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(Entertainment Weekly)   If Pawn Stars hasn't jumped the shark yet, it's getting mighty close to the ramp   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 242
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2012-04-11 06:30:35 AM  

twiztedjustin: The real iCarly, not her big nosed blonde friend

[www.j-14.com image 280x380]


www.ufodigest.com
 
2012-04-11 07:06:50 AM  
They jumped the shark but did it on someone else's show? How cheap are these guys?

/Still like the show
 
2012-04-11 07:09:45 AM  
1. A new reality show premiers and people like its "reality".
2. It becomes popular and the regular Joes on it become stars.
3. The Joes invariably try to become "entertainers", but outside of their niche, they are still just regular Joes.
4. As ratings fall, the continue to desperately ratchet up the stunts to keep the audience.
5. The show is cancelled and replaced with another reality show.

Repeat, ad infum.
 
2012-04-11 07:13:30 AM  
Has anyone told that low balling fat bastard to go fark himself yet?
 
2012-04-11 07:28:37 AM  
I like the show. It's about 5% educational, which is high by History/Discovery Channel standards. Though I can do without the sitcom style "Chum Lee did what?" stuff.
 
2012-04-11 07:49:55 AM  
I'd be more concerned about that iCarly shiat than the Ricks.
 
2012-04-11 08:05:50 AM  
iCarly is broke in Vegas and needs fast cash for an eight ball and one more chance at being a big winner on the tables? She really has jumped the shark.
 
2012-04-11 08:08:23 AM  

twiztedjustin: The real iCarly, not her big nosed blonde friend

[www.j-14.com image 280x380]


this
 
2012-04-11 08:11:08 AM  
"As it turns out, iCarly creator/exec producer Dan Schneider and his wife are big fans of the boys at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop"

Welcome to Hollywood boys!
 
2012-04-11 08:28:05 AM  

Kurmudgeon: Has anyone told that low balling fat bastard to go fark himself yet?


never been to a pawn shop have you?
 
2012-04-11 08:37:11 AM  
I absolutely cannot watch Storage Wars due to that a$$hole who says "yuuup" and always goes after lockers out of spite. He grates on my soul.

Otherwise - I like the show. Especially the flamboyant dude with the glasses who has a great time with it, but doesn't often seem to get good lockers.

iCarly, on the other hand...I have never seen. I am a 43 year old man. However, I can get behind the pics of the blond chick posted above. Bueno!
 
2012-04-11 08:48:31 AM  

TheHopeDiamond: Hardcore Pawn is where it's at.


That show makes me all stabby. Every bad stereotype is shown in that show from the cheap hooknosed jewish money lender to the ghetto, head bobbing blacks. It's everything that is wrong with sensationalizing stereotypes.

Black person walks in: Um, yeah, I wants to sell my tree thousand dolla diamond earrings, mmmhmmm.
Owner starts looking at the earrings through the jeweler's glass he wears as a necklace.
Black person: Why you lookin' at it like dat? You don' belieb it's real when I just told you it was? You robbin' me, foo!
Owner: Yeah, it's not real, but I like you, so I'll give you $20 for it.
Black person: That's booshiat, that be real diamonds n stuff, you crazy, old man.
Owner: Get out of my store and take your fake shiat with you. Good bye!

They're all very bad actors, and you can tell most of them don't really talk like that, they're putting on an act for the show. Then they get someone who has something that is real, and they won't buy it!! Guy brings in something worth thousands of dollars and the owners act like they don't want to buy it, but they'll be kind and give them a loan on it for about 25% of the money they're asking, hoping beyond hope the guy doesn't pay his monthly fee and they get to keep it.

Yes, I know that's the business, but it's slimy and creepy and I don't need to watch that show. At least Pawn Stars come off as cheap, but not out to screw everyone over.
 
2012-04-11 08:49:06 AM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Dan Schneider and Brian Robbins, the creators of far too many Nick shows, were once sitcom "kids" themselves.


Mind. Blown.

CSB time, a high school classmate of mine was a regular on Kenan & Kel.
 
2012-04-11 08:55:26 AM  

rikkards: To The Escape Zeppelin!: In all fairness, the dude runs a pawn shop. What did you think he was going to offer? He's in the business of reselling things for a profit. If you're stupid, lazy, or desperate enough to bring your priceless antique to a pawn shop rather than an auction you're going to get pawn shop prices.

