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How to get a pawn loan for fast cash 
Written by Gabriel S. on Oct. 19th 2018
Pawn Loans for Fast Cash

Valuable possessions can often be exchanged to acquire a pawn loan.
While pawn shops are a great place to sell your items for cash, they can also be a good way to get some quick extra cash through a loan. All you need is something valuable — such as a laptop or piece of jewelry — that can be used as collateral.

Although pawn loans can be quite costly, an upside is that they often don’t require a credit or background check.

What is a Pawn Loan Anyways?

A pawn loan is when you exchange something valuable as collateral to borrow money in return. Typically, loans will be in small amounts, such as $150 or less but the borrower must return the principal plus interest, which can be as low as 10% or even higher than 200%, depending on the location and each individual shop.

Your items will be safe while your loan is still active, but if you fail to repay the money in time, your items may be kept or sold. As for all loans, it is crucial that you know the due date and amount needed in total. As long as you’re able to repay the money in time for the due date, a pawn loan could be a quick way to get cash without worrying about messing up your credit.

Steps to Getting a Pawn Loan

Step 1: Pick and Take an Item to a Pawn Shop as Collateral
If you have something that’s worth a few hundred dollars, it is likely that a pawn shop will consider it. Ask for a quote and consider the amount the shop offers. The loan will be for a percentage of your item’s value, generally around 25% to 60% of resale value for it. It’s always a good idea to get many quotes from different places so you can consider and make a choice on the best price.

Step 2: Loan Terms and Ticket
Familiarize yourself with the loan terms. Terms can vary between 30 days to a few months and interest rates on your load will depend on state laws. Make sure to acknowledge these terms before agreeing and accepting your cash. You should receive a pawn ticket that will be needed to collect your items upon repayment which should also include any fees, the loan term, grace period and important dates. This ticket is very important so it is recommended to take a picture of it in case it is lost.

Step 3: Due Date
Once the due date finally comes around and you’ve successfully paid back your loan, you will get your item back. However, if there is an issue and you can’t repay it or have misplaced your ticket, the pawn shop is permitted to sell your item to collect on the loan you failed to pay.
What Can Be Pawned? 
Common items people pawn include: Jewelry, musical instruments, photography equipment, firearms, current electronics, and tools.

How Pawns Loans Differ from Payday Loans


Pros of Pawn Loans

They’re quicker. You don’t have to go through a lengthy process to get a pawn loan. Simply bring in your item and ask for a loan.
No credit checks. Since your item will be used as collateral for your loan, you will not be screened for credit.
In the case that you cannot pay back your loan in full, you can always surrender your item as repayment without leftover debt or any effect to your credit score.


The Cash for Gold System

It’s very likely that everyone has heard of Cash for Gold at least once, whether it be through adverts online or on TV. It is advertised everywhere on the internet and outside of the shops on the street as well. The Cash for Gold process is rather simple, but people should still be aware of the potential risks of selling your unwanted or overused jewelry.

The Cash for Gold Process

Step 1: Gather up old jewelry that you want to sell. Any rings, necklaces, bracelets and een broken pieces. Some non-jewelry items may also be accepted such as tooth fillings or old coins.
Step 2: Research the current market value prices. Gold and silver prices fluctuate daily, so you’ll need to keep yourself updated on the market and prices before you visit your local pawn shop to make sure you’re getting the most out of your items.
Step 3: Have your items assessed. If you have unbroken pieces or a nice set containing other valuable materials, such as pearls, gems or opals, visiting a jeweler and having them estimate how much your piece should go for may be worth your while in the long run. This way, you will be more well-informed and will have an expected price range to spot out low-ballers or cheaper prices.
Step 4: Now it’s time to visit a pawn shop in person or even seek out buyers online. However your options aren’t limited to these. Often times, payday loan and check-cashing services will offer cash for gold. Make sure to do your research before agreeing to sell anything.
Step 5: You finally got an offer! This price offer will be based on the bullion value and karat of your gold/silver. You may either accept the offer right away or ask for time to consider the amount. You can and should visit multiple pawn shops to compare offers for the best value.
Step 6: Once you find the offer you’re happiest with, it’s time to accept and agree to the quote. You can often get paid the same day and, depending on what you sell, you could be walking out of the pawn shop with a hefty amount in your wallet. 

