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?We buy jewelry and scrap gold off the street. Recently, two women came into the store with a couple of gold chains and a tennis bracelet (with the retail tag still attached!) to sell me. I could tell immediately that the chains were counterfeit even though they were stamped 14K. And a quick look through a loupe told me that the tennis bracelet was no good as well. I overheard a short discussion between the two women which indicated that they had purchased the items from a man on the street, and they thought they had gotten a good deal because it it was stolen merchandise. Never occurred to them that a man who told them he was a thief might also be a liar. Talk about instant karma!?  

LEN O.,
IRWIN, PA 

?In the summer of 2004, we raised our prices for watch batteries from $5 to $6. One customer got upset when I insisted that he pay the extra dollar. He claimed that as a ?good customer?, he shouldn’t have to ? even though all he had ever purchased from me was batteries for watches he had bought elsewhere. Finally, he stormed out of the store, blasting the door open with enough force to crack a $900 window. He hasn’t been back since.? 

ALADAR S.,
CLEVELAND, OH

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The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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True Tales: Not-So-Hot Property

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Strange stories from the front lines

?We buy jewelry and scrap gold off the street. Recently, two women came into the store with a couple of gold chains and a tennis bracelet (with the retail tag still attached!) to sell me. I could tell immediately that the chains were counterfeit even though they were stamped 14K. And a quick look through a loupe told me that the tennis bracelet was no good as well. I overheard a short discussion between the two women which indicated that they had purchased the items from a man on the street, and they thought they had gotten a good deal because it it was stolen merchandise. Never occurred to them that a man who told them he was a thief might also be a liar. Talk about instant karma!?  

LEN O.,
IRWIN, PA 

?In the summer of 2004, we raised our prices for watch batteries from $5 to $6. One customer got upset when I insisted that he pay the extra dollar. He claimed that as a ?good customer?, he shouldn’t have to ? even though all he had ever purchased from me was batteries for watches he had bought elsewhere. Finally, he stormed out of the store, blasting the door open with enough force to crack a $900 window. He hasn’t been back since.? 

ALADAR S.,
CLEVELAND, OH

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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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