Media playback is unsupported on your device

Pawn shops move into Asia's mainstream

11 March 2014 Last updated at 02:23 GMT

Pawnbroking is one of the world's oldest professions.

But in much of Asia, the industry is taking on a new shine, as pawnshops start to become a more mainstream source of loans and jewellery sales.

Despite the fact that you'll pay much higher interest rates than on a bank loan, more people are turning to them in search of quick cash.

Leisha Chi reports on the reasons behind the rise.

Watch more on Asia Business Report's website.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.