So something has come up in your life and you might have to pawn your TV to come up with the money to cover a sudden expense or an unexpected bill that has hit you out of left field.
That’s understandable to to be completely honest, it happens to everyone. We all have things that come up that we weren’t planning on.
Just because you might have to pawn your TV doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world and I can promise you that 99.999% of the time you are going to get your TV back in the exact same condition that you had left it with them in.
So don’t worry or stress out about having to pawn your TV. That’s a silly waste of time.
Instead, let’s talk about how you can get the most money out of your TV when you do pawn it so that you will be able to easily cover the expense(s) that have come up and hit your out of no place.
TVs are a great thing to pawn and if you don’t know how to, don’t worry – it’s easy. Just be sure that you have everything you need before you go!
Tips For Pawning A TV
Okay, we’ve established that you have to do this. Now what?
Well the first thing that you really should do is go to Google.com and search “Local Pawn Shops.”
Google will give you a listing of pawn shops in your area and you should call a few of the local pawn rbokers to ask them:
Are The Currently Taking TV’s
What Are The Rules For Pawning TV’s At Their Shops
The reason that you want to ask these question is because not all pawn shops have the nearly unlimited storage space required to loan against every TV that comes through the door and let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than packing up your TV, driving all the way to a pawn shop, dragging it out of the car just to find out that they don’t have to room to take it right now.
The other question is about what rules they may have in place when it comes to pawning TV’s at their pawn shop.
The reason that you should know this is that some pawn shops have rules such as that the TV’s can only be less than 2 years old or that they won’t accept certain brand names, or that they have to have the stands and remotes.
You want to know all of these things up front to save yourself some time, energy and possibly a wasted trip.
Now that we have the groundwork established, let’s talk about how to get the most money for your TV at your local pawn shop. Honestly, these might seem like basics but a lot of people forget them or don’t realize that they should be doing them so pay attention, it can make all the difference in the world as to how much you are offered for your TV.
Have The Stand– The first big rule here is to be sure that you have the pedestal stand that came with the TV when you initially bought it. While yes, you might now have the TV hanging on your wall and it looks great and pawn shop is going to have to store the TV and that often means that they will need to stand to support it where ever it may be in their storage room.
It’s actually a pretty serious deal as a lot of pawn shops that I know of won’t take in the TV at all if you don’t have the stand – so be sure to bring it with you, along with the screws and a screwdriver so that you can put it together.
Have The Remote – People always forget remotes and I have no idea why. Make sure that you take the remote with you.
If possible, try to be sure that you take the ORIGINAL remote as the universal remotes normally will cause a pawn shop to offer you less for the TV than if you had had the original remote that initially came with the TV when you first bought it.
Also, make sure there are batteries in the remote so that the pawn shop can be sure that it works properly.
Clean It Up – Spend a minute and wipe the TV down. Remove any finger prints from the screen and any marks from around the edges.
Doing this will make the TV look as new as possible and probably help encourage the pawn shop to offer you more for it than if you had not.
Following these three simple rules will help makes sure that you get the most out of your TV when you put it on loan with your local pawn broker.
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.