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HISTORY CHANNEL****FOR SHAME***AMERICAN PICKERS

 
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I agree these guys are out there robbing older people who don't no the value of some of this stuff. I understand they have to make money but do they really need to offer $50 bucks for a $5000 dollar saddle. Poor old Leland could really use that money. Come on your gonna tell me the mike thought that was a fair price. He new this old guy was not all there. He could barley walk. When there picking from someone who has a huge farm and a lot of property and doesnt really need the money I wouldn't have a problem with it. But to go to a run down house where it's real obvious this old guy could use the money you people are gonna tell me it's ok to do that to our older generation of war heroes. This old guy fought in WWII. Those pickers new the value of that saddle. At least offer a price where your making your 200 or 300% profit but to say $50 bucks for something that's worth thousands is not robbery is crazy. There are thieves plan and simple
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08/30/2011 01:48 AM
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You CANNOT be serious! Have you ever lived with anyone who colllected junk for a living? Or someone who 'picked' and kept those items for decades? I would say NOT!

'I picked this for $15 about 40 years ago. Ok, I guess I will let it go for.....'

Why the hell are you keeping it for 40 years? To make your millions in your old life?

No, you wanted to possess it. So you did and it took you 40 years to get rid of it. It was never an investment.

You folks that are so negative about the show are so out of tune with reality.

Go watch the Kar-dash-e-ons. And get your healthy dose of real life.
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"On camera, Strein said the saddle was designed to work cattle and was well made. A manufacturer mark couldn't be found, though. Once cleaned and oiled, Strein estimated the saddle was worth $1,500 in Iowa. Out West, Strein said a wealthy collector might give up to $5,000.

"The saddle sparked interest in the show. But we learned a lesson, " Wolfe said, referring to not thinking they hit a home run until the ball clears the fence.

The appraised value, often estimated auction prices when people fight over an item, and what the pickers get are two different things. The saddle didn't even get a $199 bid on eBay. Eventually, a couple bought it for $150 at their shop, complete with autographs. Wolfe said $30 was spent to recondition it, resulting in a $45 profit."

You people are idiots. they pump the numbers up on this show and all those appraisal type shows to make things seem more glamorous, anything is only worth what someone actually pays for it. no one ripped anyone off. in fact i've seen where someone offered to sell them something ridiculously cheap and they said no, that's way low, i'll give you more for it. they also have also passed up on offering money for stuff that actually has sentimental value to the person. oh and they also bought a sign that had Leland's name on it and took it back to him as a gift because they liked him so much. also. they bought an item from this guy restoring a fun house and made 10 grand off it and went back and split the money with him. they gave him 5000 bucks, they didn't have to do that.
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09/04/2011 03:53 PM
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the people don't have to sell there items you don't think they drove all the way to that guys farm on water besides they are the ones who have to put in all the work to resell the junk they buy so get a life and if you feel so bad for the guy send him what you think he should have been payed for it
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09/04/2011 04:12 PM
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This is a loosely scripted reality show.

The pickers are getting paid by whoever produces the show--they need to make going through someone else's crap seem interesting--gotta assume the sellers get a little cut of the action too.

No body is getting ripped off.
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09/04/2011 04:13 PM
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Plus the sellers get their 15 minutes of fame on the frikken tv.
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09/04/2011 08:35 PM
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It's capitalism. Calm down you crazies
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09/04/2011 08:39 PM
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Agreed !! protest
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Agreed too. And remember that this show is broadcasted worlwide, so the "GREAT EXAMPLE" its not just from USA..

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But but...HC said USA won WW2.
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09/04/2011 08:52 PM
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On some occasions these guys end up buying the stuff and keeping it for themselves. If they are going to keep it for themselves, then why not pay full price!? Scumbag.

