Designer Sunglasses: a Buyer’s Guide

Designer Sunglasses: a Buyer’s Guide

Sunglasses are a must-have accessory, especially if you live in a place like the Inland Empire, where the sun shines almost all-year round. High-quality sunglasses can provide the kind of quality and comfort that will make it easy to protect your eyes from the bright light of our Southern California sun.

Whether you buy them for style or for adventure, it is always worth it to invest in high-quality sunglasses. The kind that you can buy at gas stations or that you might receive as promotional items are cheaply made, and worse, do not actually protect your eyes, which can lead to pain and damage. Designer sunglasses are manufactured to scientific specifications and are built to last.

For many people, however, designer sunglasses are too expensive. That’s where we come in: at Central Mega Pawn, we make it easy to get high-quality designer sunglasses at a fraction of retail price.

Shopping for the perfect sunglasses can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a guide to help you find the perfect sunglasses for you, and how to get the most value for your money when it comes to buying designer sunglasses.

Eye Protection

Your first consideration should be on eye protection from harmful UV rays. It is a misconception that darker lenses mean increased eye protection; the truth of the matter is that the most protective lenses come in all shades. When you buy non name-brand glasses, however, you can never be sure that you are getting the protection you need. This is another reason to buy designer sunglasses whenever possible, as you can rest assured that the lenses provide the highest level of protection.


Next, you should consider how your new sunglasses will fit. Not every frame is created equal, which is a good reason to visit us in person to try on your new glasses. They should fit well but not sung across the bridge of your nose and should not apply pressure against your scalp. Remember that the best pair of sunglasses for you is the one that you will wear consistently.


You cannot ignore lens quality when choosing your new designer sunglasses, as they are what stands between your delicate eyes and harmful rays. Lenses can be made of a variety of materials, such as glass, or polycarbonate. Regardless of the material, lenses should be free of scratches. Scratches are not only distracting, but they could also expose your eyes to damaging UV light. If you find any damage to the lenses, find another pair or look into getting the lenses fixed before you begin wearing them.


The color or your lenses do not only affect the style of your sunglasses, but also affect how your eyes will detect contrast and differentiate between colors. Different lens tints filter light differently.

Depending on what kind of activities you want to use your glasses for, consider the following:

  • Gray lenses reduce light intensity without affecting how you see contrast, or distorting colors.
  • Brown lenses enhance contrast by blocking some blue light, which makes them ideal for snow activities, and hunting in bright light conditions.
  • Amber/yellow lenses significantly block most blue light, which makes them ideal for hunters but bad for any other activity that requires color recognition.
  • Copper sunglasses are favored by golfers, as they mute the sky and grass against a golf ball.
  • Blue and green sunglasses lenses enhance the contrast of brightly colored tennis balls.

Overall Quality

The cumulative effect of all these considerations will give you an idea of the overall quality. Designer sunglasses will give an impression of high-quality and durability in the way the lenses, frame and fit feel when you put them on.

Face Shape

Next, you should consider your face shape; the shape of your face is a helpful guide to finding the perfect the right pair for you.

  • Oval – If your chin is narrower than the forehead, you have an oval face, and are very lucky, because almost any frame will compliment this face shape.
  • Round – If the width and the length of the face are the same, you have a round face. Wearing wide and rectangular sunglasses will compliment this face shape, while round frames and colored lenses should be avoided.
  • Square – If your face has well-defined angles in prominent areas such as your jawline, forehead, and cheeks, you have a square-shaped face. Round and oval frames are the way to go in this situation, while angular or geometric frames will not do you any favors.
  • Heart-shaped Face – A broader forehead and narrow chin denotes a heart-shaped face. Round or cat’s-eye shaped frames are the most flattering options for this face shape.
  • Oblong – A narrow chin and a long face are the hallmarks of an oblong face. Try out oversized or wraparound style frames to not only flatter your natural shape but to make a bold style statement.

Of course, the best way to know for sure when you’ve found the right pair for you is to come visit us in person and try on some of our selections. We buy only the highest-quality items that come through our door and sell only top brand sunglasses that come with their original packaging, such as authentic cases and paperwork.

Pawn shops like Central Mega Pawn are reflections of their communities. As such, they will have things that their neighbors want and need. Being located in Ontario, deep in the heart of Southern California, Central Mega Pawn has a variety of high quality, name brand designer sunglasses for you to choose from.

We regularly stock many quality sunglasses from top brands like:

  • Armani Exchange
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Tom Ford
  • Oakley
  • Louis Vutton
  • Chanel
  • Coach
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Versace
  • Ray-Ban

But not to worry if you aren’t able to visit us in person – we offer an online shop with great prices, outstanding customer service and quick shipping.

