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#171087 - Thu Jan 21 2010 08:19 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Ohio Oil]
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Registered: Thu Sep 20 2007
Loc: Hillsdale, Michigan
I was kind of excited about the show when I seen the previews. About half way through the first episode I felt it was kind of a "dud" of a show, not as interesting as I thought it could be. My brother delivers fuel and oils for a local jobber, and he does in fact get on/in properties like those shown. Old farmers with 60 years of accumulation sitting all around. He does find pumps and other interesting items but 99% of the time they aren't for sale. I think the mentality of most people already is that everything is worth a fortune. (How long HAS Antiques Road Show been on...?) I know it pains a lot of us to see this stuff succumbing to the elements, with the owners not giving two hoots about it. I guess we'll all have to wait for the auction and hope there aren't too many "professional pickers" there!! wink
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#171088 - Thu Jan 21 2010 08:28 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: jkyocom]
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Registered: Fri Jul 01 2005
Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
...the hosts are irritating geeks...the show is dreadful...no redeeming qualities whatsoever...and the History Channel has evidently gone to pot...period...

...any of us who have driven around trying to add to our collections is familiar with the natural suspicion people have when it comes to total strangers knocking on their door out-of-the-blue, asking to root around through their personal property, making lowball offers to buy stuff...

...now - add to that some city slackers sticking cameras and boom mics into their faces as well, and in real life this show would be nothing but a montage of slammed doors and people being asked to leave the property at the business end of a shotgun...come to think of it, it would be infinitely more entertaining than this 'geared-to-the-lowest-common-denominator' garbage...

...this show is completely staged and makes professional wrestling look highbrow by comparison...I won't be watching, but if I hear in the news that someone pulled a shotgun on these clowns, I'll be laughing like hell...

"We had a deal at $1500 and you had to go talk to your family"...that would have been enough for a fat lip (at the very least) where I come from...
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#171090 - Thu Jan 21 2010 08:46 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: gulfiend!]
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Registered: Mon Dec 18 2006
Loc: Nebraska
In an effort to attract viewers, the televsion industry came up with what they call "reality" shows, which in fact are in most cases, including this one, far from it. They should change the term to "fantasy" shows.
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#171093 - Thu Jan 21 2010 09:12 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: nebrgas]
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Registered: Fri Nov 17 2000
Loc: Alva, Ok.
Just to play devil's advocate here, I live in rural farm country and have seen it several times where a slick talking guy will come in and almost steal extremely valuable items from elderly people who have no clue what they have, and the money would of really made a difference in their lives. Why do the city people come out here and expect to buy stuff off the dumb old farmer for next to nothing. Like that saddle deal, Those guy's aren't stupid. if they do that for a living they know what stuff is worth. It was obvious that the guy shouldn't of been pricing stuff it was two against one the old guy needed someone in his corner. I realize it is just a made-up show but that kind of stuff happens all the time. My Dad is 84 and sharp for his age but can be worn down, we have no idea how long those guys worked him over to name a price on it. I think a little knowledge on value is great,and if that means people will have to pay realistic prices for items well that's too bad.
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#171097 - Thu Jan 21 2010 09:49 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: chadrock00]
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Registered: Mon Nov 29 2004
Loc: Oneida IL USA
Originally Posted By: chadrock00
They were pickin' all over the area. I have seen these guys several times at auctions before. I think that it is cool to get to see some on these places, but it is not realistic at all. We all know that it isn't that easy. This show makes it look like this stuff is just laying around everywhere and they are stumbling on to it all the time. People are not happy about it at all if you get out the boards on www.history.com. People are down right ***** to be honest, saying that these guys are scam artist and ripping people off. I think that it would be alot more interesting to send a "perspective buyer" such as myself along with them.


I agree 100% there Chad smile
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#171110 - Thu Jan 21 2010 11:00 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: gasoildude]
THERMOMAN Offline
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Registered: Tue Aug 15 2006
Loc: smyrna, de USA
i can t believe it took you guys this long to start a thread on the show!!!

if they got such a great deal on the the phillip morris marquee, and the guy seemed willeng to sell, then why stop at the the marquee. he had plenty of other interesting things laying around?????

after paying only $5 for the cast iron toy stove.....the slender cat laughed and grinned at the seller when the opportunity arose. essentially telling america not to trust his face.

the show was entertaining and i will be watching future episodes. it fun to see what is in america's backyards. its much better than watching "desperate housewives" hahahahha
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#171114 - Thu Jan 21 2010 11:20 AM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: THERMOMAN]
Sierra Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 02 2003
Loc: California
"I won't be watching, but if I hear in the news that someone pulled a shotgun on these clowns, I'll be laughing like hell..."