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A Brief History of Sneakers
Written by Gabriel S. on Jul. 15th 2018
Sneakers have quite a history. In the late 1700s, there was a rubber-soled foot covering called plimsolls. These were a pretty early prototype of shoes though - they didn’t even have left and right sides. By the late 1800s, a company called the U.S. Rubber Company released a shoe with a more pleasant fit. The soles were still rubber, but the tops were made of canvas. They called these shoes Keds. Just a few years later, Keds began to be manufactured widely. The term sneakers came to be because they were so muted, that someone could sneak around.

The same year that Keds went into mass production, Marquis Converse manufactured the first basketball-specific shoe, naming it the Converse All-Stars. An Indiana basketball celebrity named Chuck Taylor soon personally endorsed the shoe, and people began referring to them as Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Until this day, these shoes hold the place of the best-selling basketball shoes.

Sneakers Went Worldwide
In 1924, sneakers began to be popular throughout the world. This is when Adi Dassler, a German, decided to start a brand that he named after himself. Thus, Adidas was born. The name became well recognized, soon becoming the favorite athletic shoe. Jessie Owens, an Olympic athlete, wore Adidas when he earned four gold medals in 1936. Puma was a brand that soon rose as well in the hands of Rudi, Adi’s brother.

Back in those days, athletic shoes were used for sports. In the past 60 or so years, though, it became a trend to simply wear them for fashion. After James Dean’s character in Rebel WIthout a Cause, it became even more widespread.

Expensive Updates
By the 1980s, Michael Jordan had pledged to endorse Nike’s Air Jordans. Now, nearly everyone recognizes Air Jordans, regardless of whether or not they are a sneakerhead. Though Jordan’s contract with Nike has long come to an end, these shoes remain best sellers. The competition among sneaker manufacturers has intensified, leading to each wanting to have something special. Some may completely redesign the sneaker, some may make it more comfortable, or even remove something, like shoelaces. Soon, sneakers for every purpose began hitting the market. Whether you play football, run, skateboard, or cross train - there is a sneaker for you.

There are constantly updates when it comes to sneaker technology. Some produce their sneakers with small pockets of air for more cushioning, or insert springs into the sole of the shoe to reduce the force that is exerted on your foot as you come down. Such great shoe technology is not without a price. These shoes can cost over a hundred bucks for a single pair!

At Sell Sneakers for Cash, we give you the option to get some $$$ for your old sneakers, get in touch or visit us in East Village, Manhattan today!
Why Chunky Sneakers are now so popular?
Written by Gabriel S. on Jul. 23rd 2018
The footwear trend over the past few years has moved from basketball shoes, to sleek runners, and now chunky sneakers. In the past, kids who wore chunky shoes to school may have been teased. What makes them so attractive now? Read on to find out.

Though it may seem like a recent trend, chunky sneakers have actually lowkey been a thing since the late 1990’s. There have been quite a few releases of chunky basketball sneakers. Particularly memorable were a couple Jordans and that iconic Nike Air Uptempo with massive soles and big tops. DC sneakers and other skate shoes were pretty widespread for quite some time as well.

The grunge look is coming back, and as ripped jeans and leather jackets make their entrance into our closets again, chunky shoes to as well. Low-top Vans made a comeback, and sleek Adidas runners took a backseat to be replaced with Stan Smith shoes.

The real marker of the chunky sneakers movement was the introduction of Kanye West’s Wave Runner 700, which sported exaggerated soles on big uppers as opposed to the slim upper that people had loved on the Yeezy 350. As Wave Runners became all the rage, other chunky shoes began to benefit. The oversized sneaker movement had begun. A similar effect was observed after West released the first Yeezy 350 V1 in a turtle dove color, which led to the Adidas NMD and Ultra Boost models rising in sales momentum.

