For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom From a Pawnbroker By Les Gold (Portfolio Penguin), $25.95

People will buy anything. “I’ve sold everything from shoes to stripper poles,” Gold writes. “Even a gynecological table.” p65

Explore frontier markets. “Everyone laughed at me,” he writes, when he moved to the “nicer suburbs.” Business boomed. p90

Avoid bribes. “I once gave a local police lieutenant a holiday card with fifty dollars,” he admits. “He said, ‘You can’t ever do anything like this again!’ ” p165

Treat family colleagues as family, or else relationships can turn sour fast. “[My son and employee] Seth is always going to call me Dad,” he says. p189


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