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This show is about a Las Vegas pawn shop and the first episode was last night at 10 PM EDT. Anybody see it?

It's got some of the same formula of American Choppers, with the Old Man who started the business and is now kind of a joke, the Son who now runs the place, and some other Sons/employees who are cut-ups and clowns. But the real funny stuff are the customers who bring in all kinds of junk to pawn and their inflated opinions of what it's worth. However, I did learn some things about a Hotchkiss gun and a cavalry sabre I never knew.

So all in all, this show has some potential.

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Spent a lot of time in pawn shops for a small business I started some years ago...

I've seen both high drama and comedy while there (usually during the same event).

I'd say the potential for this reality show is great....

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Caught about half of it last night. It's got potential.

The Vic Mackey looking dude, the old man, and the fat guy seem like an entertaining trio.

Sounds like it's upsetting to the History Channel Purists, but it seems like it'll be an informative show as well (I learned how to spot a knock-off antique sword last night).

If not, I guess the purists skip over this and Ice Road Truckers each week.

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The rolex that was worth around 10K, and the pawn shop only had 2K in it....geez, sounds like a very lucrative profession. They sold it for 5K, nice little 3K profit.

I used to do the advertising for a fairly big pawn shop. This show sounds pretty close to my guy's situation -- young fella whose father was big in the business and set him up to both teach him and let him make his own mistakes.The son did okay for himself despite being mostly nuts, but the customers were the best. There was never any in-between. They either wanted absolutely nothing for a treasure or they wanted a world for horse####. Some of the exchanges were awesome.As for profit, most of these guys don't want to buy anything. They want to loan the money out and then have the guy just keeping the minimum payment to keep whatever it is from hitting the sales floor. There were several cases of people pawning a $1K laptop for a $300 loan, then making $60 payments every month for more than a year.Just insane.
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The rolex that was worth around 10K, and the pawn shop only had 2K in it....geez, sounds like a very lucrative profession. They sold it for 5K, nice little 3K profit.

I used to do the advertising for a fairly big pawn shop. This show sounds pretty close to my guy's situation -- young fella whose father was big in the business and set him up to both teach him and let him make his own mistakes.The son did okay for himself despite being mostly nuts, but the customers were the best. There was never any in-between. They either wanted absolutely nothing for a treasure or they wanted a world for horse####. Some of the exchanges were awesome.As for profit, most of these guys don't want to buy anything. They want to loan the money out and then have the guy just keeping the minimum payment to keep whatever it is from hitting the sales floor. There were several cases of people pawning a $1K laptop for a $300 loan, then making $60 payments every month for more than a year.Just insane.
Yep, the loans are where the big $$$ is for the owners....They provide a service to financially-challenged people.Not saying that's a wrong thing.
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Caught about half of it last night. It's got potential.

The Vic Mackey looking dude, the old man, and the fat guy seem like an entertaining trio.

Sounds like it's upsetting to the History Channel Purists, but it seems like it'll be an informative show as well (I learned how to spot a knock-off antique sword last night).

If not, I guess the purists skip over this and Ice Road Truckers each week.

And MonsterQuest.

And Ax Men.

And Expedition Africa.

And every stupid friggin' UFO show they incessantly replay.

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Caught about half of it last night. It's got potential.

The Vic Mackey looking dude, the old man, and the fat guy seem like an entertaining trio.

Sounds like it's upsetting to the History Channel Purists, but it seems like it'll be an informative show as well (I learned how to spot a knock-off antique sword last night).

If not, I guess the purists skip over this and Ice Road Truckers each week.

And MonsterQuest.

And Ax Men.

And Expedition Africa.

And every stupid friggin' UFO show they incessantly replay.

Oh, I've never seen any of those, but they don't sound very good (I'm not a huge fan of Ice Road Truckers either).

I pretty much just watch Modern Marvels on the channel. I think this Pawn Stars thing will be pretty good though.

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Why has the History Channel chosen to go down this road? Obviously the answer is that it pulls in more viewers, but they have to realize eventually they are going to alienate their base.

can only show so much hitler footage bud
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Caught about half of it last night. It's got potential.

The Vic Mackey looking dude, the old man, and the fat guy seem like an entertaining trio.

Sounds like it's upsetting to the History Channel Purists, but it seems like it'll be an informative show as well (I learned how to spot a knock-off antique sword last night).

If not, I guess the purists skip over this and Ice Road Truckers each week.

And MonsterQuest.

And Ax Men.

And Expedition Africa.

And every stupid friggin' UFO show they incessantly replay.

Loved the first two episodes here... echo the comments about this being a combination of Orange County Choppers and Antiques Roadshow.

And I really enjoyed Expedition Africa, BTW.

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Why has the History Channel chosen to go down this road? Obviously the answer is that it pulls in more viewers, but they have to realize eventually they are going to alienate their base.

can only show so much hitler footage bud
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The only thing with the grandson... and it's really starting to irk the heck out of me... is he keeps on interjecting "man" every few words every time he opens his mouth. "How much do you want for it, man?" "I gotta tell ya, man, my old man would kill me, man." And the way he says it isn't exactly west coast or east coast. More Jamaican than anything... almost like, "mon", but with a very brief pronunciation of the vowel.

