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Pawn Stars vs Hardcore Pawn: Which is your favorite?
Self | June 17, 2012 | Self

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.


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I find Hardcore Pawn to be a fascinating show to watch...but I could never deal with their clientele. Too many headaches.
1 posted on 06/17/2012 5:39:36 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Les Gold is totally cool. His kids are spoiled brats — but interesting. The Pawn Stars ensemble is terrific, too. Both good shows in different ways.


2 posted on 06/17/2012 5:44:24 AM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: PJ-Comix

I like Pawn Stars the best. I’m originally from Flint, Michigan & I don’t need any reminders of how bad Flint & Detroit have become since I left.


3 posted on 06/17/2012 5:48:29 AM PDT by jrcats (Hope & Change= No Hope & only changes that tries to destroy America)
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To: PJ-Comix

PJ, is this a joke? I have never heard of Hardecore Pawn, but I do watch Pawn Stars, even though I question the reality of the show.
It seems a bit too made up to be true.


4 posted on 06/17/2012 5:49:12 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: jrcats

But you have to admit that Hardcore Pawn comes closer to reflecting grim reality. Some customers cut ahead in line and then scream for top dollar for their junk and then just won’t let up on the screaming when they don’t get it.


5 posted on 06/17/2012 5:52:21 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

That guy on Hardcore pawn needs to go in and have the oil changed in his hair. No way I would expect any kind of a decent deal from someone who ran a pawn shop that looked like that.


6 posted on 06/17/2012 5:52:48 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: AlexW

Check out Hardcore Pawn. It comes much closer to reflecting grim reality.


7 posted on 06/17/2012 5:53:51 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: AlexW

I have never heard of Hardecore [sic] Pawn


try the following:

http://www.pawndetroit.com/


8 posted on 06/17/2012 5:54:40 AM PDT by deport
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To: AlexW

They are both interesting. The Hardcore Pawn show seems staged as well as Pawn Stars. The ownerns daughter on Hardcore Pawn seems like a whiney attention whore. She is spoiled and she seems like she’d even be a b**** in real life and not just for the drama she creates on the show.


9 posted on 06/17/2012 5:54:49 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: PJ-Comix

I find Hard Core entertaing but some of it appears staged. If you are not interested in dealing with a customer you don’t have to encourage their bad behavior you simply say no thanks and move on.


10 posted on 06/17/2012 5:55:08 AM PDT by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: Delta 21

Folks shouldn’t expect a fantastic deal selling to a pawn shop. You want a good deal, then list your item on Craig’s List. You want a quick deal, then sell to a pawn shop but don’t expect as good a price.


11 posted on 06/17/2012 5:56:48 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

My vote is Hardcore Pawn!


12 posted on 06/17/2012 5:57:08 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo! VOTE the usurper out!!")
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To: PJ-Comix

“Check out Hardcore Pawn.”
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13 posted on 06/17/2012 5:58:16 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Blue Highway

You can’t be Mr. Rogers and run a pawn shop in real life.


14 posted on 06/17/2012 6:01:37 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: varina davis

I’d fire Seth and tell him to go see if he could find a real job. My guess would be NO! And I agree with the customers being hard to deal with. Typical entitlement mentality. “I got this used piece of garbage that doesn’t work and you GOT to give me $1000 for it.” Not.
We went in to the Pawn Stars store in Vegas before it became such a big TV hit. Not that big a store and none of the “stars” were there either.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


15 posted on 06/17/2012 6:02:23 AM PDT by rktman
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To: deport

“Hardecore [sic]”
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Look, I am half asleep.
I can not help it if I make a small typo :P
Good night.


16 posted on 06/17/2012 6:06:05 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: PJ-Comix

Yeah I know they are dealing with low life people for the most part, but still she is a low life herself and with a huge PITA type of attitude. Hard to imagine she is a mother of 2. Can you imagine her raising children?


17 posted on 06/17/2012 6:07:11 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: PJ-Comix

I liked Pawn Stars for a while - then burned out. Hardcore I never bothered with as, IMO, it was just another copycat version of a successful idea that spawned new variations until you’re sick of the whole genre.


18 posted on 06/17/2012 6:16:26 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Some folks on the net have claimed that most of the stuff on trutv is fake or staged. I don’t know personally if that’s true for hardcore pawn but Lizard Lick Towing is fake imo. I think people come in the pawn shop and “act a fool” so they can get on TV.


19 posted on 06/17/2012 6:16:40 AM PDT by lwd
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To: PJ-Comix

Of course, the shows are scripted. Neither show is reality, really.


20 posted on 06/17/2012 6:18:50 AM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: lwd
I think people come in the pawn shop and “act a fool” so they can get on TV.

I don't think it took much acting by the Cabbage Patch Jerk. He really is that way...or deserves an Oscar for some incredible acting.

