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It is staged to a degree. Rick, Hoss, Chum and The Old Man can't even work the counter anymore because of fans. The shop couldn't do business. So when interesting stuff comes in worthy of air time, they stage that for the show. Not necessarily the negotiation but the set up. And people don't necessarily sell things to pawn shops out of desperation. Many times it is out of convenience cause they don't want to deal with selling it themselves. My friend is a sports memorabilia dealer, and I have sold stuff to him because I don't feel like doing it myself on eBay. Unique items are especially hard to sell for the everyday person. Pawn shops aren't only for druggies and those down on their luck.
If I recall, the first episodes of American Pickers, were a bit different.
They'd actually show the cold calls (where they only show some of that now), and I want to say I remember a lot less interesting items found.
As an aside:
I have a cousin who contacted American Pickers.
She had 7 semi-trailers and 6 buildings from an Uncle of mine who pretty much hoarded everything.
I know he had gasoline station signs, a lot of them, but American Pickers told her thanks but no thanks.
She just wanted the stuff gone as it's deteriorating, as the buildings need too much repair. It's not like she was off the beaten path or anything, but they weren't interested.
My guess is they have so many offerings to choose from that they can never get to them all?
This post was edited by gessig 18 months ago
Woody and Archie.................................. Alex being Alex, ....................................and Woody at Dennison
Weather these shows are rigged to get good stuff or not, I can watch them all the time. Pickers is probably my favorite. But Pawn Stars and Restoration is pretty good also.
I've been seeing commericals for Vikings. It looks to be pretty sweet!
AtlantaBuck- think of it...you sell the item, they hand you cash in $100 bills..you are a mile from the Las Vegas strip.......What bothers me an my wife is that a guy comes in with his Grandfathers gun, a gun he says "means so much to us"....Grandpa died last month and we have had it in the family all these years.".....the guy has tears in his eyes......Rick says "I'll give you $1000 for it, and the guy says .."I'll take it"!
This post was edited by Bigjimmie 18 months ago
Jimmie, they took it cus they already spent the rest of whatever inheritance they got from him, so now they're hocking the goods :-)
I don't watch ancient aliens for the info on the aliens, I like seeing all the old architecture from thousands of years ago that is still standing, and how it's aligned with stars, just seeing different sites that I never knew existed. For instance when they showed one of the mountains in one of the smaller European countries (can't remember which 1 now) is actually a very large pyramid with access tunnels that predates those even in Egypt and is even larger to scale.
My freshman year of college I took a humanities course on all the old civilizations and found it very interesting, so it's cool to see more of that, and get a little more info on it as well.
This post was edited by BuckeyeChuck81 18 months ago
Meaning these people are selling a piece of family history due to gambling?
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