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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000411.txt from 1997/09

From: Jim Lytthans <>
Subj: Pawn shop prices
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 23:11:56 -0400

Mat Coill mused:
<I was curious what the prices are like in pawn shops?>


The shops in the Southern California area tend to be rather high in
price, but they will deal. I guess a shrewd owner knows his prices,
just to stay in business. The last instriment I purchased at a pawn
shop in Anaheim was a nice Sterling Gemeinhardt low B flute, closed
hole. The owner wanted nearly $300 for it, but after about 20 minutes
of playing it, and complaining about "the leaks and bad pads" (there
weren't any), I bought it for $225. So it does pay to haggle.
Generally I find that pawns tend to set their prices at about 40-50% of
a new horn. California is rich in pawn shops, because we are so

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