21 posted on 06/17/2012 6:19:59 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: Blue Highway

I don’t know which I like better. I’m going to call a guy to come down and help me sort this whole thing out.


22 posted on 06/17/2012 6:19:59 AM PDT by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: Oatka

In my opinion, they are completely different shows. I watch Pawnstars to see neat one-of-a-kind collectables, antiques etc. I watch Hardcore pawn to see the result of 50 years of the nanny state. The quality of mechandise on hardcore pawn is what you would expect from the inner city of detriot.


23 posted on 06/17/2012 6:27:43 AM PDT by lwd
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To: Baynative
Of course, the shows are scripted. Neither show is reality, really.

Watch when another insane customer comes into Hardcore Pawn and goes crazy. They get dragged out, screaming, grabbing the door frames, throwing things. In the back of their T-shirt or dress, you see the clear outline of a mic pack so every word can be recorded for the show. Setup? Just possibly.

One thing that bothers me on Pawn Stars is the way some of the really high priced items like the old cannons and guns have shown up on other reality tv shows. It's like they are advertising them to the public. I heard one of the cannons auctioned for a huge price after being on Pawn Stars and a couple of lesser shows.

Pawn Stars never sells anything on the show, they only buy. They never show anyone standing in line to make their payments. Even though it is so staged, Hardcore Pawn would give the more realistic depiction of a pawn shop.

24 posted on 06/17/2012 6:31:10 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Don@VB

I saw what you did there.


25 posted on 06/17/2012 6:31:47 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (This tagline space for rent. Inquire within.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Hardcore Pawn sucks

Looks like (from the 3 minutes I was able to stomach before switching the channel permanently) to be the Jerry Springer show at a pawn shop.

Useless junk being pawned by useless scumbag degenerate lowlife customers to useless scumbag degenerate lowlife pawn shop owners.

Pawn Stars on the other hand is educational, with both customers and owners treating each other with respect.

The merchandise never fails to fascinate.

They Pawn Stars ought to take the flamethrower , charge it up along with the bowling ball cannon and Gatling gun, and head over to Hardcore Pawn and put the place out of its misery.

26 posted on 06/17/2012 6:33:26 AM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: varina davis

Yea, especially his hair LOL.


27 posted on 06/17/2012 6:33:47 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: eartrumpet
Cajun Pawn Stars and American Restoration suck hard too.

Chumley would make a better POTUS than anybody on the ballot in November.

28 posted on 06/17/2012 6:35:42 AM PDT by Rome2000 (WILLARD ROMNEY -- MORMON MELCHIDEZEK BISHOP -HIS FAMILY HAS AVOIDED MILITARY SERVICE FOR GENERATIONS)
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To: jrcats
I'm from Flint also. Left in 86 and never looked back.

I like Pawn Stars best. Who doesn't like Chumly?
29 posted on 06/17/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT by JPII Be Not Afraid
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To: PJ-Comix

Hardcore Pawn gives me a headache. It’s like watching an Obama rally.

A whole sea of pathetic people behaving like they were raised by total gutter trash. But it is Detroit, so what should I expect?

It makes me ashamed to be from the same state, although I’m as far away as possible from them without being at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Pawn Stars is just the same old canned corny reality show dialog and scripted situations masked as something that is supposed to be “educational”.


30 posted on 06/17/2012 6:40:15 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: Don@VB

I have an expert that can help you out with this. Let me have him come by and take a look at the situation here. Is that ok?


31 posted on 06/17/2012 6:43:09 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: eartrumpet

... They rarely buy. Guy has an item and they bring in some expert who says it is worth $2,000 and the cheapass seller offers $200. Typical of pawn shops that prey on people who feel they have to sell or buy. They screw them on both ends of the transaction. Trashy operation with trashy people. Can’t stand pawn shops.


32 posted on 06/17/2012 6:53:09 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: PJ-Comix

First thing to remember about “reality” tv is that everyone of these shows is contrived. There’s no way that Chumlee knows the history of some piece of armor or sword from the middle ages. They research the stuff before they go on camera. That said, Pawn Stars really is a history lesson. Extreme Pawn is more a drama show, between Les’s battling bratty kids and their battles with their ungrateful, resentful, low life clientele.

But if you believe in the reality of reality tv, read the recent expose of House Hunters. Seems that the house hunters really might look at more houses than three. They also might have already bought a house, so the hunt is a re-enactment. And some of the houses they look at aren’t really for sale.


33 posted on 06/17/2012 6:57:27 AM PDT by appeal2 (Don't steal, the government hates competition.)
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To: PJ-Comix

The much more obvious scripting of Hardcore with the real trash element they have is off-putting. Also, I often wonder how long it will be before we see the Hardcore boss in a public dust up. It ain’t real bright to play tough guy on “reality” TV, someone’s gonna take you up on it. Some marginal personality somewhere is just dying to do it.


