12. You get what you initially paid for
I worked in my cousin's pawn shop for a couple years.
One guy brought in a bunch of cigar box banjos he bought in New Orleans. He told us how much he paid for them when he got them, then he asked us how much they were worth. We said... "Uh, the same amount you paid for them." I really didn't know what he was expecting us to say. "WOW! TERRIBLE HANDMADE CIGAR BOX BANJOS?? You only paid $40 each? They're worth at LEAST $200 each!"
13. The father-son made computer
I helped in one for about 1/2 a year. Gentleman brought in a computer that his son had made saying that is was the latest and greatest (its was not). It still had that nice old cream color and i'm pretty sure couldn't play minesweeper without lagging. I offered him about 20 dollars, since it was a whole computer (was always told to lowball). This story about his story about his son making it was just a ruse to make is sound better than it was. He got extremely angry and said if I didn't throw a couple Benjamins he would get his shotgun. I just calmly waved our security over. But it was interesting.
14. A collector's item worth $20
I worked in a pawnshop for three years in NC. I had a couple of stoned/drunk guys come in on a Saturday just as I was trying to close. One staggered up to the counter and pulled a box out of a plastic grocery bag.
"You ain't gonna believe this, man. I have a collectors item worth one thousand dollars."
He was correct, at least about the first part.
He proceeded to sit a "Gladriel" doll from the lord of the rings movie on the counter.
As usual, I pulled up Ebay to find many for sale in the $10-20 range. I turned the screen to show him and he flew into a rage.
He jerked out his flip phone and dialed someone and proceeded to spit/scream into the phone "Where did you see this doll for a thousand dollars?" Then turns and spits/screams at me "Go to Google goddamit! Go to google!"
I wasn't even mad.
15. From crying to yelling over DVD/VHS tapes
I worked at a pawn shop for 4 years. People were usually mad because they over estimate the value of their stuff. My favorite was this lady who told me it was my fault her bank was for closing on her house. I gave her $15 when she needed $30 on her DVD/VHS combo. That was the only thing she brought to pawn. She even stared crying, when that didn't work she started yelling at me. I told her to stop cussing at me or I wouldn't do the pawn at all. She took the money. Came back the next day to pick it up and gave me the stink eye the whole time. I thought it was too funny.
16. Christmas gift... yeah, right!
My buddy managed a pawn shop and had some great stories.
One of my favorite stories was this guy came in looking to sell a 40"+ tv, Wii, DVD player, DVDs, power tools, etc. — all blatantly stolen. When questioned about why they were selling these items they said it was for Christmas gift money. He offered $10 for everything because he knew it was ripped off. The guy threw a fit and then eventually accepted it and promptly left.