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Reality Shows about Pawn - what's the appeal?

by Lydia C. Lee (follow)
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Whenever we turn on the television at the moment, there seems to be some variation of a show about pawn brokers. I know the English had a variation, Antiques Roadshow, where people showed an expert their 'antiques' and they were told if it was worth something. I don't really understand the appeal of these shows, but given Pawn Stars or a variations seems to be on in the prime time slot, they must be popular.

If you watch it, what's the appeal?



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I watch Pawn Stars with my husband. It's interesting to see the kinds of things people dig up (yes, I know much of the things they bring in are not actually theirs). I think the dynamics between the characters is also interesting. They are funny to watch. As for Hardcore Pawn, those greasy people annoy the heck out of me!
by Vee
I don't consider Antiques Roadshow a 'pawn show'. In a lot of cases, items are actually worth something, or quite collectible. I find it interesting to learn about the history of an item, and it is also helpful in informing you about the value of your own things. Once on a show like that, someone had a pot exactly the same as ours, and we found out that it was worth 80.
I do watch it.

I like the rawness of it.It's real and some of the people who go into the shop, try to do a deal.

Try to take advantage....but! they soon get caught out, and that's fun to watch.
the Dad is a reel keeper, he's got the brains that guy.

Oops (spelling mistake) should be 'Real' not reel?
by jonaj
Those greasy people annoy the heck out of me!
by Vee
Tis family are ingrates and absolutely rude to their customers The one with Chumley and Rick are the best by far. They come up with really good history on objects brought in. Pawn Shops are big in the U.S so I guess that is where the idea started.
I find this fascinating.
I used to be a collector so am still interested in collecting even though I rarely buy anything anymore and no longer go to fairs etc.

However this show is fascinating in seeing what they find!
Also in how good they are at picking things that are valuable -I sold on ebay for many years and did that sort of thing, so guess it holds a special interest somehow for me.
by Finy
I find them way too staged.
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