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A few decades ago, the idea that people could sell or buy things online was a novel idea. The digital world and the level of inter connectivity that the internet has provided in this short space amount of time is astounding. Even industries and businesses that could not imagine themselves existing in cyberspace are finding themselves adopting the digital platform more and more. It is no different with pawn broking. The internet has definitely changed the world. Things like online shopping, paying bills, studying and a whole lot of other things can now be done digitally.
Traditionally, pawning required face to face interaction. You had to bring your valuable items to a pawnbroker, he would inspect it make an offer. You would haggle over the price and then come to an agreement. Money would exchange hands and you would leave with cash in hand and a note that says your items would be kept safe until you repay the money the pawnbroker loaned you. A lot has changed. Online pawning allows you to list your items online and go through different offers until you get the amount you want. It is convenient in that you don’t have to go from one pawnshop to another haggling with different pawn brokers about price.
Pawnbrokers Melbourne have had to embrace the online world in order to compete. This is because people have become accustomed to buying things online. It has become too much of a hassle to walk around looking for the best price as a seller or a bargain as a buyer. Most pawnbrokers have shifted their brick-and-mortar model to incorporate online market places. They are also becoming more active on social media platforms using this medium to engage with current and potential customers.
Trend watchers reckon that those who have digitized have seen anincrease in their businesses. Besides using their own websites to sell goods, pawnbrokers are also using online auction sites like eBay. The same analysts have noted that pawnbrokers are doing less business on the loan front than they are on the buying and selling of goods.
The business of pawnshops is to provide non-recourse loans to customers who can offer valuable items as collateral, however this service seems to be on the decline. The reason might have something to do with the decrease in the number people actually owning things with intrinsic value like gold jewellery. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that fewer people actually buy gold jewellery or that a lot of people who had gold jewellery to offer up, sold most of it at the height of the cash-for-gold era or people stopped buying gold pieces with dependable resale value.These days pawnbrokers seem to be making more off the stuff they buy than from loans. Typical loans that pawnbrokers Melbournerange from anywhere from $200 – $50,000 and most loans are redeemed within 30 days. However, larger loans are still down in store.
The digitization of the pawn industry is not to be feared, but embraced and as things stand. The future of pawn broking looks bright.