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CasperAZ
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NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

I was reading on another Discussion Board where someone bought a Kindle DX for $135.00 at a pawn shop.

 

Question:  If you did not own a NOOKcolor but saw one at a pawn shop for $135.00, would you consider purchasing it?

 

My answer is NO.

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riffrafff
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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

If it powered up okay and had the charger and cable, sure.  I'd buy a working NC for half-price any day of the week.

 

 

 

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rerose1975
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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

Yep, for that price I would.  Just like previous poster said... if it looked like it worked.  I'd give it to my 7 yo!  LOL

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

No. Something like that is worth getting brand new. I would want to know I was the first & only user. You don't know what the person who had it before you put it through while they had it. JMO


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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

I'd check it out...make sure it's sound and snatch it up if it was.  Reset to Factory and BAM good as new.  Although Grinchy makes a very good point.

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

 


Grinchy1 wrote:

No. Something like that is worth getting brand new. I would want to know I was the first & only user. You don't know what the person who had it before you put it through while they had it. JMO


 

Yeah,  They may have read it while on the toilet.  (See toilet thread)

Ehwwwwww!

 

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

I probably wouldn't buy any electronics from a pawn shop. Guns and Mr. T jewelry? Yes. Electronics? No.

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

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Agree with the check it out and buy it if it works.

May have been gift and the person wanted cash so they pawned it.

I have purchased guitar amps and stereo equip often from pawn shops. Only had 1 complete fail. The rest worked great at 1/2 the cost

I would def make sure it didnt smell funny..

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?


CasperAZ wrote:

I was reading on another Discussion Board where someone bought a Kindle DX for $135.00 at a pawn shop.

 

Question:  If you did not own a NOOKcolor but saw one at a pawn shop for $135.00, would you consider purchasing it?

 

My answer is NO.


Why not?   As usual, you bring up weird "stuff"...

 

Pawn shops are required to clear all merchandise with the local police before they can offer it for sale.    They are required to record who brought it in (and their ID), date, time, etc.

 

 

In Colorado, where I was a cop for 26 years, pawn shops had to hold the device for 3 days after they submitted the paperwork to the PD.   We had  a whole 'detail' (several detectives and clerks) who processed these "gold slips" on a daily basis to check for stolen merchandise.

 

You're more likely to find stolen merchandise on eBay than you are at most pawn shops.

 

 

 

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

There is a back door on a pawn shop for a reason.  Most times, the back door is a way to leave the store at night but for some shady pawn shops, the back door serves as a purpose to receive stolen merchandise.  Also, some of the shady pawn shops set up an off-site location where thieves know about it and will bring recently burglarized items to get money.  The Police Chief of Prince George's County in Maryland, Roberto Hylton, was the source of this information.

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

 


CasperAZ wrote:

....  The Police Chief of Prince George's County in Maryland, Roberto Hylton, was the source of this information.


PG County says it all...  Unfortunaltely they are known for their high crime rate.  I've got a friend that grew up there and most of his family are police officers for PG County...

 

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

I would, but that is with a few conditions and a good (for me) reason... if it loooked like it was 'gently used' AND it powered on easily AND it didn't smell bad, I would buy it, I am all for the idea of having a backup Nook Color handy 'Just In Case'. As other posters have stated, I also can NOT go without my NC!!! So having one at home if I ever left one at work or whatever would be Priceless!
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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

Remove the back cover check the water dmg identifier on the battery compartment. check for full functionality, and pay the good pawn clerk the cash and get out before he realizes what he just did! If by some strange circumstance it does fail and reset to factory doesnt correct. Take it back to the brick and Mortar and exchange it they are so knew they wont even question that they didnt sell it to ya! Oh yeah register that sucker while its working :-)

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It's gonna take you a while to get to the water damage disc on an NC.  :smileywink:

 

http://www.zdnet.com/photos/nookcolor-teardown/487636

 

 

 

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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

I already own one but if it was all there in perfect working condition I would take it. I'd take two for that price one for a backup and one to sell to someone on ebay or something. I was watching prices there and you could go to the store and buy one cheaper.
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Re: NOOKcolor at a Pawn Shop?

Mitch, I really hope you're just being sarcastic. You realize that these "newbies" read the forums, right? I'll be sure to get a message across to everyone about the shady talks going on. Good luck. We actually call in every nook that comes back for return or exchange without the proper paperwork. We can tell who bought it, where it was bought, and when. It's a little more sophisticated than you might think.