Re: [CR]Pawn shop etiquette


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From: "J.Dunn" <bikehunter@icehouse.net>
To: "garth libre" <rabbitman@mindspring.com>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <002601c14661$11482f80$a4b256d1@Marta>
Subject: Re: [CR]Pawn shop etiquette
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 12:53:22 -0800


Remember, Garth. Considering the popularity of road bikes today, the pawn shop probably loaned the owner $20, so anything goes in the bargaining dept. Unless it's something you have to have, let it sit there a few weeks.

John Dunn in Boise


----- Original Message -----
From: garth libre
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 11:58 PM
Subject: [CR]Pawn shop etiquette


Yesterday I was passing by a pawn shop located in a baddish neighborhood. They had nothing that I was interested in, but because I have never purchased anything at a pawn shop, I would like to know the accepted etiquette on bargaining on possible future purchases. Can one just offer what they think an item is worth? Does the stated price reflect what the shop needs to get to pay off their investment? This shop gets a steady supply of modern and some older road bikes in stock, and on this particular day, they stated $280.00 for a Shimano edge equipped 1990 Trek steel lugged roadbike, $300 for a Shimano 105 - Trek aluminum framed wonder from about the same era, and $350 for a Specialized carbon fiber Allez from the late 80's. In my opinion, these items should bring about at least 33% less on each item. Now that I know that they get road bike discards, sooner or later something with a bit more pedigree should some in, and I want to be ready. Garth in sunny So. Florida