Pawn Shops


#1

Heard about them, but haven’t seen them. Where are they in Taipei area?


#2

Everywhere. But they’re nothing like pawn shops in the west apparently, although never having been into one in Taiwan I can’t say for sure. I’ve walked past plenty of them but the only one I can think of off the top of my head is near Houshanpi MRT, on Yongji Rd close to the corner of Zhongpo Nth Rd.


#3

當 look for this character at the storefront

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#4

Every time I see a pawn shop it’s just one person buying things. I never see a shop where they’re selling the items.


#5

They buy/sell, pawn mostly gold, diamonds (jewelry), scooters, motorcycles & cars. High value items.


#6

I’ve never seen a pawn shop here where you can buy things. I love shopping in pawn shops in Hawaii for the local styled jewelry. Diamonds are old anyway. 1-3.5 billion years or so.


#7

That’s like my grandma. And she smells funny. I like the newer stuff at the mall.


#8

Run by gangsters. Avoid at all costs. Second hand stores can be found by a simple online search.


#9

The items are actually posted online for most of them. They are government regulated and have a fixed interest rate. I think it’s like 3.5% monthly for 3 months before they take it. You can however pay the interest and not the principal to prolong the 3 months before they take it.


#10

Most of the pawning is done to payoff gambling debts from high stakes mahjong games. Unlike in the US where it’s down-on-their-luck blues guitarists that the Devil ain’t interested in.


#11

What is not run by gangsters in Taiwan?


#12

I’ve seen a used goods store across from shilin night market. They buy and sell used goods. Not sure if it’s an actual pawn shop.


#13

No, they don’t give you money until it’s sold and there is a limit on how long you can have it for sale there.


#14

I’ve been recommended a second hand site by my friend and was skeptical at first, but bbbobo definitely has a lot of good for sale at very reasonable prices. I bought a few things there I never expected to find, tambourines and a metronome. Their locations are available here:

http://www.bbbobo.com.tw/store.asp

Not sure on their policy on buying, but probably pay by the pound (by that, I mean cheap), but the variety of products was shocking.