Also, when you are ready to change up your style, you can always sell your designer sunglasses back to us and continue making the most on your investment.

Buying Video Game and Video Game Consoles from a Pawn Shop

Buying Video Game and Video Game Consoles from a Pawn Shop

Smart gamers know that they don’t always have to pay full retail price to enjoy the latest video games and consoles. While some wait for the hype to die down before buying, or waiting for holiday sales, another great option is to give your local pawn shop a look before buying your next game or console. If you live in the Inland Empire, Central Mega Pawn should be your first stop. We also have a secure online shop to serve your needs as well.

Pawn shops like Central Mega Pawn are excellent options because video games and consoles are popular things to pawn, which means that we always have a wide variety of the most popular games and consoles in stock. Sellers know that they will get a much better price for their items at a pawn shop than at places like Craigslist, GameStop, eBay, or through any of the numerous person-to-person sales apps. Central Mega Pawn only buys and sells the most current stuff, as well as the hard-to-find items for the serious collectors in the community. Every item we sell will be in excellent condition. We carry top consoles and titles like:

Buying from a pawn shop like Central Mega Pawn is safe and provides all the benefits of buying at retail without any of the mark up; you will get the exact game or console you want without having to pay for shipping and handling, or dealing with the crowds of malls or big-box retailers. What’s more, you can even negotiate if the price isn’t to your liking. Try that at your local retailer, and you’re likely to be asked to leave.

Although every pawn shop is as unique as the community it serves, one thing they all have in common is that they are always highly motivated to move their items. Central Mega Pawn is no different; while you will find only incredible prices in our shop, we are always happy to work with our valued customers and community to get you the items you want and need at a price you can afford.

Before you visit us, or any pawn shop for your next gaming equipment, here is what to look for when you visit your local pawn shop for your next video game or video game console:

  • Does it have everything you need to get started, such as controllers and power cables?
  • Does it turn on? Your local pawn shop will be happy to plug it in for you before you buy, to assure you that it is in good working order before taking it home.
  • Are all the buttons on the controllers clean and functional?
  • Is it clean? Be sure to check out all the ports, connectors and body; those sensitive areas should be free of dust, cobwebs, and crumbs.
  • Is the disk relatively scratch-free? A disk with a few marks doesn’t necessarily mean it is broken, but an excess of scratches may cause your game to freeze up part way through and become unusable.
  • Does your local pawn shop have a return policy? Be sure to understand the return policy and get it in writing, just in case you get home and your items do not work as expected.

Now that you know what to look for, here’s how to get the best prices on video games and video game consoles at your local pawn shop:

Do your homework

It will pay off greatly to know exactly how much you would pay for your items if you were to buy elsewhere. Luckily, this information is easy to find when it comes to video games and consoles; a quick search for your desired item in the “completed auctions” listing on eBay, or on the website for your local big-box retailer can give you an idea of what a good price might be. The more information you have, the more peace of mind you will have that you are getting a fair price.

Expect to negotiate

Unlike retail stores, it is perfectly acceptable to haggle with your local pawnbroker over the price of an item. Using the information from your research, you will be able to discern when you’re getting a good deal, and when you should push to get a little taken off the sales tag. You can also make offers on bundles of games, for example, or for additional controllers. Respectable pawn shops, like Central Mega Pawn, are happy to work with you to reach a price that works for both parties, which cannot always be said about other buying and selling interactions, such as when buying online or through an app. In fact, we’ve compiled a helpful guide to negotiating at a pawn shop, available here.

Don’t forget about our online shop!

Many pawn shops also now offer online shops. Central Mega Pawn, a leader in e-commerce of both new and used items , offers lots of great deals online, so that people all over can take advantage of our wide selection and fair prices. You can even use our online shop to sell us your unwanted games and consoles! Visit our site regularly to see what’s new and to make an offer on your next must-have game or console. Regardless of if you buy from Central Mega Pawn in our shop or online, you can rest assured that you are getting high-quality items. When you receive your items, carefully examine them to make sure you are happy with your purchase, and contact us right away with any questions or concerns.

Regardless of if you are a seasoned gamer, shopping for a gift, or just looking for a fun new hobby, Central Mega Pawn can get you set up quickly and at a fair price. Our prices on video games and video game consoles can’t be beat – visit us today to find out how we can help you get your game on.

Is a Pawn Shop a Good Place to Buy or Sell Electronics?

Is a Pawn Shop a Good Place to Buy or Sell Electronics?

