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Secondhand stores face new rules on sales

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If you want to sell old gold jewelry and video games, you’ll find new requirements in Greenwood.

In the past, you could sell your Xbox gaming system and other valuables to secondhand shops without giving your name and leave the stores with cash.

Now, those businesses are required to apply for licenses through the city controller’s office, and the license requires the business to get the names and descriptions of items sold from the sellers. The businesses also aren’t allowed to buy items from sellers younger than 18, people who are intoxicated or people who they suspect stole the item, such as copper wire, gaming systems or jewelry.

The businesses also must keep the items on hand for seven days after buying them and keep records so police can verify the businesses were following city rules. Previously, the rules applied to pawn shops in the city but not other secondhand stores, such as places that buy gold or video games.

The new licensing and other requirements will help the police department find stolen jewelry, electronics and other valuables, Greenwood Police Chief John Laut said. The city council approved the rule change 8-0.

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