So you have a home theater system that you are considering selling and you were curious to know if just maybe a pawn shop will be willing to buy it off you.
Well, the truth of the matter is that it is a very good question and as much as I would love for this to be a really simple answer, the fact is that not all pawn shops buy them while other pawn shops absolutely love to buy home theater systems, all day long.
Because of that, there is no right one-size-fits-all answer that will completely satisfy your curiosity.
Because of that, there are some thing that you will want to do to see if you can strike a deal on selling your home theater system to a pawn shop.
The first thing that you should do is go over to Google.com and search the phrase “Local Pawn Shops.” Google will return a list of pawn shops in your area along with their phone numbers.
You will want to go down this list of pawn shops one by one and call each one to see if they take in home theater systems and if it is something that they might commonly deal with.
When you find a pawn shop that sounds like a good fit and that you would be comfortable working with, it’s time to pack up the system and head down to see what they might offer you for it.
How Much Do They Pay
What a pawn shop will be willing to pay for a home theater system will largely depend on the system itself, it’s condition and completeness and their local demand for home theater systems.
Unlike a lot of products that pawn shops tend to sell, home theater systems can be difficult to represent, picture, pack up and ship if they were to try to sell it online. Because of that, most pawn shops will only be really interested if they think it is something that they will be able to sell on their sales floor, in their store or if you have all of the original packaging materials so that they can easily box it up for shipment.
Like virtually everything else in a pawn shop, the pawn broker will first check your home theater system out to determine that it is indeed in good working order. Once they’ve established that, they will begin looking into the second hand values for a system like yours, in similar condition and completeness.
They will often do this by research the system on a site like eBay or Amazon to see what the used systems are actually selling for. Based on what they find, they will typically offer you between 40-60% of that price depending on how comfortable they are with your system and if you were making a loan on it so that you could get it back or just selling it outright.
Tips For Pawning A Home Theater System
When it comes to pawning a home theater system or selling one to a pawn shop, there are some basic rules and tips that you should follow to help make sure that you get the most out of your system possible.
Make Sure It’s Complete – The first thing that you will want to do is to make sure that you have all of the speakers, cables and connections. There will probably be a remote control that was included with the system when it was new so make sure that you have that as well and that there are batteries in it so that the pawn shop can verify that it is working properly as well.
Take The Box – If you have the original packaging materials and manuals then it is pretty important to include those with your home theater system when you go to pawn it. In all likelihood the pawn shop will feel easier with the transaction and may offer you more money for your system if you have these things included with it.
Clean It Up – It’s important to present your home theater system in the best light possible and the most easy way to do that is to just spend a few minutes and clean it up a little bit before you take it into your local pawn shop. By removing any marks you can before you attempt to pawn or sell your home theater system you will be making appear as new and fresh as possible and thereby increasing the potential value of it in the eyes of a pawn shop.
Following these basic tips will help you not just get a loan against or sell your home theater system to a local pawnshop but probably get the most for it in the process.