Pawn shops are most commonly known as places to buy or sell things like gold, sporting goods or jewelry. However, they are also a great resource when it comes to buying and selling electronics.

At Central Mega Pawn, located in Ontario, California, we have the size and resources to be your #1 choice in buying or selling your electronics.


Local pawnshops, like Central Mega Pawn, are one of the last places around where you can get more for less. You can find high-quality items, such as TVs, smartphones, laptops, and video game consoles, for around 30-50% off retail prices. Plus, pawnshops will only buy in-demand items for resale. That means that you’ll find only popular items, brands, and models for sale at your local pawnshop.

When you buy retail, you are paying a premium to have the latest item. When you buy used from places like Craigslist or eBay, or one of the numerous person-to-person apps, you are taking a significant risk that your items are non-functional, or worse, stolen.

Central Mega Pawn thoroughly tests every electronic item in stock for functionality and legitimacy; when you buy from us, you are purchasing quality. Here is just a sampling of the electronics you’ll find when you visit us:

  • Smartphones: Smartphones are increasingly becoming a necessity for everyday life, despite their high price tags at retail. As a result, there is a robust market for pre-owned smartphones. Central Mega Pawn is a leader in this market; we stock all the latest smartphones from popular brands like Apple, Samsung, and Google.
  • Video Games & Consoles: Central Mega Pawn has a vast inventory of the latest consoles and games. We are an excellent resource for building your game library, or to give some new games a try without having to use a subscription service. We also stock accessories like controllers and keyboards. We can set you up with an entire gaming system in one visit!
  • TVs: Most pawn shops carry televisions of all sizes and models, as well as vital peripherals like soundbars, subwoofers, and DVRs. We also have Smart TVs on hand. If you are looking to future-proof your television system, Smart TVs are a good investment. They look as sleek and modern as the latest models, but thanks to being connected to the internet, they will be able to handle updates for years and support the same essential apps.
  • Computers: Your local pawnshop is actually a great place to buy a quality, pre-owned machine for a great price. If you are looking to avoid paying retail and want to ensure that you’re getting a functional, quality product, the worst thing you could do is to trust online sales sites or apps, because you never truly know what you’re getting. By buying your next computer from your local pawnbroker, you know that they’ve done the work for you to ensure that your item works as it should and is in good condition.


Alternately, if you are selling your electronics, or if you need some quick cash and have some electronics lying around and gathering dust, you are in luck. In fact, electronics are one of the top four items that are always in demand at pawn shops. Some specific items that are generally in demand include:

  • TVs: especially top brands like Samsung, Vizio, Hitachi, and Panasonic
  • Smartphones: recent models, or even a few previous generations, are always in demand
  • Video Games: expect to have a bundle of at least five or more popular or recent games to get a good offer
  • Video Game Consoles and Accessories: the more current the model, the better, such as Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4
  • Computers: especially recent models by Apple, Microsoft, and Asus
  • Recording equipment: video cameras, microphones, editing decks, etc.
  • Media Players: DVD and Blu-Ray players, recent model MP3 players
  • Home security systems, such as video doorbells and security cameras

However, to get the best price possible, and to ensure that you have a good experience, you can’t just pop into your local pawnshop and ask what they can do for you. Here are some tips for selling your electronics at your local pawn shop. Keeping these things in mind can help you get a higher price for your item.

Appearances Matter

Your local pawnbroker has seen a lot and knows that if an item presented to them is caked in dust and grime, it will be harder to sell without having to take the time themselves to clean it. Clean your item as much as possible before bringing it in.

It Has to Work

While this is true for every item that comes through a pawn shop’s doors, this is especially important for electronics. An electronic item that doesn’t work the way it should is essentially an expensive paperweight. Ease your pawnbroker’s mind by being prepared to demonstrate that your item works. Take the time to show them all the features, and not just the power button.

It Should Have All the Parts

If your pawnbroker can sell your item or items as a complete set or as a bundle, you will get a better price. Instruction manuals, cables, remotes, controllers, you name it: the more complete your item is, the easier it will be to resell. Anything useful and relevant you can add to the deal will increase its perceived value and will get you a higher price.

It Should be in Demand

Don’t show up with an original Palm Pilot from 1997 and expect big money. While vintage electronics like that may be appealing to collectors, your pawnbroker has to be able to resell everything that they buy. Even if you have a current model, your pawnbroker is an expert on their market and may not make you an offer. If you are ever unsure, visit your local pawnshop ahead of time to see what they have on hand.

Whether buying or selling, it’s your job to keep yourself informed. The more homework you do, the more pleasant your experience will be. Come visit us today to see how we can meet all your electronics buying and selling needs.

Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

If you’re one of the lucky individuals out there who has found “the one”, you may be thinking about taking the next step and proposing marriage. However, before you go and plan the perfect proposal, you will need one vital component: the ring.

For such a small item, there is a tremendous amount of pressure that goes along with this purchase. Luckily, we are here to help. Keep reading to learn all about how to find and buy the perfect engagement ring, and how Central Mega Pawn can help in your search. That’s right: your local pawnshop should be at the top of the list when it comes to finding your perfect ring. Buying from a pawnshop sends a powerful message that not only are you committed to loving your partner forever, but that you are committed to making smart financial choices with them for the long haul.

Establish Your Budget

The first thing you will need to do before visiting any shops or websites is to establish your budget for the ring. In the past, the rule of thumb was to count on spending two months’ salary on the ring, but that is no longer the case, so don’t worry if your ring budget turns out smaller than you would like.

However, you will still need to know how much you plan on spending; this number will help your pawnbroker show you items within your price range and will help you when it comes time to negotiate price.

Although most people will throw out the “two months’ salary” advice, it is likely that you will still need to save for a few months to buy the ring outright. To that end:

Make a savings plan

Once you know how much you intend on spending on your ring, make a plan to reach your savings goal within a few months. Even a little saved here and there will add up. You can also sell things you no longer need, which is another way that Central Mega Pawn can help: you can pawn items to help save for your ring so that you can avoid financing and possibly going into debt to start off your engagement.

When all is said and done, it’s not the amount of money you spend on the ring that will matter, but the thought that went into selecting, buying and presenting the ring, so don’t delay proposing for the sake of not being able to afford a “better” ring. You can always get them a big fancy ring or other piece of jewelry later on, for a significant birthday, anniversary, or other celebration.

Find Out Ring Size

Proposing with a ring that fits will make the proposal even more special; just imagine that they say “yes”, and you can slip on a ring that fits perfectly. It’s as close to a fairytale ending to a special moment as you can get.

While some people opt to bring their partner to a jewelry store to learn their partner’s ring size, you can still get that information without spoiling the surprise. The easiest way to get your partner’s ring size is to discreetly take a ring she isn’t wearing into your local pawn shop and ask them to measure it, then return the ring to its rightful place as soon as possible.

Research Their Style

This is arguably the hardest part for most people. To choose a ring on your own that your partner will love and cherish can seem daunting, but here are some tips to help you with your search:

  • Current Jewelry: Look at what they wear on a regular basis – is it bold? Subtle? Gold, rose gold, or silver? You may have paid attention to what they wear before, but when you are planning to propose, you will pick up on small details that will guide you to the perfect piece.
  • Use Social Media: Does your partner maintain a Pinterest page or follow jewelers or designers on apps like Twitter or Instagram? Exploring these pages can give you some helpful hints on the style of ring your partner might love.

If you arrive at Central Mega Pawn with not only your partner’s ring size but with some photos of pieces that they might enjoy, our expert jewelers will help you find the perfect item to propose with.

What you need to know about diamonds

When picking a diamond, as long as you know the four Cs, you’ll be in a good position to make a good decision. But remember, the higher a diamond ranks on the four C’s, the more expensive it will be.

  • Carat: Sometimes referred to as weight, carat refers to the size of the diamond. Many people choose to allocate the majority of the budget to a ring with a higher carat diamond.
  • Clarity: Clarity refers to the lack of visible flaws in a diamond. All diamonds have flaws, but in many cases, they are only visible through a scope. You may be able to get a great deal on a ring with an eye-clean diamond, which is a diamond that lacks flaws visible to the naked eye.
  • Color: Diamonds have a letter grade to indicate their color. A clear diamond is the rarest and has the highest grade of D. A yellow diamond has the lowest grade of Z. If you don’t mind a yellowish tint in a diamond, you can save a lot of money. Diamonds with a yellow-ish hue are generally less expensive than clearer diamonds.
  • Cut: Cut has the biggest influence over how much sparkle a diamond has and has a big impact on the beauty and perceived size of the diamond. Cut may rival carat as the aspect to splurge on.

Central Mega Pawn is committed to helping its community at every stage of life, and we are honored to be considered as you take a big step with your loved one. Visit us today to learn about our vast selection, helpful payment plans, and the numerous other ways we can help you get the perfect ring.

Should I Buy a Laptop Computer at a Pawn Shop?

Should I Buy a Laptop Computer at a Pawn Shop?

