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

 
Anonymous Coward
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I'm an Auctioneer and the saying goes "It's only worth what someones willing to pay at the time of sale"

To all the bashers on this thread...here is a novel idea,
If you think they are "buying Low & selling High"...why not "put up or shut up"....get into this biz, and "go picking" and pay the "sheeple" what you think is a "Fair" price....

If not, STFU and get of the "Pickers" backs!
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09/10/2011 09:55 PM
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I'm an Auctioneer and the saying goes "It's only worth what someones willing to pay at the time of sale"

To all the bashers on this thread...here is a novel idea,
If you think they are "buying Low & selling High"...why not "put up or shut up"....get into this biz, and "go picking" and pay the "sheeple" what you think is a "Fair" price....

If not, STFU and get of the "Pickers" backs!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1543903


Yes, this.
I am a picker. Sometimes we don't even know what an item will bring. It's really a guessing game at best. Sometimes we win, sometimes we loose. If you think about our overhead to get these items, and to sell them, our profit does not seems so good. Grandpa with the old rusty motor bike could never find a retail buyer for that item, so he is selling wholesale to a picker who has spent years to locate those collectors willing to make the purchase. Business is business, and this one is fair.
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I seen shows where they paid more for an item than the seller wanted. Most of the people they are buying from are collectors who really wouldn't have an ideal how to market and sell for "true value" Just because the Pickers may say an item is worth a 1000.00 doesn't mean they will get that amount. Because of this show I sold an old musical instrument and I feel like I got a better price because I researched the orgins of the instrument which I would have never done before this show.
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09/11/2011 08:33 PM
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did no one see the episode where they buy the circus banners from the guy at the amusement park, make a killing on them when they sold em to a dealer & went back and gave the guy they bought the posters from like $5,000???? why would you have a "business" if you bought stuff for the price you are going to sell it for. get real people
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09/11/2011 08:34 PM
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did no one see the episode where they buy the circus banners from the guy at the amusement park, make a killing on them when they sold em to a dealer & went back and gave the guy they bought the posters from like $5,000???? why would you have a "business" if you bought stuff for the price you are going to sell it for. get real people
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I agree with you on this
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I hate the disastrous train wreck that THC has become. What do truckers, pawn shops, junk dealers and swamp people have to do with history? What does corporate propaganda about how things are made have to do with history?

Nothing...


If they wanna put a channel on and call it the Boring White People Channel, that would be fine. Let us just call it what it is.
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09/12/2011 02:15 PM
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A question for all of those of you complaining about how evil American Pickers are for offering low amounts on items so they can make a buck (many items long forgotten and none of his/her family would want because they aren't in the business and don't have a clue to its worth)... Have you never gone to a yard sale and offered someone less then the price marked? Same difference. I know, however, there is no reasoning with you. If you don't like the show, don't watch it. Then again, don't just watch one episode and call it evil.
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These guy crack me up an mike he would #$%@ your grand mother if he could.like when they bought that 57 chevy for rick on pawn stars he got rick on that deal mike payed 5500 for it an he wanted 8500 or 9000 for it an they are suuppost to be freinds.wtf
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09/13/2011 08:06 AM
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You people have no clue as to wtf your talking about.. this show is staged entirely and you never mentioned that the people get paid by history channel for there time... get the fact s straight...they are paying for not stealing items.. fuckin dickhole. If you don t like it don't watch it.
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09/13/2011 08:12 AM
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I can NOT believe that the HISTORY channel would show such a disgrace to our older generation. TO think for one minute this would somehow be cleared to air is appalling. To brag or somehow boast about an unsolicited visit to Leland's farm and the price paid versus the actual value should be illegal. If this would have been my granddad I would have felt robbed of my family heirloom and treasures. The History Channel should immediately cancel this show!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were so looking forward to a new show that was really about hidden treasures in American not thievery we couldn't even finish the show.

These guys are scum bags !!!!! Nice job History Channel way to promote thieves . I would love to meet these guys face to face , and work a deal out with them. If you know what I mean ! And my parents always told me crime doesn't pay, unless you make a show for the History Channel .Way to teach kids its ok to steal from the older generation. History Channel you should make things right pay these people fair price for their stuff, and fire these dirt bags
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Finally someone else see's through the B.S. Thx OP bumpbumpbumpbump
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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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They are not compensated for the show... only the free advertisement. The people they film while there picking get paid for there time..
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09/13/2011 02:30 PM
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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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watch the show u idiot..the heads are still there in their shop...lots of fucking idiots on here that don't know jack shit !
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I hate the disastrous train wreck that THC has become. What do truckers, pawn shops, junk dealers and swamp people have to do with history? What does corporate propaganda about how things are made have to do with history?

Nothing...


