A recent study by Vanderbilt University showed that more people are turning to pawn shops in order to sell unwanted goods or get much needed cash. This sudden uptick may be due to television shows and media coverage, which have increasingly shown the industry in an interesting and positive light. However, The Nashua Patch claims that the type of short term lending
found in pawn shops can be more efficient and effective than other forms of financing. If an item carries some sort of significance to the pawner, that often increases the chance that the consumer will come back, benefiting both parties involved. It is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to receive funding, according to the news source. Furthermore, for those who have no interest in getting the item back, the process is still usually more efficient than online alternatives, such as Craigslist and eBay. There is no worry about not receiving the money from a buyer or figuring out shipping options. These benefits have made the short term lending sector into a robust and growing industry that shows no sign of slowing down.