(Closed) Pawn Shop Experience?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I didn’t got to a pawn shop but i found my e-ring and wedding band on kijiji.  I know… I know… who would have thought.  short story:  I absolutely love emerald cut rings but couldnt’ find any in the stores where we live.  I tried 6 stores.  I seen them online but wanted to see it in person before purchasing.  anyway, i was on kijiji for something completely different when i accidentally stumbled across an emerald cut ring!  I freaked and showed FI immediately!!  we both agreed it was gorgeous and was the one.  I immediately replied and said i wanted it.  the girl was very nice and we hooked up the next day to see it.  It was a 45 minute drive away, but totally worth it.  It coincidentally was my size too.  she had appraisal papers to bout.  i asked her if we could go to a jewelry store to rest my mind at ease.  she was so nice and willing!  so we met at a jewelry store and had someone look it over for  me.  the e-ring was appraised at 5800$.  (i know there is inflation, but still).  I bought the e-ring and wedding band for 900$.  I kinda felt bad for her, as she looked like she didn’t want to part with it…. I didn’t dare ask why she was selling.  anyway, here’s a pic of my set below.  I’m so in love with it and it was such a fluke to find it…(ps: we didn’t have alot of money to spend, we have a 2 yr. old and I was pregnant with #2 at the time, so this worked out great… I got the ring i wanted and at the perfect price!)

good luck !!!  (sorry that story wasn’t that short)

Post # 5
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494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@maggiemay0811:

Thank you!  yes, it’s a similar site to Craigs list.  here’s the link, i’m not sure if it’s everywhere though… kijiji.ca.

 

  

Post # 9
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1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t end up getting my ring from a pawn shop, but I did look at many, many pawn shops during my search. I wanted to make sure we got an awesome deal, so I looked at pawn shops, estate sales, jewelers who sell estate and traded-in jeweler (but only those who sell it at a discount, some want to sell it for full retail just like new), craigslist, ebay, etc. I ended up finding an amazing deal at a local jeweler, but I would have gladly jumped on it if I’d found a great deal through one of the other avenues. My BFF’s grandmother’s ring was bought from a pawn shop (years ago, but still). It’s gorgeous, and that’s what originally prompted me to look there. Just make sure to do your homework to avoid being scammed (and look into getting outside verification that the piece is what they claim if you can). Kudos for thinking outside the box! I highly recommend it. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree with Ms Poodles, don’t go in uninformed about diamonds! And if you bring in a loupe or ask to see the diamond under a loupe, you can both take a look at the diamond closer for yourself and let the owner know he won’t be able to pull one over on you.

I bought a diamond from a pawn shop once (well, my husband bought it for me but I did all the leg work) because I was dying for a heart shaped diamond but didn’t want to spend much money so I thought I’d try to find a deal on a smaller one for a pinky ring or pendant. Even the smallest ones I looked at online were over $450.

Lo and behold, my local pawn shop had a really cute vintage ring with a 3/8 ct. heart shaped diamond that fit my pinky perfectly! I only found out the carat weight by searching for the item info online after I bought it based on the markings inside the ring (manufacturer, ect). The shop owner had no clue the actual diamond weight and I used that against him to negotiate the price. I also compared it to the diamond ring I was wearing and pointed out based on that how the color was low and I could see an inclusion. This and starting to walk out after the shop owner declined my cash offer helped me get over $100 off the asking price. In the end, I paid well under $200 for a 14K gold ring set with the exact kind of diamond I was looking for.

Post # 11
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437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m so thrilled to be the proud owner of a pawn shop ring 🙂 My fiance did an great job, and got an amazing deal. He used a very reputable pawn shop in a big city, and had the ring independently apprasied before buying it. He got WAY more bang for our buck then if he went to a jewelry store. I have helped a few friends buy their ring off of Craigslist, which if your careful, is a source for amazing deals!

 

Post # 12
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1267 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@SuzySchmoozy:  LOVE your ring. Good call on getting an idependant appraisal for a big purchase!

Post # 13
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437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I looked at a bunch of pawn shops but the prices didn’t seem that great. I honestly think you can get a better deal online such as through ebay with a seller with lots of positive feedback. ebay is safe and i’ve bought tons of stuff off there and they do protect their buyers. i highly recommend it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

 

Ive worked for one before. And unless they are having a sale they charge a lot!

 

They usually will get things valued and sell it for close to that (or maybe 25% off at very most)

Post # 16
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4662 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i expected better prices too but it was surprising how much they charge. i wonder why anybody would buy from them

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