As the more renowned sneakers sales grew, other similar models - the Nike Vapormax, for example - started to get their feet on the ground. Luxury brands started to watch and observe. The luxury sneakers movement of this era began when Balenciaga started promoting their Triple S model on places like Hypebeast and with influencers such as Luka Sabbat.

As Balenciaga’s sneaker popularity grew, other luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Dior followed their leads and soon announced their own chunky shoes. We can see here that high fashion does take cues from streetwear. In turn, the streets are beginning to acknowledge luxury sneakers being worn in a place that used to only see Jordans and Vans.

How to resell your Sneakers for Maximum Value
Written by Gabriel S. on Jul. 31st 2018
The community of sneakerheads is growing every day, and demand for pairs that are hard to find is growing. If you’ve got a couple pairs that you neither want to wear nor keep in your collection, you could make quite a fair amount reselling them. You may find it a good side hustle, or maybe even your main source of income! If you’d like to give it a shot, read on for some tips to maximize resale value of your shoes.

Understand what you’re selling
Before you can even set a price for your merchandise, you need to understand what you are trying to sell. Is it particularly difficult to find? Are there only a few pairs in the world? What colors are available? What size are they? Who designed them? These are all things that will impact the value of the shoe.

Understand sneaker resale value
The simple economical concept of supply and demand controls the value of your shoe. If there isn’t much demand, the resale value will be pretty low. If your sneakers are particularly hard to find and people are dying to get their hands on it, demand is high and thus resale price will be, too. Make sure you ensure you don’t overvalue or undervalue your shoes by studying the market.

Make sure your shoes are clean
People are concerned about the cleanliness of used shoes. It can significantly impact their market value. A dirty, scuffed up pair won’t be nearly as attractive as a clean one that looks like new. Give your shoes some loving and clean them up. Some materials may require different types of cleaning, so make sure you do some research on the best way to clean them.

Take beautiful pictures
People are highly influenced by what they see. If your pictures are of poor quality, people won’t be as likely to purchase your shoe. Take high quality pictures at different angles - the shoes from the top, sides, and bottom angles, and even the box and tags. Describe it well and point out any scuffs or defects. Keep it as professional as possible - don’t post a shot of them on your feet or holding it up in your hands. These small things could get you a higher resale price.

Wait for the right time
If you’ve gotten your hands on a newly-released pair, wait a bit before reselling them. There are lots of people you will be competing with. Instead, give it some time. After all the shoes of the same size are sold out on other resale sites, start to promote yours. You are more likely to get a higher resale price than you would have earlier. Popular shoes are definitely great for resale, but even if you haven’t got any, normal sneakers can earn you quite a bit as well.

Get passionate
Great salespeople are those who are passionate about what they are selling. To get the most out of your sneakers, you need to get involved. Follow other people who are passionate about sneakers and stay on top of trends. Upload photos, OOTDs, and other things about your own sneakers so people know that you’re passionate. You want to build a reputation of a sneakerhead, not some reseller that only cares about profit. People are much more willing to trust those that are passionate about the same things they are - in this case, sneakers.


3 Classic Sneakers That Everyone Should Have in Your Collection
Written by Gabriel S. on Aug. 5th 2018
In this day and age, the excitement and hype of a particular shoe can make it worth a lot more than the style, material, and other things about it. Sneaker enthusiasts have changed a lot since the first sneakerhead movement. Years ago, before we were all hyped for the new YEEZY, there were just a couple classics that were the cornerstones of a sneaker collection.

As you learn more about the history of sneakers and of each classic design, you will find yourself with a heightened admiration and respect for the progression of sneaker culture and those who enthuse in it.

If you want to start building your own sneaker collection, here are a few classics that you should definitely include:

Adidas Originals - Stan Smith
Anyone would recognize this shoe. It has an iconic design - white leather uppers, rubber insole, and green Adidas tab. Though many recognize it as the 1971 Stan Smith, it was actually originally released in 1963 in honor of Robert Haillet, a French tennis player. Later on, it was popularized when it was rebranded as the Stan Smith.

