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2012-04-11 12:37:30 PM  

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.


Is there a countdown clock like we had with the Olsen twins?
 
2012-04-11 12:41:50 PM  

MontanaDave: 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.

Is there a countdown clock like we had with the Olsen twins?


She's already 18. 19 in May.
 
2012-04-11 12:44:49 PM  

Geotpf: As for Storage Wars, three of the four teams actually own junk/antique/pawn shops, I think, so they actually need inventory constantly. But Barry just annoys me. He's the designated idiot. Heck, he doesn't even drive a pickup or van to the auction; he usually drives a Jaguar and typically only seems to take one or two items from the unit (and usually takes a loss).


Right. Jarrod and Brandy own a thirft store in Orange, California; Dave Hester owns a consignment shop and auction house; and Darrell Sheets buys and sells merchandise at swap meets. Barry is there mostly as comic relief and to find rare antiques for himself.

Storage Wars Texas is an entertaining show for me since I live in the DFW area and that's where all the auctions seem to take place. However, it shows a remarkable lack of creativity on the producers' part to cast characters that are simply Texas counterparts to the main show characters: Ricky and Bubba own a large shop in Lampasas, Texas (Dave Hester); Lesa and Jerry own a small shop in Crockett, Texas (Jarrod and Brandy); Victor owns a perpetual estate sale in Tyler, Texas (Darrell), and Moe (Barry) is there to amuse himself (although it appears he is an antiques dealer rather than a simple collector). The only unique element is the addition of Roy Williams.
 
2012-04-11 12:51:30 PM  

Geotpf: ShawnDoc: fusillade762:
Nothing like finding a successful formula and beating it into the ground.

There's a total of 4 Storage Locker shows that I know of:
- Storage Wars
- Storage Wars Texas
- Auction Hunters ("recreations of their best finds")
- Storage Hunters (Entirely scripted show with tons of fake drama)

You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.

As for Storage Wars, three of the four teams actually own junk/antique/pawn shops, I think, so they actually need inventory constantly. But Barry just annoys me. He's the designated idiot. Heck, he doesn't even drive a pickup or van to the auction; he usually drives a Jaguar and typically only seems to take one or two items from the unit (and usually takes a loss).

Obviously, everybody involved gets paid by the producers of the shows enough that any actual profits from the units are just gravy.


Barry is just a friend of the producer, he doesn't really care about any of it and he's just there because he knows how to make the show interesting (has some acting experience). I'm guessing that everything he buys is paid for by the show.

/anybody want me to drive over to yup guy's store and punch him in the dick?
 
2012-04-11 12:55:55 PM  
When it comes to American Pickers, I have a friend that works for a company that does the exact same thing only without the TV cameras following them around. According to my friend his company and the guys from American Pickers make their real money off camera because while they are going house to house picking, they have another group of employee's setting up shop in these small towns buying gold for cash.
 
2012-04-11 12:59:46 PM  

naugahyde monkey: Geotpf: ShawnDoc: fusillade762:
Nothing like finding a successful formula and beating it into the ground.

There's a total of 4 Storage Locker shows that I know of:
- Storage Wars
- Storage Wars Texas
- Auction Hunters ("recreations of their best finds")
- Storage Hunters (Entirely scripted show with tons of fake drama)

You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.

As for Storage Wars, three of the four teams actually own junk/antique/pawn shops, I think, so they actually need inventory constantly. But Barry just annoys me. He's the designated idiot. Heck, he doesn't even drive a pickup or van to the auction; he usually drives a Jaguar and typically only seems to take one or two items from the unit (and usually takes a loss).

Obviously, everybody involved gets paid by the producers of the shows enough that any actual profits from the units are just gravy.

Barry is just a friend of the producer, he doesn't really care about any of it and he's just there because he knows how to make the show interesting (has some acting experience). I'm guessing that everything he buys is paid for by the show.

/anybody want me to drive over to yup guy's store and punch him in the dick?


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-11 01:06:02 PM  

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?


Easy. They make a hundred grand doing a TV show about it.
 
2012-04-11 01:08:23 PM  

Geotpf: You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.


Yeah, I couldn't remember the exact words, but it is recreations. I read an interview

Geotpf: You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.


I'm pretty sure I read an interview with one of the guys from the show talking about it being "reenactments" of their best finds over the years. I think they go to real auctions, and then after winning they "seed" the unit with stuff for them to "find" that reflects an actual auction from the past.
 
