Skip to comments.Pawn Stars vs Hardcore Pawn: Which is your favorite?
Posted on 06/17/2012 5:39:23 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
So which is your favorite show? Pawn Stars or Hardcore Pawn? Personally I have to go with the latter because it comes closer to reflecting the grim reality of what I've seen of the pawn business, namely a lot of really nasty customers. And for those of you who think that Les Gold and his family are too hard on his customers, look at who he has to deal with.
My favorite scene is when the jerk who looked like a Cabbage Patch Doll tried to sell his Cabbage Patch Doll to Les while cursing him out and whining about being disrespected. Then Les replied by tossing the Cabbage Patch Doll on the floor and saying: "If I were to do THIS, that would be disrespecting you."
It made me want to stand up and cheer. You can watch the scene HERE.
Pawn Stars.....I get tired of watching the grown kids argue like spoiled brats in Hardcore Pawn. The son is especially hard to take. I don’t know if it’s all scripted but it’s tiresome.
At the end of one of the truTV programs it said something about “re-enactments”, so I’d guess many of them are, and the Hardcore Pawn customers have got to know a camera man is right there. I also heard all these reality programs may not be so reality, as some rehearsal goes on.
An aside, after getting my buddy(78 yrs old) watching the truTV channel, I didn’t have the heart to tell them they were re-enactments, it was just as entertaining watching him react to it.
Oh, I’d take Pawnstars first, but I don’t miss Hardcore Pawn, although most of the time I won’t watch either of them twice.
Isn't that the truth! Again, I can't imagine living there, much less owning such a business in that neighborhood. I knew it was bad in that area, but I had no idea it had fallen into such a black hole of materialistic despair.
The "great society" indeed! How much more proof can anyone require, that the "compassion" of liberalism only destroys men's souls.
Pawn Stars is a great, entertaining tribute to capitalism: everyone walks away happy. The "greatness" of Hardcore Pawn is only in its stark reporting of the "gift" of liberalism to society. I don't need any more of that though; the actual news is sufficient for that purpose.
It, and other shows like "Operation Repo", "Lizard Lick Towing", and "Storage Hunters", were made to entertain the same clientele that thought that professional wrestling was real.
Hardcore Pawn is nothing more than “The Jerry Springer Show” set in a pawn shop. I realize the shows are scripted, but just once, I’d like to see that punk Seth throw somebody out by himself, rather than mouth off to the customer while hiding behind two huge security guards.
Pawn Stars and Cajun Pawn Stars are entertaining. Hardcore Pawn is closer to the real thing, without the store closed and open to selected customers for the filming.
“Obviously available only in the US.”
Nope. I see it Norway on Discovery Europe.
I like the ones where the guy buys a storage garage full of junk and then finally comes across an old box full of newly minted silver dollars, or a Picasso rolled up in the bottom drawer of a dresser.
I like them both in different ways. Pawn Stars is more sedate and shows historical items. You can really pick up some interesting information on that show.
Hard Core Pawn is strictly entertainment. I do believe, not only on this show, but on most all reality shows, that the fighting and name-calling is staged for the show. If there was no fighting there would be no show.
Wait a minute! Are you saying those towing shows aren’t real?
I don’t know. I don’t watch those. But something tells me they are staged as well. I just found out that House Hunters was staged. Boy do I feel duped!
I still like the show however as I find it educational. I like how they give the historical background of the item or the person associated with it and I like to see how the appraisers validate the item or prove its a fake. I also like how Rick schools people on what they think the item is worth and the reality of what its actually worth and or the difference between the price a pawn shop is going to pay for it vs. the retail price. For instance say an item has an appraised or has an estimated auction value of $2,000, the seller expects to get $2,000. Rick is very upfront that hes in it to make a profit. He has overhead and the cost of carrying inventory and other expenses and often advises the seller to try to sell it himself and come back if that doesnt work out.
Good points, MD, and I agree. Even though some of the reality shows are scripted or staged - it is all entertainment, with some education (if you want to call it that.)
I enjoy both of the shows - and am amazed at what some people will do (and say) when they know they are being recorded.
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