I agree with Dick, but know that they have actually made a living out of this before the TV show, so I assume they buy a lot more than we see and have another truck or have it shipped. The other night they bought a lot of large items that I do not believe could possibly fit in their van and they never showed a shot of their van with everything in it.
Its entertainment, thats why its on TV. I watch all of those type shows just to see the stuff. I am amazed at how quickly copy-cat shows are spit out which just makes them all get bad after a while.
As for Cat-Mans comment about them passing on things that arent "hot", thats the way it has always been, far before the pickers came along. Thats why my mother has an incredible collection of Stickley and oak antiques valued at 100k plus and paid nearly nothing for it. She picked most of it from the curb destined for the dump. Nobody wanted it because oak was out of style.
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