2012-04-11 01:16:25 PM  

The5thElement: 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!


ಠ_ಠ
 
2012-04-11 01:16:58 PM  

ShawnDoc: Geotpf: You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.

Yeah, I couldn't remember the exact words, but it is recreations. I read an interviewGeotpf: You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.

I'm pretty sure I read an interview with one of the guys from the show talking about it being "reenactments" of their best finds over the years. I think they go to real auctions, and then after winning they "seed" the unit with stuff for them to "find" that reflects an actual auction from the past.


Probably close to the truth. Darryl Sheets from Storage Wars once talked about the dozens of units that are never shown on TV because they're nothing but trash and how it's an almost 20-1 ratio of crap to good. If you pay close attention you'll notice on SW that all the auctions shown are usually in higher end areas. They showed one auction at a smaller venue, Jarrod bought five units and only one paid off(barely).
 
2012-04-11 01:30:49 PM  

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.


The idea is to start a dick swinging bidding war on crap that won't make a profit in order to coerce your auction rival to spend all of his/her money on that crap. You pull out in time to unload the locker on them. They won't have enough money to spend on the good lockers, and this would theoretically keep the prices down for you. Of course, this tactic doesn't always work.
 
2012-04-11 01:31:50 PM  

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."


Hester's the main one doing that. Darrel calls him out on it on Twitter all the time.

Note he's also the guy who is a "mogul" but just closed his supposedly wildly successful store and now has an auction house which may or may not be illegal.
 
2012-04-11 01:34:26 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: [i42.tinypic.com image 228x350]

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


And one of them is in trouble for molesting the girls on his shows.
 
2012-04-11 01:39:39 PM  
OK, given the fact that the stars of iCarly are both legal and doable, why are we doing yet another "Rick is a crook" thread?

WTF people!
 
2012-04-11 01:44:50 PM  

Flappyhead:
Probably close to the truth. Darryl Sheets from Storage Wars once talked about the dozens of units that are never shown on TV because they're nothing but trash and how it's an almost 20-1 ratio of crap to good. If you pay close attention you'll notice on SW that all the auctions shown are usually in higher end areas. They showed one auction at a smaller venue, Jarrod bought five units and only one paid off(barely).


I used to buy and sell storage units before TV came along and ruined it. It was usually 10 or 12 people in the caravan (most storage companies auction all their sites on the same day) going and buying. You'd look for one of two things: Things of immediate value (power tools, vehicles, etc...) and well stacked plastic tubs. If it's in a cardboard box, it's crap. If it's in plastic, whoever put it there wanted to take care of it.

I never lost money, but you work hard for the money you do make. You have to go into it knowing that %99 of the crap in a storage unit is just that: Crap. If it wasn't it would be in the person's house and not in some rental garage. That being the case, the biggest hassle isn't "How do I sell what I find" but "How do I dispose of what I can't sell."

I bought what ended up being the remains of a meth lab once. Getting rid of that was pretty entertaining.
 
2012-04-11 01:45:40 PM  

SharkTrager: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: [i42.tinypic.com image 228x350]

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

And one of them is in trouble for molesting the girls on his shows.


images1.wikia.nocookie.net

tempting
 
2012-04-11 01:46:27 PM  

SharkTrager: 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."

Hester's the main one doing that. Darrel calls him out on it on Twitter all the time.

Note he's also the guy who is a "mogul" but just closed his supposedly wildly successful store and now has an auction house which may or may not be illegal.


Yeah Hester seems like that guy that always talks about money and puts up a front but if you called it on him he might have a problem scratching together a bunch of money. Still think it was douchy of him trying to trademark "YUUUUUUUUUUUUUP"
 
2012-04-11 02:09:51 PM  

frepnog: chi_tino: 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?

This is how you run an American Picker business:

Think of it this way: you are doing cheap investigative work when you buy a handful of items at near-market price, but you get to survey (with a video camera, even) the whole collection. You keep calling each of your "suppliers" every few months. When that crazy 90-year old coot with 2 acres of garbage-filled barns dies, there is no way that his children want to take responsibility for all that junk. You come in, knowing what is there, and make a cheap blanket offer on EVERYTHING, taking what you want and leaving the rest to be hauled off for scrap.