This sneaker is extremely popular, sported by people from David Beckham to the girl down the block. In 1998, the Stan Smith earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after 22 million pairs were sold. By 2016, the number had rocketed to 50 million. 

Though the history of this sneaker is fascinating, you don’t need to know all of the details to appreciate it. It can be appreciated simply as a beautiful sneaker that can be paired with a myriad of outfits. Trendsetters and anyone in the general public can agree that the shoe is a real classic. If you are worried about not being able to style sneakers, fear not - this one goes with everything.

Nike Air Max 1
The Nike Air Max 1 was introduced over 30 years ago. Tinker Hatfield, the designer, drew inspiration from the Centres George Pompidou in Paris. This complex building takes elements that are usually on the inside of a building and puts them outside. In the same way, Hatfield made the Air Max cushioning a major visual element. This element stayed constant in all the other Air Max renditions that came later.

Besides looking dope, the Air Max is also incredibly comfortable. The red-and-white classic is sure to draw eyes. This sneaker played a major part in bringing Nike to where it is today and making it one of the most recognized shoe brands in the world. 

Nike Flyknit Racer
Flyknit technology took more than ten years to develop, but finally in 2012, the Flyknit Racer was released. There were several other editions of the Flyknit released later on, but the Racer is still probably the most well-known. In the same year as it was released, the shoe was listed by the Time magazine as one of the best inventions in the world, along with inventions such as Google Glass.

This sneaker is available in a variety of colors, from “Oreo” to “Multicolor.” Beyond the aesthetic quality, however, the Flyknit is well-loved for its performance qualities. One of the reasons it was developed in the beginning was because many runners longed for a shoe that was like a sock - something they could run in to great effect without being distracted. The Racer met those needs perfectly. Trendsetters and Olympians alike can agree on one thing - Flyknit technology is truly something incredible.
How to Organize Your Sneakers
Written by Gabriel S. on Aug. 14th 2018
You may have had a pair or two of rare sneakers and think you’ve got your hobby under control. Before you know it, you’ve got a sneaker display case, special cleaners, and an area of your room dedicated to this very purpose. Your case is full and you’ve still got unopened boxes underneath your bed with shoes that you’re just itching to put on display. 

Between your mom’s scoldings that you really shouldn’t have bought so many and your non-sneakerhead best friend’s suggestion to throw some away, you may be wondering if you should get rid of just a few. Why throw out pieces of your prized collection when you could simply organize it? 

If you’re looking for a better way to keep track of your sneaker collection, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips on organizing them:

1 - Do what works for you
Getting your hands on a pair of retro Air Jordans is the easy part. It takes a lot more time to figure out how to keep track of all of them. There won’t be one method that works for everyone. Some people choose to wear their sneakers, while some choose to keep them safe and sound in their cases. Some have to make their collections fit in small apartments, while others have a designated sneaker room in their house. Rather than follow a method that won’t work for you, find one that suits your needs in terms of both usage and space.

2 - Categorize
Don’t bother putting the dirty generic pair of Converse you wear every day up on the shelf. It will always look worn, dirty, and stained next to your prized rare finds. Separate your everyday shoes from the ones that hold a special place in your heart. Give them both their own homes.

3 - Try vertical storage
You don’t want your prized shoes to be lost somewhere in a messy sneaker pile, do you? Give vertical storage a try. Not only will this save you floor space, but you’ll be able to admire them more easily, too. If you’re clenching your teeth at how much you think it’ll cost, at least do some research and look at your options - it probably doesn’t cost as much as you think it does.

4 - Use lasting containers
You may love it when a pair of sneakers arrives in a well-worn box, particularly if it houses a vintage pair that you have been looking for. If you really want them to last, however, take them out of those boxes and put them in storage containers. These will ensure that they are protected from dust, moisture, or any other number of things that they are vulnerable to in a normal box.