34 posted on 06/17/2012 6:57:51 AM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Pawn stars is a great show. Hardcore pawn is more realistic and quite frankly I am sick of even seeing ghetto thugs any more in any format.


35 posted on 06/17/2012 7:00:04 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: plain talk
Can’t stand pawn shops.

Yeah but they do serve a useful purpose. Musicians are known for pawning their instruments between gigs so they can eat and then getting then out of hock when a gig comes up. There was a scene in The Glenn Miller Story which showed that.

36 posted on 06/17/2012 7:00:11 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: varina davis
Les Gold is totally cool. His kids are spoiled brats

I agree that Les Gold is very interesting to watch. But I am surprised how disrespectful his children - especially his son - are to him. The call him by his first name, and talk to him using vulgarity and near-insults.

So either the show is scripted, or Les is heading a very nontraditional Jewish family.

37 posted on 06/17/2012 7:02:34 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I find Hardcore Pawn to be disgusting because it is about disgusting people. The customers AND the owners are disgusting people. The things they bring in for pawn are not interesting. Confrontation after confrontation that’s all they’ve got going on.

I am an antique collector and antique lover. Pawn Stars is about Rick and family AND about interesting antiques and artifacts. No contest.


38 posted on 06/17/2012 7:02:34 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: PJ-Comix

The guy on Hardcore Pawn is a total asshat idiot. I watched a few episodes and decided it wasn’t worth my time. But I did like the episode where he totally expected to get a deal on some guns from a local gun dealer and the gun dealer told him to get screwed and tossed him and his wretched family out of his shop.


39 posted on 06/17/2012 7:03:25 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: eartrumpet
We have visited the Pawn Stars shop in Las Vegas. The line was out the door waiting to get in. The shop was seedy like you would expect, jewelry was the same. The “old man’ was there sitting on a stool under a bright light so you could stand by him and have your picture taken. We didn't! He never opened his eyes but didn't fall off the stool either so I guess he wasn't really asleep. It was a strange experience.
40 posted on 06/17/2012 7:10:40 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: PJ-Comix

Pawn stars, there’s more cool historical stuff

Hard Core Pawn, after all the complaints about them making blacks look bad, it seems now they always make sure they put at least 1 or 2 crazy white on every show.


41 posted on 06/17/2012 7:18:36 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Hatteras

That was a funny episode. I agreed with the gun store owner. The gaul of Les to try to weasel out a “deal” on the guns. The guy was already giving him a break on the price, but Les still tried to nickel and dime him down further still.


42 posted on 06/17/2012 7:21:17 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: PJ-Comix
but I could never deal with their clientele

I love when people walk into the shop demanding an exact number for their crappy wares. The looks on the daughter's face are priceless.
43 posted on 06/17/2012 7:21:30 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Rome2000
Chumley would make a better POTUS than anybody on the ballot in November.

AMEN!!

44 posted on 06/17/2012 7:36:58 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PJ-Comix

I much prefer Pawn Stars. I can stomach just so much of Les’ bitch daughter and his whining son or his obnoxious customers.


45 posted on 06/17/2012 7:39:56 AM PDT by pacific_waters
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To: PJ-Comix

Cajun Pawn Stars. They even pawn livestock!


46 posted on 06/17/2012 7:55:00 AM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: pacific_waters

Pawn Stars hands down, I like the experts opinions and the actual testing of things they take in. Hardcore Pawn is like a soap opera, I have never learned anything from that show except daughters shouldn’t ever be spoiled.


47 posted on 06/17/2012 8:04:22 AM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Ditter
"interesting antiques"

That's why the wife and I watch it. We don't care about drama or even if a lot of the show is scripted. I never thought I'd watch a show about a pawn shop, but it is extremely interesting to see what a lot of old (and somewhat new) stuff is worth. And it's always fun to try to guess the lowball number the Rick and co. will offer the customer after the expert declares how much an item should be worth.

48 posted on 06/17/2012 8:07:52 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: jrcats
I like Pawn Stars the best. I’m originally from Flint, Michigan & I don’t need any reminders of how bad Flint & Detroit have become since I left.

That's exactly why I don't care too much for Hardcore Pawn. I can't imagine how their life isn't full of depression, especially knowing how (apparently) many of their clients turn around and use the money they just got for gambling.

Pawn Stars may not be as realistic, but at least I don't feel depressed after watching it.

And it's true: The Hardcore Pawn kids are so self centered, it only adds to the depressing air of the show.

49 posted on 06/17/2012 8:13:01 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hardcore Pawn is totally scripted. I watched an episode where 2 strangers totally went at it and they both were wired for mics. At least Pawn Stars you know they are wired and put on a nice show. Pawn Stars for me.

PS. All those reality shows are rigged.


50 posted on 06/17/2012 8:17:29 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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