It's way better than the American Picker guys though. "This antique is worth $5000 but I'm going to tell the little old lady who owns it that it's worth $10. Aren't I great."

They are the same, they want to double their money. Even then there have been times where the person really lowballed the price and they offered more. Rick will usually offer 50-60% of the lowest estimated price. At least Rick doesn't have to ship something back to their office or pay for hotel bills. I would expect the AP guys have a higher overhead percentage wise than the a pawn shop. Now granted these are tv shows, who know what never sees the light of day.


The AP guys have also upped their offer when they've found out something was worth more than they or the seller thought.. And there was the time they bought some posters or something from an old amusement park. They sold them in NYC for way more than they thought the posters were worth. Then they drove back to the amusement park and gave the guy some (or all) or the extra money.

They seem like decent enough guys from what I can tell.
 
2012-04-11 09:02:13 AM  
Hardcore Pawn isn't my favorite thing, but it gets particularly annoying/grating/ohmygeejustshootmenow when the sister starts talking. What the fark is her problem? She's so farking entitled cuz Daddy owns the store, and now that her brother is running things she's just a fuse ready to blow at any minute.

All (well, most of) the "reality" shows being talked about it this thread are regularly DVR'd at my house. I find it entertaining, somewhat educational (my boyfriend can value anything on Pawn Stars, and I'm getting good at the Pickers' stuff).. but then the formula becomes so easy to follow I can tell if someone is gonna buy/sell/get the price they wanted/ get kicked out etc etc. etc.

where was i going with this? what's that coffee? you want me to drink ALL of you?
 
2012-04-11 09:04:44 AM  

Jocundry: rikkards: To The Escape Zeppelin!: In all fairness, the dude runs a pawn shop. What did you think he was going to offer? He's in the business of reselling things for a profit. If you're stupid, lazy, or desperate enough to bring your priceless antique to a pawn shop rather than an auction you're going to get pawn shop prices.

It's way better than the American Picker guys though. "This antique is worth $5000 but I'm going to tell the little old lady who owns it that it's worth $10. Aren't I great."

They are the same, they want to double their money. Even then there have been times where the person really lowballed the price and they offered more. Rick will usually offer 50-60% of the lowest estimated price. At least Rick doesn't have to ship something back to their office or pay for hotel bills. I would expect the AP guys have a higher overhead percentage wise than the a pawn shop. Now granted these are tv shows, who know what never sees the light of day.

The AP guys have also upped their offer when they've found out something was worth more than they or the seller thought.. And there was the time they bought some posters or something from an old amusement park. They sold them in NYC for way more than they thought the posters were worth. Then they drove back to the amusement park and gave the guy some (or all) or the extra money.

They seem like decent enough guys from what I can tell.


The question is: Is that how they really are, or did they take advantage of the situation to get some good PR?
 
2012-04-11 09:12:39 AM  

cannibalparrot: Jocundry: rikkards: To The Escape Zeppelin!: In all fairness, the dude runs a pawn shop. What did you think he was going to offer? He's in the business of reselling things for a profit. If you're stupid, lazy, or desperate enough to bring your priceless antique to a pawn shop rather than an auction you're going to get pawn shop prices.

It's way better than the American Picker guys though. "This antique is worth $5000 but I'm going to tell the little old lady who owns it that it's worth $10. Aren't I great."

They are the same, they want to double their money. Even then there have been times where the person really lowballed the price and they offered more. Rick will usually offer 50-60% of the lowest estimated price. At least Rick doesn't have to ship something back to their office or pay for hotel bills. I would expect the AP guys have a higher overhead percentage wise than the a pawn shop. Now granted these are tv shows, who know what never sees the light of day.

The AP guys have also upped their offer when they've found out something was worth more than they or the seller thought.. And there was the time they bought some posters or something from an old amusement park. They sold them in NYC for way more than they thought the posters were worth. Then they drove back to the amusement park and gave the guy some (or all) or the extra money.

They seem like decent enough guys from what I can tell.

The question is: Is that how they really are, or did they take advantage of the situation to get some good PR?


They're really no way to tell for sure. I do think they try to be fair with people. A lot of the people they buy from know how to haggle and seem to know about how much something is worth. A lot of times the AP guys seem to want to keep good ties with people so they can go back later to pick more stuff. It's in their best interest to give people a fair price.

