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Many people have questions about pawn lending and the consignment industry. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to encounter misinformation about pawn shops. To help you understand what to expect, we’ve created our own resources to answer common consumer questions.

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Movies and television occasionally portray pawn shops as a last resort. The truth is, pawn lending is a simple, safe, and secure option to obtain cash for your valuables! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Have you ever heard the myth that pawnshops charge outlandish fees? The truth is, pawnshops are some of the most highly regulated businesses in the state of California! Take a look at some of the other myths we’ve debunked.

Considering pawning an item but unsure if it’s authentic? Our expert jewelers have put together some helpful tips to help you validate the authenticity of your gold, pearls, and other jewelry, without leaving the comfort of your home.


Our services are available at five convenient locations throughout California: San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills, Van Nuys, and Lawndale.

You’ll receive the same great service, confidentiality, and top dollar valuations at each Maxferd pawn shop. All of our gemologists are GIA trained and our professional jewelers are experts in their field.

Find the store closest to you:

Woodland Hills