Skip to comments.Top 10 Things I Learned While Watching "Barter Kings"
Posted on 06/17/2012 2:51:34 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
Heavily tattooed dudes are the people most willing to do barter deals.
It's okay to own pet horses in residential neighborhoods.
You risk a severe concussion if you do off-road high speed racing in a golf cart, especially if you're bald.
If you reach a bartering impasse, Elvis or Willie Nelson memorabilia can always seal the deal.
If someone specifies that they will NOT trade for a rusty horse trailer then bring them a rusty horse trailer anyways.
When all else fails, then shamelessly use your children's possible hurt feelings to close the deal.
Never try to trade a balloon for a loaded golf cart.
Massage tables are supposed to have headrests.
People who live in California's Inland Empire have a strange habit of melodramatically pausing a few moments before agreeing to a deal.
If you need a power boat later in the day, then it is absolutely possible to barter up starting with $250 of Elvis gold records and then trade it for a dirt bike then a bank safe then a 1970 Monte Carlo until you have an $8000 power boat ready to use for a family water excursion that same afternoon.
I actually did do barter deals years ago but they didn't happen as smoothly as on the show. However, I am now inspired to try bartering again.
Cameras are almost as good a social lubricant as alcohol. Without one or the other 90% of those deals never get past “hello”.
There is the classic story of the guy who traded up from a paperclip to a house (I am pretty sure it is real).
I once started with a used yard sale tape recorder and traded up to roundtrip air tickets from L.A. to Ft. Lauderdale. I traveled under someone else’s name which you can’t do nowadays.
These are professionals. Don't try this at home(expecting it to go as smoothly as it does on the show).
p.s. I get the body wash FREE so no money out of my pocket.
Me and a friend said we should grab a camera and a Microphone and go to events and try to get girls to flash us like the do on the ART MANN show.
We could get some Girls-Gone-Wild shirts and saw we are them and get the girls to flash and do whatever in our motel rooms.
I would try it, but I’m just not that good a lair.
I learned that it is quite the stretch and not enjoyable to watch.
Some of those women that flash aren’t doing you a favor.
“There is the classic story of the guy who traded up from a paperclip to a house (I am pretty sure it is real).”
I heard it was a red thumb tack.....either way it is a good story.....
almost a believable as Storage Wars.
Oh, yeh, that 20 year old baby stroller covered in crap and puree of peas is gonna bring in $150....yeh, ....right.
I haven’t seen the show, but my pop was an antique collector, and I learned a few things from him about bartering to buy stuff from dealers.
1. Don’t take your nice car, drive your beater.
2. You can dress presentably, but don’t dress like you’ve got money.
3. Don’t let them know how much you want something, even if it’s that one of a kind thing you been searching for for years.
4. Don’t pull out your wallet or checkbook until you’ve shaken hands on a price.
5. A lot of dealers will not know exactly what everything is that they have for sale. If they are ignorant, it’s not usually in your best interest to educate them.
6. Make sure you know as much about the counterfeits/replicas of the items you are collecting as you do about the real ones, lest you end up buying a knockoff.
7. Never make the first offer. Ask them to name their best price, then calculate the difference between that and what you want to pay. Double that and subtract it from their offer, that’s your first counteroffer. If they end up meeting you in the middle, you get the price you always wanted to pay in the first place.
8. Always be willing to walk away if the negotiations aren’t going your way.
I had the same idea :)
How hard would it be to get a few t-shirts, rent a professional camera and a limo, and slap a “GGW” sticker on the camera?
The key to selling the con would be to have a hot female accomplice, that would lower their defenses instantly. I couldn’t do it out of principle though.
"If you reach a bartering impasse, Elvis or Willie Nelson memorabilia can always seal the deal."
So what's a velvet painting of Elvis worth? 8^)
That, and the fact that there is ALWAYS some valuable, historic artifact amongst the pee-stained mattresses that mysteriously found its way into the nasty dresser drawer.
Or even worse, a safe full of currency that the storage unit renter just inexplicably fails to retrieve.
I'm pretty sure it's all on the level though.
i only watch it to see what cool clothes Barry is donning for the day.
that dude is WAY cool.
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