Here at Central Mega Pawn, the Inland Empire’s leading pawn shop, we’ve had numerous customers ask us this question. After all, a laptop is a vital tool for many people these days, for everyone from high school students to professionals. Because quality laptops are not cheap, they can also be considered an investment; as such, smart consumers should do whatever they can to get the most bang for their buck.

We’ve bought and sold hundreds of laptops over the years and are excited to present a guide to buying a laptop computer at your local pawnshop.

Keep reading to learn about some variables to consider when making your decision.

Your daily computing needs

When buying any computer, an important question to ask yourself is what you will need your computer to do regularly. If it’s for gaming, for example, your needs will be far different than someone who needs a laptop primarily for word processing. Knowing what you will need your computer to do will help your pawnbroker find you the perfect laptop. You should consider things like:

  • Battery life: if you plan to use your laptop mainly near an outlet at all times, battery life may not be a concern. However, if you will need to take it with you, look for computer models that offer 8+ hours of battery life.
  • Platform: Windows vs. IOS is an ongoing debate, but knowing which platform works for you will help narrow down your search considerably
  • Size: in this instance, size does matter – if you plan to carry your laptop around, the difference in size could mean pounds. The smallest laptops, at around 11 inches, weigh around 2 pounds, while the largest, around 18 inches, weigh about 6 or 7 pounds.

Brands and platforms

Sometimes, consumers try to cut corners by buying an off-brand laptop at retail. While we won’t point fingers at the less dependable brands, we can say that buying a brand that you’ve never heard of often results in high failure rates, subpar performance, and a short life span.

On the other hand, buying from your local pawn shop can mean getting a top brand at the same lower price as a lower-tier model. Your money will go much further than buying retail or online, netting you more features and capabilities without the added expense.

Some of the highly-regarded laptop brands that Central Mega Pawn always has on hand include:

  • Apple
  • Dell
  • Asus
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung

The computers stocked at Central Mega Pawn, and at any other reputable pawn shop, are gently used and have been tested for functionality before they go out on our shelves. We would never sell inferior merchandise; our thoroughness means that not only will you save money, but you will also get a machine that will likely last for a long time.

Why buy your next laptop computer from your local pawn shop?

Your local pawn shop will only offer you the best merchandise they can find. They will not buy inferior brands or broken or out-of-date computers. As a result, the stock of computers at your local pawn shop will likely be current or recent models at significant savings.

When you buy from a reputable shop like Central Mega Pawn, you can rest assured that you are purchasing legitimate goods in proper working condition.

There are many pawn shops in your community. Each one is as different as the people who run them, so be sure to visit as many as you can in your area before you decide where to buy. Some shops specialize in jewelry, firearms or antiques. Others, like Central Mega Pawn, are experienced enough to offer top quality items of any type.

Best practices for buying a laptop at your local pawn shop

Before you step foot into the first shop on your list, do your homework. Know what you will need your computer for, what peripherals you may need, and what similar machines are going for on sites like eBay. Although you may expect a slightly different price than what you see at auction sites, completed auctions will give you an idea of your computer’s current market value.

If possible, bring a USB drive with you to test the computer’s ports, or a CD or DVD to test its optical drive. A reputable shop like Central Mega Pawn will be open to letting you boot up the computer, checking drives and wifi within reason while in the shop.

In addition to testing features like drives, you should also test out:

  • The keyboard and trackpad: are they responsive? Do any keys stick, or are there dead spots on the trackpad? Any signs of unresponsiveness in these heavily-used features will mean trouble ahead.
  • The display: are there any cracks, scratches, or dead pixels? While display issues will generally not impede a laptop’s performance, any sign of these could imply damage.
  • The power adapter: is the cord in good condition? Fraying or discoloration of the power cords and adapter are signs of fault, damage, or overheating.
  • The case: is it excessively scratched or dented? Even if the computer boots up fine, if you are looking at a computer with a hard disk drive, a damaged case could mean that the drive took some bumps with its previous owner.

Be prepared to negotiate. While your pawnbroker needs to make a profit, their priority is moving items off their shelves. If there are faults you can live with, ask if they can bring the price down a little. For example, if the power adapter that comes with the computer is discolored a little, you can try to use that as leverage, since you will need to buy a replacement power cord soon.

At the end of the day, where you buy such a vital tool like a laptop is a personal decision. But, we can tell you from experience that buyers can find great deals on laptop computers at pawn shops on a nearly daily basis.

If you’re on the hunt for a high-quality and relatively new laptop at a price far below retail and market value, you owe it to your budget to give your local pawn shop a chance. If you are in the Inland Valley area, come visit Central Mega Pawn and see what we can do for you!