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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. latrobe7

    latrobe7 Just one more thing

    May 1, 2005
  2. pmyers

    pmyers New Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Would be hard to sell a lot of there stuff on Ebay though
  3. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher

    Mar 5, 2002
    And to further clarify, they had a sign on the wall that said you had 120 days to pick the item back up, and they charged 10% interest per month, along with a processing fee.

    They also said verbally they give people an unwritten 14 days beyond the 120 days, just in case.

    Stumbled across the show this past week (while being snowed in) and found it entertaining enough to SP.
  4. scottjf8

    scottjf8 Dada and Kaya.

    Nov 11, 2001
    We love this show. Chumlee is the best.
  5. nmiller855

    nmiller855 New Member

    Sep 26, 2000
    The dune buggy episode really made me laugh. The kite episode is classic Chumlee.
  6. scottjf8

    scottjf8 Dada and Kaya.

    Nov 11, 2001
    I dig how anytime they take a gun out to test it, they always have Chum shoot it first :D
  7. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    And you can pay the full interest and they will extend for anothe 120 days. Basically you pay off the pawn in full and they give you a new one.
  8. pmyers

    pmyers New Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    This really has turned into one of my favorite shows. I just love all of the random stuff that comes in there!
  9. billypritchard

    billypritchard Embiggener

    May 7, 2001
    I like it a lot, but the format is pretty rigid. Same phrases for every person who comes in. Most of the special items fall into certain categories (guns, machinery, coins/memoribilia). I'd like there to be more variety in the items.

    The Old Man is awesome.
  10. markz

    markz Hilarity Ensues

    Oct 22, 2002
    On an episode I saw the other day, they sold a Rolex watch that they had purchased earlier. Big Hoss bet the old man that he could sell it for $5000. If Big Hoss won, the old man would have to wear in some baggy jeans to work. If Big Hoss lost, he would have to wear a suit and tie to work for 3 weeks.

    As far as pawn shops go, when I was in the Army from 1987-1990, there were LOTS of pawn shops outside the Army base. I bought all of my stereo equipment at the various pawn shops. You could even find the same items at several stores and get them to meet or beat each other's prices.

    Most of the stuff came from GI's that needed drinking money so they'd pawn the stuff they bought when they had money. Sometimes the guys would pawn their kevlar helmets, boots, uniforms, etc and then when they didn't have them for our next inspections, they'd get written up and sometimes even lose rank/pay, etc for selling gov't equipment.
  11. Steve_Martin

    Steve_Martin Grandminion

    Jul 18, 2004
    I can't believe they actually drank it too.
  12. janry

    janry New Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    I got a kick out of the man trying to sell the 5 signed Pete Rose baseball cards but Rick said they were fake so he wouldn't buy them. Then the guy says he knows they are real and he'd bet Pete Roses's reputation on it. LOL
  13. ElJay

    ElJay New Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    Yeah, the formula is feeling way too scripted. Although the items generally are rather interesting to hear about.

    Old gun comes in. Is it real or not? Expert says it's real. Ok I'll buy it, but it will be worth more if we have a successful test fire. Let's go to the firing range and test it out.

    Old <priceless artifact> comes in. Wow, this is great. I'd love to have it in my store. Expert gives a guess about an auction price. I wonder if I can get it for a good price? Customer asks for big bucks. No deal

    Big ticket item comes in. That's a lot of money to lock up, but if we restore it we'll double/triple our money. Shop fixes the item and everybody is happy.
  14. pmyers

    pmyers New Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    I think the items have a good variety: motorcycle, coke machine, chair, wagon, spoon, chest, clock, etc. Of course there are going to be a lot of guns....it's a pawn shop ;)

    and being in sales.....I can say that most transactions follow a usual "script".
  15. Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

    Mar 24, 2000
    Agree that's it repetitive in process, and comes across as heavily scripted at times - every time Chumlee does something *really* stupid I can't help but think the producers are pushing him to do it - but it's still really interesting, educational*, and fun. Plus it's family-friendly so I can watch it with my kids. There aren't too many shows for which that's all true.

    * I wonder how much research Rick does before going on camera and spewing forth all his seemingly extemporaneous knowledge of { baseball cards, antique clocks, revolutionary war guns, art, etc. }. His breadth of knowledge is simply staggering as seen on TV.
  16. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

    Sep 25, 2001
    One of my favorites was the antique hand made cuckoo clock. Expert says that if the cuckoo works it will be worth thousands more. Then they all hover over the clock while the expert checks to see.
    it worked
  17. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    I don't see him having to research a whole lot. He seems to know the generalities and key things to pick up on but the depth of knowledge isn't there and he has been surprised by things now and then. He has been doing this for 20 years or so and remember, this is his job. Lots of time to learn new tricks from his buddies.
  18. ellinj

    ellinj Seems Very Friendly

    Feb 26, 2002
    I am always surprised about the endless supply of experts that he defers to. Who knew that there would be so many in the Las Vegas area.
  19. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed &amp;amp;amp; Juliet's CPA

    Feb 27, 2001
    If you are the only family-owned pawn shops in the area... and probably one of the biggest; you can always find a way to get experts to help.
  20. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak New Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Cash helps too since there is usually a consultant fee paid to experts.

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