Do pawn shops buy micrometers? That’s a great question and to be completely honest, one that I’m asked all of the time.
The truth is that as long as the pawn shop typically deals with tools, they will love to take a look at your micrometers.
Now, like all things, there are better brands and then there are completely unfamiliar off-brands.
If your micrometer is a good brand, such a Mitutoyo for instance, then a pawn shop will definitely be happy to look at it, evaluate it, and make you an offer on it.
With that in mind, even if the micrometers that you are thinking about taking to a pawn shop are on the older side, that is often fine as well.
This is particularly true with some brands such as Starrett.
Starrett still makes a pretty good tool, but the older Starrett tools seem to have a really big following, and are easy for pawn shops to resell most of the time.
With that in mind, they will do whatever they can to help you get a loan against an item like that, or they will offer to buy it outright from you should you decide that you want a little more money than they are willing to offer on a loan.
What Should You Keep In Mind When Pawning Micrometers
When it comes to micrometers, everything is normally pretty straightforward with them.
As long as they are in good working condition and aren’t too roughed up, you should have no problem when it comes to selling your machinist tools to a pawn shop.
That having been said, if you’ve engraved the tools with your initials, name, or other kind of identifier, the pawn shops probably won’t be willing to pay as much for them.
I understand that you do that so others won’t steal them, or claim that they are theirs, but the issue with that is that when you go to sell them – the people that might be interested in buying them don’t really want tools with someone else’s name on them.
Pawn shops obviously know this, and knowing that means that they understand your tools will be harder for them to sell because of it.
Now, if your marking was just a little spray paint of some color on a small portion of the micrometer, that is much less likely to be a problem for the pawn shop.
Pawn Shops Will Buy Virtually All Machinists Tools As Well
Now, if you happen to have more than just micrometers laying around, it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to take those to the pawn shop as well if you aren’t going to use them.
As a general rule of thumb, pawn shops love machinists tools, or any tools that are from a truly professional trade like machining is.
This means calipers, dial gauges, depth gauges, bore gauges, indicators, you name it.
In most cases, the pawn shops will know exactly what it is that you are bringing into them because of how frequently we see them.
Now, if on the off chance you are bringing in something really exotic, then you will definitely want to know what make and exact model number it is so that the pawn shop can quickly and easily look it up and evaluate your item to make you an offer.
The machine trade has some very specific speciality tools that aren’t really common in many cases, and in these scenarios, helping to pawnbroker identify them properly will always work in your favor when it comes to the offer that you get for them.