I saw a commercial for an upcomming episode last night, and someone does point a gun on them at the front door!
But it was probably staged, like the rest of the show...

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#171120 - Thu Jan 21 2010 02:29 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Sierra]
oldgoaly Offline
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Registered: Sun Jul 26 2009
Loc: So. Illinois
Well, I have mixed feelings about the show. one the "stuff" is interesting, pickers aren't although the babe back at the shop is cool. Letting the seller set the price is good, working them to set a price that hit's home. BTW I'm on a farm with "stuff" piled up, was in the antiques business with one of the largest ones in the area, 9/11 and 3$ gas cut off customers. I've been to so many auctions that we had our own number at many of them. Some stuff I started collecting was cheap, auctioneers saved the stuff for me cause I would give them a few dollars for stuff they couldn't get bids on. 20 years ago you could buy at auction, now you get more for many things at auction.
Then there are those city slickers... well there is a big nosed car pimp that you can see on Barrett-Jackson and other major car auctions that has seen the serious end of my rifle.
Probably the things that bothers me the most was for 20 yrs a fellow farmer down the road aways had a 1919 Henderson, he and i would talk every time we see each other, it was his baby, he told me and his wife when I die this guy will give you a good price and he will take care of it. Well when he passed, there was an auction, no Henderson, rumors have it the lawyers got it. still steamed about that.
ok which one of the pickers goes to "rehab" 1st......if it's hollywood it will happen.

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#171138 - Thu Jan 21 2010 04:36 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: oldgoaly]
Old Iron Offline
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Registered: Thu Sep 10 2009
Loc: New Mexico
I've been watching this thread because I have some really strong feelings on this. I agree with Jay Leeper.Jay,by no means intending to interpret you thoughts,but here are mine.I think that when one intentionally deceives someone about the true worth of an item to make a "score" it is bad for the hobby and will result in more "not for sale" responses because neighbors really do talk to one another.

By the way,I've told more than one person who quoted me a price,"it's worth more than that"and paid more than the asked for price.And,you know what?When they found more stuff,I was invited back to look at it.

Just my thoughts and experience from at least trying to be reasonable when dealing with people.Nothing more.

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#171139 - Thu Jan 21 2010 04:57 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Old Iron]
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Registered: Fri Sep 17 2004
Loc: Syracuse,NY USA
At least on Pawn Stars they call in an "expert" to tell the customer what it's worth. Then chisle the poor fool down. I don't care for either show as I believe they don't help the collecting community.
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#171140 - Thu Jan 21 2010 05:16 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Gas stuff.com]
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
Loc: Santa Paula, Calif
Entertainment TV, NOT reality TV

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#171147 - Thu Jan 21 2010 05:26 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Dick Bennett]
oldgoaly Offline
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Registered: Sun Jul 26 2009
Loc: So. Illinois
just a silly thought, if these antiquing shows can in a few shows create new experts, how many killers have all these csi/murder/cop shows created?????
good thing about pip (picture in picture)you only get one set of audio.

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#171149 - Thu Jan 21 2010 05:31 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Dick Bennett]
oillease55 Offline
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Registered: Sat Jul 06 2002
Loc: greenville,ohio
i haven't watched the show and probably won't. Let me know if an 80 plus year old farmer's daughter in a bikini gets HOSED out of papa's old fry mae west and farmall f-20 on steel and i'll take a look;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;Ron

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#171153 - Thu Jan 21 2010 06:04 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: Dick Bennett]
okoil1 Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 02 2004
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: Dick Bennett
Entertainment TV, NOT reality TV


Dick nailed it. It's entertainment. If a person does not find it entertaining......don't watch. I think the Pawn Stars and American Picker programing has been taken way to literal by several posters.

Personally, I find both programs entertaining. They deal with some subject matter that I find interesting. I also find the RM and Barrett Jackson telecast entertaing but don't view the pricing literaly or as an absolute.



Edited by okoil1 (Thu Jan 21 2010 06:05 PM)
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#171160 - Thu Jan 21 2010 06:40 PM Re: Skelly Sign on American Pickers [Re: okoil1]
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Registered: Tue Aug 15 2006
Loc: smyrna, de USA
Entertainment...... Exactly!!!!! Both shows are entertaining, There isn't much on tv these days and I look forward to new episodes. They still won't top my favorite, "History Detectives"!!!!!!!
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