If they wanna put a channel on and call it the Boring White People Channel, that would be fine. Let us just call it what it is.
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Another idiot that doesn't understand.. the stuff they find is history... they talk about it and explain it with captions on the bottom of the screen...for idiots like you !!...My Lord..what a dumbass !
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I have dealt in Antiques for many years. I often give people more than what they want for an item. For example, I once had a chance to buy a set of Sterling flatware for $3. Yep, that's right, three dollars! I told the lady that it was Sterling, and I told her it was worth much more than she was asking, and I offered her $400 for it. I told her she could take it to a shop and maybe get more, but she still sold it to me anyways for my offer of $400. She was getting a fair deal too, as this was when Silver was about $8 an ounce. She was so grateful!

If I see that the person is not monetarily advantaged, I will sometimes pay full value for an item, knowing I won't make any profit, but the satisfaction I get when I do something like that feels good, knowing that I am really helping someone else out.

It all balances out, as there may be a time in the near future that I will buy a box lot at an auction for a few bucks, and there will be a $1,000 treasure in it. It happens quite a bit. I like to think that it is a reward for being fair to others when they need it.
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Has everyone gone crazy?
They're running a business. Their business model is to buy something that possibly has value at pennies on the dollar.
I don't see them as ripping anyone off because they're willing to buy something that would otherwise rot away in some old barn never to be seen again. They're paying money for something that really has no real value to the owner.
Remember something is only "valuable" when the seller knows what its really worth.

Would you turn down a 1964 Mustang for a great price because the owner lists it as an old 1964 Ford?

Buying smart is nothing new and in no way a sign of how bad things have gotten. Wasn't Manhattan bought for $24. worth of trinkets?
Anonymous Coward
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09/22/2011 05:48 PM
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I think it's a good thing that the items they find are being purchased and appreciated instead of buried in some barn simewhere to perhaps be discarded later. I also question whether they get the prices for the items that they claim. It must be expensive for them to travel all over too.
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09/22/2011 05:51 PM
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It is a morally repugnant show. I watched as much of it as I could. It is bankrupt.tdown
jim
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09/25/2011 01:03 AM
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I've never seen so many braindead responses in my entire life. You people are idiots.
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This show is epic art compared to the ones involving people who can't use brth control, midgets, cake bakers and men with beards
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Its called free will.The people that sell to the american pickers and pawn stars have a choice to say no, also they have a choice to not seek them out to sell things to them.Its like expecting a retail store to sell you new goods at wholesale prices, business would not exsist if they did not make money to pay their bills.If you watched the show you would see that most of the people that they buy from invite them for that reason,to buy their stuff.Is everone that buys something from a garage sale or flea market a crook to.if these customers wanted to get full market value for their goods they could market it on a number of auction sites that anyone can use and mail it to the seller.Time is money these guys spend allot of money being on the road and time marketing and distributing the goods they buy.I would hardly consider that theft in any way,and if you dont like the show you dont have to watch it.
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09/27/2011 12:13 AM
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OP
Get a grip! What do you care what they do. You out to save the world are ya? Laughing my ass off.
So they are still items for inheritance?
Is that your moral argument? If the person does not want these guys on their property then they are asked to leave. These guys pay for hotels, gas, food on the road. To me, they are providing people with an additional income.
Something someone on a fixed income might need. Most of the stuff is nothing but rusting junk to the owners.
If these two men have educated themselves with all the knowledge they have, they should be rewarded for that knowledge. It is not stealing, it is free enterprise. Maybe they double their money or triple it.Who the fuck cares??
But OP, have you ever lived the life going from hotel to hotel town to town. Or dig thru a bunch of junk to get one or two pieces actually worth while items.
Driving all day. Then working in hot dirty and miserable conditions. I say they earn their money.

If the old guy sells something he probably had no use for it. Or even if he didn't know what it might be worth. He still had some money in his pocket that he didn't when the day started. If these were prized heirlooms, these people would hold on to them ! If they dont maybe is nice just to have someone visit. Sure MIke and Frank, take this shit out of my attic. Havent seen that since the 70's. LOl everyone makes money. These two are pretty nice guys.
In their defense, I have seen them in one episode, get a lot more for some circus posters than they ever knew they were worth. A guy was trying to reopen his theme park and really needed money. they drove to New York sold the posters and then drove back to the guys park and handed over 5K large. That just doesnt seem all that greedy to me. Try bitching about oil, health care , over all cost of living and then you have my empathy. Until then, you have no argument.
I like the actual "HISTORY" of the show. I have learned a lot from these two and the people that they deal with in the show. It is good wholesome entertainment. A nice change from Shitty sitcoms , Reality (fakes) Shows or the blood and gore from all the cops shows. So, get a life. Sell some old shit and get hooked on treasure hunting. I like good entertaining shows. Not all the other bullshit. think I will see if an episode is on tonight! BURP!
I LIKE THE SHOW !
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OP
Get a grip! What do you care what they do. You out to save the world are ya? Laughing my ass off.
So they are still items for inheritance?
Is that your moral argument? If the person does not want these guys on their property then they are asked to leave. These guys pay for hotels, gas, food on the road. To me, they are providing people with an additional income.
Something someone on a fixed income might need. Most of the stuff is nothing but rusting junk to the owners.
If these two men have educated themselves with all the knowledge they have, they should be rewarded for that knowledge. It is not stealing, it is free enterprise. Maybe they double their money or triple it.Who the fuck cares??
But OP, have you ever lived the life going from hotel to hotel town to town. Or dig thru a bunch of junk to get one or two pieces actually worth while items.
Driving all day. Then working in hot dirty and miserable conditions. I say they earn their money.

