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Pattaya: Hard up business owners flock to pawn their valuables

 

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Thai media reported that business owners in Pattaya are increasingly going to pawn shops to get much needed cash. 

 

The resort - once one of the most famous red light resorts in the world - is now all but shut down and with businesses facing going to the wall owners are desperate to get money any way they can. 

 

One of the ways is to go to pawn shops with items like necklaces and rings. 77kaoded went to "Sathan Thanuban" - a government pawn shop" - where they spoke to the manageress Amnuay. 

 

She said that trade was much brisker than normal. Most of the new customers were business owners.

 

But they could cope with the influx caused by the Covid-19 crisis - they have reserves of 100 million baht. 

 

She said the terms now in place from April 1st were 0.125% per month interest on items under 5,000 baht value. Over 5,000 baht then interest must be paid at a rate of 1% per month. 

 

Thus pawning a one baht weight gold chain (worth almost 25,000 baht at today's prices) would cost 250 baht per each month on redemption.

 

Source: 77kaoded

 

 

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31 minutes ago, webfact said:

But they could cope with the influx caused by the Covid-19 crisis - they have reserves of 100 million baht. 

 

Seems like these business owners were in the wrong business to start with.  🙂

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Many of these businesses are hand to mouth from day to day. Such owners cannot afford any profilgate spending.

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Well, many Thai nationals don't trust the banks, so they wear their fortune around their neck and wrists. The other day I went to the bank to have a little cash stash at home, so I guess I'm not much different.

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People wearing 4 Baht chains ripe for the picken. 

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I am grateful that I am healthy and financially solvent. I share what I can and pray, (not to a manfactued diety), for those less fortunate.

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Actually a very fair interest rate compared to the upcountry monetary rapists who end up owning the farm !

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

One of the ways is to go to pawn shops with items like necklaces and rings. 77kaoded went to "Sathan Thanuban" - a government pawn shop" - where they spoke to the manageress Amnuay.

A lot of the bar girls will be shedding the gold soon... kept for such a rainy day!

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So iearrings? (8 times less interest?) to have many 4900 baht gold earings?like many things in Thailand this makes no sense.  So the government owns pawn shops.  How convenient 

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How do BGs keep up their skills up? Do they go home? Do they try home delivery? Unemployment insurance?

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Most rural Thais have more faith in gold than Thai banks. Can't say I blame them.

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7 minutes ago, cardinalblue said:

How do BGs keep up their skills up? Do they go home? Do they try home delivery? Unemployment insurance?

They usually try their luck on Thai Friendly.

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That's really good offers

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