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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. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    I have semi recently caught up on this show, and really enjoy it. Is one of my favorites.

    Been reading through the thread and will share a few of my own comments. Sure a lot of the stuff is staged, but I don't think the nuts and bolts are really staged.

    As for the experts, I suspect the experts do the consulting for several reasons. 1) The get their expertise and business acknowledged on tv, which is of great value to them. 2) Rick likely looks out for items for them that they may be interested in and give them the first chance to purchase said items.

    I doubt there are specific fees paid in most cases. As for someone like the Museum guy, that is what he does, so he probably enjoys seeing these items. I also suspect most of the experts like doing it because it provides them the chance to see stuff they would not otherwise get.

    I don't think they use experts nearly as often for every day purchases as they do for the show, but I guess those items are special and thus why they end up on the show. Part of the reason why I believe they do get the appraisal in front of the customer is it sends a message to customers of their honesty. You watch the show and see that the guy appraises it for $1500 at an auction, you know Rick is not going to offer $1500. He is going to offer $500 and pay $700.

    It buys them credibility with the general population and the average customer, and it also likely makes their job negotiating easier.

    I do enjoy the show. I recorded it when it first came on but never watched it. I think some other channel had a pawn themed show on at the same time. But have caught up most episodes and watching the new ones.. Just a real entertaining show. Having never been in a pawn shop this makes me interested. As for things that go on in this shop in terms of knowledge, and items and such. This is a seemingly unique pawn shop, where the owners have a lot of knowledge that covers a lot of territory. This is likely why this shop has a tv show about it. Because of their knowledge and interesting items. I doubt the producers just randomly picked a pawn shop out of the phone book.
  2. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Sounds like something I might like. SP set. Thanks for the tip. :)
  3. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    The Tall City
    That's about my feelings as well. The producers don't go around asking for people to bring in odd items. Just just sit back and wait for the guys to bring in a list of people that stopped by with something unique and they pick which ones get called back. The intros are probably staged. They already know what the person has and might already have the expert in back enjoying a beverage while the setup is filmed.

    Probably a whole lot more of #2 then #1. The antique arms and armor guy bought that key gun right away.

    I think while the show is going they are making appointments for the special items and everything else is business as usually. I've seen both Rick and Corey mention several times that their business is 55% pawn but I've only heard one customer prefer to pawn their item over selling it.

    They got picked because they are family run and not a corporate store like Cash America or Super Pawn or any other chain. If anyone would ever bring in any item seen on Pawn Stars to the chain stores I'd lay good money that it was a stolen item.
  4. omnibus

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

    Sep 25, 2001
    Lost in Wyoming
    6/21 Guy approaches the old man with a duckie pull toy and asks for $500.

    I know there's a market for old toys but like the old man said it has to be in new condition in a box to be worth that.

    I was surprised that it brought more than the $25 first offer.
  5. Mikeyis4dcats

    Mikeyis4dcats Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    Rick and his partners actually made a self-produced pilot to sell the show idea. You can find it on youtube. They weren't picked by anyone.
  6. CraigK

    CraigK (unspecified)

    Jun 9, 2006
    North of...
    I'm getting real tired of the fake pause they edit in now between the time an expert is asked if an item is authentic (or what it's worth) and his/her reply. :thumbsdown:
  7. pmyers

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    How bad do things have to be, before you'd come in there to pawn or sell a $40 item? I'm amazed at some of the crap people bring in there! Have you ever heard of Ebay, people?!?
  8. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    You can't really pawn stuff on ebay. I'm also sure that there is a good % of the population that hasn't heard of ebay or have no idea how it works. People who desperately need $40 probably don't even have an internet connection.
  9. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    It's Vegas. When you got da fever, you need da cash NOW.
  10. Neenahboy

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier TCF Club

    Apr 7, 2004
    Arlington, VA
    Here's their original pitch tape, if anyone's curious.

  11. scottjf8

    scottjf8 Dada and Kaya.

    Nov 11, 2001
    McKinney, TX
  12. Neenahboy

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier TCF Club

    Apr 7, 2004
    Arlington, VA
    My bad...it's the first time I've embedded a YT video here, and I still can't get it to load properly even though I seem to have followed the instructions correctly. Talk about a back asswards plugin...seems to be more hassle than it's worth.

  13. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Looks like you figured it out. It's totally counter intuitive to have that first Popup screen appear. Most people would assume that you are supposed to paste the code in there. I know I did the first time... They should just get rid of that popup and go straight to the tags in the post.
  14. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
  15. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    The whole flax bow thing or whatever it was called was really cheesy. The show is good enough without them having to put crap like that or the Subway commercials in the episodes.
  16. Ment

    Ment Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    I'm convinced ChumLee is fed some of his lines. He cracks me up with his stupidity but some of the idiot things he says have to be rehearsed...they're too good.
  17. Frylock

    Frylock Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2002
    Just West...
  18. Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

    Mar 24, 2000
    Sinnoh region
    Almost everything you see is scripted to some degree; that's just the way it is with reality TV these days. Did you really think Rick knows so much about every subject as soon as the customer walks in?
  19. MarkofT

    MarkofT ****

    Jul 27, 2001
    The Tall City
    Probably pretty close. In interviews he states that he is an absolute bookworm. Add in looking items brought in for the last 30 years should give him a pretty wide knowledge base.

    I don't think Chumlee is fed lines. I think he plays dumb for the cameras.
  20. Unbeliever

    Unbeliever Random Nobody

    Feb 3, 2001
    Altadena, CA
    The pitch videos look more interesting and "reality" than the History channel show.

    --Carlos V.

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