But yeah, we only see what they show us. They could be awful people but we don't get to see that.
 
2012-04-11 09:14:15 AM  

cannibalparrot: The question is: Is that how they really are, or did they take advantage of the situation to get some good PR?


They come off as extremely closeted gay, which is why they brought in the tattooed chick to the fold and had the whole episode of the fat guy trying to look good for the women at his High School Reunion.
 
2012-04-11 09:15:46 AM  
I like Pawn Stars. Scripted or not, it's entertaining, and sometimes educational. Cajun Pawn Stars, however, is awful. That show makes me stabby.
 
2012-04-11 09:17:57 AM  

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I like Pawn Stars. Scripted or not, it's entertaining, and sometimes educational. Cajun Pawn Stars, however, is awful. That show makes me stabby.


And the Pawn Stars guys are very pissed about it, as they had it in their contract that no other shows would have the Pawn Stars Title. That clause was secretly removed in their new contract and now they want out of the contract.

Yes, Cajun Pawn Stars SUCKS!
 
2012-04-11 09:19:20 AM  

Clarinch: I don't watch the show often, as I can't stand that guy's laugh.


Reminds me of: (older farkers will remember)

activerain.com
 
2012-04-11 09:21:37 AM  

Persnickety: Clarinch: I don't watch the show often, as I can't stand that guy's laugh.

Reminds me of: (older farkers will remember)

[activerain.com image 385x456]


Younger farkers didn't grow up in a cave, either.
 
2012-04-11 09:22:14 AM  

chapman: Triumph: FTA: In the episode, Sam (Jennette McCurdy) learns that her saucy mother is being held in a Las Vegas jail, so Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and the gang embark on a road trip to Sin City, where they pawn some of their prized possessions for bail money at a shop run by the three guys.

Writing kid's shows is easy.

Yet most are terribly done. Sad really. iCarly is actually a pretty fine show at times. I don't get why more kid's shows can't bother to make even a basic attempt to be good. Probably because that fat guy who produced All That is too busy pimping out the child stars.


Because kids aren't all that picky. and are more easily entertained by things that are boring and cliched to you, but are not to them.
 
2012-04-11 09:29:28 AM  

Jocundry: cannibalparrot: Jocundry: rikkards: To The Escape Zeppelin!: In all fairness, the dude runs a pawn shop. What did you think he was going to offer? He's in the business of reselling things for a profit. If you're stupid, lazy, or desperate enough to bring your priceless antique to a pawn shop rather than an auction you're going to get pawn shop prices.

It's way better than the American Picker guys though. "This antique is worth $5000 but I'm going to tell the little old lady who owns it that it's worth $10. Aren't I great."

They are the same, they want to double their money. Even then there have been times where the person really lowballed the price and they offered more. Rick will usually offer 50-60% of the lowest estimated price. At least Rick doesn't have to ship something back to their office or pay for hotel bills. I would expect the AP guys have a higher overhead percentage wise than the a pawn shop. Now granted these are tv shows, who know what never sees the light of day.

The AP guys have also upped their offer when they've found out something was worth more than they or the seller thought.. And there was the time they bought some posters or something from an old amusement park. They sold them in NYC for way more than they thought the posters were worth. Then they drove back to the amusement park and gave the guy some (or all) or the extra money.

They seem like decent enough guys from what I can tell.

The question is: Is that how they really are, or did they take advantage of the situation to get some good PR?

They're really no way to tell for sure. I do think they try to be fair with people. A lot of the people they buy from know how to haggle and seem to know about how much something is worth. A lot of times the AP guys seem to want to keep good ties with people so they can go back later to pick more stuff. It's in their best interest to give people a fair price.

But yeah, we only see what they show us. They could be awful people but we don't ...


Well, whatever the case, they can be pretty entertaining. That's good enough for me, but then again I don't ever plan on having to pawn any of my stuff.

/Storage Wars can be kind of entertaining, too. Except for the "Yuuuuuup" guy (can't remember his name). Everybody else seems like they're (mostly) having fun and are excited about it. He seems like a spiteful, arrogant pile of crap.
//I'd feel compelled to punch that guy straight in the dick.
 
