When garbage collectors are called sanitation engineers, and used cars are referred to as certified pre-owned vehicles, it's refreshing to notice a place, though small in size, that goes simply by the name of Royal Pawn. Why? Because it is an actual pawn shop. Unlike another establishment I visited during my video game field trip that was called "Cash Converters" when it was in essence a pawn shop, the store I visited for my video game field trip was a bona fide pawn shop. It's a place where you can pawn items it you want, or if you prefer, you can just shop around like I did, and find out what they have to offer in the way of video games.
Before visiting Royal Pawn, I went to their website and saw lots of pictures on the walls, as well as musical instruments and other merchandise displayed in glass cases. I have visited similar looking places, and would more often than not be told that they do not sell or trade video games. When I visited Royal Pawn and walked closer to the glass door opening of this store, I saw the sign "We Buy Gold” -- which heightened my doubts that video games would be sold in this pawn shop.
When I walked in the store, I was greeted by a salesperson. I was going to ask a leading question such as, "You all do not have video games or video game systems here, do you?" -- when I decided to take a more positive approach and just ask if they had any video games. I was surprised when the salesperson said that they not only sold video games but had video game consoles as well -- which were located in an area behind where I was standing.
I asked the salesperson if there were any PS4 or Xbox Ones in stock, and his reply was that it was too soon to have the new systems. However, he mentioned that about two weeks ago, this store had a PS4, which was bought within a few minutes after it was put on the shelf. Of course, this could have been a fabrication; however, judging from the busyness of this store, this was a possible true story. When I asked about the prices of the video games, he said that most of their video games sold for $10.00, unlike the "Game Box" down the street that sells games for $50 and up. When I questioned "Game Box," he said that he meant to say "GameStop." Having visited GameStop the previous week, I can attest to the fact that the used video game prices at Royal Pawn were more reasonable. An added plus was, from what I saw -- the video games included some recent titles.
When I asked to look at a game in the glass case that caught my attention, he went to another area in the store and brought a key back with him to open the case. The video game that caught my eye was Gears of War for the Xbox 360, which was in a new-looking metal case. When he opened the metal case, the game along with the external and internal packaging were intact. I was expecting this game to sell higher than $10.00 -- but when I asked, he told me the price was $10.00. I was tempted to purchase this game; however, I did not particularly like that there was a red skull on the front of the packaging, similar to the skull that's on Call of Duty Ghosts. The salesperson jokingly said that he would remove the skull if I liked, and I knew obviously, he was just kidding.
To make a long story short, after much contemplation, I passed on the Gears of War game and did not purchase it.
I would describe this video game field trip as an enjoyable one. Not only was I looking around for video games in a pawn shop that was also known as a pawn shop, but I was being assisted by a salesperson who was very helpful as well.
If you want to look for your favorite older video games in a place that seems like it's not out to take your money, I recommend you visit a similar type establishment in your area. If there are no video games in the pawn shop that you are interested in, there may be other type merchandise that you may want to check out. It is likely that should you decide to look for video games, consoles, or other merchandise, there is a pawn shop waiting for you to frequent. Hopefully the salespeople are just as friendly as the merchandise is inexpensive.
- Published in Mom's Minute Blog