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Pawn Shops & Used Goods Stores – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5932  |  NAICS 522298 & 453310

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Pawn Shops  (view report)
Used Goods Stores  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

NPA | Issuu, Inc.
National Pawnbroker Magazine / digital-archive

Quarterly journal features news and information for independent pawnbrokers, with topics covered in the magazine including industry news, business strategies and solutions, member spotlights, human resources and employment, compliance requirements, legislative activities, technology updates, and trade shows, events, and conferences. Current and archived digital editions are available free online.

National Pawnbrokers Association
Resources available from this trade association include:

Pawn Industry Statistics / State Laws / state-laws
Introductory sections provide a summary overview of the industry, with topics covered including size in terms of number of establishments, business ownership, loan terms and characteristics, customer demographics, pawnbroker licensing and examination, federal statutes and regulations, and links to state laws and licensing and regulatory authorities by state. All information can be viewed free online.

Opening A Pawn Shop
Start-up guide covers the various aspects of starting and operating a pawn shop, with topics covered in the guide including initial investment, required tools and equipment, choosing a location in a target market, regulatory and reporting requirements, financing the business, insuring against losses, store security, storage considerations, and finding the right employees. Publication is available free online.

NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals
Resources available from this trade association include:

Statistics & Trends / Frequently Asked Questions / faqs
Introductory sections provide an overview of the resale and consignment shop industries, with topics covered including resale industry size and growth, fastest growing market segments, reasons for the growing popularity of resale, key factors that can spell success or failure for resale shop owners, and consumer perceptions of resale and how they affect its future. All information is available free online.

Guide to Opening A Resale Shop
Step-by-step handbook provides practical advice on starting and operating a resale shop, with topics covered in the guide including choosing a location, creating an image, designing the store layout and displays, obtaining and pricing merchandise for resale, setting policies and fees, courting customers, marketing the business, and dealing with suppliers. Detailed table of contents is available free online.

Marketdata Enterprises, Inc.
U.S. Pawn Shops

Comprehensive study provides an in-depth analysis of the pawnshop industry, with topics addressed in the report including nature of the business, customer demographics, factors driving demand, state and federal regulation, industry size, growth, and forecasts, census survey data and operating ratios, major competitor profiles, and additional reference sources. Table of contents is available free online.

Pawnshops and Used Merchandise Stores Market Analysis  Search for "522298.02" and "453310" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Pawnshops and Used Merchandise Stores  Search for "522298.02" and "453310" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

NARTS: The Association of Resale Professionals
Operating Survey

Financial benchmarking survey lets users compare their shop's performance with other resale shops, with data broken out by type of operation (e.g., for profit, not for profit), sales mix (e.g., mostly ladies', mostly children's, mostly furniture, variety), sales volume per store, total square feet space per store, total number of years in business, and major geographic region. Table of contents is available online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation resources available from this organization include:

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as district manager, store manager, assistant store manager, pawnbroker, and sales associate, with companies for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Pawn America Minnesota, L.L.C., Cash America International, Inc., FirstCash, Inc., EZCORP, Inc., and EZPAWN Holdings, Inc.

Used Merchandise / Thrift Store
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as retail store manager, assistant store manager, sales associate, and retail cashier, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including America's Thrift Stores, Inc., Value Village Stores, Inc., Savers, LLC, Goodwill Industries, Inc., Society Of St. Vincent De Paul, and The Salvation Army.

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