You also want to determine what the return policy is, which can vary on different items. This way, you know exactly what you are paying more and don't end up buying an item that doesn't come with what you want. 
  4. Bring Cash: The last tip is what many people often overlook, which is bringing cash. Most pawn shops will accept many different forms of payment while some may only accept cash. However, the main reason for bringing cash is that it also gives you more negotiating power because pawn shops are more likely to want to accept cash because it means they are receiving the funds right away instead of having to wait however long for the payment to process. 

When you consider these four tips, you can be sure that you end up making smart purchases at your local pawn shops while also having the best experience doing so. Don't forget to also bring along any items you wish to pawn off if you are looking to make money or borrow money, as well.