The estate of the guy with the collection of 200 old gas station signs can probably be paid off for pennies on the dollar. None of his children who live 1000 miles away want to try to sell all that rusted-out crap themselves.

that sounds about right. most of the actual PEOPLE that the pickers visit seem to be mass hoarders. I can imagine that alot of them have kids and family that are embarrassed and would just sell off everything dirt cheap.



I actually used to work for a guy who ran a business like that. It wasn't called picking though. He called it estate auctioneering.. You don't need to wait for some crazy old hoarder to die. Any estate with a house will do. After the will is executed, whatever is left is sold to the estate auctioneerer for a flat price. He'd do a first pass and remove small valuables that he could easily turn around and sell. Then me and my buddies would come in an basically throw out everything else except the furniture, which we hauled to an auction house. We had all of one day to do it so books, clothes, toys, trinkets and pretty much everything else ended up in the dumpster.
 
2012-04-11 02:16:03 PM  

Rent Party: Flappyhead:
Probably close to the truth. Darryl Sheets from Storage Wars once talked about the dozens of units that are never shown on TV because they're nothing but trash and how it's an almost 20-1 ratio of crap to good. If you pay close attention you'll notice on SW that all the auctions shown are usually in higher end areas. They showed one auction at a smaller venue, Jarrod bought five units and only one paid off(barely).

I used to buy and sell storage units before TV came along and ruined it. It was usually 10 or 12 people in the caravan (most storage companies auction all their sites on the same day) going and buying. You'd look for one of two things: Things of immediate value (power tools, vehicles, etc...) and well stacked plastic tubs. If it's in a cardboard box, it's crap. If it's in plastic, whoever put it there wanted to take care of it.

I never lost money, but you work hard for the money you do make. You have to go into it knowing that %99 of the crap in a storage unit is just that: Crap. If it wasn't it would be in the person's house and not in some rental garage. That being the case, the biggest hassle isn't "How do I sell what I find" but "How do I dispose of what I can't sell."

I bought what ended up being the remains of a meth lab once. Getting rid of that was pretty entertaining.


Where does one go to find out about auctions?
 
2012-04-11 02:18:25 PM  
justjennette.com
labibliaweb.com
www.nick.com
 
2012-04-11 02:27:41 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Rent Party: Flappyhead:
Probably close to the truth. Darryl Sheets from Storage Wars once talked about the dozens of units that are never shown on TV because they're nothing but trash and how it's an almost 20-1 ratio of crap to good. If you pay close attention you'll notice on SW that all the auctions shown are usually in higher end areas. They showed one auction at a smaller venue, Jarrod bought five units and only one paid off(barely).

I used to buy and sell storage units before TV came along and ruined it. It was usually 10 or 12 people in the caravan (most storage companies auction all their sites on the same day) going and buying. You'd look for one of two things: Things of immediate value (power tools, vehicles, etc...) and well stacked plastic tubs. If it's in a cardboard box, it's crap. If it's in plastic, whoever put it there wanted to take care of it.

I never lost money, but you work hard for the money you do make. You have to go into it knowing that %99 of the crap in a storage unit is just that: Crap. If it wasn't it would be in the person's house and not in some rental garage. That being the case, the biggest hassle isn't "How do I sell what I find" but "How do I dispose of what I can't sell."

I bought what ended up being the remains of a meth lab once. Getting rid of that was pretty entertaining.

Where does one go to find out about auctions?


Some storage companies have a link to them on their websites.

CubeSmart Auctions (new window)

If they don't just call the corporate office and ask what their auction schedule is. They may send you to a specific auction house that handles it for them, but they'll get you in touch with whoever is necessary. It is to their benefit to have more people bidding, as they collect more money and it empties out the lockers quicker.
 
2012-04-11 02:36:27 PM  

tnpir: BohemianGraham: 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

In those guys' defense, the Cajun store is in Alexandria, Louisiana, which appeared to me to be located somewhere in the seventh concentric circle of hell.


Oddly enough, I know someone who lives near Alexandria, and her workplace on Facebook is listed as "Dante's Circles".
 
2012-04-11 03:00:13 PM  

robmilmel: ShawnDoc: fusillade762:
Nothing like finding a successful formula and beating it into the ground.

There's a total of 4 Storage Locker shows that I know of:
- Storage Wars
- Storage Wars Texas
- Auction Hunters ("recreations of their best finds")
- Storage Hunters (Entirely scripted show with tons of fake drama)

Oawn Stars
Cajun Pawn Stars
Pawn Queens
Hardcore Pawn

...and coming this fall:

Law and Order: PBU


I'd watch Hardcore Cajun Pawn Queens.
 
