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Anyone else catch Pawn Stars on the History channel?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by scooterboy, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Dec 9, 2009 #61 of 406
    Idearat

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    I like the show. The thing that surprised me is how much they'd pay to fix things up to increase their sale price. The coke machine, gas pump, barber chair, Shelby Cobra and boat had substantial money added in addition to the purchase price to make them more valuable. So these guys aren't just buying low and selling high, they're investing the extra money to make more money in the end.

    I like that when they have the experts come in for a consult they they're doing it in front of the person who wants to sell the item. They could conceivably find out the value then really lowball the seller who didn't hear the value. Some customers feel like they are being lowballed, but they don't usually understand the difference between the highest auction price and a wholesale price. The only one that I'm sure bummed out the seller when he saw it on TV was the ship's chronometer. They brought it in and sold it as non-running, but the clock expert pulled out the bits of cardboard used to secure it in transport and found it working perfectly and worth quite a bit more than what the shop bought it for.

    I wonder how many people bring an item in, get the expert evaluation, then reject the wholesale offer only to go straight to selling it on Ebay with all the new information they learned put in the item's description.
     
  2. Dec 9, 2009 #62 of 406
    Adam1115

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    It can be, but in my experience they are better negotiators than me.
     
  3. Dec 9, 2009 #63 of 406
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    There was one the other night where a guy brought in a harper's ferry musket and turned out it was still loaded. After getting the evaluation the guy decided to keep it.

    I don't remember the item but the expert was in awe of it, he said museums didn't have one in as good shape as this owner did. He estimated auction house as really high, and instead of taking it to an auction house he pawned it for thousands and thousands less.

    Why??
     
  4. Dec 9, 2009 #64 of 406
    Adam1115

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    Needed the money right away would be my guess.
     
  5. Dec 9, 2009 #65 of 406
    pmyers

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    I've only been in a pawn shop once and was looking at some power tools. the prices were not near as cheap as I thought they would be, but then again maybe they expect you to barter. I would think jewelry would be cheaper.
     
  6. Dec 9, 2009 #66 of 406
    Idearat

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    I've peeked in a few pawn shops, but the prices are just OK, no steals. When you deal in used goods you probably have an idea on what they're worth, so you don't offer deals unless you just need to clear out inventory.
     
  7. Dec 9, 2009 #67 of 406
    MarkofT

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    They were filming at the Pawn Shop tonight when I drove by after work. They had one door closed off and a bunch of lights in the other door. It was a good bit after dark too and you never see them filming after dark, it's always bright and clear outside.
     
  8. Dec 10, 2009 #68 of 406
    wendiness1

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    When they consult an expert, who pays for that? The implication is that they are doing a favor but surely if a pawn shop consulted experts all the time there would be a fee.
     
  9. Dec 10, 2009 #69 of 406
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    Or inserted a video camera. The bullet holes were more than big enough for that or even a small mirror...
     
  10. Dec 10, 2009 #70 of 406
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    I'm guessing they have their 'experts' on call and pay them a small montly fee. Its worth it for them since they don't want to possibly spend alot on something worthless.
     
  11. Dec 10, 2009 #71 of 406
    janry

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    I've been disappointed in the merchandise of the few pawn shops I've been in. Things like power tools were not even cleaned. Electronic items looked like they'd been through a war. Prices were not good. No thanks. The pawns shops I went in were the chain ones.

    I've wondered if a lot of the things in the series are not really purchased by the pawn shop, such as the airplane, coke vending machine, and other high end specialty items. It makes for a good show to think the pawn shop is buying, fixing and reselling them, but I wonder if the "experts" they deal with aren't really the purchasers.

    Obviously, they buy some of the items like the Lincoln. I wonder if Chumlee is still making payments on the Harley.
     
  12. Dec 10, 2009 #72 of 406
    janry

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    Swirl_Junkie

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    I would think they bring the experts in just for television value, and are payed in part by the production company. I think that the pawn shop might have some experts on a retainer type system, but would be used much more infrequently than when they are filming for the show.
     
  14. Dec 10, 2009 #74 of 406
    wendiness1

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    I have an old steamer trunk (probably 1910) that I have yet to get open. I wonder what's in it?
     
  15. Dec 10, 2009 #75 of 406
    Kablemodem

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    I hope it's not full of steamers.
     
  16. Dec 10, 2009 #76 of 406
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  17. Dec 10, 2009 #77 of 406
    janry

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    Jimmy Hoffa?
     
  18. Dec 11, 2009 #78 of 406
    Supfreak26

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    Caught this show on accident last night and I really like it! Going to set up an SP in hopes of catching some old eps.

    I like that it's like Antique Roadshow but not as boring.

    One of the episodes last night had a quilt with signatures from hundreds of old celebrities. What a cool item. And I want that treasure chest! The locking mechanism was very cool.
     
  19. Jan 1, 2010 #79 of 406
    JFriday

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    Pretty funny when Chumlee set the ball and chain down on the glass counter.
     
  20. Jan 1, 2010 #80 of 406
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    That was HILARIOUS! OMG!
     

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