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Wednesday, May 13 2020
How to Tell If Your Diamond Is Real or Fake

Diamonds are beautiful and valuable — making them the perfect target for people who want to make fakes for profit.

Fortunately, there are some tests you can run to see if a diamond is real or fake. They can be done at home and cost you a few bucks at most.

None of these tests are conclusive, but failing several of these tests is a strong indicator that you should get a diamond test kit or bring the piece to a gemologist to learn the truth.

The Loupe Test

A loupe is a magnifying glass used by jewelers to see the fine details of jewelry. Since diamonds form in nature, there are bound to be imperfections. A perfect diamond is likely fake.

This isn’t always the case, though — you may stumble across a real, perfect diamond. Lab-created diamonds are also generally flawless, yet they’re real.

However, the loupe test can still indicate that further inspection is required.

The Black Light Test

Another initial screening test you can run is the black light test. Turn off all the lights and shine a black light on your diamond. You should see a bluish fluorescence. Green, yellow, and other colors could indicate a fake.

The Heat Test

Diamonds are incredibly strong. High heat will not damage them.

To perform the heat test, fill a glass with cold water. Using plyers or fireproof gloves, heat your diamond with a lighter for about a minute, then promptly drop your stone into cold water. A fake diamond will shatter, as its components will not be able to stand the rapid expansion and contraction of heat.

The Water Test

If the heating element of the heat test makes you uncomfortable, you can still use the other half of the test to determine if your diamond is real. When dropped in water, a diamond’s high density will cause it to sink to the bottom.

If your diamond floats, however, then it isn’t a diamond at all.

The Fog Test

The fog test uses condensation to determine diamond authenticity. Condensation doesn’t stick to the surface of a real diamond.

All you have to do is hold the diamond in front of your mouth and breathe on it as if you were trying to fog up a mirror. If the condensation immediately disperses, the diamond is real. If not, it’s fake.

The Sandpaper Test

Again, diamonds are made of tough material. It’s quite hard to scratch them.

Scratch the stone in question with sandpaper. Scratches indicate your diamond is actually something else, whereas no damage indicates authenticity.

Did your diamond pass this battery of tests? You can fetch a pretty penny by pawning it. If you’re looking for a pawn shop in Philadelphia, stop by Cash Express. We love diamonds and jewelry here — we’ll get you a fair price for your piece and have the money in your hands the same day.

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Monday, March 23 2020
Is There Any Value in Sports Collectibles?

Is There Any Value in Sports Collectibles?

Have you ever dug through your attic and found some old baseball cards? Or perhaps you have an autographed football with a famous name on it. Whatever sports collectibles you have, it probably occurred to you that you can sell it for a nice pay day. But can you? Do your sports collectibles have any value? And if so, how much money could you get for yours?

Let’s look at some factors that can determine how valuable your collectible is.

Authentication

Authentication is the only way to get a concrete value of your sports collectible. Without authentication, your collectible is only worth as much as someone will pay for it.

If someone authenticates your collectible, it’s value can increase dramatically — sometimes by hundreds of dollars.

To get your collectible authenticated, you’ll have to contact a third-party authenticator. You may have to pay a fee as well — but if you plan on selling your collectible, a small fee will be worth the hundreds extra that you bring in.

Player Skill

Players that are/were objectively better the their sport will naturally bring a higher price — partially because of their skill, but also because they don’t give out their signature that often.

Take Tom Brady, for example. Sure, he’s good at what he does. However, he also doesn’t sign things that often, making his signature even more valuable.

Player Popularity

Player skill matters in determining value, but so does player popularity.

For example, Michael Jordan’s signature will be worth more than most other basketball players in history partly because of his huge popularity. He was also great at the game, of course, which makes his signature worth even more.

It isn’t likely for a Michael Jordan signature to fluctuate in value, but value fluctuations in value are definitely possible for memorabilia from other players.

Take Jeremy Lin, for example. He was killing it on the New York Knicks. During that time, his signature was worth a pretty penny.

But now that he’s not in the spotlight, fewer people value his signature, making it worth less than what it used to be.

The Item Itself

Last but certainly not least, the signed item itself can play a significant part in its value. A good example would be footballs. A football used in a Super Bowl game would be worth a lot more than a football used in a regular season game.

This also plays off of the player in question. For example, a signed Kobe Bryant jersey would be worth a lot more than a signed Kobe Bryant picture.

In fact, jerseys (along with helmets) are some of the most valuable items — they did belong to the player, after all.

If you have any sports collectibles that you have laying around that you want to sell for quick cash or want to pawn, come to Cash Express and get the cash you deserve! We specialize in a variety of goods such as antiques, gold, watches, jewelry, coins and more. Check us out online!

