When you think of pawn shops, the first things that come to mind are probably luxury items, like jewelry, watches, and flat screen TVs.
But in reality, pawn shops will happily take anything that they think they can resell pretty easily. It’s not uncommon to see anything from power tools to home decor, and everything in between.
So does that mean that pawn shops will also buy Yeti Coolers? And for how much?
Most pawn shops would be happy to accept a Yeti Cooler as collateral for a loan. You can typically expect to get between 30% and 50% of your coolers used resale value, or between 20% and 30% of its retail price. Keep in mind, it does vary quite a bit from shop to shop, region to region, and season to season. Yeti Coolers are much more in demand near the beach, during the summer months.
If you want to pawn your Yeti cooler, it’s an easy way to get some quick cash in hand. Just call your local pawn shop to make sure they’ll accept it and to get a more accurate idea of exactly how much they’re willing to pay.
The current condition of your Yeti cooler as well as the model and color will all play a role in how much you can get for your cooler.
If you’re not interested in using your Yeti as collateral and just want to sell it outright, you’ll probably get a little more for it on Craigslist, eBay, or a local buying and selling Facebook group if you’re able to find a buyer.
Do Pawn Shops Buy Yeti Coolers?
While every pawn shop is unique as to what exactly they buy and when, it’s a pretty safe bet that they’ll accept your Yeti Cooler as collateral.
The reason is simple, Yeti Coolers maintain their resale value (even once used), sell quickly, are super durable, and are a popular, recognizable brand.
The only time a pawn shop is unlikely to accept your Yeti cooler is if it's a bad condition or potentially if you have one of the extremely large Yeti coolers. The larger the cooler the less popular it tends to be (see the most popular Yeti cooler sizes) and will be harder for the pawn shop to sell.
How Much Will A Pawn Shop Pay For A Yeti Cooler?
A (very) general rule of thumb to estimate how much a pawn shop will give you for an item is between 30% and 50% of the price they’ll be able to resell the item for.
That usually amounts to cash in hand around 20% to 30% of the item’s original retail price.
That means a cooler like the $500 Roadie 60 Wheeled Cooler might get you somewhere between $100 and $150. While a less expensive cooler like the $300 Hopper Flip 18 Soft Cooler would be more in the $60 to $90 range.
And because Yeti Coolers have such a high demand, it’s reasonable to expect those numbers to typically land in the higher end of those ranges.
Just keep in mind, these are very rough, general estimates and the price you get will ultimately depend on the store you visit and the offer they give you. Remember, pawn shops are often able to negotiate so you don't always have to take their first offer, try to haggle for more.
There’s a lot of variance from region to region (if you live near a beach, coolers are normally in higher demand), shop to shop (some pawn shops just offer better deals), and even from season to season (coolers fly off the shelves in the summer months), so your best bet is to call up a few shops in your area to ask for a more accurate estimate.
You Can Usually Get More Money Selling It On Craiglist, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace etc
While pawn shops will give you money for your Yeti cooler they'll tend to only give you 30-50% of what they can sell it for.
This means if you're willing to put in a bit of work yourself you can often get a much higher price by selling your cooler directly to someone else rather than handing it over to a pawn shop.
Yeti coolers tend to hold their value fairly well and places like Craiglist, Ebay and Facebook Marketplace are commonly used for people to buy and sell used Yeti coolers.
The better the condition of the cooler the more money you'll likely be able to ask.
Plus there are some rare Yeti cooler colors and if you happen to have one of these you could actually sell your cooler for more than what a new one is worth.