2012-04-11 03:04:59 PM  
I'm NOT a fan of the show. I think the sellers are morons. Haven't they heard of eBay? I remember looking up similar items that people have sold and found that they could have made quite a bit more if they sold it on eBay.
 
2012-04-11 03:08:46 PM  

Rent Party: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Rent Party: Flappyhead:
Probably close to the truth. Darryl Sheets from Storage Wars once talked about the dozens of units that are never shown on TV because they're nothing but trash and how it's an almost 20-1 ratio of crap to good. If you pay close attention you'll notice on SW that all the auctions shown are usually in higher end areas. They showed one auction at a smaller venue, Jarrod bought five units and only one paid off(barely).

I used to buy and sell storage units before TV came along and ruined it. It was usually 10 or 12 people in the caravan (most storage companies auction all their sites on the same day) going and buying. You'd look for one of two things: Things of immediate value (power tools, vehicles, etc...) and well stacked plastic tubs. If it's in a cardboard box, it's crap. If it's in plastic, whoever put it there wanted to take care of it.

I never lost money, but you work hard for the money you do make. You have to go into it knowing that %99 of the crap in a storage unit is just that: Crap. If it wasn't it would be in the person's house and not in some rental garage. That being the case, the biggest hassle isn't "How do I sell what I find" but "How do I dispose of what I can't sell."

I bought what ended up being the remains of a meth lab once. Getting rid of that was pretty entertaining.

Where does one go to find out about auctions?

Some storage companies have a link to them on their websites.

CubeSmart Auctions (new window)

If they don't just call the corporate office and ask what their auction schedule is. They may send you to a specific auction house that handles it for them, but they'll get you in touch with whoever is necessary. It is to their benefit to have more people bidding, as they collect more money and it empties out the lockers quicker.


thank you
 
2012-04-11 03:17:54 PM  

slayer199: I'm NOT a fan of the show. I think the sellers are morons. Haven't they heard of eBay? I remember looking up similar items that people have sold and found that they could have made quite a bit more if they sold it on eBay.


Just because you post it on Ebay doesn't mean it will sell. I had a KK flying V guitar signed by all the members of the band that shares your handle. Couldnt even get a bid on it, much less sell it. I ended up going to a collector and he gave me $6-700 for it, I don't recall exactly. I only paid 4 for it, so I didnt mind, but I couldnt get a damn dime out of it on EBay

i521.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-11 03:22:49 PM  

Gunderson: Solid Gold bars?? Well, there's really no market for those, but I'll give you $50 for 'em


Well, now we know Dave Hester's Fark handle.
 
2012-04-11 03:24:38 PM  

naugahyde monkey: Geotpf: ShawnDoc: fusillade762:
Nothing like finding a successful formula and beating it into the ground.

There's a total of 4 Storage Locker shows that I know of:
- Storage Wars
- Storage Wars Texas
- Auction Hunters ("recreations of their best finds")
- Storage Hunters (Entirely scripted show with tons of fake drama)

You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.

As for Storage Wars, three of the four teams actually own junk/antique/pawn shops, I think, so they actually need inventory constantly. But Barry just annoys me. He's the designated idiot. Heck, he doesn't even drive a pickup or van to the auction; he usually drives a Jaguar and typically only seems to take one or two items from the unit (and usually takes a loss).

Obviously, everybody involved gets paid by the producers of the shows enough that any actual profits from the units are just gravy.

Barry is just a friend of the producer, he doesn't really care about any of it and he's just there because he knows how to make the show interesting (has some acting experience). I'm guessing that everything he buys is paid for by the show.

/anybody want me to drive over to yup guy's store and punch him in the dick?


Barry makes the show. At the end of one episode, he drove up to a huge house, acted like it was his, walked up to the door with keys in hand, telling the camera guys to leave, and a lady walked out and said "can I help you?" ..he ran away, and so did the camera guy, it was hilarious
 
2012-04-11 03:26:44 PM  

frepnog: naugahyde monkey: Geotpf: ShawnDoc: fusillade762:
Nothing like finding a successful formula and beating it into the ground.