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Thursday, March 12 2020
Do Silver-Plated Antiques Have Any Value?

Do Silver-Plated Antiques Have Any Value?

Have you ever wonderd why your fork, spoon, and knife are called “silverware”? Believe it or not, cutlery items and dishware used to be made of silver quite often, which is where the name came from. The silver was used by ancient societies as it killed microorganisms that could cause sickness.

Today, we call everything silverware. However, it’s commonly made with stainless steel to make it more affordable. But you may have old, true “silverware” and other silver-plated antiques. The question is, do they have any value? And if so, how much can you get for them?

Let’s explore this more below.

Sterling Vs. Silver-Plated

You may be excited to learn that your stainless steel cutlery is coated in silver. You could make a killing at a pawn shop!

Well, not exactly.

As it turns out, silver-plated items don’t have much value. That’s not to say they are worthless, but there simply is not enough silver in the items for them to have value when melted down.

The true value comes in items that are sterling silver. Sterling silver items are made with at least 92.5% silver. The other 7.5% comes from various other metals — copper being an example.

You can sell sterling silverware at several types of locations.

  • Private sales — Private parties take the most time and effort, but you can net the most money. You’ll have to advertise your piece online or through newspaper ads. You could also try an auction, but you have to set a reserve price, and the auction company may take commission.

  • Silver dealers — Silver dealers are a faster method than private sales, but the earnings aren’t as high. Silver dealers either pay by the number of pieces you have or they pay by the ounce.

  • Pawn shops — Pawn shops like Cash Express love to see sterling silverware. You’ll be able to sell your silverware quite fast at a pawn shop while still getting a good chunk of change, although you won’t make as much as if you sold your silver another way.

Of course, it’s less likely that you’ll have sterling silverware in your possession. It’s worth a look, though.

Is It Still Possible to Sell My Silver-Plated Antiques?

Yes, it’s still possible, although you won’t be able to make as much money.

Most pawn shops typically won’t take silver-plated flatware, but don’t count them out — some flatware patterns have followings, so people may be looking for the specific pattern you have.

Silver dealers may be a better option for selling your silver-plated antiques.

Sell or Pawn Your Silver Items

If you have a true silver item, you can sell or pawn it at Cash Express if you want some extra money. We love precious metals!

Bring your items in — we’ll get you a fair price on your item and have you out with the money in your hand the same day.

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Thursday, February 20 2020
Top 10 Most Valuable Antiques You Could Find

We don’t often think about the value of random thing we have in stuffed away in boxes. However, tons of old items — including things you might own — could be worth a hundreds or even thousands if you bring them to the right place.

Here are some of the most valuable antiques you might find.

1. Paintings

You might not have the Mona Lisa, but you never know if you have a valuable painting in your possession. Some people have said that they lived by painters who gifted them a piece of artwork that later became valuable when the painter struck fame. Worth looking into if you have any paintings.

2. Guitars

Guitars are not only musical instruments, but some consider them pieces of art. They don’t have to be antique, either. Guitars in good condition — even those from the 60’s and 70’s — can be worth a lot.

3. Tools

Head over to your shed or workbench and take a look at your tools. See anything that’s quite old? Older tools can be worth a lot, but you’ll want to check out a price guide to get a more accurate estimate of their value.

If you find anything valuable, you could sell it and have enough money to buy a brand new tool set.

4. Persian Rugs

Persian rugs take a long time to appreciate in value, but the wait is worth it if it’s been in your possession for decades. Rugs over 100 years old are considered antiques. Price is determined by factors such as size, material, and design.

5. Books

Did your grandparents or great grandparents buy a well-known book when it came out decades ago? First edition books from the 1930s - 1950s (and before) can be worth thousands of dollars.

6. Baseball Cards

In general, baseball cards increase in value as they get older. That being said, there are several other aspects that play into the card’s value. If you have baseball cards, consider getting them appraised.

7. Lamps

If you’ve inherited an old lamp that just doesn’t seem to fit your current decor, don’t fret — depending on brand, an old lamp could earn you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars. Brands like Handel and Pairpoint will net you a pretty penny.

8. Christmas Ornaments

New Christmas ornaments are a dime a dozen, but older Christmas ornaments passed down through generations could be worth a lot. A single ornament could be worth several hundred dollars; not bad for a little orb you hang on a tree once a year.

9. Silverware

Believe it or not, old sterling silverware can net you a good amount of cash. Individual pieces can fetch you a few hundred — but if you have a whole set, that’s potentially a couple thousand dollars.

10. Vintage Ads

Vintage-style ads add a touch of fashion to your home when placed well. However, real vintage ads may be worth selling instead. Even ads for the most mundane items could fetch your hundreds.

