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Buying a piece of history
Jul 6
Jul 6

Buying a piece of history

Business World Weekender Aug 20-21, 2004 By Raoul J. Chee Kee, Senior Reporter When one invests in a well-maintained, pre-owned watch, one could end up buying a piece of history, perhaps even a Patek Philippe owned by Winston Churchill or a bejeweled watch previously owned or given as a gift by the sultan of Brunei. […]

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Pawnshops doing brisk business in Philippines
Jul 4
Jul 4

Pawnshops doing brisk business in Philippines

France24 International News Agence France-Presse February 19, 2009 Limousines roll up to the plate glass storefront in the Philippines financial district, unloading heirloom jewelry, paintings and recently even a chamber for divers with the Bends. Turnover was up 50 percent in January and business has never been better for J. Michael Dizon, lender of last […]

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Pawning goes posh in Manila
Jul 7
Jul 7

Pawning goes posh in Manila

The Straits Times February 23, 2009 By Alastair McIndoe, Philippines Correspondent MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The Agencia de Empenos de Makati in Manila’s financial district is not a typical iron-grilled pawnshop reeking of financial desperation. Inside, it looks like a private art gallery. Paintings by famous Filipino artists hang from the walls. There is a small glass-panelled […]

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High-end second-hands
Jul 41
Jul 41

High-end second-hands

The Philippine Star Business As Usual February 2, 2004 By Carla Paras-Sison During his high school days, Eduardo Tantoco Lopez III rented out comic books to classmates. Today, Lopez sells pre-owned quality brands of Swiss watches like Rolex and Vacheron Constantin, first-rate diamond jewelry, and art pieces. “The knack for business runs in the blood,” […]

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Jul 55
Jul 55

Where the rich go when they need cash

It’s not just the poor and middle class who to run pawnshops. Philippine Daily Inquirer Business Monday Oct 23, 2006 By Tina Arceo-Dumlao THE POOR AND THE MIDDLE-CLASS are not the only ones patronizing pawnshops. The rich do too. Like their countrymen of lesser means, the rich sometimes need quick cash to tide them over […]

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Secondo: Second hand at its finest
Jul 26
Jul 26

Secondo: Second hand at its finest

The Manila Times November 20, 2003 By Terrie B. Fucanan DON’T be easily put off by the word “second hand.” When it comes to watches, jewelry, and art pieces, one shop will definitely lure you to its counters for giving a new meaning to pre-owned valuable items. That is, “second hand but of good quality.” […]

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Pre-owned watches
Jul 3
Jul 3

Pre-owned watches

Entrepreneur Magazine Just when everybody seems to be weighed down by grim economic news, Secondo, a pre-owned watch and jewelry specialist, is having one of its best times. In December 2008, while other shops were offering price cuts, steep discounts, and tempting freebies just to move their sluggish inventory, Secondo was experiencing near sellouts for […]

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