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  • About Pawn Shop Loans and How They Can Help You Get Back on Your Feet

    Last updated on 14 April 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    When money is tight, your local pawnshop provides the ideal location in which to get a loan that can help you get back on your feet. Keep reading to learn more about these loans and how they can help you:

    No Need for a Credit Check

    Unlike bank loans, the pawnshop can give you the money you need without delving into your credit history. If you have a less-than-stellar credit score, you can still get the money that you need. The pawnshop will not check your credit before giving you the loan that you need.

    The Convenience of Short Term Loans

    When you need money quickly, you should not have to get stuck with a long term loan that you have to pay back for years after you get it. The pawnshop offers short term loans that get you the money you need quickly. Best of all, these shot term loans give you the opportunity to repay what you owe quickly.

    Flexible Payment Options

    Whether you want to pay off your loan early or extend the terms of the loan, you can. Pawnshop loans give you the flexibility to pay back what you owe in a way that is convenient to you. As soon as you pay off the loan, you can redeem the item that you pawned to get it. You can even re-pawn the same item or a different one if you need another loan at a later date.

    Come to Gem Pawnbrokers to get the short term loan that you need to improve your current financial situation. We pawn and buy watches, jewelry, gold, electronics, and musical instruments. With a strong reputation throughout the community, we give you the confidence that you are getting the service you deserve. To learn more about our loans, visit us online or call (718) 502-8053. 

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  • Understanding How Pawn Shops Set Resale Value

    Last updated on 10 April 2014 @ 3:41 pm


    Pawnshops try to run a business that gives the community access to helpful buying and selling services. They prefer to buy quality items that hold a high resale value so they can present a strong inventory to their customers.

    From jewelry to high-end electronics, the pawnshop works hard to ensure that they buy and sell quality merchandise. Check out this video to learn more about the process.

    Gem Pawnbrokers is proud to have such a strong reputation among the community. We offer jewelry and watch buying and selling services. We also buy gold and instruments. Call (718) 502-8053 to learn more about our services

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  • How to Pick the Best Amp for Your Guitar

    Last updated on 4 April 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    Whether you have just started to play the guitar or you’ve been shredding for many years, the right amp can make all the difference when you plug in to play. An electric guitar needs to be amplified in order to be heard, and will sound considerably different depending on what amp you use. Pawn shops can be great places to look for amps, as you can sometimes find rare or vintage models you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Keep reading to learn how to pick the best amp for your guitar.

    Your Needs

    A beginning guitar player will most likely have different needs than a professional gigging musician. If you are just starting out and you want to play at home, a smaller practice amp will suffice. Many practice amps have headphone jacks so you can play all you want without worrying about waking up the neighbors. If you play out in live bands, you’ll need a more powerful amplifier that can handle being toted from show to show. More advanced players may choose between a combo amp, which contains the amplifier and speakers in one unit, or a head/cab stack, which can get considerably louder depending on the specs.

    Tube vs. Solid State

    The age-old debate of tube versus solid state amps continues today, with different players swearing by both of these options. Solid state amplifiers tend to be less expensive, and are often found as beginner or practice models. Tube amplifiers usually cost a bit more, but create a warm, rich, rounded tone with a natural overdrive that can be worth the extra cost.

    On-Board Effects

    Many amplifiers come with built-in effects such as reverb, tremolo, and chorus. If you prefer to use pedals to create your signature tone, these effects are not as important to have. However, if you’re just starting out, it can be fun to have an amp with a few effects built in to play around with.

    Gem Pawnbrokers has over 20 locations in the greater New York City area to serve you. You’ll find watches, jewelry, instruments, and maybe even that vintage amplifier you’ve been looking for. Call us at (718) 502-8053 if you have any questions. 

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  • 7/1/11 on Customer Survey

    New Gem Pawnbrokers Review! (Queens Sutphin Blvd. Location)

    I like the customer service and the respect I get from the workers here.

    Marian H.

  • 6/29/11 on Customer Survey

    New Gem Pawnbrokers Review! (Queens Sutphin Blvd. Location)

    I like that they work with me when I need money.

    Suzette S.

  • 10/12/11 on Facebook

    A Great Customer Testimonial! Thanks Elle!

    GEM Pawnbrokers has blown me away in exceeding expectations as a loyal customer. Never in all my years of business have i ever had the pleasure of actually having a business contact me personally to inform me that i have been mistakenly overcharged and immediately take action to rectify the situation. I have no personal affiliation with Gems i am just a regular customer and have been for years, i wish more businesses had your ethics then maybe corporate greed would not exist…#onehappyclient