I don't have anywhere near as extreme opinions as expressed by some people in this thread, but they do sometimes rub me the wrong way when "pickin'!"
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They brought him a sign with his name on it in a later episode when they didn't have to. They actually cared enough for the man to spend time with him again later without trying to buy more stuff from him. They are like any other other business people, they need to make a profit to make the trips around the country worth it. Gas is quite expensive and they are doing alot of good by helping people who have no idea what to do with the antiques getting rid of some of the stuff. Since when is it wrong to make a profit off of your hard work? Also these people are not greedy, they tell people if the price is too low countless times that I have seen, they offer more than asking price many times.
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09/04/2011 09:00 PM
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At the same time, History channel is paying them money. The show is extremely well. I don't think they are too concerned about cutting people under. You have to realize they have overhead and travelling expenses. It's not like they are going five miles down the street buying something and throwing it on eBay.
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09/05/2011 12:07 PM
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I don't believe we air things like this oN TV .I wish they would pick there nose an pick a winner.I never heard of a picker unless they were in a garden .I have done antiquing for many years an these guys should be ashamed of them selves. Come to Michigan an try that thing I would love to meet both of them. An this has nothing to do with History DA what is up with THE HS Channel ?They to should be ashamed T.RAY 245 Michigan. This kind of thing sickins me Please excuse my spelling to .
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09/05/2011 12:40 PM
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09/05/2011 12:42 PM
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How many times do you see an item on antique road show where someone found an item in the trash or paid a small price at a garage sale/ flea market only to it is very valuable? Should they take that item back to the little old lady or her grandchildren and say here I paid a $1 for it but it’s worth a $1000 please take it back??? Would you??? I her them constantly say we don’t pay retail! We need to make money too! What do you want for it? If the seller does not know the worth the number is low are you the buyer going to correct them? I got an idea why don’t churches say hey we got plenty of money no need to pass the collection plate this month the pastors vacation home has been built and furnished. I guess if they show the guys in church donating a valuable item then it would be moral?
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09/05/2011 12:43 PM
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You guys are idiots, its called business. They have to make a profit as well, History Channel has nothing to do with them, they were asked if they could be filmed. And these older people can say no, its usually rusting up collecting dust.
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How many times do you see an item on antique road show where someone found an item in the trash or paid a small price at a garage sale/ flea market only to it is very valuable? Should they take that item back to the little old lady or her grandchildren and say here I paid a $1 for it but it’s worth a $1000 please take it back??? Would you??? I her them constantly say we don’t pay retail! We need to make money too! What do you want for it? If the seller does not know the worth the number is low are you the buyer going to correct them? I got an idea why don’t churches say hey we got plenty of money no need to pass the collection plate this month the pastors vacation home has been built and furnished. I guess if they show the guys in church donating a valuable item then it would be moral?
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09/05/2011 01:44 PM
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You people are all full of crap. American Pickers is a great show and these two guys are just trying to make a living doing what they love. If they were to give the customer the price that they could get for an item, how would they ever make any money? This is a business not a way to rip people off. Same with Pawn Stars, if the guys paid what you could actually get for retail, they would never make anything on those items. Does it look like anyone they buy from feels ripped off? I don't think so. They are happy to sell their stuff and share the history that comes with it. Why don't you all just keep your opinions to yourselves until you learn a few things about other people's businesses.
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Having owned a business, and after having lost it because I couldn't sell enough, I don't see how they make it on what they get. They usually only double their money. To have anything like a comfortable life you have to profit $200 a day. Those old people are as sharp as when they were 25 and if Mike and Frank didn't buy their stuff they'd die with it in the attic or in the barn out back and their kids would come in with an industrial dumpster and throw it all away. By the way, you lose a lot of credibility when you start throwing F bombs.
me171
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09/05/2011 04:05 PM
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The right way to make money is to intro them to a buyer that would pay full value and take a reasonable commission fee that would allow them a reasonable profit.

if the seller agrees to the price and is happy, i see nothing wrong, although I would truly hate to sell something worth a lot for a steal of a price.

To an 88 yr old guy who likely paid less than a dollar for something, to get $5 or more may seem like a great deal for him, and he is likely not savvy enough to use ebay.