There's a total of 4 Storage Locker shows that I know of:
- Storage Wars
- Storage Wars Texas
- Auction Hunters ("recreations of their best finds")
- Storage Hunters (Entirely scripted show with tons of fake drama)

You got the disclaimer for Auction Hunters wrong, I believe. I think it's "the stories of their best finds". I actually think that's the best show and is (more or less) real. The disclaimer just means they don't show when they lose money on a unit.

As for Storage Wars, three of the four teams actually own junk/antique/pawn shops, I think, so they actually need inventory constantly. But Barry just annoys me. He's the designated idiot. Heck, he doesn't even drive a pickup or van to the auction; he usually drives a Jaguar and typically only seems to take one or two items from the unit (and usually takes a loss).

Obviously, everybody involved gets paid by the producers of the shows enough that any actual profits from the units are just gravy.

Barry is just a friend of the producer, he doesn't really care about any of it and he's just there because he knows how to make the show interesting (has some acting experience). I'm guessing that everything he buys is paid for by the show.

/anybody want me to drive over to yup guy's store and punch him in the dick?


Wrong. The proper reply was "yuuuuuuuuup!"
 
2012-04-11 03:29:35 PM  

TheMysticS: robmilmel: ShawnDoc: fusillade762:
Nothing like finding a successful formula and beating it into the ground.

There's a total of 4 Storage Locker shows that I know of:
- Storage Wars
- Storage Wars Texas
- Auction Hunters ("recreations of their best finds")
- Storage Hunters (Entirely scripted show with tons of fake drama)

Oawn Stars
Cajun Pawn Stars
Pawn Queens
Hardcore Pawn

...and coming this fall:

Law and Order: PBU

I'd watch Hardcore Cajun Pawn Queens.


CSI: Bob's Pawn and Thrift.

Seriously, though, I work at a art gallery, dealing in Native American arts and crafts, and I get some of the same kind of people that you see on PS, coming in wanting to sell things to the boss, and getting all huffy when we can't give them what they think it's worth. Some of the same rules apply. If it's from someone well-known, you better have documentation. There's a difference between what we buy art for, and what we sell it for. We have to display it for who knows how long before it goes out the door. You can haggle, if you know how to do it, otherwise we ain't a stall in a Moroccan street market, we don't have the patience if you don't have the skill. I've been telling people to watch PS because a lot of it can apply to any buy/sell businesses like us.

/more Jeanette!
 
2012-04-11 03:30:19 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-11 03:32:48 PM  
I thought they jumped it already when they hired that chick Olivia for Chumlee to hit on.
 
2012-04-11 03:54:47 PM  

Madbassist1: slayer199: I'm NOT a fan of the show. I think the sellers are morons. Haven't they heard of eBay? I remember looking up similar items that people have sold and found that they could have made quite a bit more if they sold it on eBay.

Just because you post it on Ebay doesn't mean it will sell. I had a KK flying V guitar signed by all the members of the band that shares your handle. Couldnt even get a bid on it, much less sell it. I ended up going to a collector and he gave me $6-700 for it, I don't recall exactly. I only paid 4 for it, so I didnt mind, but I couldnt get a damn dime out of it on EBay

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I hate the entitled e-bay idiots. I work at a record store (yes, people still buy CDs and vinyl), and I specialize in rare and collectible records. I see it all the time, some person walks in with an idea of what their record is worth and they'll say "Well I saw on e-bay this is selling for $50". I have to ask, was it just what the seller was asking for it, or did the auction end at that price? Was it a Japanese or rare pressing, or was it even the same edition? Did it have its original inserts? What was the condition? Things clueless people wouldn't even bother looking into.

The most recent one was a Elvis Presley "Moody Blue" on Blue Vinyl, his last record. I offered a customer $3 knowing that I can get maybe 7 or 8 bucks in the store for it, but he said that he saw copies online listed for $35. I told him he was crazy, and that the truly rare version are the ones pressed on black vinyl, and not the colored versions.

One more interesting nugget, on many of Elvis' original soundtrack vinyls they used to have full color photo inserts on the inside -- those are often worth as much or DOUBLE what the record itself is worth.
 
2012-04-11 04:00:36 PM  

Mr.Poops:

One more interesting nugget, on many of Elvis' original soundtrack vinyls they used to have full color photo inserts on the inside -- those are often worth as much or DOUBLE what the record itself is worth.


I have a first pressing of this at the house.

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I like it because it's a phenomenally awesome fusion album, but it's also pretty hard to find, and Hermman Szobel went into hiding after it's release and hasn't been heard from since.

