NPA Weekly NewsBrief
Dec. 20, 2012

A very pawny Christmas: What pawnshops buy and sell around the holidays
The Houston Press (blog)
So you've got a million Christmas gifts to buy for family, friends, acquaintances, acquaintances' cousins, the mailman, Roger Clemens (we're not the only ones to send the Rocket a gift each year, are we?) and various and sundry pets. You have a limited budget and a limited amount of time. It's best to expand your shopping horizons, which is why we thought we'd check in with local pawn stores to see what people are buying and selling this time of year. More

Video: Pawn Stars: 15th century crossbow worth thousands
The Huffington Post
A crossbow worth thousands was brought into the shop on "Pawn Stars," and it was something Rick Harrison had never seen before. The crossbow dated back to the 15th century and the Bavarian-German army. Harrison was excited to see the item, saying he'd never had a medieval crossbow in the shop before. He brought in an expert to appraise the item. The expert said the crossbow was worth up to $10,000, which probably sounds pretty impressive to most people. More

Online pawn: A booming business luring upscale customers
The Street
Just as Amazon and eBay pioneered online shopping and are now the biggest players, online pawn shops are jockeying for position, hoping to get the largest slice of the pie. The pawn industry as a whole has swelled to $7 billion, helped by the combination of a stagnant economy and reality TV shows such as the History Channel's Pawn Stars, which popularized pawning.More

Hardcore Pawn: Chicago: 'We're none of that jive stuff'
Zap 2 It
Do we really need another pawnshop series? With the number of pawnshop shows already out there, it's a fair question to ask. But walking into Royal Pawn Shop on South Clark Street in Chicago and spending a little time with Wayne and Randy Cohen, it's easy to see how inevitable it was that the genre would discover these two.More

Florida pawnshop owner gives up on selling guns
The tragedy at Sandy Hook is prompting change at a Seminole, Fla., pawnshop. The dealer is locking up his assault rifles for good. One-by-one, the guns are coming out of the cases and off the shelves inside Frank James' pawnshop. "My conscience overrides the need to make money," James said. More

Cross-dressing pawnshop robbery suspect in Georgia wanted for homicide in Baltimore
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
One of two men who carried purses during an armed robbery at a Cobb County, Ga., pawnshop is now in custody, according to police. But he's not going to be in Georgia for long. That's because the 26-year-old is accused of shooting a man to death last month in Baltimore, according to that city's police department. On Sept. 18, Cornish and another man who was dressed as a woman, robbed the Cobb Pawn Shop on Cobb Parkway, Marietta, Ga., police previously said. More

Video: Maine pawnshop owners must keep records of sellers
When a Rolex watch worth $8000 was brought into Cash-Xpress in Bangor, Maine, store owner Richard Hatch says he knew something was wrong - thanks to more than 20 years of experience. According to the Bangor Police Department, that watch ended up being misplaced. But Hatch says that's not the first time a stolen item was brought into his store. In fact, it happens all the time. More

Making a success of a second business venture
The Guardian
Sometimes hitting rock bottom as an entrepreneur can provide a valuable new perspective. In the case of Gerald Pountney Snr, who today runs a successful pawnbroking business, the experience of losing everything he owned, and the support he received at a time of great need, had such a profound effect that when he had rebuilt his fortunes he made it a priority to give something back to society. More

9 ways successful people defeat stress
Harvard Business Review
Employees are under a lot of pressure — so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it. This is life in the modern workplace. It is more or less impossible to be any kind of professional these days and not experience frequent bouts of intense stress. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren't is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do. In the spirit of "Nine Things Successful People Do Differently," here are nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress whenever it strikes.More

5 ways to succeed in any economy
The more difficult the economy, the greater the opportunities — but only for those who are strong, well-prepared and persistent. Many people are fixated by national or even global economic doom and gloom. Many wait for a magic fix, only to realize it will never come. The world is in what Grant Cardone, international sales expert and The New York Times best-selling author, likes to call an "eat what you kill" environment, where the people who win are those who take the initiative without waiting for permission to create their own success. Here are five ways Cardone has found to ensure success in any economy.More