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A reality show about some of the stars in adult porn would be a huge hit. Can you imagine the messed up lives these people lead? Just do not show the sex or nudity but just the caring for their kids and home life in general.

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Couldn't the guy with the 3 Dali's put the proofs for sale/auction online and got much closer to retail price?

Wait, was this in the fist 2 episodes or have I missed one?
This was either from the 3rd or 4th episode. I think it was in the German jousting helmet episode.
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Yet another step to the History Channel's complete and total irrelevance.

Television became irrelevant a looooooooooooong time ago. It can't compete with the internet. This is interactive. With TV you just sit there.
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  • 2 weeks later...

Caught the latest two episodes of this and I'm hooked.

Those guys must make really good money, aside from whatever TV income they are getting. I found it interesting that so many folks would come in with an item and accept way below their initial asking price. Then you realize they are in Vegas, and these folks probably have some kind of gambling issue to deal with and don't have time to sell on eBay or whatever.

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I found it interesting that so many folks would come in with an item and accept way below their initial asking price.

Well that's haggling 101. Start off with a high offer. Pawn shop guy usually comes back with a lowball offer. Then the seller counters with something somewhere in the middle or whines about the lowball offer, at which point the pawn shop guy accepts or counters again.
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I'm growing tired of it already. I liked it a t first, but the "I'm not an expert in the field so I'm gonna call a buddy to have a look" thing is getting old. I understand that they have the unusual items on the TV show, like the calf roping machine, but come on.

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I'm growing tired of it already. I liked it a t first, but the "I'm not an expert in the field so I'm gonna call a buddy to have a look" thing is getting old. I understand that they have the unusual items on the TV show, like the calf roping machine, but come on.

I think they do this because of the History Channel. I bet if it wasn't for that they would never bothering calling someone else unless it was an item they really believed they could sell.
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I'm growing tired of it already. I liked it a t first, but the "I'm not an expert in the field so I'm gonna call a buddy to have a look" thing is getting old. I understand that they have the unusual items on the TV show, like the calf roping machine, but come on.

I think they do this because of the History Channel. I bet if it wasn't for that they would never bothering calling someone else unless it was an item they really believed they could sell.
Why would they not call in an expert if they have the means to do so ? Obviously they are not going to bring someone in if they don't think they can make some $$$$$. Edited by Sheriff66
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For grins, we drove over this pawn shop (its on the strip between the stratosphere and downtown) on a Monday morning before we departed Vegas. Some dude in a Ford Fusion pulled into the smallish parking lot in front of us, and took forever to get in his spot (very tight spots). We park and walk in, and sure enough its Chumlee getting out of the Ford Fusion. We said hi and then popped in for a bit. Its a really small store (seems to be much bigger on TV). The old man was smoking a cigarette outside when we left.

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I'm growing tired of it already. I liked it a t first, but the "I'm not an expert in the field so I'm gonna call a buddy to have a look" thing is getting old. I understand that they have the unusual items on the TV show, like the calf roping machine, but come on.

I think they do this because of the History Channel. I bet if it wasn't for that they would never bothering calling someone else unless it was an item they really believed they could sell.
Why would they not call in an expert if they have the means to do so ? Obviously they are not going to bring someone in if they don't think they can make some $$$$$.
Because in real life (outside of the TV cameras) if they didn't know the value of something, they would simply try to lowball the seller. It makes no sense for the pawn shop to bring in an expert who will then tell them that the piece is worth 10x more the price that they were willing to buy it at, particularly when the seller doesn't have a clue to begin with (which I bet is at least 50% of the time). Bringing in the expert would probably only happen for a dispute on a really big ticket item.
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For grins, we drove over this pawn shop (its on the strip between the stratosphere and downtown) on a Monday morning before we departed Vegas. Some dude in a Ford Fusion pulled into the smallish parking lot in front of us, and took forever to get in his spot (very tight spots). We park and walk in, and sure enough its Chumlee getting out of the Ford Fusion. We said hi and then popped in for a bit. Its a really small store (seems to be much bigger on TV). The old man was smoking a cigarette outside when we left.

Did you see any merchandise shown from the store still for sale? The old stack of Playboys?
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I'm growing tired of it already. I liked it a t first, but the "I'm not an expert in the field so I'm gonna call a buddy to have a look" thing is getting old. I understand that they have the unusual items on the TV show, like the calf roping machine, but come on.

I think they do this because of the History Channel. I bet if it wasn't for that they would never bothering calling someone else unless it was an item they really believed they could sell.
Why would they not call in an expert if they have the means to do so ? Obviously they are not going to bring someone in if they don't think they can make some $$$$$.
Because in real life (outside of the TV cameras) if they didn't know the value of something, they would simply try to lowball the seller. It makes no sense for the pawn shop to bring in an expert who will then tell them that the piece is worth 10x more the price that they were willing to buy it at, particularly when the seller doesn't have a clue to begin with (which I bet is at least 50% of the time). Bringing in the expert would probably only happen for a dispute on a really big ticket item.
Exactly.
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