Pawn Shops Vs. Online Marketplaces

If you have items of value that you are looking to sell for some extra cash, pawn shops and online trading/selling tools such as Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist are some of your best options.

While there are many trading and selling options out there, the problem often is the buyers they seem to attract. We have heard horror stories from our customers about wasted time, un-answered messages, or buyers who don’t show up. If you need money fast, we do not recommend them.

With online marketplaces, there are always people on there looking for great deals. You likely can sell your items there, but again it takes some time and attention. Here are some pros and cons of working with a Pawn Shop instead of an online marketplace to sell your items and get cash fast!


Using an online marketplace, you post your ad, then you wait. You never know how long until someone sees or is even interested in your item. With pawn shops, you walk in, the professionals inspect your item of value, an offer is presented, and you can be out the door with cash in hand.


You have no way to know exactly who you are meeting when you try to sell your items on an online marketplace. When working with pawn shops, you know it is a professional and neutral retail establishment.


Doing business with a pawn shop is incredibly convenient. They have set business hours so you can choose the time that is most convenient for you. You won’t have to wait on anyone to show up and the transaction is quick and easy.

Long Term Business Relationship

Pawn shops are always looking to include new stock. They deal in a wide variety of items like jewelry, musical instruments, clothing, electronics, power tools, firearms, hunting gear, coins, and much more. That means that if you find a local pawn shop such as Alamo Pawn Shop, which pays you well for your items of value, you can create a long-term business relationship with the shop owners and staff. 

Need some quick cash? Remember the Alamo, on Transmitter Road! We provide quick confidential loans on just about anything of value. We would also love to buy your items of value. Remember when you sell your item to us you can not pick it up later like a pawn loan.

To see what items we have available at Alamo Pawn Shop, visit our store on Transmitter Road, or shop online! We’re always getting new items in and will be happy to help you find what you are looking for at an affordable price.