Can you call your buddy that knows about obscure jazz albums and tell me if it's worth anything?
 
2012-04-11 04:13:26 PM  

The Homer Tax: frepnog: yeah, I don't really care for how sometimes theyn expect me to believe that Rick knows that in the 14th century the mongols used golden toothpicks to clean their toejam and it's worth 17 dollars.

I thought the joke was that he's always calling in a "buddy of mine" who is an expert in things.

The guy can't improbably know everything about everything and constantly be calling in experts.

From what I can gather, he knows what he knows, and it's usually guns and jewelry/watches/clocks (standard pawn store stuff, weird).


Yes, I'll give them that Rick knows a thing or two but I can't buy for a minute that "Big Hoss" knows anything beyond beer and. Harleys. When he does the "expert cutaway" it is pure comedy gold.
 
2012-04-11 04:18:43 PM  

swaxhog: Chumlee


ok, parts seem scripted, but did you see Chumlee's face when he saw that everyone was watching him break the vase?

The guy turned beet red. So either he is an amazing actor who can channel embarrassment and humiliation on cue or not all of it is scripted.
 
2012-04-11 04:30:32 PM  

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She has the face of a 300 pound girl.

In time her body will catch up.

/Miranda's cuter
 
2012-04-11 04:41:03 PM  
Gold, silver, tools, musical instruments, electronics, and guns. That's what real pawn shops are only usually interested in buying from my experience. Could be different in Nevada. An ex-girlfriend of mine bought a real nice pool stick at one in Reno when we took a trip there. I was in the casino when she walked across the street to the pawn shop, so I didn't see what they had.
 
2012-04-11 04:45:40 PM  

Orgasmatron138: Shrapnel: fusillade762: I see ads for a new one on The Travel Channel. It's like Storage Wars but instead of storage lockers they're bidding on unclaimed luggage.

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My wife and I were pissed when we saw that ad. Unclaimed luggage my ass. It's luggage sent to the wrong damn place.


That's what I was wondering about those storage shows: what happened to the people who were renting those units? Did they die? Go to jail? Some of that stuff seems mighty valuable to just walk away from.
 
2012-04-11 04:46:15 PM  
The other side of the coin: I live on a 200-yo farm with five barns more or less full of crap. Hardly a week goes by that some bozo doesn't show up in the driveway wanting to go through the barns looking for things of value. They are all convinced, from watching the show, that every barn is full of valuable antiques and they are going to get rich.

If I'm in a mellow mood I'll just ask them how they will feel if I showed up in their drive wanting to go through their garage. If I'm not in a good mood it's a simple GTFO.

I refinish furniture as a hobby that occasionally makes me some beer money. In the past year, tables that used to sell for $50 at flea markets and yard sales ( where I get my raw materials) now have price tags of several hundred dollars - all from people watching these shows and getting an inflated idea of what old items are worth.

Sometimes, old junk is just old junk.

I do get a laugh of seeing items posted on Craigslist at an inflated value, and that price dropping slowly but surely over time. The free market is a harsh mistress.
 
2012-04-11 04:49:30 PM  

dnicoloff: swaxhog: Chumlee

ok, parts seem scripted, but did you see Chumlee's face when he saw that everyone was watching him break the vase?

The guy turned beet red. So either he is an amazing actor who can channel embarrassment and humiliation on cue or not all of it is scripted.


I think that particular show(and several others) are a mix. From what I'm told, there are screeners at the doors on film days. Much like faith healer's scam, or people that talk to the dead, they can look up information before filming.

They also have the obvious set ups, like mentioned a few posts back about pretending to own the house, and then some lady coming out.

It's not all scripted, but some of it is. Chum sounds like an idiot a lot, but if he were actually one, he wouldn't be able to carry out the few time's he's actually rattling off very accurate information. When he makes fun of Rick, Rick wouldn't make that angry asshole face.
 
2012-04-11 04:55:20 PM  

muck4doo: Gold, silver, tools, musical instruments, electronics, and guns. That's what real pawn shops are only usually interested in buying from my experience. Could be different in Nevada. An ex-girlfriend of mine bought a real nice pool stick at one in Reno when we took a trip there. I was in the casino when she walked across the street to the pawn shop, so I didn't see what they had.


Reminds me. Some of these show's are the rather higher end of the spectrum. In that they have networks of support people, experts, etc. Sometimes they know of a buyer, drive across town, and unload the damn thing for a profit. They also send things to auctions held for collectors, or to specialty shops, etc.