5 - Pick up some Zip-Loc
You may not like the idea of putting your favorite pair into a Zip-Loc bag like leftover Thanksgiving turkey. If you want to slow down the yellowing of the soles, however, you may want to give it a try. The oxygen in the air oxidizes the material, making them dingy over time. You can slow this down by keeping the air out. 

That being said, it isn’t good to permanently store them in plastic bags, either. Open them up and allow them to air out every few months so that the chemicals in the plastic don’t damage the shoe.

Though this method may result in a less aesthetic sneaker display, it’s a great way to increase the lifespan of your shoe and keep it in good quality. If you’re looking to keep a pair until it becomes a collector’s item, it really can’t hurt.
5 Things A Non-Sneakerhead Would Not Understand
Written by Gabriel S. on Aug. 21st 2018
Stamps are great and all, but they’re not as swanky as sneakers. You can’t match collecting cards to your outfit, either. No matter how cool sneaker collecting is, however, a lot of people still misunderstand sneakerheads, thinking that they simply have a very expensive, unhealthy obsession. To make things easier for those of us who are still adamantly going to love showcasing our favorite sneakers, here’s a list of things that non-sneakerheads don’t understand. Go ahead and send it to your closest non-sneakerhead friend!

We have a lot (A LOT) of sneakers
Most sneakerheads don’t just have three or four pairs of sneakers. It’s more common to have tens, hundreds, even thousands. Most people don’t understand this. You’ve only got two feet. How many shoes do you really need? Not to mention the space that you’ll need to store them. Well see, a lot of sneakerheads have entire rooms or areas dedicated to their collection. If they aren’t quite there yet, it’s probably a future goal. 

We’re willing to rough it to get our hands on a pair of sneakers
Ever seen those people camping out on the sidewalk to get their hands on the new iPhone? Yeah, we wouldn’t do that for a phone. But we’d do it for sneakers. Sometimes it isn’t just a night, either. It could be several days. All we need is a sleeping bag and some snacks. The reward of a special pair of shoes is worth it to us.

We sometimes name our shoes
Some people name their cars. Some name their guitars. Us? We name our shoes. It may be a perfectly non-cringey name, or it may be an extraordinarily nerdy one that would be painful to explain. We know the exact model and the exact year that shoe was released, of course, but we’re still going to address each pair endearingly because God knows how much effort we went through to get them.

We’re willing to drop ridiculous amounts of money on an old pair
A $4 boba tea may seem expensive to a sneakerhead, but a $1000 vintage Air Jordan may seem like an absolute steal. Honestly, we probably aren’t going to wear them. Why would we want to get them cracked or dirty? No, no. These are for showcasing. You may think it’s crazy, and trust us, sometimes we think so too. That’s not going to stop us from frequently checking the resellers, though.

We don’t mind wearing sneakers to literally any event
Yes, that includes our wedding. Mom may be slightly irate about it, but it isn’t her life. Consider yourself lucky if you’re getting hitched with someone who loves and even appreciates your secrets, quirks, and most of all, your sneaker obsession. Let’s be real - who’s even going to remember you wore sneakers on your big night? It’s your night - you do you.
6 Things To Think About Before Purchasing Your Next Pair of Basketball Sneakers
Written by Gabriel S. on Aug. 28th 2018
Picking out a new pair of basketball shoes is progressively becoming more complicated. Technology in the industry is more advanced than ever, and shoe manufacturers are continuously releasing new models. Having to consider so many factors and look at all your options can result in a pretty confusing experience. This guide will simplify your shoe shopping experience so that you can filter through all the pairs you don’t need and zone in on that one perfect pair.

STYLE
When it comes to functionality, style is the last thing you should think about. However, the fact is this is going to be one of the major deciding factors for you. That also means that if you choose based on this factor and this factor only, you may very well end up with an ill-fitting pair that will look incredible but won’t help your game. Consider style, but don’t let the bright advertisements, endorsements, and incredible look be the only reason you buy the shoe.

