Maybe funniest Chumlee moment of pawn stars.

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  1. Hank

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    I hate the negotiations that are always the same. Doesn't anyone go in and double what they want? The old man always just says "No". And Rick always ends up giving about 30-40% of the "original offer". It's really boring to watch every single time. Just once I'd like to see someone go in and say "I want $500, but I'm going to start out at $2000 and negotiate down from there"... and then end up at the original $500 they wanted in the first place. Are people really that stupid to (a) always state the opening bid, and (2) always be honest on what they "want"?


    I guess what I'm saying is the negotiations also must be scripted/rehearsed.
     
  2. Gromit

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    In a recent episode, the item owner told the camera in the parking lot that he wanted $400 but would go as low as $300. Rick asked what he wanted for it and he says, without heistation, "$300". Awesome haggling skills dude.

    I agree, it's getting kind of boring. I keep hoping for the rare item that the owner thinks is worth $X and ends up being worth $X + $10,000. Just something to make it interesting.

    But no fake stuff, please. There's enough of that on the show already.
     
  3. Frylock

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    Ehhh, I don't wonder if people get on camera, and figure that if they don't accept the offer, they won't appear on tv. So they accept what Rick or the Old Man offer to improve their chances of getting on the show.

    Their offers are also pretty consistent with what a pawn shop would offer, so it's not like Rick is making lowball offers.
     
  4. JLucPicard

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    Kind of off topic but something I found interesting - there's a show called Pawn Queens. They negotiated with a guy for an OLD style refrigerator (with the round cooling unit on the top of the 'icebox'). Didn't work perfectly and they agreed on $80 for it. They called in their expert and had him look at it. There was a bit of a problem, but they retrofitted the unit with modern cooling technology for a few thousand dollars and they were able to sell it for somewhere around $8000.

    As the ending credits roll they flash notes about the items you saw on the show (so-and-so who didn't want to have anything to do with the offer that was made to them called back to take it, that kind of thing) and there was a note about the refrigerator transaction that they actually contacted the guy they bought it from and gave him another $1750 (around half their profit on it).

    I like that apsect of the show (the 'what happened' updates) and often wonder how some of the Pawn Stars sellers feel when they see how much the store was able to sell their items for.
     
  5. Marc

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    Something like this did happen once. A woman came in with some object and offered to sell it for a couple hundred dollars. Rick paused, chuckled, and then said that he couldn't take advantage of her and offered her something in the thousands range.

    Found it in this episode. It was a Fabergé brooch.

     
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    The problem with that is, if they're way off base from the [pawn] "value" is, Rick will immediately say "We're way too far apart to even try to negotiate."
     
  8. Hank

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    I'm not convinced. I think he's been in the business long enough to know that people are basically (a) honest and (ii) bad negotiators. So they go in STARTING with the value they think is a fair amount for the item. They've likely done their research and often times Rick hasn't. So he takes their starting value as a realistic selling value (which is usually accurate) and Rick just chops 60-70% off of it for the counter offer. Take that myan beaded vest he paid $1300 for that was worthless!
     
  9. pmyers

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    Did you mean dishonest? Rick's said many times that he assumes everybody is lying (especially in the pawn business).


    I almost threw up having to watch the 30 second Subway breakfast commercial in the last episode. I saw Rick walk in with the bag and thought "here we go....".
     
  10. Hank

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    No, I meant honest. If everyone was not honest, they'd be going in with high-ball starting offers, and then negotiating down from there. All these boneheads START with what they want, and end up getting less than half of it because they really need the money. But it's just good business practice for any business to assume that people are dishonest... but that doesn't mean they actually are.
     
  11. Frylock

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    I thought that as well, until I started to look up things. Take the Teddy Ruxpin doll. I thought his value was too low. So I looked online, and he actually was offering what he could sell it for, so he was still too low himself.

    I think Rick knows WAY more than most people do about items. He's said that he doesn't watch tv and only reads history books in the evening. He spends his whole day buying and selling items. I think he's knowledgeable about what he can sell an item for, and how long it will take to sell, and makes an offer accordingly.
     
  12. Frylock

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    Why would you assume that though? In the parking lot, many of them say "I am going to ask for 1,000 bucks, but I will actually take 400". I think people go in high knowing that Rick will want to knock them down.

    Take the car from last night. The guy basically got what he wanted. Because he knew he had a fair price.
     
  13. pmyers

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    I really thought that Rick wasn't going to buy that car just on principle that the guy wouldn't negotiate at all. Good thing he decided to do gold because I'm sure Rick had less into the gold that what it was worth. I don't think Rick buys that car for $100k cash.

    I thought it was ironic that the seller was wearing a Barrett Jackson polo shirt which is a famous car auction.
     
  14. Snappa77

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    sigh.


    Same here. I know WHY they (and other shows) do it but I still HATE it.
     
  15. WhiskeyTango

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    Especially when they concoct some BS story throughout the episode to fit it in at the end (the whole triple shift crap).
     
  16. Unbeliever

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    Saw the bag, hit the 30 second skip. "What ad?"

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  17. Azlen

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    That whole thing was a joke from the very start. Having Chumlee be the only one available to work graveyard. They almost make it seem like the store has no other employees.
    I also thought the thing with George S was a bit ridiculous. "Aren't you George Stephanopoulos?" They knew exactly who he was before they even turned on the camera. I enjoy the show for the most part, but they really do take it to some ridiculous places sometimes.
     
  18. Hank

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    I haven't seen every episode, but I've never seen that happen. I think people really don't know/expect Rick to knock them down so much. Maybe they'll "take 400" but they end up taking 200 because they really need the money. And when it's the old man, he says "what do you want for it?" "I'm looking for $150." "NO".

    Doesn't matter what number the seller throws out there, the old man ALWAYS just says "NO" and goes from there, usually offering 20%-30% of the offer.
     
  19. Hank

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    Saw the same thing on a recent episode of Cougar Town... right in the middle of the show, a real Subway commercial by the cast. Nauseating.
     
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