2012-04-11 09:31:04 AM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Outshined_One: Don't Troll Me Bro!: I just sold a $35,000 customized 1954 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, to a guy who said it was worth $3000, for $500, after haggling him up from his $300 offer, so I'm getting a kick out of the meth I bought with the profits.

As much as I love this part of the show, I'm more of a fan of the Storage Wars random valuation method.

*Camera pans to ratty old couch*

Hester: "That couch? $500.00."

I watched a couple episodes of Storage Wars; I agree it's ridiculous. I couldn't believe how dumb some of those people were. One auction this guy's wife bid so that nobody bid against her and they got a storage unit for cheap. Then the camera was interviewing one of the other guys who said something like "If I'd have known she was married to that guy I wouldn't have let her have it." You're running a business. You don't bid on a bunch of inventory you don't think is worth your time just because it might be worthwhile to someone else, purely out of spite. Then that same doofus was complaining about how he had overpaid and couldn't make a profit on some other unit. Well, perhaps you shouldn't buy inventory just so someone else can't have it. At the end of the episode he said something like "well, I got burned on this one. There's nothing you can do about that. It just happens." It'll happen less if you have some shred of business sense. Just foolishness.


Yes and no. An age old business practice is to take a series of short term losses in order to drive your competition out of business. Hester is pretty well off so he can afford to do this. Barry is too but he seems to be more of a collector than a business man. Hester wants to drive the other guys out so he can bid with less competition. The whole thing is like a game of poker. Everyone's bluffing to some extent but there's still an advantage to being the guy with the most chips.
 
2012-04-11 09:35:35 AM  

UCFRoadWarrior: chapman: UCFRoadWarrior: Umm...the Fat Guy who produced All That is the one that does iCarly, also, so I guess he is not pimping out all the stars

I'm aware of that. But there are no iCarly related rumors. Unlike every other show he's been involved in.

Quite possibly the iCarly kids are well-adjusted and squared away....and of course, filthy rich

Heck its not just Dan Schneider shows....seems all the shows that ever had kid actors, some of the kids go wayward. Maybe not all Diffrent Strokes crazy...but someone always seems to crash


This! Look at what happened to the cute little kid, Mickey Braddock, on Circus Boy! He ended up becoming a long hair weirdo!*

Although I will say that some child stars ended up leading relatively normal lives. Not everyone becomes Mackenzie Phillips.

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I like Pawn Stars. Scripted or not, it's entertaining, and sometimes educational. Cajun Pawn Stars, however, is awful. That show makes me stabby.


SO MUCH THIS!!!

I hate all of these these pawn shop/storage locker shows, but I ended up watching Cajun Pawn Stars this weekend, not by choice mind you, and I found them to be assholes. We'll give you 3000 dollars for a car that's worth about 14,000, just because it's one year off from the same model Bonnie and Clyde used. Then they biatch about the waste of gas and using a trailer after the guy tells them to pound sand. Ugh. Why the hell is this shiat on TV? Also, you had goats shiatting all over the freaking pawn shop floor, farking disgusting. It's the epitome of white trash garbage.

/*obscure farkers? I hope not
 
2012-04-11 09:35:50 AM  

Kurmudgeon: Has anyone told that low balling fat bastard to go fark himself yet?


You'll have to be more specific.
 
2012-04-11 09:38:11 AM  

Cyno01: cepson: That mashup retails for about $4,000. But people really only want Miranda Cosgrove, and I've got to make a profit, so I'll give you $300. If you throw in Jeanette McCurdy, we'll make it $500.

Ill go $500 for just Jennette McCurdy.


$550. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuup!
 
2012-04-11 09:40:21 AM  

Jocundry: cannibalparrot: Jocundry: rikkards: To The Escape Zeppelin!: In all fairness, the dude runs a pawn shop. What did you think he was going to offer? He's in the business of reselling things for a profit. If you're stupid, lazy, or desperate enough to bring your priceless antique to a pawn shop rather than an auction you're going to get pawn shop prices.

It's way better than the American Picker guys though. "This antique is worth $5000 but I'm going to tell the little old lady who owns it that it's worth $10. Aren't I great."

