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Old 07-21-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Anyone else catch Pawn Stars on the History channel?

I found it strangely entertaining. It's about a guy, his father, and his son who run a pawn shop in Vegas, and the strange things that people bring in the door.

Give it a shot.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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I half saw a commercial (what are those? I was cooking, Ok?) for it over the weekend and thought it seemed interesting but I didn't set an SP.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:04 PM   #3
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I caught the two episodes this week and the 3 main characters seemed pretty interesting, especially the old man. Doesn't hurt that it is also a Las Vegas pawn shop and I recognize the surrounding areas.

Big Hoss's comment about his assistant was pretty good too. "He may be the village idiot, but he is my village idiot."
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:52 PM   #4
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I stumbled upon this the other day; I like watching the haggling and there will no doubt be lots of interesting people selling lots of weird stuff.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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That's disappointing. I thought the title said pron stars
I'll give it a look anyway.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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From Bill Maher's last episode of "Real Time":

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New Rule: Between the "Ice Road Truckers," the show about lumberjacks and the show about a pawn shop, The History Channel must change its name to the "Poor Life Choices Network." What's next? "Porn Shop Janitors"?

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Old 07-22-2009, 04:15 PM   #7
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:56 AM   #8
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I like it. Sort of like a Antiques Roadshow for the common man, with a huge dose of reality thrown it.

The old man is cool. I bet he has some great stories to tell that he can't tell on camera.
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:35 PM   #9
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I'm loving this show. Thanks for the head's up!
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:27 PM   #10
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I don't understand why someone would bring a vintage guitar or gun to a pawn shop to sell (not pawn) instead of taking it to a guitar shop or gun shop in the first place. Or even better yet, advertise it yourself in a specialty forum or magazine. It seems you could get more money that way. Maybe they think they can monetize their assets faster this way, but some, like the guy with the art prints, was not in a hurry.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:31 PM   #11
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I don't understand why someone would bring a vintage guitar or gun to a pawn shop to sell (not pawn) instead of taking it to a guitar shop or gun shop in the first place. Or even better yet, advertise it yourself in a specialty forum or magazine. It seems you could get more money that way. Maybe they think they can monetize their assets faster this way, but some, like the guy with the art prints, was not in a hurry.
I agree and made the same comment to my wife. I guess these people are willing to make less for the quick cash....or in the case of that guitar...the real guitar shops new it was crap and wouldn't pay him either so he figured he'd try a pawn shop.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:14 PM   #12
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It's easier to find a reputable pawnshop then it is to find a shop specializing in the item you want to sell. You can also form a working relationship with the pawn shop and they nurture the relationship by giving you slightly better deals or a heads up when something you might be interested in shows up.

Selling the item yourself is just a pain. How many cars have you sold yourself either from classifieds or just parking it on a well trafficked street? Compare that to how many cars you have traded in for less then what you would get selling it yourself.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:21 PM   #13
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Also, they may not really want to get rid if it. Just put it up as collateral for a loan.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:40 AM   #14
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This is a interesting show.
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It's easier to find a reputable pawnshop then it is to find a shop specializing in the item you want to sell. You can also form a working relationship with the pawn shop and they nurture the relationship by giving you slightly better deals or a heads up when something you might be interested in shows up.

Selling the item yourself is just a pain. How many cars have you sold yourself either from classifieds or just parking it on a well trafficked street? Compare that to how many cars you have traded in for less then what you would get selling it yourself.
I've sold 3 cars myself and only traded in one, and I regretted not selling the one myself. I am probably $5000 ahead by selling them myself and probably gave up well over $1000 by trading in the one.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:58 AM   #16
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I don't understand why someone would bring a vintage guitar or gun to a pawn shop to sell (not pawn) instead of taking it to a guitar shop or gun shop in the first place. Or even better yet, advertise it yourself in a specialty forum or magazine. It seems you could get more money that way. Maybe they think they can monetize their assets faster this way, but some, like the guy with the art prints, was not in a hurry.
It does seem to be a high end pawn shop. I don't know what the guy with the art prints was thinking. Perhaps he was lying to get the price he wanted. I'm assuming these people see the pawn shop as the path of least resistance to selling the thing (as opposed to a specialized auction or magazine ads). Of course that path is likely going to cost at least 50% of the item's value.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:04 PM   #17
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Also, they may not really want to get rid if it. Just put it up as collateral for a loan.
That's the first thing they ask and most of the people they have shown with these Antiques Roadshow type items are looking to sell.

I am really enjoying the show, too. The family interaction is fun and the items are pretty cool. I am sure they will get even more interesting items, now!
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:09 PM   #18
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I really enjoy it. It's definitely not your typical pawn shop, because I never saw a boat at my local pawn shop! It's pretty entertaining.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:25 PM   #19
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Is this real...? I can't seem to figure out the actual name of this pawn shop...
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:58 AM   #20
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I like it. Sort of like a Antiques Roadshow for the common man, with a huge dose of reality thrown it.

The old man is cool. I bet he has some great stories to tell that he can't tell on camera.
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:17 AM   #21
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Is this real...? I can't seem to figure out the actual name of this pawn shop...
"Gold & Silver Pawn Shop" is the name of it, from here
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:13 AM   #22
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Big Hoss's comment about his assistant was pretty good too. "He may be the village idiot, but he is my village idiot."
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:16 PM   #23
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I started watching this show a few days ago, I find the stuff that comes through the door pretty interesting.
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:50 PM   #24
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I like the show. I almost wonder if it is one of the ones that Dave Atell visited when he had his Insomniac show because most of the store personal look familiar.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:17 AM   #25
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Seasone pass set, I loved how the old man complained about the cost of restoring the Lincoln, then would not sell it and kept it for himself.

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Old 08-12-2009, 08:27 AM   #26
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I was shocked to see that 75% of the stuff that comes in the door they can't reach a deal on. I figured it would be a lot lower. I guess they must need to bring few quite a few people to make up each episode.

The only thing that would make this better is seeing how much the items sold for. I'd love to see someone buy the cannon or the boat. Or even from the latest episode, what ring did the guy trade for?
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The only thing that would make this better is seeing how much the items sold for. I'd love to see someone buy the cannon or the boat. Or even from the latest episode, what ring did the guy trade for?
This. But I figure they don't want to piss off the people selling them stuff with how much money they are making off the stuff.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:13 AM   #28
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I think the woman with all the autographs should have held out for her price; I think she would have got it.
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I think the boat thing was BS. I'm sure it was checked out prior to him buying it. The Dad and Grandpa were so adimant about not buying boats I'm sure a kid that grew up in that invironement wouldn't shell out 16.5K that easily especially with the both of them sitting in the store.
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I think the boat thing was BS. I'm sure it was checked out prior to him buying it. The Dad and Grandpa were so adimant about not buying boats I'm sure a kid that grew up in that invironement wouldn't shell out 16.5K that easily especially with the both of them sitting in the store.
I think you're right that he definitely knew the "no boats" policy, but I also think he only bought it because the camera was on him.
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