Pawn shops tend to take a lot of merchandise but when you are talking about appliances like washers and dryers, very few pawn shops will take them in. They are normally just too big to store many of.
2 or 3 sets will take up a lot of space, and they aren’t incredibly valuable – maybe $200-$300 for the set in most cases.
So no, washers and dryers aren’t commonly accepted by pawn shops. That’s not to say that all pawn shops are the same way though
In fact, I do know that SOME pawn shops will take in washers and dryers, as well as other appliances. It’s just the nature of their business really.
If you want the best chances of success then you will probably want to deal with pawn shops that have larger physical buildings and spaces as they are the most likely to be able to store large items like these.
Make sure you at least call your local pawn shop to see if they buy or sell washers and dryers. You never know, you may have a large pawn shop in your immediate area that will take them in as collateral on loans.
And if they take them in, then you know they will probably sell washers and dryers as well. It’s just one of those things that you will want to ask about.
If They Do Buy Them…
If you are luck enough to have such a pawn shop in your area that deal with appliances, make sure you do the basic inspection and cleaning of your washer or dryer before you take them in. This is one of those areas where you will want to pay special attention.
Go through all of the functions and make sure that the appliances are working 100% in every mode. The last thing that you want to do is load up a couple big appliances just to find that they something on them doesn’t work right and get denied by the pawnbroker.
Clean them well. Wipe the inside and outside out, and clean the lint trap make sure there’s nothing in them that might look like neglect when the pawn shop is inspecting them.
Here again, it would be horrible if you loaded them up and then the pawn shop didn’t like what they saw and denied the loan or sale. It little attention upfront can solve or prevent a lot of problems later.
How Much Will A Pawnshop Pay For A Washer Or Dryer?
Part of the price will determine on the usual questions.
Does it work properly?
Is it in good condition?
Are there a bunch of dings, dents and scratches?
Is it newer?
Once they’ve determined all of that, if it’s in good shape and modern – you will probable be looking at $75-$150 for either the washer or the dryer. You can expect $100-$300 for the pair under normal circumstances.
The Nerd’s Experience
There aren’t many loans done on big, bulky items like these. When they do come in, they normally aren’t very clean… If you do take appliances into the pawn shop, make sure they are very clean.
Go over it twice just to be sure. Appliances are tough loans for the pawnbroker to make most of the time because of how many things can go wrong with them – so eliminate any concern or abuse upfront and present them as well as you can.
Make sure you call ahead though – that’s really important in this case. Very few shops that I know of deal with such large items.
Thanks as always,
Mandy Dormain started working for Pawn Nerd in 2020. Mandy grew up in a small town in northern Tennessee. But moved to New York for university. Before joining Pawn Nerd, Mandy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for several radio stations. She covers politics and economy stories.