NPA Weekly NewsBrief
Sep. 17, 2013

Income gap between rich and poor is biggest in a century
Los Angeles Times
If you feel you're falling behind in the income race, it's not just your imagination. The wealth gap between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent in the U.S. is as wide as it's been in nearly 100 years, a new study finds. More

More people turning to pawnshops for cash
Branson Tri-Lakes news
Pawnshops in Branson, Mo., not only carry interesting, rare and quirky items, but they provide an option for people seeking short term financial support. "You have people who need to make a house payment or want to go on vacation and then you have the people who may be really desperate and say, 'OK, how much can I get for this? I need a pack of cigarettes,'" said Branson Pawn Owner Scott Velvet.More

New pawnshop opens in Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City Press-Citizen
A new pawnshop, Iowa City Pawn, has opened in Iowa City, Iowa. In addition to being a traditional pawnshop, owner Jim Johnston said his business also offers what he calls much-needed alternative loan services. More

Factors affecting rough diamond prices
Rapaport News
Rough diamond prices have increased between 6 percent and 13 percent in 2013. In the video, Rapaport's senior analyst, Avi Krawitz, provides a synopsis of what is influencing rough diamond prices in the current diamond market and explains what the industry should expect moving forward.More

South Florida pawn boutique emphasizes luxury pawn concept, from Louis Vuitton bags to Diego Rivera painting
"We're not a pawnshop, we're a pawn boutique!" says Midtown Pawn Boutique Manager Victor Guzman, proudly. From vintage Cartier sunglasses, to Louis Vuitton bags, and even a piece by artist Diego Rivera, you won't see cluttered neon-lit items. More

Hartland, Mich., shop owner will take on 'Hard Core Pawn'
Hartland Patch
Finders Keepers shop owner Elaine Boria, of Hartland, Mich., will attempt to pawn her set of University of Michigan vintage bears for an episode of "Hard Core Pawn" in Detroit. More

Gold: the new smartphone black?
A photo leaked on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo suggests that the golden finish of the new iPhone 5S may be a novelty for only so long. The image depicts a gold-colored HTC One, and, since a recent leak from the same user was promptly confirmed by the manufacturer, the post has created ripples. More

Rockport, Texas, police officer fired for pawning off gear
A Rockport Police officer in Texas was fired after he was caught pawning his department issued night vision goggles. The department let go three-and-a half-year veteran Ben Aumada at the end of July. More

Caracal International recalls all Model C pistols
Gun & Ammo Magazine
Caracal International, LLC has issued a major recall of all Model C pistols. On Mar. 28, Caracal originally recalled only a small batch of pistols. The recall was updated on Sep. 9 to include every Model C pistol made to date. More

10-day holding period for Springfield, Mass., pawnbrokers and junk dealers remains
The holding period for pawnbrokers and junk dealers in Springfield, Mass., is set at 10 days. The Springfield City Council voted tonight not to increase a ten day holding period for pawnshops.More

It's a crazy life for 'Pawn Stars' Chumlee
Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog)
Four years in and life just keeps getting crazier for Austin "Chumlee" Russell, the improbable breakout star of "Pawn Stars." During an interview, Russell revealed the blush-inducing fan request he gets "all the time," Nazi stuff and a family tragedy that led to his 75-pound weight loss. More

25 tips for using Instagram in your business
Small Business Trends
Instagram is a social channel that let's you snap photos (and now video), add creative filters and share them with your followers. The photos can be posted not only on Instagram, but on social channels like Facebook and Twitter too.More

Stolen items turn up at Laredo, Texas, pawnshops
A father and son are arrested accused of theft and pawning off the items they allegedly stole. … A women reported to Laredo, Texas, police that her residence had been burglarized. She would discover an assortment of different items missing from her home like DVDs, a weed eater, chainsaw, vacuum, and other property. More

'Pawn Shop Chronicles' offers plenty of fun, if nothing else
Great Falls Tribune (blog)
There's something fun about movies that don't take themselves too seriously. Throw out a traditional story and bring in a bunch of big-name actors not concerned with getting top bill and you have a recipe for something enjoyable. That's not to say "Pawn Shop Chronicles" is brilliant, flawless or even above average. It certainly has its flaws and borrows from many different, far superior sources. But it sure is fun.More