Let’s just face the fact that pawn shops will buy a lot of different merchandise these days.
Sure, there are some pawn shops out there that are still more selective about what they take in, but overall, the industry is changing to becoming more welcoming of a wider variety of collateral.
But what about something like a microphone?
Do pawn shops buy microphones, and if so, how well do they pay for them?
Well, both are good questions.
While ultimately, pawn shops are getting more accepting of a wider variety of merchandise, ultimately it is still up to the individual pawnbroker who operates that pawn shop as to what they will accept.
That having been said, most pawn shops are very open to looking at something like a microphone if you want to sell it, or even if you want to make a loan on it of course.
Keep in mind however, like anything else that comes into a pawn shop, they are going to want to see a microphone that works perfectly and is in very good condition.
It seems that with microphones, the condition they are in really makes a huge difference in their resale value.
So if your mic is a little beat up, expect for there to be a little push-back on the idea of paying you top dollar for it.
How To Get The Most For A Microphone At A Pawn Shop
As previously mentioned, when it comes to microphones, the physical appearance of them really matter.
I’m not entirely sure of why that is to be honest because I’ve seen some pretty rough looking microphones that worked flawlessly.
Obviously, the better looking it is, the easier it is to sell, that’s obvious. But when it comes to microphones, it almost seems as if the fear over any physical defects is almost at a near paranoid level.
That having been said, there may be a fear that if a microphone is a little banged up that it has been dropped and therefore may have damaged the element that is responsible for clearly picking up the sound of your voice.
That I understand and seems reasonable.
But with all of that in mind, do what you can to make your microphone look as new as possible before you take it into the pawn shop.
It will help make sure that you get the most money possible for it, and depending on the pawn shop, avoid that awkward moment when they try to deny loaning you money on something because of what it looks like.
Additionally, be sure that you take a patch cord with you for the microphone so that they would be able to test it out easily as they may not have one on hand.
Furthermore, if the microphone originally came with any kind of case or box, take that with you as well.
It’s the little touches like having the original factory bag, or case, that can make all of the difference to a picky pawnbroker.
Lastly, try to bring some documentation with you about what exact microphone it is, who made it, what model it is, what revision of that model, etc.
The more detailed you can get the documentation, the better.
Typically speaking, pawn shops don’t deal with microphones often enough to really know what each different make and model is out there, so by helping them out this way, you will not only speed up the process, but you may end up getting more money out of it as well.
You have to remember, if a pawn shop doesn’t know exactly what something is, they will go with the less expensive option to protect themselves. After all, if they only assumed that everyone was always bringing in the most expensive version of something, they would go out of business quickly.
However, if you do have a particularly expensive microphone, showing them exactly what you are presenting them can go a long way towards getting you what you want out of the deal, which is the most money possible.