Auction Hunters and Storage Wars

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by pmyers, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. GDG76

    GDG76 .

    Oct 2, 2000


    I don't think the auctioneers would have to be in on it. After the locker is sold, nothing is stopping A&E from putting stuff in there.

    I had always thought there wouldn't be these valuable treasures so I'm sure Hester is correct (and a jerk to boot :))
  2. Ment

    Ment Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Dang Brandi's not real. ;)
  3. Boston Fan

    Boston Fan Active Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    Eastern PA
    Nah, they're real. I think the plastic surgery money was for Darrel's moobs.
  4. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

    Feb 26, 2001
    Salt Lake...
    There's really only two female cast members: Brandi and Dan's wife.

    Brandi already had sex appeal. I'm betting Dan's wife is the one who got plastic surgery. Also, Hester's business relationship with Dan would make him more likely to know such a thing.
  5. Azlen

    Azlen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ


    A few things in Dave's legal complaint that I found kinda funny.
    -He claims what they are doing is illegal based on the law that made it illegal to fix game shows.
    -That it was his work on the show that caused him to have to close his store fronts.
    -They gave money to the less experienced buyers in order to compete with him and that they didn't give him any money to buy the units. Dave's high opinion of himself permeates the entire filing.

    I think this has all came about because Dave wanted more money. He threatened to "expose" the show if they didn't cave to his demands. They didn't cave so here they are. I wonder how much money they will give him to say nice things about the show and go away. I would think A&E would want to avoid going to trial.
  6. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    I'm still completely baffled by the massive popularity of this show. I genuinely don't get it. You're watching the same four (annoying people) try to outbid each other for storage lockers anyone with half a brain would know are rigged with stuff, and then "winning" based on numbers they're making up on the spot on what something COULD sell for. So not only is the stuff they're competing for not genuine, but the method of determining who wins is based on absolutely nothing. So how is this one of the top rated reality shows on TV?

    I tried to watch it a while back and couldn't stop laughing at the fact that people are so into it. I think it was Dave going through a locker and everything he sees he's just throwing out amounts and they're being tallied on the bottom of the screen. Then when I see those numbers gauge the winner, and then there's always an interview with said Winner being all gloaty, I threw in the towel, lol.

    I know all reality shows are fake, but what's the entertainment value here? On the other side, believe it or not I still have discussions with my coworker who fully believes this show is legit (and most reality shows as well). I hope she's not too devastated when she reads about this lawsuit.
  7. Maui

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    Next you'll be telling me that wrestling is fake and that I should not be enjoying it either.
  8. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    Exactly!!! lol... I guess there's still some entertainment value there since you don't know the outcome (like a scripted TV show), but I don't think a fake competition/sporting event has the same feel. I look at it as if the NFL or MLB was rigged/scripted. Any drama that comes from watching a game would be gone. For me anyway.
  9. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    I watched this show tonight. The thing about them making up a number and then using that as their profit really bugs me. Darrell pulls out an old Apple CRT monitor and says something like "this here computer will make $400 easy" and they mark off $400 on his tally. The only problem is, that's not a computer, it's an old monitor. And it only works on a very small number of pretty old (G4, G5) Macs. A seller would be lucky to get $25 for that monitor. Unless they follow up and see what these items really sell for, what's the point. Dave can stand around making up numbers all day about $25 bags of clothes, but until he sells them, they aren't worth a cent.
  10. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    It's not a game show and the cast are not contestants. What has Dave been smoking?

    I hope it goes to trial. Mr. Hester, do you swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth?

  11. secondclaw

    secondclaw Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    I watch it to learn a bit about interesting stuff found in the lockers, and for Brandi and Barry. I fast-forward through bidding process and cringe though 'appraisals' and stop watching before the tally summary at the end. And never presume the 'treasures' are there by chance.
  12. Hank

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I think this show is more about history and less about real auctions, just like Pawn Stars is. Like you said, it would be better if they just lined up all the interesting items found in lockers (for real) and got experts to talk about them and how much they're worth. OR, if they did it as ACTUAL REALITY, and sure, pick and choose which lockers they include in the show, but cut out all the set ups and plants.
  13. pmyers

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    I just take that all with a grain of salt and chalk it up to an easy way to show the viewers who the losers and winners are. There has to be some way of keeping score. I'd also say that most shows do something very similiar especially all the home flip shows.
  14. verdugan

    verdugan Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Sacramento, CA
    You should be watching Antiques Roadshow :D
  15. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    The lawsuit says he was essentially going to rake in at least $750,000 for the season. ($25k per episode plus a huge expense account.) He should've been happy with that, because I think he's overvaluing himself.

    The producers of the show aren't doing any harm to their viewers by making it interesting. I'd be very happy to sign a job offer that said, "We're going to make you look like a total moron on a TV show, and here is $750,000 in compensation for this few week's worth of work."
  16. DaveMN

    DaveMN Curmudgeon, Skeptic

    Nov 14, 2001
  17. pmyers

    pmyers Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Gilbert, AZ
    You do have a point there. I was thinking more about them doing it before hand.....but after they won the locker would make much more sense. they could then stage the locker however they want with no laws to worry about.
  18. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table

  19. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    Dave rarely buys any lockers anyway. All he does is bid them up. I'm glad to see him gone from the show, but I hope they don't replace him with the guy who hates Dan.
  20. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    New season of Auction Hunters started tonight.

    They opened a pawn shop (Haff-Ton Pawn) in CA to sell some of the things they get from the units.

    No more eye-candy though. Wonder what happened to the blonde girl that teamed up with them last year?

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