They are the same, they want to double their money. Even then there have been times where the person really lowballed the price and they offered more. Rick will usually offer 50-60% of the lowest estimated price. At least Rick doesn't have to ship something back to their office or pay for hotel bills. I would expect the AP guys have a higher overhead percentage wise than the a pawn shop. Now granted these are tv shows, who know what never sees the light of day.

The AP guys have also upped their offer when they've found out something was worth more than they or the seller thought.. And there was the time they bought some posters or something from an old amusement park. They sold them in NYC for way more than they thought the posters were worth. Then they drove back to the amusement park and gave the guy some (or all) or the extra money.

They seem like decent enough guys from what I can tell.

The question is: Is that how they really are, or did they take advantage of the situation to get some good PR?

They're really no way to tell for sure. I do think they try to be fair with people. A lot of the people they buy from know how to haggle and seem to know about how much something is worth. A lot of times the AP guys seem to want to keep good ties with people so they can go back later to pick more stuff. It's in their best interest to give people a fair price.

But yeah, we only see what they show us. They could be awful people but we don't get to see that



AP makes no sense to me economically. They hardly ever do better than doubling their money and the volume of stuff they pick doesn't add up to the cash needed to run a business. They seem to spend 2 to 3 days driving halfway around the country to buy something for $300 that they then can turn around and sell for $500. Even if they do that 10 times, that's just $2000 to pay for travel expenses, maintain a store and then split between at least three employees. There's a lot we don't see but there truck is pretty small. How much profit can there be in there?
 
2012-04-11 09:44:33 AM  

Mentalpatient87: chapman: Triumph: FTA: In the episode, Sam (Jennette McCurdy) learns that her saucy mother is being held in a Las Vegas jail, so Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and the gang embark on a road trip to Sin City, where they pawn some of their prized possessions for bail money at a shop run by the three guys.

Writing kid's shows is easy.

Yet most are terribly done. Sad really. iCarly is actually a pretty fine show at times. I don't get why more kid's shows can't bother to make even a basic attempt to be good. Probably because that fat guy who produced All That is too busy pimping out the child stars.

Really? Because the little bits I've caught as my sisters' kids watched were absolutely grating. It's like they wanted to write a cartoon, but needed a vehicle for Disney Simulated Child Droid #624.


What bugs me is how there are laughs after EVERY FARKING LINE.

Except for the "I serioused" parts, of course.
 
2012-04-11 09:46:14 AM  

Persnickety: AP makes no sense to me economically. They hardly ever do better than doubling their money and the volume of stuff they pick doesn't add up to the cash needed to run a business. They seem to spend 2 to 3 days driving halfway around the country to buy something for $300 that they then can turn around and sell for $500. Even if they do that 10 times, that's just $2000 to pay for travel expenses, maintain a store and then split between at least three employees. There's a lot we don't see but there truck is pretty small. How much profit can there be in there?


You didn't figure in how much they get paid for the show itself...
 
2012-04-11 09:49:20 AM  

rufus-t-firefly: Persnickety: AP makes no sense to me economically. They hardly ever do better than doubling their money and the volume of stuff they pick doesn't add up to the cash needed to run a business. They seem to spend 2 to 3 days driving halfway around the country to buy something for $300 that they then can turn around and sell for $500. Even if they do that 10 times, that's just $2000 to pay for travel expenses, maintain a store and then split between at least three employees. There's a lot we don't see but there truck is pretty small. How much profit can there be in there?

You didn't figure in how much they get paid for the show itself...


They had the shop for years before the show started. Maybe they stayed in Iowa before to keep costs down?
 
2012-04-11 09:51:41 AM  
Generally, once a show changes the opening sequence it is gunning the engines to jump the shark.
 
2012-04-11 09:52:13 AM  

Gilligann: It's an entertaining show. Clearly setup, but still fun.

Only ONCE have I seen someone pawn something on the show.


You mean Bob Dylan doesn't wander around in the streets of Las Vegas?
 
2012-04-11 09:56:17 AM  

Cat Food Sandwiches: Gilligann: It's an entertaining show. Clearly setup, but still fun.

Only ONCE have I seen someone pawn something on the show.

You mean Bob Dylan doesn't wander around in the streets of Las Vegas?


If you ever go to Vegas, just try to step in the store, they'll scoot you out super fast if you're a lookieloo. Notice how the store always seems empty during filming? It's because they don't allow people to look around. You're either there to buy or you're out the door. They give you 5 minutes and then scoot along.
 