If the old guy sells something he probably had no use for it. Or even if he didn't know what it might be worth. He still had some money in his pocket that he didn't when the day started. If these were prized heirlooms, these people would hold on to them ! If they dont maybe is nice just to have someone visit. Sure MIke and Frank, take this shit out of my attic. Havent seen that since the 70's. LOl everyone makes money. These two are pretty nice guys.
In their defense, I have seen them in one episode, get a lot more for some circus posters than they ever knew they were worth. A guy was trying to reopen his theme park and really needed money. they drove to New York sold the posters and then drove back to the guys park and handed over 5K large. That just doesnt seem all that greedy to me. Try bitching about oil, health care , over all cost of living and then you have my empathy. Until then, you have no argument.
I like the actual "HISTORY" of the show. I have learned a lot from these two and the people that they deal with in the show. It is good wholesome entertainment. A nice change from Shitty sitcoms , Reality (fakes) Shows or the blood and gore from all the cops shows. So, get a life. Sell some old shit and get hooked on treasure hunting. I like good entertaining shows. Not all the other bullshit. think I will see if an episode is on tonight! BURP!
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09/27/2011 07:07 AM
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Who the fuck do you people think you are, how dare you victimize mike and frank???? They have to make money too, and its not a "family heirloom" if it has been sitting in the trash for years. These people should be happy and grateful to mike and frank for the extra money that they give them for their garbage that they often had no idea existed and that for once someone actually gave a shit about their stuff. if all you dumb shits have to do with your time is cry and whine on the internet about nothing, then i honestly feel sorry for you.
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If anything, the people who complain about this TV show are the ones bring shame to their generation. This is political correctness gone mad. Mike and Frank have done nothing wrong. Is giving money to people for stuff they had no idea existed so wrong? so to all of you haters, FOR SHAME.
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Moving from one state cost money,transportation to move heavy items cost money, meals, place to stay cost money,trying to get customers cost money These guys don't earn much. They need to make a small profit to survive. They saved a lot of junk from being lost for ever. if they were not around sooner or later the junk will just end up in the trash. I feel sorry for them as they don't have a very high profit margin plus it takes time to sell off those items. the few pieces they mange to find is not much and I really. Really wonder how they really make any money when there are so much hidden cost and expenses.
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Moving from one state cost money,transportation to move heavy items cost money, meals, place to stay cost money,trying to get customers cost money These guys don't earn much. They need to make a small profit to survive. They saved a lot of junk from being lost for ever. if they were not around sooner or later the junk will just end up in the trash. I feel sorry for them as they don't have a very high profit margin plus it takes time to sell off those items. the few pieces they mange to find is not much and I really. Really wonder how they really make any money when there are so much hidden cost and expenses.
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Moving from one state cost money,transportation to move heavy items cost money, meals, place to stay cost money,trying to get customers cost money These guys don't earn much. They need to make a small profit to survive. They saved a lot of junk from being lost for ever. if they were not around sooner or later the junk will just end up in the trash. I feel sorry for them as they don't have a very high profit margin plus it takes time to sell off those items. the few pieces they mange to find is not much and I really. Really wonder how they really make any money when there are so much hidden cost and expenses.
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These guy crack me up an mike he would #$%@ your grand mother if he could.like when they bought that 57 chevy for rick on pawn stars he got rick on that deal mike payed 5500 for it an he wanted 8500 or 9000 for it an they are suuppost to be freinds.wtf
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Because you moran, it took them days to find the damn thing, then they had to pay to have it transported across 3 states. Minus all the costs to pay their food / lodging and trasport, that was probably 1000 to 1500 in profit.

Wow they are really ripping him off huh?

THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE DUMMY.
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These guy crack me up an mike he would #$%@ your grand mother if he could.like when they bought that 57 chevy for rick on pawn stars he got rick on that deal mike payed 5500 for it an he wanted 8500 or 9000 for it an they are suuppost to be freinds.wtf
 Quoting: magnum91 1547378


Because you moran, it took them days to find the damn thing, then they had to pay to have it transported across 3 states. Minus all the costs to pay their food / lodging and trasport, that was probably 1000 to 1500 in profit.

Wow they are really ripping him off huh?

THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE DUMMY.
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No wonder this country is failing economically and in such debt.

Typical people have no idea how much shit costs and what it costs to run a business.
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The two guys are doing all the work, i.e. advertising, networking, repairs, restoring. If the person who owns it wants to do all that, let him sell it himself. He should know what it's worth before he turns it over to them.

Besides, they get paid for being on the show. They all seem pretty happy.