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Old 09-13-2011, 03:10 PM   #271
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I often wonder why people don't just put this stuff on ebay/craigslist/etc. It seems like 99% of the stuff that comes in the door the seller never gets waht he/she wants.
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Like they say on the show: cash money. There's something to be said for walking away with a stack of cash, instead of having to deal with the hassles and uncertainty things like eBay or Craigslist can bring.
Not to mention that the pawn shop is in Vegas. If ever there was a place where people often need fast cash, it's there.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:14 PM   #272
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Chumlee and the pirate ship was totally staged by production. Wonder if they let the seller in on it. He seemed genuinely annoyed.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:03 PM   #273
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Chumlee and the pirate ship was totally staged by production. Wonder if they let the seller in on it. He seemed like a very bad actor.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:12 PM   #274
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new shows air 11/28/2011 and they have a marathon right now.

just saw an episode "Time Machines" dated 8/16/2009 where it looks like Ron Dale (the brother of Rick Dale from American Restoration) is the "customer" that sells Rick a beat up coke machine and then RD restores it. It also appears that the "restored" coke machine wasnt even the one they brought in to "restore."

http://centraltendencies.com/2011/03...stars-is-fake/
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:27 PM   #275
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I love that this guy's problem with the show is that it's on History, so it should be accurate. Hello, this is History... The home of UFO Hunters and Ancient Aliens. Authenticity needs to be evaluated on a show-by show basis, not assumed for everything airing on the channel.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:00 PM   #276
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I love that this guy's problem with the show is that it's on History, so it should be accurate. Hello, this is History... The home of UFO Hunters and Ancient Aliens. Authenticity needs to be evaluated on a show-by show basis, not assumed for everything airing on the channel.
South Park from a couple weeks ago was a bit anti History Channel.

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Old 11-26-2011, 11:38 PM   #277
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new shows air 11/28/2011 and they have a marathon right now.

just saw an episode "Time Machines" dated 8/16/2009 where it looks like Ron Dale (the brother of Rick Dale from American Restoration) is the "customer" that sells Rick a beat up coke machine and then RD restores it. It also appears that the "restored" coke machine wasnt even the one they brought in to "restore."

http://centraltendencies.com/2011/03...stars-is-fake/
I remember when that first aired, some people here noticed that the machines weren't the same. But no one knew who Ron (or Rick) Dale was, since American Restoration wasn't a show yet.

Pretty embarrassing that Ron plays the "customer" in that episode.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:39 AM   #278
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*yawn*.

Yes, Pawn Stars is staged. It has to be because the goal of the show is not about a pawn shop, nor about how pawn shops work. It's just a look at some interesting items and details about that item. It's all about the item.

If you observe closely, the items they show aren't from the same time period (you can see items hanging on the walls that came in on later episodes). And Chum Lee, really? (He's seemed to have gotten more intelligent as time progresses).

Anyhow, once you realize it's about the item, it makes sense it's all staged. Items don't come through the door just as the camera crew focuses on it - it's a standard stage entrance instruction. And ever notice how the shop seems to not be too busy when something big comes in? Or how people would just put items smack in the middle of the floor where customers could walk into it?

Heck, the crew probably review the interesting items that come in and call up the previous (or current, if the item didn't sell) owners to come tape a segment.

And authenticity level varies depending on what the show's about. I meant, seriously - a 24 hour pawn shop that in 3+ years of TV, never seems to have a problem customer? Or how experts seem to be called in constantly? That means while the pawn shop's real, the pawn shop itself isn't the focus and subject to creative artistry (what about the mundane stuff?). The items themselves are the important parts - more specifically, oddities that show up.

Ditto other shows like American Pickers - it's not about two people travelling the country - it's about the stuff they find and the history behind it. Heck both AP and PS are really modernized versions of the antique shows that air.

Hell, half the stuff on "reality TV" is staged as well. Or often re-staged just for dramatic effect.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #279
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It's obvious the show is staged..I don't think anyone doubts that. Look at when a "customer" comes in..the store is dead empty. They close it down for those shots...clean up the store...and do a great job on the lighting (I've been in the store).
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:27 AM   #280
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I'm sure we all know its staged, most shows are. The crew just cant sit around and hope something interesting happens. Its just the matter of the degrees. I still hope for a big difference between Pawn Stars and Operation Repo.