2012-04-11 09:57:48 AM  

HST's Dead Carcass: SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: I like Pawn Stars. Scripted or not, it's entertaining, and sometimes educational. Cajun Pawn Stars, however, is awful. That show makes me stabby.

And the Pawn Stars guys are very pissed about it, as they had it in their contract that no other shows would have the Pawn Stars Title. That clause was secretly removed in their new contract and now they want out of the contract.

Yes, Cajun Pawn Stars SUCKS!


I don't understand why the History Channel and Discovery Channel, etc. have this idea that making a redneck version of everything, or saturating their stations with redneck shows is a good idea. There are so many of them now, and every single one of them sucks. I think it says something about the people in America when this is what these stations are stooping to. They need to stop catering to the idiots. Cajun Pawn Stars is basically GUNS GUNS GUNS!!!
 
2012-04-11 09:58:23 AM  
I can tell you from my experience most pawn brokers hate the pawn stars guys, it gives people unrealistic ideas of what a pawn shop will take. I ran a pawn shop for a year and people would get very angry when I wouldn't buy certain items.
 
2012-04-11 09:59:12 AM  

Cat Food Sandwiches: Gilligann: It's an entertaining show. Clearly setup, but still fun.

Only ONCE have I seen someone pawn something on the show.

You mean Bob Dylan doesn't wander around in the streets of Las Vegas?


i saw that one. it left me thinking "yeah, right - like chumlee would recognize bob dylan by sight".
 
2012-04-11 10:02:19 AM  

Tom_Slick: I can tell you from my experience most pawn brokers hate the pawn stars guys, it gives people unrealistic ideas of what a pawn shop will take. I ran a pawn shop for a year and people would get very angry when I wouldn't buy certain items.


you mean you won't buy a rusty tandem bicycle that might have been rode once by general lee when he fought the japanese in the bearing straights?

I'LL GIVE YOU 30 DOLLARS!
 
2012-04-11 10:03:29 AM  

Jocundry: rufus-t-firefly: Persnickety: AP makes no sense to me economically. They hardly ever do better than doubling their money and the volume of stuff they pick doesn't add up to the cash needed to run a business. They seem to spend 2 to 3 days driving halfway around the country to buy something for $300 that they then can turn around and sell for $500. Even if they do that 10 times, that's just $2000 to pay for travel expenses, maintain a store and then split between at least three employees. There's a lot we don't see but there truck is pretty small. How much profit can there be in there?

You didn't figure in how much they get paid for the show itself...

They had the shop for years before the show started. Maybe they stayed in Iowa before to keep costs down?


That's what I'm guessing. Kinda like M5 didn't bust myths until they got a show on Discovery.
 
2012-04-11 10:04:37 AM  

HST's Dead Carcass: If you ever go to Vegas, just try to step in the store, they'll scoot you out super fast if you're a lookieloo. Notice how the store always seems empty during filming? It's because they don't allow people to look around. You're either there to buy or you're out the door. They give you 5 minutes and then scoot along.


WAT?

I was just there a few weeks ago. There's nobody scootching anyone. Just a bouncer at the door who, once the store is full, lets in one person for each one who exits. Roughly a third of the store is dedicated to Pawn Stars merchandise (basically anything that can have a logo printed on it--shot glasses, pens, erasers, coasters, although oddly enough for Vegas the playing cards were sold out), so they WANT you to look around. Also, apparently Rick wrote a book (looks like the kind of thing you'd find in a remainder bin for $5 anywhere else), that was selling for $25 signed or $40 signed. Oh, and $50 will buy you a $5 bill signed by all four of them. Chumley's signature looks like it was done in crayon.

Protip: The store opens at 9:00 am. Arrive just before then, and don't worry about the long line. The entire line will move right into the store.
 
2012-04-11 10:06:45 AM  
true about jumping the shark.

Michele 0bama was also on iCarly
 
2012-04-11 10:07:01 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: WAT?