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Monday, January 20 2020
Should I Pawn or Sell My Items?

Should I Pawn or Sell My Items?

When you’re looking for some fast cash, a pawn shop like Cash Express should be at the front of your mind. At pawn shops, you can quickly sell your items for cash or pawn them for a loan.

But you might be wondering: which one is better? Should you pawn your items for a loan, or sell them outright?

The answer depends on a few factors.

Before we get to which avenue works best for you, let’s distinguish pawning from selling.

What is Pawning?

Pawning is the act of taking out a loan from a pawn shop using one of your possessions as collateral. The pawnbroker evaluates your item and extends you a loan based on what they determine to be the item’s worth.

The pawnbroker then holds onto your item until you pay back the loan principal plus interest and fees. If you don’t pay the loan back, the pawnbroker takes possession of your item.

What is Selling?

Selling at a pawn shop is simpler. You bring in your item, then negotiate with the pawnbroker until you agree on a price. Once you hand off the item to the pawnbroker, you get your cash and have no further obligations to the shop.

Pawning vs. Selling

Consider the following factors when you’re deciding between pawning and selling your item.

Sentimental Value

Does the item you plan on using to get cash hold sentimental value? For example, is it a family heirloom? You’d want to pawn it so you can get it back.

If the item isn’t something of sentimental value, say an old computer, then selling it would make more sense.

Items Potential to Gain Value

You should also consider if the item you’re using for cash will increase in value. For example, let’s say you have a nice watch with no sentimental value to you, but it might increase in value in the future.

In this case, pawning is the better option. You can use the watch several times to get loans when you need them; plus, as the item becomes more valuable, your loan potential increases.

But again, if the item is something that won’t be worth much in the future (such as old electronics), selling it will maximize the cash you earn.

Will Pawning or Selling Get You More Money?

Pawning an item gets you more money. See, pawn loans are less risky to pawnbrokers because they have a chance of getting their money back plus additional interest and fees.

In other words, there’s less of a chance that the pawnbroker will have to find a buyer for your item.

Once again, this makes pawning a better method for your more valuable items (watches, jewelry), as you’ll get quite a lot of cash.

But if you’re looking more to declutter your home and get some quick cash, selling would be the better route.

Whether you need an easy loan or some quick cash, Cash Express wants your items! Bring your items into our shop and we’ll get you the cash you need fast.

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Monday, January 14 2019
How to Get the Most for Your Gold at a Pawn Shop

    Have you ever wondered about the process pawn shops use to determine how much they pay out for gold? It’s not a whimsical decision process. In fact, a good pawn shop owner is well-informed about how much gold is worth and he or she knows how much the pay-out should be, too. At Cash Express, we want all of our customers to feel informed about the gold-buying process so we work hard to deliver excellent results.

    To get the most for your gold at pawn shop, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. First off, anyone looking to sell their gold should be sure to take it to a reputable pawn shop like Cash Express. When you deal with experienced gold buyers like the ones at Cash Express, you eliminate any uncertainty about your transaction. Our buyers will always work to assure you receive the highest possible price for your gold. 

    Gold is assessed for its purity before any sale is ever made. This is how buyers determine its value. Gold can range anywhere from 8 karats to 24 karats and a professional gold buyer will be able to identify exactly what your gold is. Regardless of purity level, the buyers at Cash Express will always ensure you receive top dollar for the gold you aim to sell.

    Looking for immediate cash? The gold buyers at Cash Express will always try to make you an offer on the spot. If you’d prefer having more time to think about the offer, then that’s fine, too. A good pawn shop only employs people who know how to make their customers feel welcome and informed, not pressured. 

    If you have gold that you want assessed, then stop in to Cash Express and let one of our talented associates help you make an informed selling decision. We will always provide you with the most accurate information so you can walk away a satisfied customer. 
    
    

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Thursday, July 27 2017
Philadelphia's Center City Pawn Shop

Are you looking to get rid of a few pieces of unwanted jewelry?  Maybe you want to sell some gold that has been sitting in a drawer upstairs, collecting dust.  At Cash express of Philadelphia, we help each person who comes through our door, and we love to offer helpful suggestions about buying and selling gold or unwanted jewelry.  When it comes to pawn shops, we are truly the leader in Philadelphia.

Not everyone has stepped inside a pawn shop, and at Cash Express we go above and beyond client expectations to ensure that each person leaves satisfied with his or her visit. Gone are the days where people crouched inside dingy warehouses, peddling their wares under cover of darkness.  The pawn shops of bygone days are nothing compared to the updated, professional looking pawn shops of today.  At Cash Express, we bring pawn shops to a whole new level and we work hard to guarantee that each one of our customers finds something of value inside our store. 

