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The Difference Between Gem Merchants and Pawn Brokers - FashionWindows
Gem merchants, who often have brick and mortar stores as well as online shops, valuate the entire item, not just the precious metals. These brokers don't sell the items personally. They will give you an accurate, written appraisal of the market value and then put your gems into the hands of interested buyers. They work on a sliding-scale commission basis that takes into consideration the size and weight of the gems. This practice is good for private sellers because it gives the broker more incentive to try and get the best resale price for your merchandise.