Your Pawn shop in bumfark Nebraska won't deal in the same clientele or items, but does operate on the same principles. You can pay more for a quick sell or small items, but the larger a thing is, the more it costs to store/maintain, so you undercut as much as possible.
 
2012-04-11 05:08:18 PM  

omeganuepsilon: Your Pawn shop in bumfark Nebraska won't deal in the same clientele or items, but does operate on the same principles. You can pay more for a quick sell or small items, but the larger a thing is, the more it costs to store/maintain, so you undercut as much as possible.


Also time of year really matters don't try to sell a lawn mower in October and expect to get top dollar.
 
2012-04-11 05:11:15 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: The other side of the coin: I live on a 200-yo farm with five barns more or less full of crap. Hardly a week goes by that some bozo doesn't show up in the driveway wanting to go through the barns looking for things of value. They are all convinced, from watching the show, that every barn is full of valuable antiques and they are going to get rich.


Dude, you're missing the opportunity to clean your barn.

"The price of going through my shiat is you have to make it your shiat. I'll open the door, you back up the truck, load it up, and haul it out. You can have whatever you like when it's on your property. That's the deal."
 
2012-04-11 05:12:43 PM  

Tom_Slick: omeganuepsilon: Your Pawn shop in bumfark Nebraska won't deal in the same clientele or items, but does operate on the same principles. You can pay more for a quick sell or small items, but the larger a thing is, the more it costs to store/maintain, so you undercut as much as possible.

Also time of year really matters don't try to sell a lawn mower in October and expect to get top dollar.


Don't go to a pawn shop if you expect top dollar. You go to a pawn shop to get rid of something quickly and with little hassle, and you pay for that service.
 
2012-04-11 05:19:19 PM  
Wow, that McCurdy chick looks a lot like a young woman I used to date, but only if she's all dolled up. Strange.

Anyway, all you farkers that keep saying she's "legal" that's coming off as really creepy. And I say that as a self professed pervert.
 
2012-04-11 05:21:54 PM  

Tom_Slick: omeganuepsilon: Your Pawn shop in bumfark Nebraska won't deal in the same clientele or items, but does operate on the same principles. You can pay more for a quick sell or small items, but the larger a thing is, the more it costs to store/maintain, so you undercut as much as possible.

Also time of year really matters don't try to sell a lawn mower in October and expect to get top dollar.


True, but from the shop's perspective, that boils down to a guaranteed 6 months of the thing taking up a lot of space.(region dependent of course, but I live northish where we have winters and such)

I was just on about general rules that apply to any given buy/sell joint. Call it an antique store, or a pawn shop, just good business practices.

It's retail/buy/sell stores that really screw you over, like Game Stop. "Modern warfare 3 came out last week? We're only buying them for 3 bucks." You look over at the retail one's, and their used copy's for sale, maybe a 10 dollar difference that soon after a game comes out.

I can see why actual distributors want a chunk of that money, because it's a LOT of money.
Still dirty of them to lock up all the content though on resales. Keep it up, fark them, piracy will skyrocket, and people will buy/trade privately.

/geek tangent
 
2012-04-11 05:22:02 PM  

Optimus Primate: 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!


A lot of adults watch iCarly....and not just Farkers who need Chris Hanson to tell them to "have a seat over there". iCarly is kinda like the shows that were on regular TV a few years ago....not the perverted crap on today. Its like the post-modern Mary Tyler Moore show (even throws him some double-entendres that only older folks would understand)
 
2012-04-11 05:28:39 PM  

Persnickety: that sounds about right. most of the actual PEOPLE that the pickers visit seem to be mass hoarders. I can imagine that alot of them have kids and family that are embarrassed and would just sell off everything dirt cheap.


That was the case with my father in law. When he passed, we had to go through his hoardings, to find family mementos and such. When it was all done, we had to clean it out for the home purchaser. We probably tossed several thousands of dollars worth of near mint condition garage-type items because we had no need for it (only so many shovels you can have in your garage), or no means of selling it on short notice.
 
2012-04-11 05:32:15 PM  
Just watched an iCarly episode with my daughter. They jumped the shark earlier this season from what I saw. Most episodes had some form of reality to them. This one was so far out there, crazy girl and family keep them captive, that I think they are all thinking this is the last year lets do some crazy sh#t and not give a rat's rear.
 
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