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 Post subject: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 7:26 am 
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The reason I get irritated with this show is they are always cherry picking people's collections taking the most valuable items, and leaving the rest behind, basically taking away any hopes of people being able to sell the rest of what they have. And it's a lousy excuse of educating people on history... All it does is tell the younger generation to get interested in history because it's worth money. And another thing is after watching this show people think that something from the 1970s that is realistically worth maybe let's say $50 is a priceless antique worth $100 because it has rusty "patina" sorry for my gripe, had to get it out there!
John
Edit: I am a younger collector, 20 y/o and I have been collecting antiques since I was 11 or 12, long before it was "cool" to do so and between then and now I can say it's a lot harder to find a good deal on anything because as I've said above all the hipsters, and such have made it so difficult to find anything of actual value for under 75-100 dollars. I might be from the same generation but I really hate these hipsters!! I just think it's funny I used to get made fun of for having a poloroid and collecting records and wearing old leather jackets and wool flannels, only NOW is it the "Cool" thing to do...


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 11:34 am 
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I actually thought "Pawn Stars" had better items.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 11:37 am 
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Those guys are in a business. I’m guessing about 80-90% of what they buy is already sold when they put it in the truck. I’m sure they have a network of folks they “shop for”. They have a shopping list of items their clients want. The rest is interesting, but doesn’t make them money. Some items go to their two stores, a few go into their private collections.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 11:53 am 
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A few years ago I sold 20 radios to a picker with a shop downtown. The radios were all in good shape New capacitors and the like. But just plain jane most AA5. Got $20.00 each. He said after the sale he can get $50.00 to $100.00 for each of them. He also bought my 1960's pole lamp for $25.00. An old big ben alarm clock for $15.00. A few other things for $45.00. I thought it was a fair deal for both of us. A week later I went to his shop. 12 radios had already sold. Pole lamp was there and sold tag on it. $120.00


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 12:46 pm 
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We actually sold a 1954 Harley Davidson police motorcycle to the Pickers. They sent a guy from Avila, Pennsylvania to North Alabama to get it. That said, you have to remember that the entire show is staged; they can't spend all day at a guy's place and leave with $500 worth of merchandise or they wouldn't stay in business long. They have to do a TON of turnover to make a decent profit. Everything you see on the show is for the benefit of the camera.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 1:50 pm 
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We actually sold a 1954 Harley Davidson police motorcycle to the Pickers. They sent a guy from Avila, Pennsylvania to North Alabama to get it. That said, you have to remember that the entire show is staged; they can't spend all day at a guy's place and leave with $500 worth of merchandise or they wouldn't stay in business long. They have to do a TON of turnover to make a decent profit. Everything you see on the show is for the benefit of the camera.

Exactly. There's nothing real about "reality" TV, it's all staged and much of it's faked.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 1:56 pm 
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Nope. I quit watching it.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 2:20 pm 
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If you expect reality or journalism from television, you’ll be disappointed on both counts.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 2:25 pm 
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Some people find it entertaining, but the effect overall is to make the general public think all old stuff even in poor condition has values as high as the sky which results in them asking ridiculous prices for something they found in grandma's attic or basement.

All of those shows are very carefully staged and scripted.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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Hello Doc,
yep they were in my area too and I heard from friend who meet with them .

Sincerely Rich


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 2:50 pm 
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Yeah, this 'picking' thing kinda pisses me off too. And its not just this show
but the car and house flipping shows too. Sure, these are business models
but on the sleezy side IMO. I've had several of the pseudo car wizards
knock on my door asking if they could buy the classic Mercedes in my driveway.
Its not really for sale but quote them a price which is just above market.
Their response is usually "I can't make any money at that price". My response
"its not my purpose in life to make money for you".

The people that really get me riled are those that troll swaps and shows
looking for radios and items that are under priced that they can scoop
up and sell on that nebulous auction site. They are taking things away
from people that are looking for items to restore for themselves
After a while they are easy to spot. Smart phone in their hand searching
the net for values.
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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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I stopped watching long ago. At that time it had become the "motorcycle, bicycle, and oil can show", none of which interested me. Their lack of knowledge on fairly common old items is astounding; without a camera and show they would have folded many years ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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I find myself irritated with most cable television in general. As a matter of fact I cut cable almost 8 years ago. The only time I watch any of it is if we're staying at a hotel and they happen to have cable. After being away from cable for years, watching it again its now so obvious to me how bad, staged and cookie cutter most of these types of shows are. Amazing since I actually watched some of them routinely when we had cable. Now I find it unwatchable.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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Can anyone remember when the Discovery channel and the History channel still ran fact based programming that was pertinent to their channel names?

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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That was a looooonng time ago. I remember when all of a sudden shows like Monster Garage on. I just looked. That was in 2002. Ever since then? Its mostly been this same sort of crap.


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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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One of the reasons we have never had cable, and are never likely to.

Unfortunately when visiting relatives and friends, or sitting in the waiting areas at various places, you might have no other choice but to see this kind of programs.

At least some of the people who do home remodeling appear to do decent work, of course you never really get to see all that they actually do.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
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What P.O.'s me is the fatuous tripe the show's creator reels off about how the seller that is obviously so enamored with keeping themselves neck deep in junk is actually a wonderful custodian ao the ages gone by. Sorry, but when I see a lot of those rotting junkpiles, the curation of our nations' history is the last thing on my mind. One night I actually dreamed of trying to live in such a warren.

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 Post subject: Re: Does anyone else get irritated with American pickers?
PostPosted: Jun Tue 11, 2019 7:18 pm 
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I’m entertained when there’s a posting on this site...... “what’s it worth”!

I understand there are some serious collectors out there that are willing to pay top dollars to make their nostalgic collection complete. There are these people in every hobby. Most of us collect for the fun of repairing/restoring. Most people can not appreciate the hours we put in to gain self satisfaction.

The “Pickers don’t seem to have any appreciation for old radio/electronics. That alone would make a great tv show.


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