Cash Express offers something for everyone.  If you are looking to buy a unique piece of jewelry or if you’re hoping to see a piece of your own, Cash Express can help you with your needs.  We are conveniently located right in the heart of Philadelphia, and we accept a wide range of items from our customers.  When it comes to providing people with a huge variety of highly sought-after merchandise, Cash Express really can’t be beat. We have a great location, as well as qualified appraisers who know exactly how to price and sell your unwanted pieces.

The next time you need to find a particular piece of jewelry or need to sell an unwanted item, simply stop in to Cash Express and find out what we can do to help.  Each one of our store associates takes pride in offering assistance when it comes to buying and selling gold or jewelry.  We do whatever we can to help each one of our customers walk away satisfied with their visit.  If you have any questions about how to buy or sell your gold or jewelry, then Cash Express can help get you going.  Stop in soon and find out what our pawn shop can do for you.  We have a great location with flexible hours of operation, so the next time you find yourself looking for a pawn shop in Philadelphia, simply stop in and pay us a visit.  Cash Express is the pawn shop leader for Philadelphia and beyond.

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Thursday, April 20 2017
Electronics for Less - Pawn Shop Philadelphia, PA

    When it comes to buying used electronics, people have a lot of options.  Nowadays, Ebay and Amazon are both convenient choices for many consumers.  However, while these might be good ideas when you’re in a real pinch, it’s always a great option to look at electronics with your own eyes.  This is when Cash Express of Philadelphia steps in as the leader in both buying and selling used and almost new electronics. Why not stop over to our store and find out what we’ve got? 

   There’s nothing like standing right in front of a shelf loaded up with electronics and choosing exactly what you want.  You can spend as much time as you want browsing, and you don’t have to worry about purchasing something that doesn’t suit your needs.  Why worry about return shipping issues when you can just buy right the first time from a brick and mortar shop?  At Cash Express, we bring the real-time buying experience to new heights with our jam-packed shelves of electronics for all ages.  You’re sure to find exactly what you want in our store, and if for some reason you don’t see what you need on first glance, we will be more than happy to give you a call if we get something in stock.

Buying electronics can be a fun but challenging experience, especially if you aren’t used to buying them.  The store associates at Cash Express will always take the time that’s needed to help you choose exactly what you came in for, whether it’s a television set, a computer or even a set of speakers.  We love to help our customers find good deals, and everyone knows that it feels great to score a real bargain.  Our shop is located right in Philadelphia, so we offer convenient access for a variety of locales.  

    The next time you need to find a specific item and you don’t want to pay department store prices, stop in to Cash Express and find out why we’re leaders in the pawn shop industry.  We always go above and beyond to see that our customers are highly satisfied with their shopping experience.  If you don’t know much about electronics but have something specific in mind, we can help you get exactly what you need.  If you’re shopping around for electronics and you don’t want to pay exorbitant prices, stop in to see what we can do.  You’re sure to find something that you like.

 

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Thursday, April 13 2017
We Buy Gold - Cash Express Philadelphia

    Are you looking to get some cash for your gold?  Maybe you’ve got a few pieces of jewelry in your home that are collecting dust, or maybe you have a few gold coins that you just aren’t sure what to do with.  At Cash Express of Philadelphia, we always help our customers find a useful method for trading in their unused gold items.  If you’re cleaning out your jewelry box and you aren’t sure what to do with those unwanted gold pieces, then stop in to Cash Express and we’ll take them off your hands.

    At Cash Express, we always work to satisfy our customers.  We get a wide range of shoppers and we always go out of our way to make sure that each person who steps foot in our shop receives a unique and memorable experience.  Sometimes you might want to buy, and other times you might want to sell.  We know that people come to our store for a variety of reasons, so we do whatever we can to make sure that they leave satisfied.  

    If you’ve got a pile of gold sitting in your house that you want to trade in for cash, stop by Cash Express and we’ll see what we can do to strike a bargain.  There’s never any reason to feel like you have to keep a bunch of gold in your house that won’t get used any more.  Why not bring it in to Cash express and find out what we can to help?  We always try to make sure that you leave a happy customer.  If you have questions, we’ll do whatever we can to get them answered.

    When it comes to buying gold, the associates at Cash Express know exactly what to do.  We buy and sell a variety of gold and jewelry every day, so we’re current on the market trends and we know how much money your gold is worth.  It can be confusing trying to decide where to take your unwanted gold, but if you stop in to Cash Express, we’ll walk you through the entire process so that you leave feeling confident and secure in your decision.  The next time you find yourself with a bunch of unwanted gold, bring it in to Cash Express and we’ll do what we can to make a fair deal.  We rely on customer satisfaction, so we’ll always do what we can to help you out when you need it.

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