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Pawn Shops Improve Lives

By a show of hands – how many of you got into the pawn business so you could help people? How many wanted to be the sole salvation for some families in a time of crisis?  Instead of making money, who of you wanted to make a difference instead?  I would suggest that very few (if any) of us got our start with such philanthropic motives in mind.  Truthfully, we all had large profits and multiple locations in our dreams, but a funny thing happened during the journey -  we learned that pawn shops make a difference in our customers' lives.

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Holiday Season?

Each year pawn shops can expect a spike in sales from Thanksgiving Day and throughout the Christmas season. This is a special time of year indeed, as item and jewelry sales spike on any given day as bargain hunters are out to fulfill their holiday obligations. Are you okay with the status quo or are you looking at last years’ numbers and trying to blow the doors off of them? This is a unique time of year to pull out all the stops; the choice is yours. Shops can generally see upwards of 30% of their total annual sales revenue during the holiday season each year. Do you have the data points available to you to capitalize on this unique opportunity that you have in front of you? Here are a few things to think about as you ramp up for this holiday season.

Fear About Gun Legislation Pushed Firearm Sales To Record High Last Month

With all the unfortunate school shootings and other events that have prompted congress to push stronger legislation on gun control, this article shows how that has created a huge spike in firearm sales in the last few months. For those of you who sell guns at your stores, have you seen a spike in sales as a result of articles like this and other things you have been hearing on the news? PawnMaster pawn software does a great job of helping you stay compliant with our gun log and police reporting functionality. If you would like to know more about how we can help your store call us now 888-949-7296 or leave us a comment below. We would love to hear your comments or concerns.

***New Hardware Overview Video for PawnMaster

This video will help you understand the importance of purchasing hardware through Data Age instead of with a 3rd party vendor. Visit us online at http://www.pawnmaster.com for more information or to request a demo of our pawn management software. Don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel so you can stay up to date as we roll out new videos.

Pawnbrokers, Image is Everything!

Pawnbrokers, we know you have heard the phrase "Image is Everything". We have visited pawn shops all over North America and the Caribbean. We have seen some of the worst and best shops in the business and the ones that stand out the most are the ones that are clean, well lit and make people feel safe to conduct business in. As Data Age / PawnMaster gets ready to turn 25 years old, we know as the industry leader, our image is constantly being watched by our competitors so we work extra hard to ensure we keep it positive. A key part of building your brand is promoting a polished and consistent image. Your image is reflected in everything that represents your business – logo, business card, packaging, tag-line, etc. To make a lasting impression, be sure every aspect of your marketing strategy mirrors that image in design, color and overall appearance.

PawnMaster is the best employee you will ever hire!

Everyday we face challenges, whether they are training new employees, managing inventory, or unplanned circumstances. When life throws you a curve ball wouldn't it be nice to know that you have the tools and resources available in your pawn shop software to handle life's daily challenges? PawnMaster is the best employee you will ever hire! PawnMaster is the most robust pawnbroker software on the market with 25 years of industry knowledge and input from pawnbrokers all over the world just like you.

If you have a new employee who is new to the industry and not sure what to offer on various items, the internal price guide will take the guess work out by showing you a high, low and median price over the course of a date range as well as how many are in inventory. Isn't it nice to know that your pawn management software has your back when sometimes aren't sure if the people who work for you do?

Our price guide will help ensure you are only lending money on items you can turn and won't just end up sitting on your shelves along with the other 20 similar items. If you are in the market for a change or exploring what software is right for your company, we encourage you to speak with one of our industry specialists today 888-949-7296.

City Council Is Requiring Pawn Shops to Keep Computer Records...

In one town in Kentucky, city council wants all pawn shops to keep computer records of how they got the items in their stores in an effort to reduce crime.

Police ask, PawnMaster delivers!

When the Police say they want help collecting more information most Pawnbrokers feel this is going to be more of a chore and take more time. Some would agree, but those elite Pawnbrokers who use PawnMaster pawn shop software would likely disagree. PawnMaster collects all of the data required for law enforcement agencies and then some. PawnMaster integrates with biometric fingerprint scanners that help clerks practically automate the process for them. With a few clicks of the button they can record fingerprints and update customers profile pictures in seconds. Those police files are then sent over in the format of preference to law enforcement including item description, pictures, etc. PawnMaster helps protect shop owners every way possible.

PawnMaster pawn shop software is launching "Did You Know?" series...

During the recent NPA Pawn Expo in Las Vegas, our customers told us throughout the show, that they absolutely love the PawnMaster "Did You Know?" videos that we have produced so far. PawnMaster pawn shop software is launching "Did You Know?" series based on your positive feedback. We strongly feel, that things like this really help separate us from our competitors. We strive to educate our customers on how they can maximize their return on investment by offering helpful tips and suggestions that can ensure you are getting the most out of this powerful pawn shop software. The "Did You Know?" series will be a combination of technical support tips and other ways that will minimize frustration and maximize revenue generated. Our goal is to provide at least one or more of these videos monthly. If you have not seen any of the current videos that have been published, head over to our Youtube.com/dataagesoftware channel and subscribe. This way you won't miss any of the new ones as they get posted. We will do our best to notify everyone as they are published.

Pawnbrokers are loving the new Janam scan gun for inventory management.

Pawnbrokers are loving the new Janam scan gun for inventory management at their stores. Some of you may have discovered at the NPA Pawn Expo that we are using the new Janam scan gun. The Janam scan gun has a light, sleek, highly-functional form factor for intensive barcode scanning. Its unique, center-weighted ergonomics, with battery positioned in handle, make it feel remarkably light and balanced in the hand. The Janam will help make inventory management a breeze. Would you like to update your inventory to PawnMaster in real-time? The Janam scanner will cut down that tedious task and make it fun, while also allowing you to correct mis-binned items on the fly.

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