DURABILITY
This is definitely an important one. You want a shoe that lasts, not something that wears out within a few wears. The era of the lightweight shoe is here, and it is because of this reason that you may find it a little hard to find something sturdy and durable. However, it’s possible, and the following factor will help you determine whether a shoe will last or not.

MATERIALS
The biggest thing that impacts a shoe’s durability is its materials. A plastic-based synthetic will probably last a lot longer and take a lot more damage, but raw materials will give you that comfortable, luxe feeling. There are lots of material options out there, so the choice is yours.

FIT
The fit of the shoe is another major consideration. The more recent sneakers are often made to be narrow, which can work for someone with average or narrow feet, but won’t be comfortable for anyone with wider feet. This is where those plastic-based synthetics can become a world of hurt. Sometimes you can solve the problem by just going up a size, but that may affect the rest of your fit. If you’ve got wider feet, you may want to opt for a raw material, as it will have more give in the sides and stretch to fit your feet in time.

OUTSOLE
It isn’t that difficult to find a sneaker that will help you get some traction, but a sneaker that will let you play on a range of different surfaces may be more challenging. Many performance models were built with formal basketball courts in mind, but back in the day, basketball shoes were made to work in a bunch of different places. Take some time to assess the outsole’s thickness, softness, and pattern before you make your decision. Soft rubber usually means that the shoe is meant for indoor use, but reinforced or strong rubber can work on concrete and other surfaces.

CUSHIONS
The last and equally as important consideration you should keep in mind as you look for a basketball shoe is the cushions. Most basketball shoes in the market have integrated modern technology in one way or another, and there are quite a few choices of different cushions. We recommend either foam cushions or air-based cushions.

What makes these two different is responsiveness. Air-based cushions typically give a little bit of your energy back. Foam cushions may be just as responsive in the beginning, but they will not retain that bounce.

It really depends how often you get a new pair. If you are investing in a pair to use for a year or more, opt for air-cushions. If you cop a new pair every few months, a foam cushion will do just fine.
5 Sneaker Trends This Fall
Written by Gabriel S. on Sep. 3rd 2018
Get to know any fashion enthusiast and you’re sure to find out that their favorite time of year is the time between each season when they can refresh their wardrobes based on the new trends. It’s the time of the year when these trendsetters keep an eye on the trends and start shopping for the items they plan to add to their closet when the season rolls around. Ever feel the need to refresh your wardrobe? Season change is the perfect time for you to figure out what you need to spice up your outfits. There are so many fashion trends we could discuss, but today, we’ll focus on one: sneakers. 

When it comes to shoes, consumer preferences and tastes have evolved to settle on one theme: comfort. This means that sneakers are becoming increasingly popular, and styles that we thought were laughable soon became significant trends. What sneaker trends will be settling in this fall? New-age sneakers, that’s what.

Let’s take a look at a few new-age sneaker trends so you can figure out which sneaker you should bring in to spice up your wardrobe this fall!

Sneakers with logos
This coming season, trendsetters want people to know exactly which designer made their shoe. All you’ve got to do is take one glance at the large logos splashed across the leather, the laces, or even the soles.

Sock sneakers
This isn’t a new trend. Rather, it is reemerging. This sneaker is comfortable and easy to wear. It molds seamlessly to your feet and can be paired with a surprising number of outfits, be it tailored garments or slouchy sweatpants. You can’t go wrong!

Laceless sneakers
Laceless sneakers are not quite sock sneakers. Rather, they can be compared to really luxurious slip-ons. Thanks to technology and the fact that we’re honestly still watch Back to the Future at least once every year, laceless sneaks are becoming a hit. Everyone from local designers to high-fashion brands are coming up with new laceless sneakers this season.

Versatile fashionable sneakers
Are you the person who wears sneakers with literally everything? This trend’s for you. Versatile sneakers are there whether you’re running errands around town in workout gear or heading out for drinks in a little black dress. Comfort over everything, right?

Embellished sneakers
If you’ve been waiting for the glitzy glamour trend to come back, you’re in luck! It’s finally here! Get these classically styled sneakers with some embellishments to add a bit of personality to your outfits.

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