I mean, really, how many folks are going to take a trip to Las Vegas and bring their revolutionary war bond or grandfather's civil war rifle in case they need gambling money?
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:18 PM   #281
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*yawn*.
Of course it's staged to a degree. Given a minute of thought, it's obvious that the film crew isn't there filming 24/7/365 and then they just edit it down to the interesting bits.

But one would hope that the customers they show are the real customers, brought back in when the store is closed for easier filming. The fact that the customer that brought in the coke machine (supposedly) later restored by Rick Dale was actually Ron Dale is the real disappointment IMO.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:45 PM   #282
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Yeah I always assume these shows are mostly fake but entertaining anyway. I like American Restoration, I don't care of the "customers" are fake or where the items come from, it's interesting, to me anyway, to see how they are restored. I don't know much about that so I learn something in most cases.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:11 PM   #283
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You want staged, check out Hardcore Pawn....
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:16 PM   #284
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Hardcore Pawn is a trainwreck. I want to slap the two siblings. And Les. And the customers.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:08 PM   #285
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You want staged, check out Hardcore Pawn....
Staged? What do you mean?

Interesting how all the whack jobs luckily have mic packs on.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:47 PM   #286
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Yeah, I can barely watch Hardcore Pawn. I still watch it though... But if it gets any more Maury Povich I'm out.
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Hardcore Pawn is much more realistic, in that it's all about people selling or getting loans on cheap crap. Pawn stores aren't all antiques and collectibles.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:47 AM   #288
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Just discovered Pawn Queens over the weekend. Anyone else watch it?

Seems OK and the girls aren't bad to look at. Although there seems to be a tad bit of drama made up for the show but from what I've seen it hasn't gotten too cheesy yet.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:35 PM   #289
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Hardcore Pawn is much more realistic, in that it's all about people selling or getting loans on cheap crap. Pawn stores aren't all antiques and collectibles.
Yeah I find Hardcore Pawn to be much more realistic. The siblings remind me of my friend and his sister.

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Just discovered Pawn Queens over the weekend. Anyone else watch it?

Seems OK and the girls aren't bad to look at. Although there seems to be a tad bit of drama made up for the show but from what I've seen it hasn't gotten too cheesy yet.
I watched it for a bit, and I gave up on it. It is really bad on the fake drama, but I forgot it was TLC show so I shouldn't be surprised.

I swear I recognize the one girl from something else also.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #290
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I swear I recognize the one girl from something else also.
Shannon edwards has 52 credits on IMDB, mostly small parts though.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:03 PM   #291
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I'd love to know how much time passed between the ex-blue angel pilot's first look at the trainer and his decision to take it up.

Also, who paid for the fuel?
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Also, who paid for the fuel?
They seem to do that a lot. Waste people's time and money when they have no intention of buying an item. They use the seller's ammo, fuel and property to enjoy themselves and then give a lowball offer or say we are not interested at all.
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Surely (1) the show reimburses these people for any resources used, (2) the show is scripted, so it's not like it's a surprise to anyone, (3) the sellers know full well they're taping a segment for TV, and it's not a real "sale" or "no-sale"..oh, and (4) the sellers are probably compensated for their time as well (I'm guessing).
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Really, come on if you're trying to sell a jet, is the first place you go to a Pawn shop?? I wouldn't be surprised if they contacted the seller to set this up.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:23 AM   #295
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It seems like a great way to advertise your unique product. And I think half of the people would sell for a loss just to get on tv.
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Well that wouldn't really be advertising the unique product if you're selling it for half it's worth.
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I'm kinda shocked you can get a freaking fighter jet for $200k. I have no idea what planes cost, but I figured a nice little single-engine prop plane would cost that much.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:42 AM   #298
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I totally want that jet.
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Well that wouldn't really be advertising the unique product if you're selling it for half it's worth.
That's the price to the tv show. When you go to buy it outside the show, the price may shoot up.
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That's the price to the tv show. When you go to buy it outside the show, the price may shoot up.
My comment was in regards to half the people selling for a loss. How is that advertising?
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