The buyer is taking a risk as well.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 779573

You're an idiot.
By that logic, it's okay for you to trade a kid some candy for the gold necklace her grandmother gave her at her baptism.
If I knew an old person who was in posession of an item of great value but that person wasn't aware of the value of the item, I would let them know it's real value and if they desired, I would introduce them to a buyer.
You probably think it's okay to buy foreclosed properties at auction and profit at the expense of someone else's misfortune.
But then again, that's the beauty of the capitalist system, isn't it?
It's what America is all about. You can go into another country and take what you want and pay what you want and if they don't agree you just deny them access to the market, impose sanctions on them, and starve them into submission.
And stupid fucks like you are only too happy to share in the spoils.
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Anonymous Coward
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and what about your government and state and city fucking your asses off why dont anybody complain about that
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09/05/2011 04:15 PM
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The Pawn show guys are the rip offs.... AP's guys are penny ante.
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09/05/2011 06:09 PM
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You know, folks: most of these people tell the guys the price they want for the items....THEY SET THE PRICE, who is getting screwed? If the "customer" sets the price, HOW is it then that they are being taken advantage of? If you don't like the show, get up off your lazy ass and change the channel. Most of these people have so much stuff, they should be on "Hoarders" and not on "American Pickers" Seriously, there is so much crap at most of these places, are they really going to 1) miss it and 2) feel robbed? GET A LIFE GRIPERS and BITCHERS of the world!
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09/05/2011 06:16 PM
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You know, folks: most of these people tell the guys the price they want for the items....THEY SET THE PRICE, who is getting screwed? If the "customer" sets the price, HOW is it then that they are being taken advantage of? If you don't like the show, get up off your lazy ass and change the channel. Most of these people have so much stuff, they should be on "Hoarders" and not on "American Pickers" Seriously, there is so much crap at most of these places, are they really going to 1) miss it and 2) feel robbed? GET A LIFE GRIPERS and BITCHERS of the world!
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09/06/2011 08:03 PM
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american pickers is a business. If you work for a living you would understand this. If you go to a restaurantthey buy food and put 3 to 4 times on that product ( if a steak cost 3 dollars they sell it for 12 dollars ) its business. Who do you think is going to travel all over the armpits of america and pay someone who has a pile of crap in there farms for the last 50 years. Did you notice how little they really make 50 to 100 dollars an item. I say if they didn't have an income from there show they would be just be getting by. Remember the soviet union went under for socialist ideas.
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There is nothing wrong with these guys. They are making a living unlike half the people in this country. I watched them buy an old canvas carnival banner for short money. Make $10000.00 on it and turn around to give they Guy all of it back.
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09/08/2011 11:46 PM
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Agreed !! protest
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Agreed !! protest
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Wow you hopefully don' t live in a glass house, I haven't met many people who can say that they haven't stole anything in there lives? Yes these guys are morally challenged, but so are all of us, I've gotten great deals when someone needed money-- you know you don't buy unless it's a really good deal --why not offer fair prices, it's because we all want a good deal. When was the last time you wiped a butt, stopped and helped a scary stranger on a dark night, do YOU look for ways to give random acts of kindness each day?? I bet not, there you are. the fact is that I have saved lives before, when I was 11 and 33 years later as I work as a nurse. Giving daily but never enough, we all come up short if we didn't this world would be a much better place. so before you rag on someone else look at what you can change in yourself and let others decide what integrity means to themselves, you can make the best changes by making a positive change in yourself
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Why do they need such a high profit margin?

Surely they are gaining a considerable extra income from their TV show.
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09/09/2011 12:01 AM
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TV shows don't last forever.

The people they buy from understand that Mike and Frank need to make a profit.

I like the show - my favorite on TV since it aired.
Not of all time, but it's the best on TV right now.
No yelling, fighting, drama, sex, bleeps every two seconds, no controversy, just two down-to-earth genuinely nice guys who have been real friends for many years who work together.
They treat the people they meet with genuine respect and kindness and they get it in return - plus they and the viewer, at least those who love the show, are entertained by their dry sense of humor and those they meet.
It's a refreshing show to not have to worry about being offended and just simply be entertained by a couple of nice guys who are in our living rooms every week who could easily pass as our own friends if they were there watching it with us.
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American Pickers came to a buddies place.They were there from 9:00 - 6:00.They spent 800.00 and acted like they did you a favor.Lets face it,the star of the show is not Frank or Mike,its the people who let you into their home every week.There is big money being made by the History Channel with the American Pickers program.Then they come to your home and want you to give them a deal.Nobody knows where all the good stuff goes.Remember when they bought the Laurel and Hardy fiberglass heads.Where did they go?Those were big money items.I think they take advantage of people who do not know what they have.I wouldn't want them to knock on my grandmothers door.

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