I was just there a few weeks ago. There's nobody scootching anyone. Just a bouncer at the door who, once the store is full, lets in one person for each one who exits. Roughly a third of the store is dedicated to Pawn Stars merchandise (basically anything that can have a logo printed on it--shot glasses, pens, erasers, coasters, although oddly enough for Vegas the playing cards were sold out), so they WANT you to look around. Also, apparently Rick wrote a book (looks like the kind of thing you'd find in a remainder bin for $5 anywhere else), that was selling for $25 signed or $40 signed. Oh, and $50 will buy you a $5 bill signed by all four of them. Chumley's signature looks like it was done in crayon.

Protip: The store opens at 9:00 am. Arrive just before then, and don't worry about the long line. The entire line will move right into the store.


Well, there ya go then. My buddy who went there was drunk when he walked in. He's also an annoying fark when drunk, so his experiences may differ from the norm.
 
2012-04-11 10:13:08 AM  
I'm amused at how mad people are at these Pawn Stars guys...

Generally, to me it seems like they're always very up front with the people about how much it's going to retail for, and how much they're willing to pay for it given overhead, demand for the item, etc. It's actually usually a pretty easy formula to figure out.

If you have a rare antique widget that retails for $2000, you're not going to get $2000 for it because you're not a retail store. You might get $1750 for it at an auction, but you also might get $500 for it at an auction, and either way, the auction house is going to take their cut. That's why you're in a pawn shop. They'll give you $1000 for it right now and you might be able to haggle it up to $1100. If you don't like that, roll the dice on the auction or hold onto the thing (this happens a lot, people decide they're not willing to part with an item for whatever they are offering).

That's just how business works. No business ever made a profit by re-selling items that they bought at retail prices.
 
2012-04-11 10:14:27 AM  
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2012-04-11 10:17:13 AM  

frepnog: you mean you won't buy a rusty tandem bicycle that might have been rode once by general lee when he fought the japanese in the bearing straights?

I'LL GIVE YOU 30 DOLLARS!



Even better were they people trying to sell "antiques" they bought from the flea market on Saturday on Monday for a large profit. There were 3 things I would always buy Gold, Silver, and Tools everything else depended on the day, but most of the time the answer was always no. People would try to sell oil paintings, I would tell them as nice as the painting was I just couldn't sell it in my shop so I can't buy it, then they would get really mad yell and scream and walk out.
 
2012-04-11 10:19:04 AM  

The Homer Tax: I'm amused at how mad people are at these Pawn Stars guys...


The only thing that really bothers me is when they go on and on about what a hardship getting something framed is. It's like, "Yeah, this letter might be worth $1,000 at auction, but remember I gotta get it framed *sigh* so it looks nice, so how about $200?" Whatever. You know they're just going to grab $5 of frame and posterboard from Wal-Mart and make Chumlee do it. OK, add on another $5 for band-aids after he cuts himself with X-acto knife, but still they whine about framing like it's some kind of immense prohibitive cost.
 
2012-04-11 10:19:59 AM  
Wifey and I watch both PS and AP (and American Restoration although wifey finds his girlfriend annoying). Every once in a while you see in PS a small greyhound statue on a shelf behind their heads and she keeps wanting it. I hate to see how much they are asking for it.
 
2012-04-11 10:24:51 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: The Homer Tax: I'm amused at how mad people are at these Pawn Stars guys...

The only thing that really bothers me is when they go on and on about what a hardship getting something framed is. It's like, "Yeah, this letter might be worth $1,000 at auction, but remember I gotta get it framed *sigh* so it looks nice, so how about $200?" Whatever. You know they're just going to grab $5 of frame and posterboard from Wal-Mart and make Chumlee do it. OK, add on another $5 for band-aids after he cuts himself with X-acto knife, but still they whine about framing like it's some kind of immense prohibitive cost.


i dunno man. a nice piece of art can cost a bit to get framed nicely. That, and they frequently have the frame shop guy on the show. I don't think it is all THAT cheap. But yeah spending 200 bucks to frame something that is being sold at a pawn shop is stupid.
 
2012-04-11 10:27:00 AM  

rikkards: Wifey and I watch both PS and AP (and American Restoration although wifey finds his girlfriend annoying). Every once in a while you see in PS a small greyhound statue on a shelf behind their heads and she keeps wanting it. I hate to see how much they are asking for it.


why? Rick's girlfriend is rarely on the show, and is just a fake breasted bimbo anyway. Not like she is Danielle on American Pickers (who seems cool enough, but I don't think she should be on the show since she was just hired to be BOOBS ON TV).
 
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